Ensuring Health & Safety at Farmers Markets

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 are required to 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.

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 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 6′ 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.

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, Washington Department of Health and local government.

Vendor Expectations:

General operation requirements:

          • Vendors are required to stay home if sick or exposed to COVID-19

Social distancing requirements:

          • Each vendor must establish one ‘social distancing officer’. This person acts as an ‘occupancy’ monitor for the space inside and around the vendor booth, in addition to managing their own booths. This officer must a) know they are the office and be able to answer affirmatively if questioned and b) take responsibility for enforcing the social distancing policies in their own spaces. This can be done in addition to other duties, but needs to be a priority for that individual. 
          • Re-envision market booths with social distance in mind
          • Use signage to help communicate physical distancing procedures at and around your booth. Example: note where the line starts etc.

Sanitation requirements:

          • Vendors and staff are required to wipe down high touch areas, such as tables, screens, and cash boxes, frequently.
          • Restrict shoppers’ ability to handle products before purchasing
          • Assign at least one (1) sanitation attendant whose duties are to frequently clean and disinfect work areas, high-traffic areas, and commonly touched surfaces in areas accessed by employees and customers.
          • Vendors are required to have a hand-washing station or hand sanitizer at their booth for their own use.
          • Prohibit customers from frilling jars, growlers etc. that have not been commercially sanitized

Masks & Face Covering Requirements: 

          • Vendors, staff and children under 5 years old must wear cloth, paper or disposable face covering over their mouth and nose. 
            • Gorge Grown Food Network can provide you with a mask in the event you forget one or need a replacement
          • Masks need to be worn at all times when in the booth and helping customers.
          • If vendors need to eat, drink, or take a mask-break, they will need to step way to the back of their booths, or even outside the booth to an area where customers and fellow vendors are not congregated (at least 6 ft from anyone else) to remove their masks. 
            • Refasten the mask and then handwash (preferred) or hand-sanitizer (if that’s the only option) before returning to handling products and helping customers.

Samples & Prepared Food Requirements:

          • Customers are not allowed to consume food or drink onsite. Vendors selling prepared food items need to package them for ‘to-go’ only. 
          • Samples are available upon request only

Best Practice Recommendations:

          • Vendors handling money, tokens or vouchers should not handle food products until they have washed their hands. If possible, have more than one person stationing the booth: designated one person to handle purchases while the second person handles money and transactions
          • Use plastic tablecloths or clear plastic to cover cloth for easier wipe-downs
          • Encourage contactless payments
            • Download the Venmo app to a smartphone or device
            • Accept credit/ debit cards directly through Square or another processor
A note from Gorge Grown Food Network:
Governor Kate Brown and Governor Jay Inslee have declared Farmers Markets Essential Services, just like grocery stores. The Oregon Health Authority and Washington Department of Healthy have issued operating protocols that we will be following carefully. As a member of the Oregon Farmers Market Association and Washington State Farmers Market Association, we are in contact with other market managers operating under these new standards.
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. Farmers Markets accept SNAP EBT (food stamps) and provides an additional free incentives 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.