SC Community Farmers’ Markets and Covid-19

Updated June 25th, 2021

At this time all five of our markets are OPEN including the Felton, Downtown Santa Cruz, Westside Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Live Oak markets.

Based on new State of California regulations put in place on June 15th, FACE MASKS ARE NOW RECOMMENDED for non-vaccinated customers, market staff and vendors within the farmers’ market perimeters. They are no longer required.

We are NO LONGER offering SENIOR ONLY SHOPPING or PERSONALIZED SHOPPING. We were happy to offer these valuable service for over a year. As we come into peak agriculture/market season, and COVID-19 remains stabilized or declining in the community, it is appropriate to lessen the load on our staff as well as the farms and food businesses we work with in the ways we can.


The health and wellness of the markets, farmers and the community at large are of the utmost importance to us. Since March of 2020 we have implemented policies at our markets that provide for a safe experience.

It is important that markets remain open to provide a channel for customers to access fresh healthy food needed for a healthy immune system, and a safe, healthy avenue for vendors to sell their wares. We are fortunate in that the market benefits from sunlight’s natural disinfectant powers and an open-air, low-risk environment. We will continue to update you as we pay close attention to the changing landscape and respond appropriately with community health in mind. We ask for your support as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic over time.

Dear customers…

  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms or have a possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Please wear a face covering/mask at the markets if you have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth. Face shields are not allowed – adequate face coverings include cloth masks, medical masks, bandanas and scarves.
  • Wash your hands often and for a minimum of 20 seconds. Wash often and ALWAYS before touching your face.

Our farmers’ markets are a pivotal part of maintaining access to fresh food within our community’s food system and are more important now than ever. Your support and compliance with health protocol is so important and we thank you for all of your efforts. 


Santa Cruz County Health Department – COVID-19

California Department of Public Health – COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19