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Farmers Market Shopper Behavior Expectations

Posted by Sarah Schu at Apr 15, 2020 11:35 AM |
Read on to learn more about our extensive market modifications, shopper behavior expectations, and the standards Neighborhood Farmers Markets is committed to in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Agriculture is the most essential act, and the farmers markets serve as the essential link between farmers and eaters. This weekend, we need you to help protect public health and our community by following new guidelines.

Shoppers, you have the important duty of displaying excellent behavior in and around the markets. All of us here at Neighborhood Farmers Markets, including our vendors, will be responsible for implementing the agreed-upon plans to keep everyone safe while we help feed our city.

Market Rules:

  • Stay home if you are (or think you are) sick. Stay home if you have (or think you have) been in contact with someone who is sick.
  • NO pets!
  • Designate one shopper per family.
  • Look down and around for sidewalk markings when standing in lines and moving through the market.
  • Do not touch the products, the vendors will help you.
  • Maintain 6 feet of space around you at all times.
  • Wear a face mask.

    University District Details :

    • No one is permitted into the market before 9am
    • The only entrance to the market is at the SW corner of 52nd Street + University Way
    • Walk Up Customer Line: Start at SW corner of 52nd St + University, headed west then south on Brooklyn.
    • Preorders Line: Start at SW corner of 52nd St + University, headed north then west on the north side of 52nd street.
    • Foot traffic may flow all ways, but keep it moving!

    West Seattle Details :

    • No one is permitted into the market before 10am
    • The only entrance to the market is at the NE corner of Alaska + California (think Cupcake Royale)
    • The line will extend east on Alaska and north up 42nd street.
    • The market layout will look much different with vendor booths lining both sides of the street.
    • Foot traffic may flow all ways, but keep it moving!

    It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The safety and health of our shoppers, our farmers, and staff is critical – this is our primary concern and if we falter, we risk the closure of our markets and further delayed opening of Capitol Hill Farmers Market. All NFM staff and vendors (and shoppers) must stay home if they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have been knowingly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please consider taking the Farmers Market Shopper Oath.

    While farmers markets are often social spaces, it is important not to confuse this as the primary purpose. Our commitment to farm and food-only markets that support Washington’s small family farms, ensuring food access for all, and nurturing a connection between producers and consumers is our mission. Our basic needs, including those for food, drink, and agriculture, have not changed during this crisis. We believe that open-air markets with transparent and short supply chains can be the safest and best way to obtain food during this crisis.  

    Market Modifications + Altered Operations Include:

    • Modified layouts to ensure 10’ between vendor booths to allow for greater circulation and distance.
    • Limited market entrances to control the capacity and foot traffic of each market.
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided at Market Manager tents, with public hand washing stations available in the markets.
    • There is no sampling or prepared food until further notice.
    • No music, entertainment, cooking demos, or public seating areas.

    Staff and Vendor Responsibilities:

    • All vendors and staff must wear protective facemask and gloves, separate cash and product handling, and ensure regular and proper handwashing.
    • All vendors will select and serve your produce and products.
    • Vendors and staff will politely ask you to keep moving so we can serve as many shoppers as possible
    • All NFM staff processing SNAP/EBT will be required to wear protective gloves and conduct regular handwashing.
    • Vendors and Staff will limit the number of shoppers in front of booths at any given time.
    • Surfaces and ‘high touch’ items such as tables, POS terminals, cash boxes, etc. will be sanitized regularly.
    • NFM market staff will be assigned to conduct regular and ongoing checks for handwashing stations, proper bleach solutions, and sanitizing supplies in addition to our regular food safety controls.

    Shopper Behavior Expectations:

    Before the market:

     It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The safety and health of our shoppers, our farmers, and staff is critical – this is our primary concern and if we falter, we risk the closure of our markets. All NFM staff and vendors (and shoppers) must stay home if they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have been knowingly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please consider taking the Farmers Market Shopper Oath.

    Antonia Martinez
    Antonia Martinez says:
    Apr 15, 2020 02:32 PM

    in the "Before the Market" section, 2nd bullet point: Looks like there is a link missing. Please advise of when the link will go live for: "Here's our shopper sourcing list."

    Diane Rhodes
    Diane Rhodes says:
    Apr 15, 2020 02:55 PM

    It says to order ahead, but there's no link: "order and prepay from vendors if possible. Here’s our shopper sourcing list." Is the link missing?

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