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McGrew farm market to open

Live music, tours, yard sale and more also set for Saturday

KINGWOOD — The Preston County farm market will open for the first time this year  9-11 a.m. Saturday at the McGrew House grove.

Also on Saturday, the McGrew Society plans to have live music by Karen Bright, free popcorn, tours of the exterior of the historic building and a yard sale and to open its gift shop.

Masks and social distancing will be required. Bring your own chair to listen to the music.

West Virginia University Agriculture Extension Agent Bill Shockey said so far four vendors   agreed to be at the opening but there could be more. The following customer guidelines will be in place:

  • Maintain six-foot social distancing between non-family members.
  • Masks are recommended.
  • Park in the designated area and remain in your vehicle until market staff directs you to exit.
  • Do not consume food on the premises.
  • Use the hand washing station as needed.
  • Do not handle food items not purchased; vendors will hold items for you to see.
  • Reusable food bags are welcome. Wait for the vendor to hand you   purchased items, then place them   into your own bag.
  • Be mindful of others and avoid congregating and socializing near vendor tables.
  • There will be no sampling of any food items.

“We’re recommending both vendors and customers wear masks,” Shockey said. Vendor stands will be placed six feet apart.

He said he’s been getting calls and requests about the opening.

“It’s a kind of social event and talk. It’s outside and there is plenty of room so we believe it will be alright,” Shockey said.

For now, he said, the markets will be open 9-11 a.m.  Saturdays.

“We’ll use this schedule until more vendors sign up then we’ll start having our Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. market,” Shockey said.