The Downtown Yakima Farmers Market is classified as an essential food business by State of Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Due to COVID-19, the market season has been shortened by 4 weeks, running May 24th through October 11th. We are continuously working closely with Yakima Health District, Washington State Farmers Market Association and City of Yakima to be kept to date on changes that may affect the market.
Starting 6/26/20, shoppers will be required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose at the Farmers Market per Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman statewide mandatory face covering order. You can find the Proclamation on the Governor’s website.
Thanks to Yakima Valley Emergency Management and The City of Yakima we are able to pass out masks at the entrance to shoppers who many not have one to help with the Proclamation. We will continue this trend each weekend while supplies last with the City of Yakima’s “Mask up to open up” campaign in mind.
Farmers Market Vendors: For additional information regarding financial support for food and farm businesses impacted by COVID-19, please visit the following sites:
- CARES Act the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is a package of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief package includes $350 billion for Small Business Administration(SBA) loan guarantees along with subsidies and additional funding for SBA resources. – Guide to the cares act
- SBA – SBA Disaster Loans
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employee paid leave rights
- US Chamber of Commerce – US Chamber Small Business Guide
- CDC – COVID 19 Guidance for Business
- YCDA COVID 19 – Business Resources
- WSDA – Regional Markets Program
For additional resources, check the Yakima Chamber of Commerce website.
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program can be found here.