Market customers using good social distancing
19 March 2020

Our Plan for a Safe, Healthy Market

(Updated April 7th, 2020)

The PSU Farmers Market is open (Saturdays 8:30am – 2pm) until further notice. We care about your safety first, and have implemented significant measures to help protect the health of our customers, our vendors, and our community. These measures include:

  • Controlled access to entrances to limit total number of shoppers
  • More space between vendor booths to encourage social distancing
  • Removing all tables and chairs to discourage gathering
  • All prepared food vendors are take-out only
  • No sampling
  • Hand-washing stations at all entrances and throughout the market
  • Ground markers to indicate 6-foot spacing in high-traffic areas
  • Cleaning surfaces with bleach frequently
  • Pre-bagged produce to eliminate scales and weighing
  • Separation of food handling and payments
  • Extra pre-market precautions for vendors (harvest, packing, etc)
  • Cancelling all entertainment

Our precautions will be updated as necessary. Like all of you, we are processing the news as it happens, and will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible. We need your help to make that happen. In addition to the policy changes listed above, we’re asking the following of our customers:

PFM Community Guidelines

Also:

  • No refillable personal containers
  • Consider shopping for a neighbor, especially if they are in a vulnerable population
  • Come prepared with a shopping list to decrease the amount of time spent at the market.
  • Use the hand washing stations and sanitation options we provide.

To support SNAP (food stamp) participants in our community, the PSU Farmers Market is also offering Double Up Food Bucks to SNAP participants through April. Learn more about this vital food access program.

For those who can shop from home and who want access to fresh local food without coming to the market, we have put together a new page to connect you with our vendors and set up deliveries, pickups, and more. Check it out.

We want everyone who has sent us their concerns, comments, and support to know that we hear you. We share your concerns about both public health and continued access to fresh, nutritious food. With your help, we can preserve both of these vital priorities and keep our community safe and healthy. We’re all in this together.

Thank you.

Leave a Reply