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2021 The only farmers market serving Pulaski Co is the Lake Cumberland Farmers Market in downtown Somerset at the Citizen's Bank Pavillion. For weekly updates, go to their Facebook page.

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BEST PRACTICES FOR FARMERS MARKETS DURING COVID-19

Resource: KDA

Before You Open for Business

  • Communicate with key community partners such as your local health department.

o   Ask your health department what steps are necessary before you can open for business.

o   Invite your health department to visit to see if they have any suggestions during this time or signage that may be of benefit to you and your customers.

  • Educate your vendors about appropriate sanitization steps:

o   Hand-washing at least once each hour.

o   Sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces at least once each hour.

o   Designating one employee who is wearing sanitary gloves to handle money or vouchers and another to handle food or products, where possible.

  • Review your lay-out map to spread out the gaps between vendors and customers. 
  • Display public-health messages and materials (from CDC and health departments) where they are visible to everyone.
    • Set up infection-prevention equipment and supplies, especially in high-traffic areas:

o   For everyone: Sinks with soap and water, liquid sanitizer dispensers, and tissues.

o   For staff handling money and vouchers: sanitary gloves and liquid sanitizer dispensers.

  • Do not schedule grand-opening or kids-day events that might encourage people to congregate.
  • Temporary close kid friendly area or playgrounds.
  • Design a drive-through option/preorders/curb-side service for customers who wish to remain in their cars. 
  • Use social media platforms to communicate with customers about your public health measures.
  • Use social media platforms to communicate with customers as inventory available.
  • Eliminate missed-day fees or penalties that might encourage a vendor to be present while he or she is not feeling well.

 

During Operating Hours

  • Tell vendors, and customers that protecting public health is of paramount importance.
  • Display signage in public areas enforcing social distancing between people, and encouraging visitors to wash their hands. 
  • Possibly remove seating areas so customers or vendors will not congregate.
  • Ensure restrooms are sanitized every hour and never runs out of soap and paper towels (if available).
  • Encourage people who appear to be sick to go home and stay there until they are well.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Do not offer free food samples or cooking demonstrations.
  • Use sanitary wipes to clean frequently-touched surfaces at least once each hour.
  • Ensure vendors sanitize their frequently-touched surfaces as part of their end-of-day activities.
  • Do not use reusable shopping bags.  Only new bags during this time.
  • Offer to pick out the products for your customers.  Tell them if they touch it, it’s yours.