Farmers Market News

☀️Happy Tuesday . We have gotten some calls an ☀️Happy Tuesday
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We have gotten some calls and emails about how to get ahold of some of our postponed vendors so you can continue to support them as they are away from market. We now have a spot on our Instagram Stories for you to check that out! We will continue to update it as vendors update us.
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In case you missed it last week, we also have our COVID guidelines, restrictions and rules in one convenient list. You can find it on our website (modestocfm.com) under the “Visiting the Market” tab. Please take a look at that before attending market. We are continuing to update it as needed.
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Thank you for continuing to shop small & local!
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We hope everyone had a nice weekend! We are going We hope everyone had a nice weekend! We are going over the last few things before market begins on Thursday.
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We want to reiterate that farmers markets are considered essential food resources, and were declared as such by Governor Newsom.This is not up for argument. We are a place where you can get your packaged foods, bread, soap, and fresh produce. There will be no artisan vendors (except for soap) and there will be no hot or fresh-prep vendors. MCFM is essential.
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We also want to remind you that if you are sick, are part of the vulnerable or immunocompromised population, or simply do not feel comfortable shopping at the market, then please do not come. We want everyone to be and feel safe.
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We need everyone to enter through the library lot drive way. Other points of entry will be blocked off. Because the library is currently closed, there should be more parking available in the parking lot.
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To control crowding and keep the number of bodies on the street down, there will be periods where we may stop customer entry until others leave and clear space. Please have patience and remember to maintain your social distancing wether you are in the market or waiting to get in.
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We also want to remind people that during this time, farmers markets are there for essential shopping ONLY, just as grocery stores. At this time, they are not a place to socialize or bring the family for an outing. Please buy what you need as quickly as possible and return home.
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We know you will likely run into friends or want to catch up with your favorite vendors, and usually we love these types of connections at the market, but at this time we need everyone to refrain from using the the farmers market as a social space or gathering place during COVID restriction.
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Not only will this prevent crowding and help people maintain their 6 foot distancing, it will also allow others to get in and get the essentials they need as well.
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Please do your part to keep yourself and everyone safe.
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Have a lovely weekend everyone. Have a lovely weekend everyone.
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The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as we are considered an essential food resource. However we will have special restrictions and regulations in place for April (possibly longer) to meet guidelines put in place for us by CDFA & CDPH.
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Last week we went over our first change for the market in response to COVID-19, and on Tuesday we continued. Today, we will be going over the rest of our changes, restrictions, & regulations put in place to allow us to run during the COVID-19 outbreak & provide our customers, vendors, & staff the safest MCFM possible.
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5th change: There will be no sampling of any kind. This is true for both produce & packaged or cold food.
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6th change: Vendor booths will be oriented & arranged differently. All booths will have front-facing tables, rather than be inset, walk-in booths (some vendors already do this). This is to prevent crowing in the tents & to make it easier for vendors to ensure customers do not come in direct contact with product. The vendor booths themselves will also be spread out & the gaps will be taped off to prevent walking through the spaces.
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Please be aware also than many vendors will be in different locations on the street than where you may be used to them, and that there will likely be rearrangement between markets to better spread everyone and prevent lines or crowding.
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7th & 8th changes (for CalFresh/EBT users:) The EBT machine will be wiped down with sanitary wipes between each customer. Also, EBT & Market Match coins spent by customers will not go back into circulation same-day, because the coins will be going through a sanitary bath after each market, and will not be recirculated until then. This means that there is a slight possibly of us running out of coins before the end of a market day. If this happens, we will not be able to go collect them early from vendors to recirculate same-day.
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Stay safe & we look forward to seeing many of you next week.
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The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as we are considered an essential food resource. However we will have special restrictions and regulations in place for April (and possibly longer) to meet guidelines put in place for us by CDFA & CDPH.
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Last week we went over our first change for the market in response to COVID-19(check our 2nd to last post for that). Over the week, we will be going over the rest of our changes, restrictions, & regulations put in place to allow us to run during the COVID-19 outbreak & provide our customers, vendors, & staff the safest MCFM possible.
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2nd change: We have decided to limit the type of vendors at the market through April. We will not have any hot or freshly prepared foods or drinks at the market to prevent crowding, limit lines, and prevent people from idling to eat or drink. Vendors who sell cold, prepackaged food such as bread will still be there, but will be letting customers know that their products are not to be consumed at the market. We will also not have our craft/artisan vendors there until after April.
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3rd change: We will be encouraging our produce vendors to prebag the produce. If they elect not to prebag, we will have them doing all of the product handling for customers so that there is little contact with the food. We will also be requiring all other vendors to do the product handling at their booths as well. Please do your part & remember not to touch any of the product while shopping and to allow the vendors to get it for you.
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We realize that this will cause some lines, so we will be outlining where lines should form and ask that customers maintain appropriate social distancing while walking around the market and waiting in lines.
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4th change: We will have a few hand washing stations around the market for customers to wash their hands.
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Stay safe everyone, & we look forward to seeing you soon.
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Who says you can’t play with your food? 🙂 ⠀ Who says you can’t play with your food? 🙂
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This fun little friend was photographed at @jjramosfarms booth last spring.
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On Tuesday, we will go over the next set of changes we have put in place for the market to start the season. In the meantime, we hope this brought a smile to your face. See you soon!
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The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as The farmers market is set to reopen April 2nd, as we are considered an essential food resource for the community. However we will have special restrictions and regulations in place for April (and possibly longer) to meet guidelines put in place for us by CDFA & CDPH.
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For the next few weeks we will be going over the changes, restrictions, & regulations put in place to allow us to run during the COVID-19 outbreak & provide our customers, vendors, & staff the safest MCFM possible.
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First change: For all of April (and possibly longer) there will be no live music, community outreach booth, chef demos, information table, or in-person special events at the market.
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Our Easter Eggstravaganza & Opening Week Crafts have been cancelled. We will still hold our Opening Week Giveaway, however it will be a social media giveaway, rather than a raffle.
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For future events, we will determine whether they can/will take place as they approach.
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Stay safe everyone. We hope to see you all soon.
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We are still scheduled to open April 2nd! . Meanwh We are still scheduled to open April 2nd!
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Meanwhile,  enjoy these beautiful flowers from Kelley Flower Farm.
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While we know our last post was a bummer, we won’t let it keep us down. We are still very excited to share all of the new things we have going on for the 2020 season.
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We have new signage, some new events, and new market merchandise that we can’t wait to share with everyone.
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Speaking of merchandise, we will be starting out simple with t-shirts, canvas bags, & hats, but we want to hear what else you’d like to see as we expand our product line! The top results on our last poll were baby onesies & stickers. Is there something else?
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Let us know in the comments down below! Also we will resume vendor announcements next week.
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