Farmers Market Guidance is intended to help farmers markets serve communities and provide direct access to healthy, nutritious foods and other locally-produced items typically available at farmers markets. Farmers markets must follow the Agency of Commerce & Community Development’s Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance, including the following:
- Mandatory Health & Safety Requirements for all Business, Nonprofit, and Government Operations
- Restaurant Guidance for dining, when applicable
- Arts, Culture & Entertainment Guidance for entertainment, when applicable
- Farmers Market Guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture published this guidance on October 15, 2020. All Indoor Farmers Markets shall adhere to Agency of Commerce & Community Development's (ACCD) Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance and follow the best practices identified in this Guidance.
On Friday June 19, 2020, the following Phase 2 Farmers Markets Guidance became effective for all outdoor farmers markets:
- Booth spacing is reduced from 12’ to 6’;
- Outdoor dining, with similar guidance to restaurants, is permitted;
- Pets are allowed at markets; and
- Entertainment, similar to guidance followed by restaurants, is permissible.
Review the Farmers Market Phase 2 Guidance for all requirements.
- Improving Handwashing Stations – University of Vermont Extension
- COVID-19 Resources & Updates for Farmers Markets – Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
- Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 — Best Practices, Examples, and Resources – Farmers Market Coalition