Hood River Farmers Market

Open starting April 4th!
Saturdays // 9am – 1pm // 5th & Columbia Street, downtown Hood River

We’ve developed new protocols to help ensure the health and well-being being of our community while operating the market during the COVID 19 pandemic.

A note from Gorge Grown Food Network:
Farmers markets are essential.
Governor Kate Brown has declared Farmers Markets Essential Services, just like grocery stores. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued guidance including social distancing protocol that we will be following carefully. A member of the Oregon Farmers Market Association and the Washington State Farmers Market Association, we are in daily contact with other market managers operating under these new standards. We’re grateful for the Governor’s support, and the guidance from ODA, the health department and Hood River City.
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 unemployment rises and 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.
Farmers markets for the foreseeable future will be much different than in the past. It will be an in/out market, with only one person from each household allowed in the market, one exit, and one entrance. This is not a market at all geared towards tourists.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our community.
We will only open the market as long as we feel it is safe for our vendors, staff and community. Please help us 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.
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
  • Expect the market the to look a lot different:
    • We will be limiting the number of vendors who attend the market. Only vendors selling grocery items will be allowed at the market.
      • No craft-maker or artists are allowed right now. Come back and support them in the future.
    • Vendors will be spaced out with at least 10′ between booths, or more as space allows
    • Take a look at our market map. Customers can park for free in the west lot then walk to the east market entrance on 5th Street and exit back near the parking lot.
    • No samples or exposed food will be allowed
    • No consumption of food will be allowed
    • We’ve canceled ‘non-essential’ programming like live music and youth activities.
  • Follow all social distancing guidelines:
    • “Social distancing officers” will be placed throughout the market and at each vendor booth. Please listen to them.
    • If you are waiting in line, follow the chalk markings on the ground the ensure you are at least 6′ from others
    • Don’t shop in groups. We will be limiting market entry to one person per household whenever possible
    • The market is functioning like a grocery store, not a social event. Wave ‘hello’ to your neighbor and move along
  • Be patient:
    • We will limit the number of customers allowed in the market area AND waiting to enter the market
      • If we need to turn customers away, ask them to wait in their parked car or come back later, we will!
    • Vendors will only allow one customer in their booth at a time
  • Wash any reusable bags in your washing machine with warm water before bringing them to the market
    • Our vendors will not touch items like reusable bags from customers
    • No jars, growlers etc. will be used for refills
  • Wash your hands and bring hand sanitizer to the market with you
    • We will also have hand washing stations
  • Don’t bring your dog to the market at this time
  • Offer to shop for a neighbor who can’t make it to the market
  • Shop and head home! The market is not a social outing these days.
  • Follow all guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority
    • Facemasks are now strongly recommended while in public spaces, like the farmers market
  • Lend us a hand if you’re able to volunteer
    • Volunteers will not come in close contact with market shoppers, nor will they need to physically handle any items.
To help facilitate no-contact or low-contact transactions:
  • Our vendors have been asked to use a contactless app to accept payment, like Venmo or a contactless debit/credit card reader
    • Download the Venmo app on your smartphone before coming to the market
  • Some vendors will have you swipe your credit/debit card for a low-contact transaction
  • Some vendors may elect not to accept cash. Protect yourself and your farmer by coming to market prepared
  • Consider ordering ahead of time to speed ip transactions
  • SNAP and SNAP Match can be used as normal at the market info booth
    • Hood River Farmers Market accepts SNAP EBT (food stamps) and provides an additional $10 free for customers using their benefits at the market
During COVID-19 pandemic, Gorge Grown and Hood River Farmers Market will:
  • Enforce social distancing, new protocols include:
    • Appoint a social distancing officer to oversee the market
    • Allow only one customer in a vendor’s booth at time time
    • Encourage customers to come as a single shopper
    • Appoint market staff and volunteers at entrance and exits to orient customers to new policies
    • Limit the number of customers in the market at a given time
    • Limit the number of customers waiting to enter the market
      • Ask customers to wait in their parked vehicles or come back if the market and line are at safe-distancing capacity
    • Post social distancing signage within the market
    • 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
  • Other mitigation procedures:
    • Remove all seating
    • Cancel nonessential programming (including live music, youth programming etc.)
    • Only allow vendors selling grocery items
      • No artists or craft maker booths
    • Increase number of hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations
    • Relax vendor cancelation penalties due to illness
    • Reserve use of restroom unit to vendors and market staff only
    • Reduce use of market tokens and cash
      • SNAP EBT and SNAP Match will operate as normal
      • Vendors will be reimbursed with a check following the market
      • Vendors will pay booth fees online
    • Follow all rules and guidance from CDC, OHA and local government
Vendor Expectations:
  • Appoint a social distancing officer for the booth, maintaining social distancing is this person’s primary role
  • Configure booths to help promote safe distancing between vendors/ products and customers
  • Encourage pre-orders 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
  • 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
  • No samples
  • No exposed food, “display only” is fine
  • Have a hand washing or sanitizing station at booth
  • Use gloves if handling food
  • Wipe down high touch areas like tables, screens, cashboxes etc. frequently
    • Use a plastic tablecloth or no tablecloth for easier wipe-downs
  • Stay at home if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Pre-bundling/ bagging is strongly encouraged when possible
  • Vendors handling money, tokens or vouchers should not handle food products until they have washed their hands.
    • If possible, vendors with more than one person should designate one person to handle and bag purchases, while the other handles money and transactions.
  • Per CDC recommendations, vendors must wear masks whenever possible