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The Bangor Farmers' Market is back outdoors for coronavirus, COVID-19 precautions

The market normally meets inside during the winter months but is back outdoors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

BANGOR, Maine — Editor’s note: You are starting to hear the term ‘flattening the curve’ as a way to stem the tide of coronavirus cases. The above video explains what that means. 

The Bangor Farmers' Market normally meets inside during the winter market season. As the coronavirus continues to spread in Maine, the decision was made to move the vendors back outdoors.

Starting Sunday and for the rest of April, the market will meet at its normal outside location across from the Bangor Public Library. The market will meet every other Sunday until May when the summer market schedule begins and it meets every week.

Vendors and customers were wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, and being respectful of people's space as they bought and sold local products. 

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"People have respected other people's space and if they don't or forget to, we remind them and they're super relaxed about moving back," Miki Macdonald of Biggi's said.

Some vendors even offered online ordering to minimize personal contact.

“It’s really important to be able to sell to people. I think things made locally haven’t traveled so far, they’re fresher and it’s nice for people to buy what they’re used to buying," Macdonald said.

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The next Farmers' Market will be April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bangor Farmers' Market has moved to our outside location on Harlow Street across from the Bangor Public Library. Our April markets are on Sunday, April 5th and Sunday, April 19th from 11:00-1:00.

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