June 25, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) -- The Moscow Farmers Market continues its tradition of connecting local vendors with the community on Main Street and Friendship Square. The public is welcome to shop for fresh, perishable, agricultural products and shelf-stable food items offered by a select number of vendors as part of the Moscow Farmers Market's modified operations in response to COVID-19. The Moscow Farmers Market occurs every Sat., Jun. through Oct., 8 am to 1 pm.
Patrons are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while shopping the Moscow Farmers Market and especially when interacting with vendors to make purchases. Cloth face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and are to be used in conjunction with keeping a six-foot distance from other patrons and vendors.
Moscow Farmers Market staff has decided to cancel Market entertainment and programming that promote a linger-longer atmosphere. This includes:
- Friendship Square Performances
- Performance Vendor/Busker Sign-ups
- 4th of July Celebration at the Moscow Farmers Market
- National Farmers Market Week Celebration
- Monthly Power of Produce (POP) Club! Activities
- Monthly Safe Routes to School Activities
- Weekly Drop-in Kid's Tent Activities
- Weekly Bell Brigade Youth Program
Help staff and vendors keep the Market open by abiding by the following guidelines:
- Do not enter the Market if you are sick.
- The hours of 8:00 am to 9:00 am are reserved for at-risk patrons to shop (at-risk is defined by the CDC as older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions). If you are not in an at-risk population, please attend the Moscow Farmers Market after 9:00 am.
- Observe the Market's six-foot social distancing cues while shopping and waiting in line. Look for the brightly-colored dots in the Market footprint to maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others while waiting in line.
- Shop efficiently:
- Make a list and check it twice
- Send one household member to shop when possible
- Limit interactions with other patrons and vendors
- Do not touch vendor products and allow vendors to handle and bag your purchase. Patrons bringing their own reusable bags must bag their own products. Please wash reusable bags prior to bringing to Market.
- Observe proper hand hygiene. Wash/sanitize hands frequently by using the handwashing and hand sanitizer stations throughout the Market.
- Use contactless mobile payment applications when available to minimize contact.
- Sampling is currently prohibited by vendors and on-site consumption of food is discouraged. Please wait to enjoy your edible items in your vehicle or in the comfort of your home.
These guidelines will be posted at each Market entrance. Guidelines will update and adapt to the changing needs of the Moscow Farmers Market and the phased re-opening as outlined in the Idaho Rebounds Plan. Failure of patrons to social distance may result in the Moscow Farmers Market being shut down for the 2020 season.
The Motor-In Moscow Farmers Market is still available for patrons wishing to have a contact less pick-up option. Shop the online storefront each week from Tue. 9 am to Thurs. 9 am for products from the following vendors: Affinity Farm, Badpoodles Cards, Bagabond, Big Canyon Beef, Calhoun Family Fruit, CountryTime Alpacas, Deep Roots Farm, K and C Farms, Kate Creates, KSmith Ceramics, Living Soil Microfarms, Love's Kombucha, Omache Farm, Palouse Prairie Farms, Peg's Pup Treats, Pokey Creek Farms, ReMARKable Farms, Smoot's Flavor Farm, Swallowtail Flowers, Texas Ridge, The Little Shop of Serendipity, Tonnemaker Hill Farm, Wing Over Farm, and Woodland Apiaries.
Whether it's your first time visiting the Market, or you've been a core shopper since its inception, here are a few regular reminders:
- SNAP/EBT, WA WIC, and WA SFMNP benefits are welcome at the Moscow Farmers Market by select vendors.
- For health and safety reasons pets, emotional support animals, and non-ADA service animals are limited to the sidewalks during Market hours. Emotional support animals are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and are not permitted in the main thoroughfare with their owners.
- The Moscow Farmers Market is one of several Moscow participants in the Bicycle Benefits program. Learn more about the financial incentive of riding your bicycle safely to the Market at https://www.bicyclebenefits.org/.
- The Moscow Farmers Market is a nicotine-free event. No vaping, tobacco chewing, or traditional smoking is permitted.
Visit the following resources for additional information about changes and modifications to the Moscow Farmers Market: