Under the Shelter at Home order, Farmers’ Markets have been designated essential and the Fairfield Certified Farmers’ Market opened Thursday, April 23, 2020, with newly instated precautions. The FMSA produces the Fairfield Certified Farmers’ Market and have plans in place to ensure social distancing with limited public access. “The Fairfield Main Street Association will take measures to protect the public, the growers, and the staff,” says Margaret Manzo, executive director for the Association.
Manzo addressed the concern that some residents view the Farmers’ Market as an activity or an outing, but this is not the case during the Shelter at Home order; “Normally, the market hosts a variety of vendors such as, artisans, food, and outreach booths. Only produce vendors will be permitted at the Farmers’ Market until the order has been lifted. There will be no entertainment of any kind and it will be made clear to the public that this is not a social gathering," explains Manzo. To minimize contact, the free household battery waste disposal program has been suspended until the Shelter at Home order has been lifted.
Growers will be separated, and public access will be limited. FMSA will require visitors to check in at the information booth before entering the market and asks that attendance is limited to one or two family members at most. Board President, Mike Aliscad wants to assure the public that these measures are taking place for their safety. “Please stay home if you can. We hope that most families will send one person to the Farmers’ Market to purchase their weekly produce. We also ask visitors to order dinner to-go from one of our many downtown restaurants," says Aliscad. Restaurants are planning Thursday special offers during the Farmers’ Market hours.
The Market Match program continues this year allowing CalFresh (EBT) customers to double their money up to $10 per week per family at the market. The Market Match program is funded in part by a grant from the Ecology Center in Berkeley. Support for the Farmers’ Market provides funding to assist FMSA in their efforts to provide access to healthy fruits and vegetables to low income families.
The Fairfield Certified Farmers’ Market opened Thursday, April 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson and Texas Streets (675 Texas Street for GPS purposes). Free parking is available at the County parking lot at Empire and Jefferson Streets.
FMSA requests community feedback be sent directly to the Executive Director, Margaret Manzo, or call 707-422-0103. While staff is following the Shelter at Home guidelines and operating from home, voicemail and email are forwarded. For more information, visit website. The market will continue every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. through October 1. Flyer