COVID-19 Response Plan
Farmers Markets are a Source of Healthy, Safe Food for Your Family
INDOOR Markets Spring 2021 - February 14, March 21, April 18 - 11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
The market's staff continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 health crisis, seeking guidance from the City of Maple Grove leadership and public safety officials, our partners at Hennepin County Environmental Health, the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association, and adopting best practices from markets in Minnesota and across the country. We're committed to facilitating the ongoing connection of local growers to local eaters amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and safety of our vendors, customers, and staff is the market's top concern. In these unique times, the market will operate as a food store, not a social gathering. Social distancing will be enforced and customers will be encouraged to get in, get the goodies, and get back home. Be sure to briefly share a smile (they travel six feet in no time flat!) and a greeting as you shop, but keep moving to ensure that the market doesn't become too crowded.
We are taking the following steps to keep our customers, vendors and staff safe and healthy:
1. Per Executive Order 20-81, masks are required at the indoor farmers markets.
2. All customers, staff and vendors should stay home if they feel sick or if a member of their family or production staff are not feeling well.
3. Per state guidelines, 130 people may be inside the market at one time. At busy times, shoppers may be asked to wait in line to enter the market. Please consider delaying your visit until slightly later in the market day to help us avoid congestion and queuing.
4. Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer are available for shoppers. Shoppers are encouraged to wash their hands upon entry and exit from the market (and as often as you like in between.)
5. Vendor booths are spaced farther apart to avoid crowding. Vendor displays will be modified to distance vendors and their products from the shopping public.
6. For now, the market will be a shopping destination, not a social gathering. Customers are invited to choose a designated shopper from their household and make a shopping list in advance. Please consider leaving children at home until restrictions ease.
7. Shoppers should shop with their eyes and allow vendors to handle all product.
8. Live music and special programming (Power of Produce and Frequent Shopper) are paused until further notice.
9. We'll add to and modify this list of strategies as the public health situation changes and as we learn of new best practices. Thanks for your patience and patronage of local farmers and food businesses.