COVID-19 Response – Moving Outside Early

Dear Belfast Farmers’ Market customers,

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the Belfast Farmers’ Market will be moving to our outside location at Waterfall Arts THIS Friday, March 20, 9am-1pm.

The Belfast Farmers’ Market is deeply committed to community safety and in addition to moving outside vendors will be following a comprehensive list of new COVID-19 protocol.    With public health as a top priority during the COVID19 outbreak the market has transitioned away from a social gathering hub to a place to efficiently pick up necessities from local producers.

In light of COVID-19, we ask that our customers adhere to the following best practices:

-please do not come to market if you are displaying symptoms of COVID19, or have knowingly come into contact with anyone who is sick.  Please have a neighbor shop for you or reach out to individual vendors for possible delivery options.

-please practice frequent hand washing (for 20 sec) or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol & avoid touching you face at market

-practice social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible, this includes while waiting in lines

-we ask that customers do not linger at market which includes taking their prepared food home “to go”

-remember to wear raincoats/ bring umbrellas so you don’t feel like you  have to crowd under tents in inclement weather!!

-please only touch the food that you are buying

-the info tent will stay open for SNAP/EBT customers.  In order to minimize the number of people touching clipboards, we are asking that info booth credit card customers bring cash or checks to market (some of the vendors also accept credit cards at their stand).

The good news is that COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness.  It is unlikely that someone will catch it through eating.  The virus is most likely to cause illness through respiratory transmission, not eating.  The routes to be concerned about include being in very close proximity to many people or coming in contact with high touch surfaces.

Please note that Waterfall Arts is currently closed to the public. Belfast Farmers’ Market customers will not have access to the building.

The Belfast Farmers’ Market values the opportunity to provide nutritious, healthy, locally grown and produced food to our community.  We believe that local food is safe food as it has passed through far fewer hands and facilities to get from our fields to your plates! Lastly, the market will continue to monitor CDC recommendations and respond accordingly.

Take care!

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COVID-19 Update

Valued Belfast Farmers’ Market Customers,

Belfast Farmers’ Market members are currently developing a response plan to the COVID-19 outbreak. We believe that in this time of uncertainty, safe, healthy and local food is critical to the community.  As such, we are committed to developing protocols that will ensure food produced by Belfast Farmers’ Market vendors can be available to the community in a way that minimizes risk of spread of the virus and adheres to the latest guidelines set forth by city, State, and Federal health officials.  Our intention is to have a plan that we can share with the community before this Friday’s market. Given the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, we expect that our plan too will evolve in the days and weeks to come. Please keep an eye on our website, our @BelfastFarmersMarket Facebook and Instagram social media accounts, and/or subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-date information and announcements regarding access to Belfast Farmers’ Market products.

Take care of yourselves and others!

 

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2020 Membership Applications Due Before January 12, 2020

Belfast Farmers' Market Belfast MainePlanning for our 40th season under way.

The Belfast Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for 2020!  The market is seeking to expand its product range and is looking for additional vendors of under-represented products.  Spaces are limited and priority will be given to products not already represented at the market.

All applications must be received prior to our annual January meeting (January 12, 2020).  Please note, new applicants the market is interested in interviewing will be invited to attend the February meeting (February 23, 2020) to make a presentation of products.

More information, Market Guidelines, By-laws, continuing and new market applications may be found here.

Market continues at Aubuchon Hardware Greenshous,  Route 1 in Belfast through the winter. Every Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.

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