In an effort to keep shoppers, vendors, and market managers as safe as possible while continuing to provide the essential service of providing fresh food to our communities, and to adhere to social distancing requirements in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, FRESHFARM is implementing the following safety protocols at all of our farmers markets. Market managers will remind all market participants to follow these expectations.
All customers are expected to comply with FRESHFARM’s safety rules in order to enter the market space, including mandatory mask requirements. As a private nonprofit organization, FRESHFARM has the right to implement additional safety measures beyond the regulations required by any local or state rulings, in accordance with CDC guidance to ensure public safety at farmers markets. Due to the fact that it is impossible to maintain six feet of social distance within the market space at all times, FRESHFARM requires every customer to wear a face mask or covering without exception. Customers unwilling or unable to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the market. Face shields are not an acceptable alternative to masks. Those with medical conditions will be offered alternative accommodations whenever feasible. Children under the age of two are exempt from wearing a mask.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a private business must consider reasonable modifications to their face mask policy in order to accommodate individuals with a disability. However, the business is not required to allow an individual with a disability to enter if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. As such, we reserve the right to deny entry to any individual refusing to wear a face mask for any reason. We will, however, do our best to provide you with reasonable accommodations such as pre-order/pickup whenever possible (view options here). Our ability to offer reasonable accommodations may vary by market location depending on a variety of factors including customer volume and staff availability.
Farmers Market Customer Safety Rules:
- If you are sick, or a member of your family is sick, STAY HOME.
- Wear a mask of some sort before entering the market space (line included), in accordance with the CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings. That means fully covering your nose and mouth.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people, especially when in line. Market managers will be reminding shoppers to keep their distance.
- Do not eat or drink any food within the market space, including food that you purchased at the market.
- No pets are permitted in the market. Service animals are allowed but should be clearly identifiable.
- Keep your market visit simple and short; buy what you need and do not linger, socialize, or congregate in the market space.
- We ask that no more than 2 people per household come to market to shop. When possible, we encourage that children and higher-risk family members remain at home.
- No browsing or lingering at market tents! Aim to get in and out of the market in under 30 minutes.
- Pre-order with your favorite vendors as much as possible for quick and contact-free pickup at the market. If you cannot pre-order, bring your grocery list so you can make your market visit as quick as possible. Find info on how to pre-order and other shopping alternatives.
- Check in with each vendor on their policy for handling products. Please remember if you touch it you buy it!
- Wash your produce and wipe down any packaging with a disinfectant when you get home.
- Please wash your hands (for 20 seconds) or sanitize them before you enter the market space. We have handwashing stations and sanitizer available at the markets!
See FRESHFARM’s full COVID-19 rules and expectations for customers, farmers and producers, and market staff here.
See FRESHFARM’s general market safety policy here.
- For information about which markets are currently open, go to Farmers Markets.
- For information on pre-order and delivery options, go to Market Shopping Alternatives.
- For information on virtual FoodPrints curriculum, go to FoodPrints Anywhere.
- For information on how the Pop-Up Food Hub is supporting the community, read this blog.
- For information on resources available to farmers and producers, go to Support for Farmers.
- For information on how DC, Maryland, and Virginia are managing farmers markets during COVID-19, go to Markets Are Essential.
- To express your support for farmers markets as a vital service, fill out this letter of support.
- To support FRESHFARM’s COVID-19 response, donate here.