SC Community Farmers’ Markets and Covid-19

Updated December 3rd, 2020

MASKS ARE REQUIRED by all staff, vendors and customers at the farmers’ markets – NO EXCEPTIONS. Due to a new permit with the City of Santa Cruz everyone within the market perimeter must be wearing a mask. Face shields are not allowed – adequate face coverings include cloth masks, medical masks, bandanas and scarves.

At this time our three year-round markets are OPEN including the Downtown Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Westside Santa Cruz and Live Oak markets. Our two seasonal markets, the Felton and Scotts Valley markets, are closed and will reopen in May of 2021. The Downtown Santa Cruz Market continues to offer the Market Match Double-Up Program week to week while funds last thanks to a grant from the City of Santa Cruz – we hope it will continue into January 2021.

 

All markets offer a Senior, Immune Compromised and Chef ONLY Shopping Period the 30 minutes prior to standard market hours:

Downtown Market: 12:30-1:00pm Wednesdays

Westside Market: 8:30-9:00am Saturdays

Live Oak: 8:30-9:00am Sundays

Certified farmers’ markets are considered essential food outlets and is able to operate under state and county COVID-19 guidelines.

The health and wellness of the markets, farmers and the community at large are of the utmost importance to us. We have implemented policies at our markets that provide for a safe experience including mitigating cross-contamination risks. Market managers will be diligent in checking that all vendors adhere to health and safety standards.

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 implement the following changes:

  • All vendors must use face coverings/masks.
  • All vendors are required to have hand-washing stations and to wash hands frequently.
  • All sampling of fruits, vegetables and other foods is suspended.
  • No seating or tables are offered.
  • The music area and kids zone are suspended.
  • Additional hand washing stations are provided at each market.
  • Market staff are implementing visual guides and infrastructure for physical distancing and will be enforcing these regulations among vendors and shoppers.
  • A no-touch system is in place at the information table for all EBT/Market Match and debit/credit transactions.

Dear customers…

  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms or have a possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • ALL customers must wear a face covering/mask at ALL TIMES at the markets. This is a City and County of Santa Cruz ORDER and is also required by the State.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth (especially after handling money).
  • Practice physical distancing of six feet from any other person in the market space – respect the infrastructure we have created at the markets.
  • Only touch what you purchase.
  • 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. 

Resources:

Santa Cruz County Health Department – COVID-19

California Department of Public Health – COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19