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.
- Face Mask Requirements and the ADA – Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
This factsheet outlines how markets can create a mask policy in the context of state and local mask mandates as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. The factsheet is part of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit website, an open-access legal resource that helps markets become more resilient and accessible.
- Improving Handwashing Stations – University of Vermont Extension Ag Engineering
- 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