COVID-19 Response and Market Updates | CUESA

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March 06, 2020

COVID-19 Response and Market Updates

CUESA’s COVID-19 Response and Updates

Farmers Markets Are Essential

Farmers markets are open as essential services during shelter-in-place. CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market are open to provide critical food access for our community. 

In these uncertain times, CUESA is here for you. With increasing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we take your health and safety very seriously. We encourage everyone to stay heathy, stock up on fresh food and pantry items, and support local farmers and food makers. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to keep our immune systems strong when we need it most. 

It is our firm conviction that farmers markets are essential to community food security, and that shopping for food in farmers markets continues to be a safe activity. Like grocery stores and other food retail outlets, farmers markets serve an essential function as a vital source of fresh fruits and vegetables and food staples for our community. Compared to most grocery stores, farmers market produce has a much shorter supply chain and minimal handling from field to market, and the outdoor, open-air setting of farmers markets offers optimal ventilation and sunlight for shopping in an unconfined space. Farmers markets provide direct access to healthy, nutritious foods, while also supporting the livelihoods of local farmers, food makers, and chefs.

We are proud to serve our Bay Area community this important service, and we are monitoring the situation and health advisories closely. We plan to keep our markets open as an essential source of fresh food, 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. 

CUESA’s Farmers Market Updates

What We Are Doing for Your Safety

Here are some actions CUESA and our market sellers are taking to protect our community. View COVID-19 Guidelines for CUESA’s Farmers Markets for Staff and Sellers.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • CUESA’s in-market cooking demos are on hiatus until further notice. Visit our YouTube channel for cooking demos from the CUESA community.

  • CUESA’s youth education programs (Foodwise Kids and Foodwise Teens) are on hiatus until further notice.

Help Us Keep Farmers Markets Safe and Open

Please help us keep farmers markets safe and open during shelter-in-place by following public health and safety guidelinesThank you for protecting yourself and your community, while supporting our farmers.

  • 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. 

As the situation evolves, we will update this page and our social media channels as needed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

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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