Farmers Market Shopper Behavior Expectations

Read on to learn more about our extensive market modifications, shopper behavior expectations, and the standards Downtown Yakima Farmers Markets is committed to in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Agriculture and food are most essential, and the farmers markets serve as the essential link between farmers and eaters. Starting May 24th, we need you to help protect public health and our community by following new 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

  • No one is permitted into the market before 9am.
  • There will be one entrance to the market located at Yakima Ave and 3rd Street.
  • Walk Up Customer Line: Start at NW corner of Yakima Ave and 3rd and go West on Yakima Ave.
  • Foot traffic will flow south. Shoppers should exit the market at Chestnut and 3rd Street.

It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The safety and health of our shoppers, vendors, volunteers and staff is critical – this is our primary concern and if we falter, we 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.

While our farmers’ market has often been a social space, it is important not to confuse this as the primary purpose this year.  Our commitment to a farm and food-only market that support Washington’s (and surrounding counties of Idaho & Oregon) small family farms, ensuring food access for all, and nurturing a connection between producers and consumers is our ultimate goal.  Our basic needs, including those for health, food, drink, and agriculture, have not changed during this crisis. We believe that an open-air market with transparent and short supply chains can be the safest and best way to obtain food during this crisis.  

Market Modifications + Altered Operations Include:

  • Modified layouts to ensure 10’ between vendor booths to allow for greater circulation and distance.
  • Limited market entrances to control the capacity and foot traffic during market.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the inside layout of the market.
  • There is no sampling until further notice.
  • No music, entertainment, or public seating areas.

Volunteer, Staff and Vendor Responsibilities:

  • All vendors, volunteers and staff are highly recommended to wear protective facemask and require gloves, separate cash and product handling, and ensure regular and proper handwashing.
  • All vendors will select and serve your produce and products.
  • Vendors, volunteers and staff will politely ask you to keep moving so we can serve as many shoppers as possible.
  • All DYFM volunteers and staff processing SNAP/EBT will be required to wear protective gloves and conduct regular handwashing.
  • Vendors, volunteers and staff will limit the number of shoppers in front of booths at any given time.
  • 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.

Shopper Behavior Expectations:

Before the market:

  • Make a list.
  • Preorder and prepay from vendors if possible.  Check COVID-19 page for our shoppers sourcing list.
  • Designate one shopper per household.
  • Service dogs are permitted otherwise please, please, PLEASE leave your pets at home.
  • Go to the bathroom prior.  We do not have public restrooms available.
  • 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.
  • Do not touch the products, the vendors will help you.
  • 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 hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds 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.
  • We highly recommend wearing a face mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face in general.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it.

It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The safety and health of our shoppers, farmers, volunteers and staff is critical – this 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!