Following the recommended best practices during the COVID-19 crisis will help ensure a safe and successful trip for shoppers and farmers' market staff.
Practice social distancing throughout your shopping trip - keep at least 6 feet between you, other shoppers, and vendors. It is equally important to create the distance throughout the market space.
Wear a face mask while you are at the market if possible
Have only one family member do the shopping.
Avoid gathering at any location. Keep moving throughout the market.
Avoid handling any items unless you are purchasing. Use your eyes to inspect,not yoru hands.
When using personal protective equipment such as gloves, wipes, or face coverings, please discard responsibly.
Be patient and follow individual market policies and instructions.
Watch flow of market, enter and exit at only marked locations
Respect borders, roped boundaries, chalk lines etc.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Consider checking temperature at home before attending
Consider having smaller dollar amounts (more exact change) to limit money exchange. Or be extra generous and round up if you are able. Your hard-working farmers will appreciate it.
Some vendors are only set up to accept cash, while other vendors may only accept electronic payments this year. Be prepared for both. (You NEED the BEST tomatoes!)
Look for instructions posted around the market
Check market website or social media accounts for instructions and individual policies
Machine wash your bags between each shopping trip (check market requirements on reusable bags)
Be patient and allow additional time to shop or wait in line. Expect delays.
We know farmers' markets have traditionally been a place of community, socializing, and family engagement - a true community event! We hope that we can get back to that tradition in the near future. For now, please follow best practices. Shop the market efficiently. Get in, get home quickly, enjoy your bounty!
MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.
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