THE CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKETS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY TO RESUME OPERATIONS BEGINNING MARCH 21 IN PALM SPRINGS, MARCH 22 IN OLD TOWN LA QUINTA, AND MARCH 25 IN PALM DESERT
Certified Farmers' Markets are listed as an essential service to remain open during the Covid-19 Crisis
MARCH 18, 2020- PALM SPRINGS-
Healthy greetings, wellness seekers –
The CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKETS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY (CFMCV) will resume operations beginning Saturday March 21 in Palm Springs, Sunday March 22 in Old Town La Quinta, and Wednesday March 25 in Palm Desert.
On Tuesday, 3/17 the City of Palm Springs issued a "shelter in place" mandate that allows only essential services to operate- the good news - Certified Farmers' Markets are included on the "essential" list.
This makes perfect sense, because CFM’s provide direct-to-consumer, nutritious food with minimal handling in an open-air setting that accommodates social distancing easier than grocery stores.
We have now received official approval from all three of our host cities (Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta) that the CFMCV’s can reopen, beginning 3/21 in PS. We have created a list of modifications to our normal operations that incorporate health and safety recommendations from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health. These include:
* Spacing booths and tables to allow and increase social distancing between non-related customers while shopping and paying.
* Encourage participant division of labor between payment and food restocking
* Ensure each CFM participant has either a hand-washing station or hand sanitizer and uses them between each transaction.
* Offer additional hand washing stations inside the Market space, supplemental to restrooms.
* Suspend sampling and hot/prepared on-site food sales.
* Increase frequency of cleaning for tables and payment devices.
* Eliminate non-essential services like entertainment, to discourage lingering.
* Continue to accept government nutrition funds such as EBT/WIC.
* Arrange for food recovery for local redistribution when possible.
By reopening the Markets in a modified way we are not only looking out for the health and safety of our customers and participants, but providing a critical source of income for our farmers and artisan food makers.