About Us – Covid-19

COVID STATEMENTS FROM 3 FARMERS’ MARKETS

Montgomery Farmers Market Covid Statement

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Montgomery Farmers’ Market is changing to a pre-order, pre-pay drive-thru market for the near future. We feel this will allow patrons to safely purchase products from our vendors. Click on the Pre-Orders menu below to see which vendors are participating and how to make your purchases.

Madeira Farmers Market Covid Statement

Based on guidelines set forth by the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Farmers Market Network, we are operating under modified conditions to ensure the safety of our customers, vendors, and market staff and volunteers. As of 6/4/20, we offer a WALK-THRU MARKET with COVID-19 Restrictions in the parking lot of Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave, Thursdays, 4-6:00pm. Walk-up purchases can be made at the market. We encourage prepaid preorders with vendors who have online stores. Curbside pickup is available for the vulnerable population for prepaid preorders from 4:30-5:30pm. See below for a listing of vendors who offer online stores. Go to our VENDORS page for our full listing of vendors for the winter market season.

Please read and follow the guidelines below when you come to shop at our walk-thru market:

If you have a fever or feel ill, please stay home for the safety of others.
Walk-up purchases from vendors are welcome. Prepaid preorders are encouraged from participating vendors.
Curbside pickup available for the vulnerable population for prepaid preorders. Pull into a reserved parking spot for curbside pickup, display a sign with your name & who’ve you’ve ordered from, and a runner will retrieve your order and place in your trunk.
Cloth face coverings are required per Governor’s DeWine’s order issued July 8th. Vendors and market staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.
Sanitize your hands upon entering the market. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and exit from the market and at all vendor booths.
Please maintain 6ft of social distancing from other customers.
Please do not touch products at vendor booths. Vendors will bag your selections.
Vendors will use only new, disposable bags when bagging your purchases.
Food preparation on site and extracurricular activities including special events, live music, & children’s activities are suspended at this time.

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THE CARRBORO FARMERS’ MARKET AND COVID-19
INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND UPDATES
We’re doing our best to keep the CFM a healthy and safe place for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented increased safety and sanitation precautions and are working with the Town of Carrboro to ensure best practices. We urge all customers to use “common sense” hygiene and practice social distancing.

Many of our vendors are offering preordering, pickup, and even home delivery during this time! Click here to go to our COVID-19 Vendor Services page.

We offer Double Bucks to our SNAP/EBT and FMNP customers! $20 from your EBT card means $40 to spend at the market. If you’re out of benefits on your card, we’ll match cash. We also offer Double Bucks for our WIC FMNP and Seniors FMNP customers. Visit the EBT page on our website for more info. Here are some of the things that we’re doing at the Market to keep our customers, vendors, and staff safe: A mask/face covering is required to enter the Market. All vendors, staff, and volunteers are likewise required to wear a mask/face covering. Orange County has extended the COVID-related state of emergency and has mandated face coverings in many situations. All vendors are spaced 10-20′ apart from each other. (On Saturdays, to make room for this we use the two parking lots around Town Commons. If you’re having trouble finding a vendor, just ask! With the one-way flow pattern, you will walk by every vendor that is at Market. We’ll have a big map up at the Market’s entrance as well.) On Saturdays, we have one designated entrance and one designated exit for customers, and we are asking customers to circulate in one direction through the vendors. There will be arrows and signs to follow and staff members to point you in the right direction. We’ll be regulating the number of customers entering the Market as needed. We are encouraging customers to “get in, get out, and get home!” Many of our vendors are offering pre-ordering, curbside pickup, farm/store/off-site pickup, and even home delivery. Keep your hands clean! We have on-site restrooms and three hand-washing stations (one at the entrance, one at the exit, and one by the gazebo) for more hand-washing opportunities. We encourage customers to wash their hands when they arrive and when they leave. We are encouraging everyone to try to keep 6′ of space between themselves and others (especially when standing in line). Shop solo! Send one member of your family to Market so the rest can stay at home. Customers should avoid touching products they do not intend on buying. Many items will be pre-packaged and pre-priced for your convenience. Please, only one customer or household unit in a tent at a time for social distancing. Vendors are wiping down surfaces with disinfectant frequently (tables, registers, phones, any frequently touched surface). Many vendors have transitioned to credit cards only or cashless forms of payment (like Venmo and Apple Pay). Please ask the vendors what their preferred form of payment is. While many still accept cash, please do not pay with coins. No sampling allowed at Market. We’re asking customers, vendors, and staff to stay home if they’re sick. Please reserve parking near Town Hall for seniors and folks with disabilities. There are many municipal lots nearby for parking! Our seasonal Wednesday Market (which runs from April to October) is a great low-traffic option! (Pro-tip: pre-order your groceries and pick them up between 5 and 6pm on Wednesdays–that’s the lowest-traffic time at either of our markets!) Can’t make it to Market? The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has an interactive map with farm pick-up locations and more.

We will update this page of our website as needed with information and resources as we receive them. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay in the loop!

FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:
CDC
NC DHHS
ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

FROM THE NC STATE EXTENSION:
NC STATE EXTENSION COVID-19 RESOURCES
NC STATE EXTENSION COVID-19 FAQ FOR FARMERS