Those craving fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are in luck -- New Bedford's outdoor farmers' markets start up again this week.

Markets can be found Mondays at Brooklawn Park on Acushnet Avenue from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays at Custom House Square downtown from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays at Clasky Common Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To ensure safety during the pandemic, vendors will be spread out to allow for social distancing. A hand washing and sanitization station will be set up. Customers are asked not to touch the items and everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering.

The outdoor market will be held through October and carry a variety of products including fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, kombucha, honey, soaps and more, according to Coastal Foodshed, the group that organizes the events.

Those who can't make it in person may access the Virtual Market on the WhatsGood mobile app or website. Customers may shop online from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Monday at 11 p.m. with deliveries on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or pickups 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Coastal Foodshed's office at 466 Brock Ave.

Finally, the Mobile Farm Stand will continue operating at Coastal Foodshed on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m.

All Coastal Foodshed sites are equipped to handle SNAP/EBT, p-EBT, WIC, Senior Farmers Market coupons, debit and credit cards, and cash. Anyone who uses their EBT card to purchase food will earn Healthy Incentive Program benefits.

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