COVID 19 2021



Wallowa County Farmers Market is committed to bringing fresh, nutritious food to our community in the safest way possible.


Our priority is protecting the safety of our vendors, customers, and volunteers first. As such, we have put into place safety procedures to help protect all those involved in getting fresh food to your plate.


Because farmers markets are considered essential business as per the state, we will be continuing with our market at the regular dates planned with the following guidelines in place.


These practices are based on regulations and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority, National Farmers Market Coalition, and Oregon Farmers Market Association. They are subject to change if there are changes in Wallowa County with case numbers.

Vendors/Market Staff and Volunteers:

Anyone who is sick is required to stay home!

Food:

  • We are not able to accommodate an eating area at this time, therefore: Any prepared food (hot or cold) must be taken ‘to go’. This means no eating at the market or congregating nearby to eat. This also means vendors must package food in to go containers. 
  • Food sampling is ok if samples are single sized and not on a tray that customer can touch. Additional guidelines can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KN9ayz4pQ4A3bHBzOsd0GuU3QHKHHdrtzx65OCAQJ0g/edit# 

Distancing/Masks

  • Markers will be in place at booths and high traffic areas to show 6 feet distance.
  • Vendors, staff, and volunteers required to face coverings. Appropriate types and rules can be found here: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf
  • There will be social distancing liaisons to make sure rules are being followed throughout the market area.

Booths

  • It is suggested to have 2 workers in your booth, one to handle money or cards, and one to handle products.
  • Vendors should set up their booth to keep 6 foot distancing from customers. The market manager can help with suggestions if you need them.
  • Display booths will only be allowed that are non-interactive
  • High touch zones must be regularly sanitized. 
  • Vendors are asked to pre-package items as much as possible.
  • Pricing items in whole dollars prevents change handling. 
  • Customer handling is discouraged, as is customers trying on items near their face. We recommend handling items for customers with gloves on and encouraging them to shop "with their eyes."
  • Consider offering pre-ordering for your customers to reduce lines and wait time.

Other

  • Music will be allowed with restrictions 
  • Events will be allowed on limited basis with restrictions
  • The market will have a hand wash station available. Vendors must also have hand sanitizer available for themselves and customers at their booth.
  • Read signage and follow directions to keep everyone safe

Customers:

  • Number of people allowed in the market area will be limited, practicing safe social distancing of 6 feet minimum.
  • Anyone who is sick or may have been exposed please stay home!
  • There will be social distancing liaisons to make sure rules are being followed throughout the market area.
  • The market will have a hand wash station available. Vendors must also have hand sanitizer available for themselves and customers
  • If possible, send only one member of your household to shop at the market.
  • Come prepared with a list to decrease time at the market
  • Please point to the item you would like and the vendor will package it for you. If you touch it, you buy it!
  • Please wear a mask or other face covering while shopping at the market
  • Only service animals will be allowed at the market until further notice
  • Read signage and follow directions to keep everyone safe
  • Even though we normally love having children at the market, please try and leave them home at this time
  • Do not linger after purchasing items. This allows others to shop and maintain social distancing

Thank you all for helping us stay safe and healthy!