Saratoga Springs Farmers' Market says it's safer than shopping at big box stores

Mark Mulholland
Updated: April 02, 2020 07:50 PM
Created: April 02, 2020 05:22 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -  Colleen Zorbas says the outdoor market she manages is safer than shopping at a big box store.

The Spa City Farmers' Market is held every Sunday, year-round, at the Lincoln Baths at the Spa State Park. Typically, it's inside the bathhouse until May, but it moved outside early this year in an effort to keep customers and vendors safe during the pandemic.

Zorbas, who organizes and runs the market, says it has also changed the way it does business, with no more sampling, all food served to go, more space between each booth, signs asking shoppers to remain socially distant and no more fabric table cloths.

"It's much safer outside," said Zorbas.

Earlier this week, Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton said residents have been complaining to her about people appearing to ignore social distancing guidelines at the market, and have even provided her photos.

Zorbas said Thursday that she understands that people have fears, but they can be confident that she and vendors are taking all precautions.  

"I'm not sure why they're singling us out, I mean if you go to any big box store there's not many people following the rules and we really make sure that everybody is following the rules here at the market."

Dalton said she's happy to hear about the steps the market is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus

"I have no doubt that we will hear less about it moving forward if they're doing all the distancing and taking these steps."

The Spa City Farmers' Market opens at 10:00 Sunday mornings.

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