2021 Farmers’ Market Shopper Behavior Expectations #YakimaSTRONG (Updated 5/18/21)

Although the WA State face mask requirements change on 5/18/21, Farmers’ Markets still have to follow the Department of Health (DOH) Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines until WA reopens and/or DOH Guidelines have been updated.

Starting May 23rd, we ask all shoppers to please help us in protecting our community by following these guidelines.

Shoppers, you have the important duty of displaying excellent behavior in and around the market. All of us here at Downtown Association of Yakima, including our volunteers and vendors, will be responsible for implementing the agreed-upon plans to keep everyone safe while we help feed our community.

Downtown Yakima Farmers Market

  • You can enter and exit on both the South & North ends of the market.

It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to help us transition from COVID-19 full protocols to standard COVID-19 safety standards. The safety and health of our shoppers, vendors, volunteers and staff is our primary concern and if we falter, we still run the risk the closure of our market. 

All DYFM staff, volunteers and vendors (and shoppers) must stay home if they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have been knowingly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Shopper Behavior Expectations:

Before heading to the market:

  • Make a list.
  • Preorder and prepay from vendors if possible.  Check website for our shoppers sourcing list.
  • Designate one shopper per household wherever possible.
  • Service dogs are permitted otherwise please, please, PLEASE leave your pets at home until further notice (per DOH Guidelines).
  • Go to the bathroom prior.  We do not have public restrooms available until further notice.
  • Bring reusable bags – these are permitted, but you will be the only person touching them.
  • Check yourself – stay home if you are sick or if you’ve been in contact with someone who is sick.

During your market visit:

  • Please be alert! The market has major modifications and there are new signs to help you move through the market.
  • Maintain 6 feet of space at all times. This is crucial! Look for physical cues like tape, cones, chalk, and signs all around you as a reminder.
  • Shop quickly and efficiently. This isn’t the time to chat. Big smiles welcome!
  • Wash/sanitize hands often especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face in general.

Market Modifications + Altered Operations Include:

  • Modified layouts to ensure at least 6’ between vendor booths (per DOH Guidelines).
  • Limited market entrances to control the capacity during market (per DOH guidelines).
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the layout inside the market.
  • There is no sampling until further notice.
  • Note: We are unable to accommodate the DOH guideline for an enclosed sampling area.  We will be waiting to see if DOH will drop this once the state reopens.  If they do, sampling will be able to resume.
  • No public seating areas.
  • No eating inside the market area.

Volunteer, Staff and Vendor Responsibilities:

  • All vendors, volunteers and staff are required to wear protective face mask/shield and ensure regular and proper handwashing.
  • Volunteers and staff will politely ask you to keep moving so we can serve as many shoppers as possible.
  • Surfaces and ‘high touch’ items such as tables, POS terminals, cash boxes, etc. will be sanitized regularly.
  • DYFM market staff will be assigned to conduct regular and ongoing checks for hand sanitation stations, proper bleach solutions, and sanitizing supplies in addition to our regular food safety controls.

It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As stated before, the safety and health of our shoppers, farmers, volunteers and staff is our primary concern and if we falter, we risk the closure of our market.  All DYFM volunteers, staff and vendors (and shoppers) must stay home if they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have been knowingly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!