Covid-19 Information for Farmers Market Shoppers

Outdoor markets can be a safer alternative to grocery stores for shoppers trying to social distance during the summer. Most farmers’ markets in Maine are now open with protective measures in place for the well-being of both vendors and shoppers per Governor Mills orders.

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What to Expect at Markets

  • It is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering at markets unless you are medically exempt. (Executive Order 55)
  • Keep 6 feet distance between you and all other people.
  • Most booths are full-service, farmers will pick out your food for you.
  • Follow market signage – Some markets have 1-way traffic flows, keep an eye out for signs directing foot traffic.
  • Stay home if you are sick, please.
  • SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks is still in operation – learn more via this link.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! They’re key to a healthy immune system. 
  • Vendors are taking the following precautions:
    • Pre-bagging most food items
    • Offering contact-free payment options
    • Disinfecting surfaces frequently
    • Cleaning their hands frequently
    • Spacing out to allow for distancing
    • Wearing face masks or cloth coverings
    • Many other things behind the scenes to keep every one safe!

“These days, the market feels like the safest place to be buying food right now. I can do all my grocery shopping here thanks to the wide variety of offerings from our farmers.”

– Belfast Farmers’ Market Shopper

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay with cash still? What about Credit/Debit?

Yes, pay cash with individual vendors. Most vendors accept credit/debit and have no-touch card payment options.

Do markets have special hours for at-risk individuals?

Some markets do. Check their Facebook or website to learn more.

Can I bring my own bag?

Yes, most markets will let you use your own bags. You will have to pack your own bag after you make a purchase, to reduce touching.

How else can I stay safe and make this easier for farmers? 

Consider buying into a debit/ free-choice CSA.  Keep your shopping quick, and be respectful of people waiting in line.

Can SNAP be used at farmers markets?

Yes! Go to the Maine Harvest Bucks website – www.maineharvestbucks.org – to find farmers’ markets that accept SNAP and offer BONUS bucks for every dollar spent.

How do I find a market near me?  

Go to our Markets By Day page, or use our Find a Market tool.