The Charlottesville City Market that normally operates in downtown Charlottesville, has transitioned to pre-order and drive-thru only operations at Pen Park due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Starting April 11, “City Market To-Go” is a new option that market management and vendors have pivoted to in order to continue to provide fresh food to the community while supporting local small farmers and small business owners.

 

Customers will pre-order and pay online and vendors will prepare the orders for drive-thru pick-up at Pen Park during the regular City Market hours of Saturdays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Pen Park was chosen due to its single entrance and exit and is large enough to handle vendor setups and traffic flow.  For everyone’s safety, customers must remain in their cars and no on-site or walk-up sales will be permitted.  New vendors will be added each week as the market progresses.

 

Pre-ordering reduces the person to person point of sale that would typically take place at the market. No cash or cards are changing hands and customers are not browsing through product as it sits out in the open.

 

By hosting a drive thru market we ensure that each customer does not come into close contact with any other member of the public or vendor. Rules at the market ensure that we maintain social distancing at all times.

 

We remain committed to the health of our staff, vendors, and customers. Handwasing staions will be on-site for use of staff and vendors. Below are some of our regulations to maintain the safety at market.

 

Staff Requirements:

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Fabric facemasks and gloves worn at all times.
  • Hand washing staions will be available for vendors and staff to ensure hygenic handling during market hours.
  • Do not attend if you or a member of your household is ill.

 

Vendor Requirements:

  • Maintain social distancing. Vendors are spaced out at least 8 feet apart and are required to wear a mask and gloves at market.
  • Fabric facemasks and gloves to be worn at all times.
  • Maintain all food safety processes in collection, transport, and during market hours.
  • Hand washing staions will be available for vendors and staff to ensure hygenic handling during market hours.
  • Do not attend if you or a member of your household is ill.

 

Customer Requirements:

  • Remain in your car.
  • Do not attend if you or a member of your household is ill.