Farmers Markets are a Source of Healthy, Safe Food for Your Family
The Bongards Farmers Market Team continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 health crisis, seeking guidance from our partners at Carver County Public Health, the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association, and adopting best practices from markets in Minnesota and across the country. Governor Tim Walz has recognized farmers markets as essential public institutions that serve the public with fresh, nutrient-dense foods.
The health and safety of our vendors, customers, and volunteers is the market’s top concern. In these unique times, the market will operate as a food store, not a social gathering. Social distancing will be enforced and customers will be encouraged to get in, get the goodies, and go home.
We are taking the following steps to keep our customers, vendors and volunteers safe and healthy:
1. All customers, volunteers, and vendors should stay home if they feel sick or if a member of their family are not feeling well.
2. Shoppers will be asked to enter the market at one main entrance.
3. Public hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available. Shoppers will be encouraged to use these upon entry and exit from the market (and as often as you like in between.)
4. Vendor booths will be spaced farther apart to avoid crowding. Vendor displays will be modified to include an empty table in front of all vendor display tables and used to place purchases and exchange money as well as distance their products from the shopping public.
5. For now, the market will be a shopping destination, not a social gathering. Customers are invited to choose a designated shopper from their household and make a shopping list in advance. Please leave children at home until restrictions ease.
6. Shoppers should shop with their eyes and allow vendors to handle all product.
7. Wearing a mask is recommended and social distancing of at least 6 feet is required.
8. Vendors may not offer samples.
9. All ready-to-eat food items will be packaged “to-go.” No on-site consumption of food will be allowed.
10. We’re working with vendors to create and enhance their online sales presence, allowing customers to pre-order and prepay with no-contact payment methods.
11. Live music and our POP (Power of Produce) program will not be offered this season.
12. We’ll add to and modify this list of strategies as the public health situation changes and as we learn of new best practices. Thanks for your patience and patronage of local farmers and food businesses.