Farmers Markets Respond to COVID19

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Farmers markets react to coronavirus outbreak.

As concerns about COVID-19 grow, farmers market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are necessary retail outlets for farmers and shoppers alike. Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food access, not just a social gathering. While markets may need to close in extreme circumstances such closures could be disastrous for both farmers and the shoppers who rely on the market.

In response, market operators are developing communications, preparing contingency plans, and in some regions, beginning to modify operations and criteria for closures. To offer a point of reference for our members, we have compiled information and advice from farmers markets, state associations, health departments and the Centers for Disease Control. Given the hyper local nature of farmers markets, the needs of one community may be vastly different from that of another. We recommend keeping up to date on your community’s status through your local public health departments and predicating your actions on the situation.

Read FMC’s Response and Recommendations