SC Community Farmers’ Markets and Covid-19

Updated April 27th, 2021

Certified farmers’ markets are considered essential food outlets and are able to operate under state and county COVID-19 guidelines. 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. Please read on to learn about our response to Covid-19

MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED BY ALL within the farmers’ market perimeters. Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets (SCCFM) requires that face masks be worn by ALL customers, vendors, staff and other individuals at the markets – NO EXCEPTIONS. Face shields are not allowed – adequate face coverings include cloth masks, medical masks, bandanas and scarves. Thank you in advance for attending to the public safety measures at the markets. 

PERSONALIZED SHOPPING SERVICE – Individuals unable to wear a mask at the farmers’ markets or unable to shop at market for alternative circumstances can now access our FREE personalized shopping service. An SCCFM staff member will shop at the Downtown, Westside or Live Oak market for you at no cost. You provide the shopping list in advance and your groceries will be available for curbside pick up at the market of your choosing. Eligible individuals can access this service one time per week.

If you are interested in our Personalized Shopping Service please contact us at shoppersccfm@gmail.com for more information. Capacity is limited, the service is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. See the curbside pickup schedule below.

Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market: 2-4pm in 30 minute intervals.

Westside Farmers’ Market: 10am-Noon in 30 minute intervals.

Live Oak Farmers’ Market: 10am-Noon in 30 minute intervals.

We are NO LONGER offering SENIOR ONLY SHOPPING as of May 1st – We were happy to offer this 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 the farms and food businesses we work with in the ways we can.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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. 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.
  • 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.

Dear customers…

  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms or have a possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • SCCFM requires that ALL customers wear a face covering/mask at the markets. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth. Face shields are not allowed – adequate face coverings include cloth masks, medical masks, bandanas and scarves.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing of six feet from any other person in the market space that is not a member of your pod – 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