Lone Star Farmers Market still on for Hill Country Galleria with coronavirus precautions in place

The Lone Star Farmers Market is scheduled to appear at the Hill Country Galleria on March 22. (Courtesy Lone Star Farmers Market)
The Lone Star Farmers Market is scheduled to appear at the Hill Country Galleria on March 22. (Courtesy Lone Star Farmers Market)

The Lone Star Farmers Market is scheduled to appear at the Hill Country Galleria on March 22. (Courtesy Lone Star Farmers Market)

The Lone Star Farmers Market is a staple event at Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria, offering fresh produce for the community every Sunday at 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Due to concerns surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, the market is enforcing strict guidelines.

A number of galleria events have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. As residents practice social distancing, restaurants have switched to takeout service, and retailers have set capacity limits within their storefronts.

However, according to the Lone Star Farmer Market’s social media pages, the event is still scheduled to take place March 22 with a number of health precautions put in place for shoppers and vendors.

“We encourage everyone who is healthy and feels safe to visit our farmers' markets in order to procure healthy, local food from area farmers, ranchers and small businesses,” the business said in a Facebook post.

In light of empty shelves at grocery stores throughout the Lake Travis-Westlake area, customers will be able to purchase local produce while practicing social distancing in an outdoor setting.

The strict guidelines set by the farmers market include:

  • Customers must wash their hands for 20 seconds upon arrival and frequently as they shop.

  • Any individual who is feeling unwell should remain at home.

  • Any individual 65 and over or with underlying health conditions should remain at home.

  • Customers should not greet anyone within the market with hugs or handshakes.

  • Customers should avoid touching their face.

  • Vendors will abide by a 5-foot separation from each booth and will not congregate in these areas.

  • Customers and vendors will maintain at least an arm's length of distance between each other, especially while waiting in line.

  • Customers will refrain from hand-to-hand contact by pointing to the produce they wish to purchase so the vendor can place it in a bag and directly on the table.

  • Customers should not hand payments directly to vendors; instead, individuals should place cash directly on the table.

  • The market encourages the use of payment applications such as Apple Pay to limit interactions.

  • If a customer is paying with Apple Pay through their phone, they must sanitize the phone prior to the transaction.


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