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Poll: Should Farmers Markets Join Virginia’s List of Essential Businesses?

While grocery stores have been booming with customers during the coronavirus pandemic, many farmers markets in Fairfax County have been closed due to public health concerns.

The county recently decided to reopen three of its 10 farmers markets.

Meanwhile, the Vienna Farmers Market, which is run by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna, plans to open in June. FRESHFARM, which has a location in the Mosaic District, has pre-order and pick-up options. The NOVA Central Farm Market in Vienna is encouraging — but not requiring — pre-orders.

When Gov. Ralph Northam issued restrictions for non-businesses in March — which are still in effect for Northern Virginia — some people wondered why farmers market weren’t included in the list of essential businesses. Northam’s orders placed the same restrictions on farmers markets as restaurants.

Now, some groups are pushing Northam to classify farmers markets as “essential.”

Let us know in the poll below what you think.

Photo by Jakub Kapusnak/Unsplash

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