COVID-19 and Farmers’ Markets

June 2021 UPDATE: So far, for the 2021 season, there are no specific guidelines for farmers’ markets. Each market should decide what safety precautions they wish to put in place for the summer market season. MFFM encourages markets to continue follow guidelines shared by the Maine CDC and US CDC. We will help make sure markets are aware of any relevant updates. Below are a few suggestions, based on what we’re seeing in the field.

MFFM’s Covid-19 Guidelines – June 2021

1) Masks are optional for vendors and shoppers.  

2) Keep vendor booths spaced out and physical distancing a priority. Put up signage telling shoppers to keep 6ft of distance between groups. When possible, use barriers & markers to help guide shoppers and encourage distancing. Especially with an increased likelihood of unmasked shoppers, markets should ensure that safe social distancing can still occur for everyone. This is a matter of keeping all shoppers feeling comfortable and safe. 

Any emerging information will be provided on the Department’s COVID-19 Information for Agriculture and Food Businesses page.

Covid-19 Resources and Reference Docs for Markets

Best Practices for Markets

CHECKLIST: MFFM created a checklist document for market vendors and managers to use to ensure that all market members are following best practices. Download the document by clicking the link to the right.

Primary Resources for Market Managers & Vendors

Other helpful resources:

Signage for your marketclick here for our page full of FM signs (still in development)

Email for different file versions, or to customize a poster for your market.

Resources for Farmers

Markets making headlines during Covid-19

Resources that are no longer in effect due to updated guidelines:

Email for questions about this page.