Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and under the recommendation of local and state health agencies, Modesto Certified Farmers Market has put in place the following guidelines, so that we can have the safest, healthiest market environment possible.

Please make sure you review the following information PRIOR to attending the Modesto Certifed Farmers Market:

  • We have canceled all music, events, chef demos and crafts through June, and are prepared to extend that further should it be necessary.
  • We will not have our Information table or any of its contents out until further notice.
  • The market is for essential shopping only until further notice, and should not be used as a place for socialization or a family outing. Customers should buy what they need as quickly as possible then depart the market to prevent crowding and so others may get in and do their essential shopping.
  • The market does have vendors considered grocery/pantry foods for essential shopping. These are fresh fruits, vegetables, and other edible certified agricultural goods (such as honey,) cold prepackaged foods (prepared offsite and packaged for refrigeration/freezing/pantry storage; these include snack foods, spreads, bottled products, etc) or baked goods (such as bread or pastries.) Please do not consume your purchases at the market.
  • All food is to be to-go only and cannot be consumed at the market at this time.
    • Hot food is food that is cooked and/or is served hot at the market with the purpose of being consumed immediately (examples: hot coffee or bbq).
    • Fresh preparation food (also known as fresh-prep) is food that is made or assembled at the market that, while not served hot, is intended to be consumed immediately (examples: iced drinks, salads).
    • Neither hot foods nor fresh prep foods are in sealed packaging meant to be refrigerated, frozen or placed in a pantry for future consumption.
    • Artisan vendors produce goods that are not meant for human consumption.
  • There will be no food/produce/product sampling of any kind
  • We encourage social distancing and standing 6ft apart.
  • We are requiring that our vendors have front-facing booths rather than a walk-in booth, to prevent crowding in the tents. Booths will be spaced out with at least 6 feet between them.
  • We will have 2 mobile hand washing stations with 4 sinks total available at the market for customers to use to wash their hands. We encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. We will also have hand sanitizer available.
  • For those customers that use EBT/CalFresh, we will continue to offer it as required by law. We will also continue to offer Market Match. The machine will be wiped down between each customer with sanitary wipes. The scrip coins will go through a sanitary bath before being recirculated. Vendors that are approved to take WIC FMNP or SFMNP will continue to do so.
  • We HIGHLY recommend that vendors, customers, and staff wear masks while at the market to keep our community safe.

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