In farmers markets in France, you tell the vendor/farmer what you want, and they select the best for you. You look, maybe point, but don't touch. In the USA, you normally select what you want, then find the vendor/farmer and pay. Then along comes COVID 19, and things change.
I went to the farmers market in Old Town Alexandria Virginia one Saturday morning recently. There has been a public market on the square for well over 200 years. (The human slavery market was a few blocks away for the first 100 years or so of that.) Normally you can enter or leave on any of the four corners, and you push your way through the crowd in any way you can. Now, there is one entrance and one exit. The flow of people is in one-direction. The vendors ask you not to touch, and they are not very good at following the point to the ripest of the tomatoes. I miss picking things up, checking for weight, ripeness, filling bags with more than I need.
That being said, I picked up a quart of delightful early season strawberries, and a couple of tomatoes. The berries tasted like strawberries. One of the two tomatoes was delightfully ripe.
I am glad it is market season, I hope the experience gets better.