red bank what's going on herered bank farmers marketThe popular Red Bank Farmer’s Market will be back sooner than expected, redbankgreen has learned.

Unfortunately, shoppers won’t be allowed out of their cars to squeeze, sniff and taste until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer considered a threat.

What’s Going On Here? Read on.

red bank farmers marketCustomers will be asked to preorder food and other products before arriving, and won’t be allowed out of their cars. (Photos by John T. Ward Click to enlarge.)

red bank farmers marketLast month, the Sourlis family-owned Galleria of Red Bank, which traditionally opens the market on Mother’s Day, announced that this year’s edition would be postponed until the pandemic passes.

On Monday, though, family member Ted Whitehouse told redbankgreen that the market will reopen – not on Mother’s Day, but May 17.

And mom and other market lovers won’t be able to stroll from stand to stand, hand-testing and examining fruits and vegetables. They also won’t be able to sample the assortment of jams, pickles, baked goods and other treats that pack the Galleria parking lot into November each year.

Instead, they’ll have to remain in their cars. And ideally, they’ll be picking up items they’ve pre-ordered from vendors, said Whitehouse. A “very limited” offering of a la carte products will be available, he said.

Whitehouse called the drive-thru “the safest and best option for everyone.” No walk-in or bike traffic will be permitted, he said.

The market will be open from 9 a.m, to 12 p.m. Traffic will be one-way-in and one-way-out.
Vehicles will enter at the south end of the Galleria building on Bridge Avenue, and exit onto West Front Street. The traffic plan was designed to allow for vehicles to queue on site rather than in the street, Whitehouse said.
Additional rules:
• Vendors must wear face coverings and gloves
• Customers must also wear face coverings
• Customers will not be permitted to leave their vehicles
• Sampling is prohibited
• The Galleria building will remain closed. Restrooms will not be available.
To pre-order, please see the websites below:
Dr. Pickle: Download the app Whatsgood and sign up for free. Select the Red Bank Farmers market. Cutoff for Sunday orders is the Thursday 10 a.m.
Honey: Pre-order from their website and be sure to change the pickup location to Red Bank Market.
Grossman Farms: Also on Facebook and Instagram using alansflowerfarm.
Jeff’s Organic Produce: Also on Facebook and Instagram using jeffsorganicproduce.
Springhouse Farms: email

  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)