COVID-19 Response and Market Updates | CUESA

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December 02, 2020

COVID-19 Response and Market Updates

CUESA's farmers markets are open as an essential service during shelter-in-place, providing critical food access for our community. 

We are proud to serve our Bay Area community this important service. We are monitoring the health advisories or orders closely, and we will update this page and our social media channels as needed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

CUESA's COVID-19 Response

CUESA's Farmers Market Updates

  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the Ferry Building is OPEN on Saturdays (8am-2pm) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am-2pm).  (Parking note: Golden Gateway Garage at 25o Clay is currently closed.)
  • Mission Community Market at 22nd and Bartlett Streets is OPEN on Thursdays, 3-7pm.

Our markets will remain open as an essential service, but if at any point we are ordered by a public official to close a farmers market, we will comply and notify our market community. 

What We Are Doing for Your Safety

Our farmers markets are here for you, and we take your health and safety very seriously. Here are some actions CUESA and our market sellers are taking to protect our community.

  • Communicating with our staff and market vendors regularly to enforce health and safety precautions. Vendors and staff are required to stay home if they feel sick, and we are waiving cancellation fees for any vendors who need to cancel.

  • Requiring everyone to wear face coverings in the farmers market by order of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Our vendors are required to refuse service to anyone who does not comply.

  • Working with our sellers and shoppers to ensure social distancing of six feet throughout the market, and adjusting our market layout to provide six feet of space between booths for social distancing.

  • Suspending product sampling and self-serve options in our farmers markets. Our vendors will serve you and offer prepackaged grab-and-go options.

  • Providing handwashing stations for market shoppers and vendors.

  • Eliminating in-market seating and requiring prepared food vendors to package food in to-go containers to keep customers in transit. 

  • Offering curbside pickup and home delivery. Can't shop in person? Support multiple farms at once, while getting a week’s worth of fresh produce, with the CUESA Farmers Market Boxa curated selection of some of the best and freshest offerings the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has to offer.

Help Us Keep Farmers Markets Safe and Open

Please help us keep farmers markets safe and open by following public health and safety guidelinesThank you for protecting yourself and your community, while supporting our farmers and food makers!

  • If you are sick or a member of high-risk group, stay home and take care of yourself.
  • Wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask or bandana, at all times.
  • Send one household member to shop, if possible.
  • Practice physical distancing of six feet at all times. Avoid physical contact, such as shaking hands. 
  • If you must sneeze or cough, use a tissue or your elbow.
  • Shop as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 minutes. Avoid peak times. Take prepared food items to go to eat off site. 
  • Don't touch. Let our farmers and vendors serve you, and don't handle items you're not prepared to buy. Wash your produce thoroughly when you get home. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds. CUESA offers handwashing stations in the famers market, and bathrooms are located on both ends of the inside of the Ferry Building and second floor. If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Use exact change, credit card, or contactless payments such as Apple Pay and tap-to-pay credit cards, which are accepted by many of CUESA's sellers.

As always, be kind, and remember that viruses do not target by race or ethnicity. We are always stronger together in love and respect, not fear. Farmers markets are places of nourishment and care, and we believe in the power of community resilience in challenging times. Thank you for your partnership in ensuring our farmers markets are safe, healthy, and inclusive spaces for everyone. 

Farmers Markets Are Essential

It is our firm conviction that farmers markets are essential to community food security, and that shopping for food in farmers markets is safe. Farmers markets provide direct access to healthy, nutritious foods, while also supporting the livelihoods of local farmers, food makers, and chefs, who need our support more than ever. Compared to indoor grocery stores, the outdoor, open-air setting of farmers markets offers optimal ventilation and sunlight for shopping in an unconfined space, and farmers market produce has a much shorter supply chain and minimal handling from field to market

    CUESA Needs Your Support 

    CUESA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Help us provide essential lifelines between local farms and families in this time of great need. Your tax-deductible donation directly supports CUESA's farmers markets and programs, which serve thousands of Bay Area residents and more than 140 local farms and small food businesses. With your help, we can weather this storm and come out stronger together.

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