Hood River Farmers Market

Winter Season (December – April): 1st & 3rd Saturdays | 1oam – Noon | Ferment Brewing Company, 403 Portway Ave.

To keep our community safe and the market open, we ask that customers:

Stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID 19.

Wash your hands and bring hand sanitizer with you. 

Wear a face mask while inside the market.

          • Customers are required to wear a facial covering. Exceptions will be made for children under 5.
          • Those who are not able to wear a cloth face mask will be asked to wear a face shield. Customers without a mask or a shield can preorder items and pick them up curbside without entering the market.

No eating or drinking on site.

Follow social distancing guides.

          • Follow chalk markings on the ground to ensure you are at least 6′ from others when in line.
          • Follow directions from market staff and volunteers.
          • Don’t shop in large groups.

Be patient.

          • We will limit the number of customers allowed in the market area.
          • Don’t be discouraged by a line outside of the market, it moves quickly.

Leave pets at home. Only service animals (no ESAs) will be permitted.

Wash any reusable bags with warm water before bringing them to the market. Don’t bring jars, growlers etc. for refill. 

          • Vendors will not touch customers’ personal items.

Shop efficiently and head home! The market is not a social outing these days.

Lend us a hand if you are able to volunteer!

During COVID-19 pandemic, Gorge Grown and Hood River Farmers Market staff will:

Enforce social distancing. Protocols include:

          • Appoint a social distancing officer to oversee the market.
          • Encourage single shopper trips.
          • Appoint staff or volunteers at the entrance and exit to orient customers to new policies
          • Limit the number of customers in the market at one time.
          • Designate spaces in checkout lines and waiting lines with chalk, measuring at least 6′ apart
          • Reenvision market layout with social distancing in mind
            • Space vendors out with at least 10′ between each booth, or more as space allows
          • Communicate operational changes to our vendors and customers

Ensure all customers and vendors are wearing masks inside the market.

Remove all seating and food court areas.

Cancel programming, including live music and youth activities.

Increase the number of hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations.

Relax vendor cancelation penalties due to illness.

Follow all rules and guidance from CDC, Oregon Health Authority and local government.

Vendor Expectations:

Wear a face mask.

Configure booths to promote safe distancing between vendors, products and customers.

        • Eliminate any self-service operations within the booth (ie. customers handling product before it is purchased)
        • No refillable customer-owned items (jars, growlers etc.)
        • Customers are allowed to bring their own bags but vendors should not touch these items

Encourage preorders and contactless payments.

        • Accept credit/ debit transactions directly
        • Download the Venmo app to a smartphone or device to encourage contactless transactions
        • Display clear signage indicating the ways to pay at the booth

No samples or exposed food.

Have a hand washing or sanitizing station at the booth.

Wipe down high touch areas like tables, screens, cashboxes etc. frequently.

Stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A note from Gorge Grown Food Network:
Governor Kate Brown has declared Farmers Markets Essential Services, just like grocery stores. The Oregon Health Authority has issued operating protocols that we will be following carefully. As a member of the Oregon Farmers Market Association, we are in contact with other market managers operating under these new standards. We’re grateful for the Governor’s support, and the guidance from OHA, the health department and City of Hood River.
Farmers markets are essential.
Our open-air market provides a key access point to local food for our community and relieves stress on grocery stores. High-quality nutrient dense food is more important than ever. The incredibly short supply chain from field to market means a lot less hands are touching your food compared to what’s available at the grocery store.
As the needs of vulnerable community members grow, the market’s food access programming will be of increased importance. Hood River Farmers Market accepts SNAP EBT (food stamps) and provides an additional $10 free for customers using their benefits at the market.
We all need to eat and our local farmers have food for us. Farmers and producers are struggling as local restaurants temporarily close or limit their operations. Money spent at the market bolsters our local economy and allows our local farmers to keep growing food and employing members of our community.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our community.
Please help us to keep the market open and allow us to support our local farmers. Follow the protocols stated below and listen to the guidance of our market staff and volunteers while you shop.