04/29 Market Board update

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Good evening all.

First things first… Circumstances have changed since February/March. We need to (re)know who is going to be a reserved vendor this year (including the vendors on the wait list). If you have decided to not be a reserved vendor for this season because of the current Covid-19 circumstances, please let us know ASAP. We need to know!

For vendors who are deemed essential and have paid a deposit or paid in full for a reserved space, we will be depositing those payments. Full payment will be due by June 1st for all essential vendors. This is only for the vendors deemed essential. For Non-Essential vendors, dependent on when we will open completely, the Board decision is we will not charge a reserved vendor for a space until the first market in June (June 6th) so long as you have already paid your deposit by April 1st. If you have changed your mind and will not be reserving, please let us know immediately. If you are an essential vendor and are not planning on attending this first market and we have a payment, we will be contacting you before depositing your payment just to be certain you wish to reserve your space for the season. However, it is much less time consuming if you can please reach out and let us know your intentions for the season.

Regarding the first Market this weekend (only for essential vendors starting 05/02), anyone wishing to attend must wear a mask and gloves. If you do not have gloves and a mask of some sort, you will be turned away. We will be assigning spaces on a first come first served basis. To accommodate this procedure, please park in the Wells Fargo Parking lot and walk North just passed Lattes and Sundaes to the EBT booth where Mark or Kris dressed in green with the Farmers’ Market logo will assign you space(s) for the day. Please respect social distancing (6 feet from another person) if there is a line. If you do not currently have a reserved space, the fee will be $20.00 per ten feet of space for the day. The fee will be collected later on in the day before the market closes. If you are on the wait list to be a reserved vendor, please inform Mark or Kris so we may apply your payment appropriately as a reduction to the reserved fee if we have enough space to allow you a permanent space for the season. Kris or Mark will make collections when appropriate. For reserved vendors who have maintained a reserved space on the North block, we will do our best to place you near where patrons have been used to seeing you. However, only essential vendors will be allowed at this first Market.

Essential vendors include Cottage Food vendors, Food Trucks, and vendors selling bedding plants, produce, and hygiene products. If you are not certain whether your products are deemed essential, please contact the Lewis and Clark County Heath Department – [email protected] . Please do not direct your inquiry to myself or a board member or the Market Manager or assistant Market Manager. We have all agreed to direct any questions directly to the Lewis & Clark County Health Department.

On the North block, all vehicle traffic travels North. Even if your assigned space(s) are close to Neill, DO NOT enter the market with your vehicle from Neill. If the space you are assigned is close to Neill, you have 2 choices: drive slowly all the way through the Market from Placer, or park your vehicle on Neill and tote your wares to your booth space.

To respect social distancing there will be 10 feet of space between each vendor’s assigned space(s). We will be requesting each vendor to tie some surveyors tape or possibly twine at the back end of the empty space between your booth and your neighbors’ booths to deter patrons from entering the market from the parks instead of the designated entrances.

We have rented 2 hand washing stations that will be placed at both entrances to the Market area. We intend to do our best to make it obvious where the entrances to the Market are located. To do so, however, will require a large number of orange cones (hopefully) blocking pedestrian traffic, so please get your vehicles off the street as quickly as possible. We have also purchased signs referencing social distancing guidelines as well as a directional request that all pedestrian traffic flow in a counterclockwise direction (If you are facing a vendor, that would be to your left. for vendors, that would be to your right). As a vendor, we request your assistance that this pedestrian traffic flows the way we would like.

We will be working on assigning reserved spaces in the next couple of weeks to ensure everyone that had space(s) last year will have a reserved space(s) this year as well as assigning new reservations to the 25 spaces on a wait list. It’s a game of Tetris. We will be diligent in this regard.

Although unlikely, perhaps 05/09, we may be able to open up completely. Unlikely, but on the off-chance, we need to get all reserved vendors in place beforehand.

The North block has changed pretty dramatically. Everyone’s space number(s) will change. Bear with us. This will move fast and furious (pun intended).

Thank you,

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