SC Community Farmers’ Markets and Covid-19

Updated April 2nd, 2020

At this time all of our year round farmers’ market remain OPEN including the Downtown, Westside and Live Oak markets. Certified farmers’ markets are considered essential food outlets and fall under the same category as grocery stores in the official ORDER by Santa Cruz County instated on March 17th in response to concerns regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The health and wellness of the markets, farmers and the community at large are of the utmost importance to us. We have implemented policies at our markets that provide for a safe experience including mitigating cross-contamination risks. Market managers will be diligent in checking that all vendors adhere to health and safety standards.

It is important that markets remain open to provide a channel for customers to access fresh healthy food needed for a healthy immune system, and a safe, healthy avenue for vendors to sell their wares. We are fortunate in that the market benefits from sunlight’s natural disinfectant powers and an open-air, low risk environment. We will continue to update you as we pay close attention to the changing landscape and respond appropriately and with community health in mind. We ask for your support as we implement the following changes:

  • ALL vendors are to use gloves and hand washing stations.
  • All sampling of fruits, vegetables and other foods is suspended.
  • No seating or tables will be offered.
  • No bike valet offered.
  • The music area and kids zone will be suspended.
  • Additional hand washing stations will be provided at each market.

Dear customers…

  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms at all please stay home. CDC guidelines for what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers and health professionals.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth (especially after handling money).
  • Practice social distancing of six feet from other people. Respect the chalk markings at each stall which map out safe spacing.
  • Only touch what you purchase.
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Additional wash stations have been placed at all of our markets.

Our farmers’ markets are a pivotal part of maintaining access to fresh food within our community’s food system, and are more important now than ever. Your support and compliance with health protocol is so important, and we thank you for all of your efforts. 


Santa Cruz County Health Department – COVID-19

California Department of Public Health – COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19