COVID-19 Operations 

COVID-19 Press Release

Upper Arlington (May 5, 2020) - The Upper Arlington Farmers Market is set to open a new season on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 4 PM with accommodations for social distancing and other mitigation efforts as a result of COVID-19.


In light of COVID-19 and the ever changing situation, the Upper Arlington Farmers Market is implementing operational changes to ensure the health and safety of its staff, vendors and the community at large.


Labeled as “Essential Businesses and Operations” by Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order, the Upper Arlington Farmers Market is permitted to open with “...proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.”


We want to meet and exceed the needs of our community, while maintaining a safe and responsible marketplace for our farmers and food producers. The Tremont Pool parking lot allows us to spread out our producers, while simultaneously increasing the amount of space for social distancing,” says Michelle White, Market Manager of the Upper Arlington Farmers Market. 


The operational changes and rules will be in effect through July 31.

 

If you choose to visit the Upper Arlington Farmers Market, the market asks you to follow these strict, preventive measures to keep yourself, your farmers and food producers, and your community safe:

 

  • If you feel ill or at all unwell, do not attend the market.

  • Maintain the recommended 6’ social distancing from one another while at the market.

  • Wear a cloth face covering as recommended by CDC guidelines.

  • 4-4:30 PM is reserved for vulnerable populations including seniors and immune compromised.

  • During this time, the market encourages limited use of reusable grocery bags due to uncertainty surrounding surface contamination and life span of the virus. We recommend using plastic, disposable bags during COVID-19.

  • Send only one member from each household to the market in order to curtail crowds.

  • Recognize that the market is attempting to limit the number of people in the market space at one time. While you wait for entry, be respectful and allow for safe distancing between you and other customers.

  • When possible, pre-order directly from farmers and food producers to limit the need to exchange currency onsite.

  • No pets in the marketplace at this time.

  • Do not linger or socialize. Purchase what you need and return to your home.

  • Do not touch any products. When you have identified the product(s) you want to purchase, ask the farmer or food producer to collect and package the goods for you.

The Upper Arlington Farmers Market cares deeply about the community it serves, and wishes to continue doing so with added precautions, new procedures and proactive steps to protect market customers, vendors, and staff.

 

“We are pleased that the leaders with Get Fresh Markets have developed the appropriate measures that allow our farmers market to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic providing a safe environment for our residents, local farmers and food producers and employees. Access to food during this outbreak has been a focus of the Parks & Recreation Department with our older adult outreach and will continue with this market serving the Upper Arlington community,” says Debbie McLaughlin, Parks & Recreation Director.


During COVID-19, the Upper Arlington Farmers Market will look a little different. As part of our quest to be a food source for our community, we have also implemented the following changes, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Limiting the sale of food to whole, uncut produce and packaged food items.

  • No on-site food preparation or ready-to-eat foods.

  • No sampling of any food is permitted.

  • Limiting crowds by staggering entry to provide for social distancing of customers.

  • Requiring space between vendor stands of at least 6 feet.

  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for customers to use prior to entering market space and when exiting.

  • Canceling all extracurricular activities including music, children’s activities, cooking demos, etc.

  • Grouping like items together (ie. all produce, all bread and baked goods, etc.) to reduce the amount of time searching the market for particular products.

  • Recommending using gloves appropriately as an additional tool.

  • Discontinuing use of tablecloths and other porous materials such as baskets, pulp fiber fruit and vegetable containers.

“The Upper Arlington Farmers Market is working hard to protect the marketplace, and the farmers and food producers who rely on it. We appreciate your cooperation in helping our market navigate this crisis. Your support of local food producers is needed now more than ever," says Jaime Hadji, Market Manager of the Upper Arlington Farmers Market.


Upper Arlington Farmers Market suggests checking its website and/or social media listings before attending for possible updates including entrance points, operating hours, and/or additional precautionary guidelines.


On July 1, the Upper Arlington Farmers Market will announce its plans for the remainder of the season, including operational plans for August 1 through the end of September. 

 

The Upper Arlington Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 4-7 PM starting May 20. As a reminder, during COVID-19 procedures, the market will reserve the 4-4:30 PM time for vulnerable populations including seniors and immunocompromised.


CONTACTS
Upper Arlington Farmers Market
Jaime Hadji or Michelle White
getfreshohio@gmail.com


City of Upper Arlington
Matt Leber
Recreation Superintendent | Parks & Recreation Department
The City of Upper Arlington
(614) 583-5309

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