COLFAX, N.C. -- The spread of the coronavirus is impacting our local farmers markets.

Vendor Irene Treece said her sales have decreased 50 percent since this worldwide pandemic. Another vendor, Chris Wright, said his business is doing better than usual. 

Wright thinks more people are coming here because grocery stores have run out of a lot of food, and he said there are other benefits. 

“It’s not as contained as a grocery store where you’re surrounded by people. Here it’s open air, you have the wind blowing, so you know it’s a little bit better,” emphasized Wright. 

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market has policies to keep people safe from the coronavirus.

These policies include keeping at least 6 feet of distance from one another, washing your hands, and not sampling any produce.