SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As the Summer weeks pass, and the calendar flips to August, the Springfield Farmers Market is still chugging along.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COIVD-19 however, the precautions surrounding the market have led to an event that differs from those in years past. On Monday afternoon, as shoppers perused the produce out in front of the town library, we spoke with an attendee and a worker to find out their reaction to the new setup.
For Ginger Ratchko, a Scotch Plains resident in Springfield to see her eye doctor, stopping at the farmers market while she was here was a no-brainer. She also said that having the farmers market there was a nice bit of normalcy in these crazy times.
"It's truly a blessing that you could come and there's not a lot of people here," Rachko said. "You can just come, get what you want. They're very kind, everything is nice and clean, well-organized. It's a pleasure. it's a bright spot in my day."
Additionally, Rachko said that she was satisfied with the safety precautions in place at the stand.
Among the changes at this year's farmers market are a distinct lack of other sellers. In order to avoid crowding, the only booth at the market belongs to Alstede Farms, although every resident's favorite seller, the empanada truck, remains parked alongside the curb.
Johan Bjorken, an employee of Alstede farms working the booth at the market spoke about how he was looking at the new circumstances.
"It's very unfortunate," Bjorken said. "We do wish that there were more vendors here for the community, because that's ultimately why we're here. We're here for those that want to go out, social distance but still get fresh produce. And it would be nice to have more vendors here."
Bjorken also said that the farm had been working to put precautions into place to make it even safer for people looking for fresh produce.
The Springfield Farmers Market runs every Monday this summer through late Oct., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days.