The Centerville Farmers Market, which had been due to open this Thursday, and runs typically runs through October, has been canceled for the entire 2020 season due to COVID-19 coronavirus.
The decision to cancel was left to participating vendors, according to a City spokesperson in a social media post.
"The State of Ohio has several requirements for farmers markets moving forward in the pandemic, and the majority of our vendors did not feel they could comply," the post said.
A follow-up statement read as follows:
"We would like to offer some more insight into this difficult decision. We have been in frequent communication with other communities who host a market. Our goal is not to cancel any events; we make every effort to find alternative solutions.
The Ohio Farmers Market Network set guidelines for local markets that comply with CDC standards. Those include doing drive-through markets, offering online ordering, accepting credit card payments, selling only prepackaged foods, limiting attendance and forbidding on-site food preparation.
To begin to accommodate those guidelines, we would have had to relocate the Centerville market, which the City was willing to do.
As a result of COVID in general, we had only four applications for vendors for this year’s market. We shared the OFMN guidelines with those vendors, and only two were interested in making the investments necessary to comply. We offered our support through planning, staffing and resources, but those vendors declined to have a market of only two vendors.
We are still in communication with the four vendors initially interested. We will promote their businesses on social media and our web site. We have also offered to help them in setting up as mobile food vendors if they wish."
The Centerville Farmers Market plans to restart in 2021.
At Dayton Local, we are tracking several other outdoor markets around the Dayton area, and we will update our calendar as information becomes available. See Farmers Markets Around Dayton for more details.