Mainstreet Shelbyville has opened its vendor registration form on its website for the 2021 Farmers Market.
The farmers market is set to take place from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through September in West Washington Street Plaza, according to its website.
Interested vendors can register at https://www. mainstreetshelbyville.org/mainstreet-farmers -market. By registering, vendors waive the need for a Peddler’s Permit from the City of Shelbyville. Single sessions cost $10 per week and max out at $60. The full season option costs $50.
The farmers market began the first week of June last year because of the pandemic. Mainstreet Shelbyville put a bunch of safety precautions in place in 2020 in order to have that partial season.
As of now, those precautions are still in place, according to the website.
Mainstreet Shelbyville has shifted the farmers market to solely providing a space for local farmers to provide food to consumers. At this time, these are the steps they plan on taking to ensure they host a healthy and safe market for both vendors and consumers:
Vendors will be spaced at least 6 feet apart and seating areas and other gatherings will be eliminated until later in the season.
Mainstreet Shelbyville is asking consumers not to attend if they show signs of illness, wear face masks, wait in your car if there are lines forming at vendors, practice social distancing, and do not touch vendor products unless you are purchasing it.
A hand-washing station will be available near the portable restrooms. Mainstreet Shelbyville is also asking consumers to wash their hands before attending.
Mainstreet Shelbyville is asking vendors to do all of the above. Additionally, they’re asking vendors not to allow samples, to round prices to the nearest dollar to avoid needing to make change, and limit contact with products by bagging them for customers.
They suggest using pre-packaged options to make bagging easier and quicker. They also suggest splitting duties for payment and bagging between two different people if possible. Or alternately, bag products, then handle payment, then wash or sanitize hands.