Shelter-in-Place Response: Farmers' Markets
Farmers' markets have been deemed as "essential services" by the State of California and County of Sonoma during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. As such, they must enforce strict public health protocols, including mandating the wearing of facial coverings, minimum of 6-foot distancing, and no congregating. While these County-mandated changes may feel at odds with the social culture of farmers markets, please do follow these rules so that the farmers markets can continue serving the public! Some markets are offering online ordering for curbside pickup, and accept CalFresh or offer MarketMatch. See below for tips on shopping safely at farmers markets.
These markets are currently open:
Healdsburg Farmers Market: West Plaza Parking Lot (one block from the Plaza), Healdsburg, Saturdays 8:30 am to 12 pm.; Tuesdays 9 am to 12:30 pm, on the Plaza.
Oakmont Certified Farmers Market, Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa, Saturdays 9 am to 12 pm.
Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market, 1501 Farmers Lane (not the Vets building during shelter-in-place), Saturdays 8:30 am to 1 pm; Wednesdays 9 am to 1 pm. Offering curbside pickup; click here to order.
Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, Saturday 8:30 am to 1 pm year-round, and Wednesday 8:30 am to 1 pm March to December.
Sonoma's Tuesday Night Market: Sonoma Veterans Memorial Parking Lot, 126 West 1st Street, Sonoma. Tuesdays 3 to 6 pm. until September.
Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market, 241 First St. West, Depot Park, Sonoma, Fridays 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Windsor Certified Farmers Market: Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland, Windsor. Open Sundays 10 am to 1 pm
Shopping Safely at Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are following strict hygiene and social distancing rules in compliance with the newest shelter-in-place orders. Some examples include having multiple hand sanitizing sections at each booth plus glove requirements, requiring different vendor staff to handle money and food, taping off booths so customer cannot enter, indicating with chalk on how to stand in line 6 feet apart, not allowing customers to pick out produce by hand, and no longer allowing prepared food vendors to prepare at market, instead requiring preportioned food packaged at specific commissaries, among other protocols.
To help keep farmers markets a safe place for farmers and customers alike and keep them open, please follow these simple rules (adapted courtesy of the Healdsburg Farmers Market). Remember, facial coverings are mandated by the County of Sonoma! Sorry, despite the social culture of markets in normal times, no socializing is allowed for now! If you see a friend, even at a distance, please do not have a conversation within the confines of the market so that the flow of traffic can keep moving at a safe pace. Thank you!
- Please wear a facial covering.
- While vendors love to see you, it’s best to “get in and get out.”
- Only 1 person or couple should shop at a vendor’s booth at one time.
- Observe 6 feet (about 10 zucchinis) between shoppers while in line, even in the aisles.
- We recommend 1 family member shops and others stay home.
- Please do not touch or sample. Ask vendors to bag what you want to buy.
- Restrooms are for vendors only, except for emergencies.
- Please use hand wash/sanitizing stations.
- If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.
(Graphic courtesy of Agricultural Community Events Farmers Markets)