Farmers' Market COVID-19 Response & Updates

The Farmers’ Market’s core values center around the health and wellness of our community. During these uncertain times, access to healthy and locally grown food is more important than ever. Fresh, locally grown produce is key to healthy people, strong immune systems and a connected community. Farmers’ Markets are also a key component to preserving local food production and are critical to maintaining food supply during this international emergency.

Since the safety of vendors, volunteers, staff and patrons remains the top priority, the City of Lake Oswego has made the decision to postpone the start date of the Farmers’ Market to Saturday, June 6. Although we didn’t envision the 20th season of operation taking place during a pandemic, we are committed to providing this essential food service to the community. We will be implementing significant operational changes in order to maintain the safety of customers, vendors and staff in light of COVID-19.

Precautionary measures for the market will be evaluated and updated on a continuous basis with the recommendations from experts including Clackamas County EMS Professionals. Please be sure to review this website before each visit for the most up to date information: 

Market Operations:

  • Beginning June 6, 2020, the Market will operate with its normal business hours of 8:30am-1:30pm.
  • 8:30-9am shopping will be observed for vulnerable members of the community. 
  • In order to ensure physical distancing and limit potential exposure, the footprint of the market will be reduced to the main section of Millennium Plaza Park without middle row vendors.
  • The number of booth spaces will be reduced to fit this footprint and allow six feet between booths. We will reduce from approximately 105 vendor booth spaces to just over 40. 
  • Due to the reduction in booth spaces, priority will be given to vendors that produce essential food items. This includes fruits, vegetables, meats, seafoods, dairy, grains, fruit/veggie/herb starts and Refreshment/Value Added grocery store food items.
  • Alcohol, Cut Flowers, Hot Food, Artisans, Kid’s Corner, Nonprofits, Sponsors and Community Groups will not be allowed to participate until restrictions have been lifted.  
  • Patron entry into the Farmers’ Market will be limited to First & Evergreen and access will be granted by Market staff. 
  • Staff will monitor physical distancing within the boundaries of the Market and ensure capacity does not exceed determined max capacity. 
  • All farmers' market staff are required to wear cloth or disposable face coverings or masks. 
  • All non-essential programming such as music, volunteers and kids’ programs will be suspended.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the market.
  • There will be no seating sections available for customer use as lingering is not encouraged.
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy for staff and vendors coming to the market when sick.
  • The token currency will be temporarily suspended, except for SNAP users. SNAP matching, FDNP and WIC programs will continue.

Customer Expectations:

  • Please maintain a 6-foot physical distance.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Please limit attendance to 1-2 members of your household.
  • Please respect the markets 8:30-9am shopping for vulnerable populations.
  • Please maintain the following safety practices:
    • Please wash your hands before you enter the market.
    • Please use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face. 
    • Wash all products thoroughly when you return home.
    • Please cover your sneezes or cough with a tissue or in the crease of your elbow.
    • Please wear a cloth mask or other personal protective equipment if able. 
  • Please do not handle products. If you touch it, you buy it.
  • Do not hand vendors your reusable bags. All produce will be bagged by the vendor and you will not be charged for bags. You may use your reusable bag to consolidate paper and produce bags.

Vendor Operations: 

  • All vendors must have one employee enlisted as their designated physical distancing monitor. Each vendor must be able to identify this monitor onsite. 
  • All vendors and vendor staff must wear cloth or disposable face coverings or masks. 
  • Product sampling is eliminated.
  • Only vendors may handle products (not patrons).
  • Vendors handling money should not handle food products until they have washed their hands.  It is recommended vendors with more than one person manning their booth designate one person to handle and bag purchases for patrons, while a second person handles money.
  • Booth layouts should promote physical distancing. 
  • The reusable bag program will be suspended temporarily and vendors do not need to charge a bag fee to customers. 
  • Prepackaging food is recommended when possible.
  • Vendors must have hand washing stations in their booths and provide hand sanitizer for customer use.
  • Please encourage no touch card transactions when possible and clean phone or card readers after each use.
  • Maintain clean booth spaces and frequently clean high touch areas of your booth space.
  • Stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms.

Now, more than ever, it is important to support local.  In an effort to continue to care for the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market vendors, we invite you to visit Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market Virtual Marketplace, which will be launched on the Farmers’ Market website on May 9! 

Remember, we are all in this together! Farmers’ Markets are a place of nourishment and care, and we believe in the power of community resilience in these challenging times. Thank you for your continued support of the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Markets and its vendors during our 20th season of operation!

If you have any questions please contact the Market Manager, Emily Liu at eliu@lakeoswego.city

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