04/22/20 Update

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Marketeers,
The board met last night via video chat. Here is what we have decided for the Market opening on 05/02.

This first Market will only be open to farmers, cottage food vendors, produce vendors, and food trucks. Bedding plants and all food products or food growing plants are allowed. If you are not certain this is applicable to you, please contact me with what you intend to sell.

Even if you intend to be a reserved vendor, but plan to attend this first Market, you will be treated as a day vendor and we will start this first Market only utilizing the North Block unless there is not enough room to adequately space everyone out to allow for proper social distancing between vendors.

The procedure will be to park in the Wells Fargo parking lot. Walk to the EBT booth just north of Lattes and Sundaes. Expect a line. Please try to keep 6 feet apart. You will be assigned space(s) for the day on a first come first served basis by either Kris or Mark. Go back to your vehicle. Find your space(s). Unload your wares to the curb. Park your vehicle as far away from the market area as you feel comfortable (respect parking for our customers. If you are healthy, park 2 or 3 blocks away). Return to your space on foot. Setup as you normally would. The charge for the day will be $20.00 per 10 foot space as it typically is for any day vendor. We will skip a space between each vendor for social distancing. Please take note that the North block enters from Fuller from the south and travels to the North to keep traffic going the same direction. Please do not enter the North block from Neill Ave.

We will have Surveyor’s tape to tie between the backs of each of your booths between you and your neighbor to attempt to deter customers from coming in to the Market from your backside. We will be requiring all vendors to have some sort of hand protection and a mask. If you do not have such protection, you will not be allowed to set up. You should be wearing such protection before you get assigned your booth. This protection does not necessarily need to be equivalent to the N95 masks that stop the virus from getting to you. It is more for our customers being protected from a virus you may be carrying and not know it. We strongly encourage all customers to do the same. We also hope for you to police any customer to not touch product and only point it out so you may package from 6′ feet from your booth.

There is risk.

If you are a vendor that does not qualify for this first market, but who’s income may depend on the Market, we will soon be providing a letter that explains how to apply for unemployment benefits.

We will be repainting lines this Sunday to get a clear picture of how the Market may re-open in full to all vendors.

We will be creating signs at each end of the market to encourage all customers to keep up with the 6 foot social distancing and allow you vendors to package product with no touching by the customers. Our crossing guards will be instructed to keep the traffic at a minimum to allow for this, but we also don’t want a large crowd to gather at either end of the Market, so we will see how this first Market goes and decide how to re-open from there.

We will try to keep the Market crowd going in the same direction with extra cones, so on each end, the customers enter on the right side of the Market and travel around in a counterclockwise motion from both the North and South sides.

We are attempting to set up a live “town hall” via internet for all who would like to attend for Monday evening. More information to come.

The Board will be meeting again next Wednesday (04/29) evening to explore a phased complete open. If we decide a complete open, It will give me only a couple of days to contact all reserved vendors and those of you on the wait list for reservations to contact you with your new space numbers. Please keep tuned to your e-mail.

Stay safe, be well. Let’s get this economy going.

Scott Peterson,
President.

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