COVID-19 Rules

The Pawling Farmers Market will continue to update these protocols to reflect the guidelines from the CDC, New York State and Dutchess County Departments of Health, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, The Farmers Market Federation of New York, the Farmers Market Coalition, local and state government.

Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6:

Farmers’ markets have been deemed an “essential business”.

Executive order 202.18 concerning use of masks/face coverings:

In accordance with state Executive Orders, it is now required for customers and vendors to wear face coverings when in a public place at the farmers’ market.

Thank you for your cooperation in adhering to this Executive Order while shopping at the Pawling Farmers Market.

What the market is doing to promote social distancing

  • Social distancing to be enforced by market manager, site manager, board volunteers, local volunteer force and vendors. All vendors have the right to refuse a sale if shoppers are not practicing social distancing.
  • A vendor must halt all sales if their lines are not distanced properly.
  • Any shopper who does not abide by these rules will be asked to leave the market area.
  • The market will have one entrance and one exit, and all foot traffic within the market area will travel in one direction only.
  • Shoppers must not cut through any perimeters to enter the market.

Social distancing protocol

  • Any and all activities to encourage lingering and socializing have been discontinued.
  • The music program, events, and other special appearances have been canceled.
  • All sampling of food or drink items is discontinued.
  • No food purchased by the shoppers shall be eaten on site.
  • All vendor booths will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Incoming shoppers will queue 6 feet apart at market entrances if the market capacity needs to be restricted. Shopping capacity will be monitored and limited based on foot traffic.
  • Upon review and at PFM management/board discretion, a policy may be implemented that requires shoppers to sign up for a shopping time-block and a limited number will be allowed to shop during each 20 minute period. Shoppers would queue outside the market entrance in 6 feet intervals. Please sign up for our email list, so you can be notified if this is implemented.

Curbside pick-up for preordered/prepaid items may be available if coordinated among vendors and shoppers.

What the market is doing to promote a clean and safe environment for vendors and shoppers:

  • 9-9:30 shopping time reserved for 60+, immuno-compromised and expectant mothers.
  • The market will provide hand sanitizer at the market entrance.
  • Additional hand sanitizer, gloves and cleaning supplies will be available through market manager for vendors and shoppers as needed. Vendors should be providing their own on a weekly basis. This is for emergency use only.

Shopper-specific notifications

  • Shoppers, please stay home if sick, feeling sick or exposed to someone who has symptoms or a diagnosis.
  • All shoppers must be wearing a mask or face covering.
  • Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the market.
  • Only enter and exit the market through the designated area. Do not cut through any outside perimeters.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from other shoppers, PFM staff and PFM vendors.
  • Send one efficient shopper per household.
  • Purchase and pre-pay from vendors in advance whenever possible.
  • Bring a shopping list and bulk shop for items whenever possible.
  • Shoppers will not be able to touch any produce or product.
  • Please shop with your eyes and then communicate.
  • Do not place bags or personal items on vendor tables.
  • Shoppers may bring their own reusable bags, but should pack their own bag away from the vendors tables.
  • Credit card transactions should be no contact whenever possible.
  • No dilly-dallying.
  • Please wash all produce before consumption.
  • Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the market area.

Vendors will need to

  • Stay home if sick, feeling sick or exposed to someone who has symptoms or a diagnosis. Vendors must notify PFM management if anyone present at our market received a positive diagnosis with their most recent date of attendance.
  • Only staff will touch products until the shoppers purchases it.
  • All vendors must:
    • Wear a mask or face covering.
    • Supply plastic/vinyl tablecloths, bleach/cleaning solutions, food grade gloves and hand sanitizer for employees. Clear curtains and plexiglass or polycarbonate type guards within tents whenever possible. `
    • Frequently wipe down all surfaces, cash boxes, phone/payment devices used, etc.
    • Frequently change gloves (or whenever soiled).
    • Provide additional staff if needed for those with raw produce and cash money in the same booth. Gloves should be worn at all times.
    • Suspend sampling of all items. All food items must be sold to be eaten off site. Individual beverage cup sales are not permitted.
    • Encourage pre-order and pre-payment of items.
    • Pre-package food items whenever possible. Bulk displays of uncovered items are highly discouraged. No cut and wrap cheese on site. Baked goods should be wrapped and labeled.

Vendors that participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) will accept FMNP Fruit and Vegetable checks, which are issued based on income qualifications and to seniors and veterans.


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