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Support local farmers and food producers during the pandemic. Attend farmers’ markets.

Environmental Health Supervisor Carolyn Bassett
by Carolyn Bassett04/28/2020 2:22 p.m.
Updated: 04/29/2020

We support farmers’ markets and locally grown and produced food. Access to healthy food makes a healthy community.

Farmers’ markets are essential, like grocery stores. They may operate during the “Stay home, Stay Healthy” order if they implement measures to protect workers and customers.

COVID19 Guidance for Farmers Markets Infographic

We educate, inspect and permit food workers at farmers’ markets to ensure food is safe.

When you buy from farmers’ markets, you sustain our local economy, support food producers and ensure vital access to food.

Farmers’ markets provide access to fresh, healthy food for everyone regardless of income. You can use WIC vouchers or EBT/SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce.

Follow these steps to stay safe at local farmers’ markets.

  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Follow posted instructions.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after your visit.
  • Wear a cloth mask. The Proctor Farmers Market requires it.
  • Purchase essential items and leave.
  • Preorder and prepay or bring exact change if possible.
  • Designate one shopper per household.
  • Leave pets at home. Service animals are OK.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, cough.

Proctor Farmers’ Market reopened April 25. Shopper entry is staggered and limited to two entry points. Visit their website for more information: proctorfarmersmarket.com

Tacoma Farmers’ Markets reopen with extra precautions May 7.

For shoppers:

  • You can access hand sanitizer at all entry and exit points.
  • Don’t touch items for sale—vendors will bag for you.
  • The market will reserve the first 30 minutes of operating hours for seniors and other vulnerable people.
  • The market may limit attendees to maintain social distance practices.

    We’ve worked with the market to implement social distance practices. Vendors will space their stalls 6-10 feet apart. The market layout will allow for more space between shoppers. Chalk lines and signage will help shoppers follow social distance practices.

Vendors: 

 

  • Must have handwash stations in their booths.
  • May use physical barriers between themselves and customers.
  • Should wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Can’t offer samples, demos or live entertainment.
  • May only sell food.
  • Must supply bags for customers and pre-bag items as much as possible.
  • Must clean common contact surfaces like Point of Sale screens every hour.
  • Must stay home if they’re sick or have been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Find locations, hours and more at the Tacoma Farmers’ Market website.

Other Pierce County farmers’ markets

The Puyallup Farmers’ Market delayed its opening, but you can shop from market vendors online at www.puyallupfarmersmarketstore.com.

More information

If you have questions about getting a permit or how to modify operations at a farmers’ market, contact us at food@tpchd.org or (253) 798-4709.

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  1. Updated: 04/29/2020
Environmental Health Supervisor Carolyn Bassett

by Carolyn Bassett

Carolyn works to make sure everything you eat is safe.

 

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