WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Farmers Market has gone virtual with a combination of online shopping and curbside pickup in keeping with social distancing regulations. It’s about to begin one month earlier than the market typically would.

Customers now have the option to purchase and pay for items online and pick those items up at designated times starting Saturday, May 2,10 a.m. — noon at the Westfield Train Station, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week.

“We’re very excited to have something available for the local clientele,” said Chris Devine, who is managing the market with his wife, Lisa. “So far it’s really started off very strong. We’re amazed at the amount of orders we’ve received in just a couple of hours.”

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By 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Devine told TAPinto Westfield, the market had gotten 75 orders. While some customers were experiencing slowness on the website, he encouraged people to have patience.

“We’ve never done a market like this before,” he said. “We’re really asking people to have patience because there are a lot of nooks and crannies that we’ll be working through.”

Devine said residents reached out to him about doing a virtual Farmers Market after reading a story in the TAPinto food website NJ Flavor detailing how farmers markets across New Jersey are using technology to adapt their markets during the pandemic.

Pickup for the Westfield Farmers Market will be in the North Avenue parking lot of the train station and will continue each Saturday thereafter, the chamber’s announcement said. Residents will be given times to pick up their goods based on the first letter of their last name’s placement in the alphabet, Devine said.

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, pickup is by car only. Orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. Thursday for this Saturday’s pickup, organizers said.

To make purchases and see the full list of vendors, visit https://mycommunitymarketplace.com/westfield-farmers-market/. More vendors are anticipated to be added as the season progresses, organizers said.

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