Amanda Milholland, Jefferson County Farmers Market Director, meets with attendees at Port Townsend’s modified market in late April. Photo courtesy of Emma Jane Garcia/Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market

Amanda Milholland, Jefferson County Farmers Market Director, meets with attendees at Port Townsend’s modified market in late April. Photo courtesy of Emma Jane Garcia/Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market

What’s Happening at the Market: Highly-modified operations

Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market

Open: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays in late spring, summer, early fall

Opening day: May 16

Location: Sequim Civic Center Plaza, downtown Sequim

More info: manager@sequimmarket.com or 360-582-6218

On the web: www.sequimmarket.com

In its regular season, the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market (SFAM) is known for an eclectic display of over 40 local vendors, a live music series and a full calendar of events. As long as businesses are under stay-at-home/essentials-only COVID-19 restrictions, the market will be opening on Saturday, May 16 — under a highly modified operations model, in order to safely serve the needs of our Sequim community during this crisis.

Farmers markets are included in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Governor’s list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” Modified operations will include only vendors whose businesses are deemed “essential” by the state.

SFAM provides a venue for our community to purchase locally grown, nutritious food as well as locally-crafted products. Shopping at the market ensures you are buying directly from the source, from the farmers and makers you know and trust.

It is important to keep SFAM robust and viable in order to maintain this low-overhead marketplace for the health of Sequim’s small business community, now and in the future.

Operating during this health crisis is not business as usual. SFAM is committed to providing a safe, open-air marketplace by abiding by the most up-to-date guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington state’s executive offices, the state Department of Health and local jurisdictions. The market is taking strict safety precautions.

SFAM staff will:

• Provide handwashing stations and hand sanitizer for customers and vendors

• Regularly disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces

• Operate within a modified layout with one-way foot traffic procedures, space between vendor booths of at least 10 feet, and aisles of at least 12 feet apart to provide for ample physical distance

• Take the temperature of all staff and vendors to ensure that no person has a temperature of more than 100.4°F

SFAM vendors will:

• Limit the sale of food to whole produce and pre-packaged food items

• Ensure all ready-to-eat foods are packaged for home consumption only

• Wear a mask and gloves throughout the market and sanitize hands between food handling and payment transactions

SFAM customers are asked to:

• Send only one person per household to the market, when possible.

• Leave pets at home

• Wash or sanitize hands before entering the farmers market

• Wear a cloth face covering to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air

• Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet with other shoppers

• Avoid touching any products pre-purchase and allow vendors to select and bag products once purchased

• Avoid the consumption of food on market premises

• Bag own items when using reusable bags, wash reusable bags prior to shopping

• Assist neighbors unable to attend the market in making purchases and maintain appropriate social distance upon delivery.

• Avoid the market when demonstrating any of the following symptoms: Fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or muscle aches

As restrictions are lifted, SFAM will adjust its operating procedures each Saturday according to the most current health-and-safety requirements.

The Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market opens on Saturday, May 16, and runs through October at the Sequim City Hall Plaza on West Cedar Street. Under modified operations, market hours will be 9 a.m.-1 pm.

Emma Jane Garcia is Marketing Manager for the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market. See www.sequim market.com.

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