COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS SAFETY AT HDLFM; (HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LIBERTY FARMERS MARKET) WILL OPEN ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF MAY (MAY 2ND, 2020)

Farmers Market Health and Safety for Vendors, Shoppers, and Staff:
Farmers Markets In accordance with The Clay County Health Department Emergency Order 03222020, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, say that along with grocery stores, farmers markets may continue to operate and are an Essential Business.  Additionally, the US Department of Homeland Security provides a list of exempt, essential industries, which include food and agriculture. Farmers markets are included in this list, as essential retail outlets for food purchase. We cannot express enough our gratitude to our local, state and federal officials in recognizing that farmers markets are an essential food resource for our communities. Now more than ever, we see the importance of our local food systems through the work our farmers are doing to keep us nourished and healthy.  Reliable access to food is a human right and it is critical that our food supply chain maintain.

We believe that HDLFM is an essential food resource, and plays an integral part in our local food system and economy.  Many of the precautions recommended by the CDC to reduce transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19 are things our vendors are well versed in.  Safe food handling is an important practice required by all HDLFM vendors. Things like staying home when you’re sick, rigorous hand washing, proper cough covering, etc. are all things our expert vendors have practiced until they are second nature. All HDLFM vendors are required to abide by all food safety laws and regulations. Our vendors are taking extreme food safety precautions.  To view our increased vendor safety protocols click here. (see below)

Pre-Ordering

Historic Downtown Liberty Farmers Market remains open to the public, in a regulated fashion (please see guidelines below), but we also understand individuals may not feel comfortable attending. Curbside Pickup from some of our vendors is available during Saturday Market for pre-orders!

To view which vendors are offering pre-orders please click on the below button. (working on this)

This resource will continue to develop as more vendors create and adopt new systems and payment options. Orders and payments will need to take place before Fridays at NOON with the vendors (some vendors may have earlier deadlines in place).

Many of our vendors are adapting how they get food to you and are creating different systems to do so! Please be patient as we try to help them get new systems put in place!

Customer Safety Guidelines

In addition to vendors following increased food safety guidelines we are taking the additional steps to ensure a safe environment at HDLFM:

  • Vendor sampling is banned, until further notice.
  • No foods or drink will be allowed to be prepared on-site and sold. Vendors are still allowed to sell prepackaged food items to be consumed at home. Customers may not linger or eat on-site.
  • All non-essential activities have been canceled until further notice.
  • Public seating areas will not be available.
  • Vendors are spaced at least 20 feet apart.

Customers must take these steps to help keep your family safe:

  • Limit your human interactions to a wave.
  • Make your visit as short as possible, and keep the human contact low.
  • Only send ONE person to shop.  
  • Limit the number of customers in a booth to one at a time.  Keep at least 6+ feet from the customer in front of you.
  • Practice social spacing by keeping a distance of 6+ feet from other customers and vendors.
  • Honor the one-way sidewalk signs.
  • Shop with your eyes, not your hands. 
  • Vendors will be 6ft back from the curb. Customer must stay on the sidewalk during transactions.
  • Do not pick up and touch items.  Vendors will pick up and bag items for you.
  • When you get home wash all produce thoroughly before using it.
  • Do not re-use produce bags between HDLFM visits.
  • We are encouraging vendors to use contactless credit card options, but some are still in the process of getting systems set up or are cash only vendors. The HDLFM information booth has the capability to process contactless card payments. if you wish to purchase tokens. Tokens will be sanitized after each use.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are sick or have contact with anyone that is sick, please stay home and ask a friend or family member to pick things up for you at HDLFM instead.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, sneeze or cough into a tissue (and immediately throw it away) or into the crease of your elbow.

We are monitoring this and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all shoppers. We encourage you to visit the CDC website for updated information and safety precaution tips at cdc.gov.

These precautions will be updated with information as this situation continues to develop. Thank you for your continued support and understanding!

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS VENDOR PROTOCOLS

We believe that HDLFM is an essential food resource and our first priority is the safety of our vendors, customers, and staff. We have to retain shopper confidence that of the many public spaces they will visit, HDLFM is attentive to best sanitary practices. The majority of the items below are things that you should, already, be doing. To help reassure HDLFM customers that HDLFM is a safe place to shop, effective immediately, we are enforcing the below processes.:

  • No foods will be allowed to be prepared on-site and sold.
  • We are banning all product sampling, until further notice.
  • Vendors are required to wear clean gloves. 
  • After handling money, any soiling, or after touching your nose, eyes or mouth, you must put on new gloves.  The point of wearing gloves is to keep the food sanitary, not your hands.
  • All prepared foods must be pre-packaged, before bringing to market.
  • To allow for an easily sanitized surface, we will not allow vendors to use table cloths.
  • Do not allow customers to touch/pick-up items.  Set up your booth to allow for you to pick up and bag items for customers.
  • Place your booth 6ft back from the curb. Customers must stay on the sidewalk while conducting business with you.
  • Provided COVID19 signage must be posted at each booth.

There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourselves and your staff, while maintaining a healthy environment at HDLFM;

  • If you or anyone in your household have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please let us know immediately.
  • If you or a staff member feel sick, please have that person stay home.
  • All HDLFM staff and vendors must wash their hands periodically throughout the day, especially before and after eating. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and be thorough – soaping up the palms of your hands, the backs of your hands, your wrists, and between your fingers,
  • ALL vendors must have hand sanitizer or a handwashing station that includes a hands-free spigot, anti-bacterial soap, a catch basin for water and paper towels.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or into the crease of their elbow.
  • If possible bring extra hand sanitizer to place at your booth for customer use.

Guidelines and best practices for safe handling of food and tokens/money:

  • As much as possible, keep food handling and cash/token handling performed by different employees.
  • Staff handling money must wear gloves.
  •  If you use any type of device to process credit cards, please bring cleaning supplies to regularly disinfect the device and card reader.
  • If you have the capability to process cards with contactless methods such as Apple Pay or Android Pay, we encourage you to do so.

We will keep monitoring the situation. Liberty Farmers Market will not close unless we are advised we must do so. If we are ordered to close, we may not have much advance warning. Please continue to regularly check your email. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. Information will be updated as this situation continues to develop.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding!