Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets as of March 31, 2020
This guidance is provided for farmers’ market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To maintain the designation as an exempt operation, it is important that all farmers’ markets meet the following requirements for the duration of the Executive Order. These requirements are meant to maintain outlets for healthy local foods, while safeguarding our farmers, consumers, and communities from the spread of COVID-19.
The requirements are:
• No forms of entertainment.
• No cooking demonstrations or sampling.
• No craft or non-food vendors, except for soap or hand sanitizer.
• Space out vendors as much as possible.
• Minimize amount of food on display with customer access.
• Increase the number of handwashing stations and make hand sanitizer available.
• Manage customer traffic within the market to eliminate congregating and to promote social distancing (i.e., maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between customers).
• Know and understand the Food Safety at Farmers’ Markets Guidelines. https://agriculture.ny.gov/food…/food-safety-farmers-markets
• Frequently check the Department of Agriculture and Market’s website for updates and additional resources. https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus
For more information, visit https://mcusercontent.com/d6875d2402349a8401c48f19b/files/e3874ba4-380f-42bb-9590-398348daf704/interimguidancefarmersmarkets.pdf?fbclid=IwAR15CPp8NSSiGDakdLLK5M0j33saEVWPuriG0dZOsG6UhlCment9qIDm4BI
Interested NEW Vendors: Please fill out the form below to be placed on the distribution list (this is NOT an application). At this time, we are planning to move forward with the 2020 Clinton Farmers Market as planned. Things are changing everyday. Giving the current situation, applications to NEW interested vendors will be emailed out after April 20th. Before you submit, please review the bullet points below.
The following items can be sold at the Clinton Farmers Market:
- Produce, honey, cider (must be pasteurized), maple syrup, eggs, baked goods (must be wrapped or placed in paper or plastic or sold out of an enclosed show case), candy, meats, cheese, home-made canned goods and plants. All the items listed must be baked, raised, made and/or grown by the vendor.
- Arts, crafts and merchandise must be made by the vendor. Vendors cannot purchase items solely for resale.
- If accepted, vendors must have copies of all required licenses/permits based on the nature of the product(s) sold. Click here for a checklist of Permits/Licenses/ Certificates Required for Farmers Market Sellers.
- All vendors must carry a liability policy ($1,000,000 minimum) listing the “Village of Clinton” and the “Clinton Chamber of Commerce” as additionally insured. This policy must be current and in effect for the duration of their participation in the Clinton Farmers Market.
Please Note: New Vendor Application Fee (Non-Refundable): $25.00 (check made payable to Clinton Chamber of Commerce). If accepted, your application fee will apply towards the vendor fee for the season.
Applications are sent out to all returning vendors first with a submission deadline. Depending on the number of vendors returning, the number of new vendors spots will be determined.
The full Clinton Farmers Market Rules and Regulations will be sent out with applications.
*At this time, we CANNOT accommodate space for food trucks. Due to the location of the market, on the village green, we cannot use any of the parking spaces for food trucks. One of our biggest challenge is having enough parking spaces for our customers who visit the market and local establishments. Prepared food vendors are at full capacity at the Clinton Farmers Market. Given that the market is located on the Clinton Village Green, in the center of the village, consideration is given to restaurants who are Chamber members and support the community year around.