Shop Farmers Markets Safely and Responsibly this Season

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Due to COVID-19, farmers markets will be different this year - with masks, new layouts, and social distancing protocols. Markets are required to adhere to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health’s Order outlining mandatory measures to reduce the exposure of shoppers and market employees to COVID-19.

What you can expect at the market:

  • You will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds when you enter the market. Handwashing stations may be made available at the entrance of most markets.
  • Vendors will handle all items for you until payments are made. Point or tell the vendors what you want to purchase.
  • Vendors are not allowed to touch reusable bags. Vendors will provide bags for your purchase.
  • There will be clear entry and egress points, signage, and floor marks for customers to meet social distancing requirements.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet apart will be actively enforced by staff. The number of visitors inside the market will be limited to meet social distancing requirements.
    Vendors are not allowed to provide product samples for tasting.

In addition to the above requirements, the City recommends shoppers adhere to the following guidelines to keep yourself and others healthy.

Shopper Guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick or if a member of your household is sick.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds when you enter the market. Handwashing stations may be made available at the entrance of most markets.
  • Do not bring reusable bags. Vendors will provide bags.
  • Credit cards and contactless payments are preferred.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Shop alone if possible to support safe social distancing.
  • Be prepared to wait.
  • Some farmers markets allow you to schedule your visit to limit your wait time or pre-order from your favorite vendors.

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