COVID-19 – Coronavirus – Market Modifications

local together sign for CFM CV-19

In response to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, the Clatskanie Farmers Market has been actively researching and planning on how to safely offer our 2020 Market season. We do know that many people would prefer to shop at a Farmers Market for many reasons, including:

  • Shopping in an open-air environment
  • Supporting farmers & makers in our local community
  • Purchasing local products that have traveled a short distance with minimal handling

We will open the Clatskanie Farmers Market 7th annual summer season on June 20th in our regular location in Cope’s Park until there is no longer a need for social distancing measures. When we are able to do so, we are pleased to announce that we will be moving into our new venue on Conyer’s Street!

Please note that while we will not be able to offer our “traditional” Market at this time, we will be able to offer a COVID-19 compliant environment. While the Clatskanie Farmers Market will temporarily not be the community gathering place that we’ve all come to know and love, we will return to that as soon as we are allowed to. At least in the beginning of the season, we are implementing several necessary modifications in order to provide a safe and healthy shopping experience for our vendors and customers.

In order to comply with COVID-19 requirements, the Clatskanie Farmers Market has planned for these modified operations, approved by the ODA, and recommended and supported by OFMA:

For Our Vendors (updated 6/4/2020):

  • We will set up the market with empty space between each booth to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Vendors are being asked to wear PPE: face coverings at all times; and if gloves are worn (optional) they are to be changed between customers, and between handling product and performing financial transactions.
  • Do not come to the Market if you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who is ill, per CDC guidelines.
  • All booths must provide a hand-washing station and/or hand sanitizer for vendor use, hand sanitizer for customer use, and sanitizing supplies to use between customers.
  • Social distancing for all will be enforced through our designated Social Distancing Officer and additionally, each vendor booth will have a designated Social Distancing Officer, as required by the State of Oregon.
  • Prepared food may be available, but will be carry-out only and should not be eaten on site. There may/may not be seating or tables in the Market area.
  • Samples must be in containers, but those containers may or may not have lids; they still must be handed out, individually, to shoppers, rather than being placed out for self-serve or buffet-style.
  • Two vendors are recommended in each booth where product is not pre-packaged: one to handle product and one to handle transactions.
  • Vendors & services that encourage gathering or socializing, or where physical contact cannot be avoided, will not currently be at the Market including:
    • Musicians
    • Nonprofit Organizations
    • Master Gardeners
    • Massage
    • Face painting

For Our Shoppers:

We will ask the following of everyone who attends the Market:

  • Do not come to the Market if you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who is ill, per CDC guidelines.
  • Wearing a face mask or covering is encouraged, per CDC guidelines.
  • Maintain a healthy distance: keep 6 feet between yourself, other shoppers, and vendors.
  • Shop with your eyes, not your hands: please ask vendors for assistance.
  • Shop without your family: shop solo or with one other person.
  • Shop efficiently: plan to get in and out of the Market in a timely manner.
  • Follow the directives of the Social Distancing Officer and adhere to the queues at each vendor’s booth.
  • Keep your hands clean: with gloves, washing, or sanitizer.
  • No pets: the Market’s policy of no pets continues. Service animals are allowed.

Alternate Ordering and Pick-up Options:

We are able to offer a pre-order / pick-up drive-through at The Hub (behind Colvin’s) for certain Farmers Market products. Please see our WEBSITE about the WhatsGood App and how vendors and shoppers can experience the “online farmers market.”

The results of a recent vendor survey indicated that many of our vendors are interested in implementing online ordering. This would be done through an app (iOS and Android) called What’s Good https://sourcewhatsgood.com/. This is an outside company and is not managed by the Clatskanie Farmers Market. If you choose to pre-order through the What’s Good app, and select the Clatskanie Farmers Market as your pick-up location, you would pre-order items by 11pm on Thursday for pick-up at The Hub from 10-noon on regular market days. *If you would like to pay with SNAP on a pre-order, please email our Market Manager, Wanda Harris, at CFMmarketManager@gmail.com for guidance.

Next Steps:

Please note that this is our plan as of 6/4/2020.  As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, we will make updates as needed.  If you have questions, please email our Market Manager, Wanda Harris, at CFMmarketManager@gmail.com

We want to thank the farmers markets from around the state for sharing their advice and information. And we want to especially thank the Oregon Farmers Markets Association for their leadership, resources, and guidance; they have been a tremendous help throughout this unprecedented time.

We also want to thank our wonderful community for their past, present, and future support of the Clatskanie Farmers Market, and the farmers, crafters and artists who call our Market home. Our local farmers need our help now more than ever, and we thank you for continuing to support them.

And to our vendors: thank you for growing and creating the food and other items we all need in order to be healthy and happy. Your dedication and devotion is inspiring!

Hang in there. We’ll get through this together!

~ Clatskanie Farmers Market