Customer Shopping in 2021
We are looking forward to opening the Larimer County Farmers’ Market on May 22. The health and safety of our community is important to our market and we have made changes at the market in response to Covid-19. Here are our new shopping guidelines:
- Shop healthy. We’re working hard this season to keep our market safe and healthy and you can help. Do not come to the market if you are sick or part of a high-risk group. Please wear a mask and gloves when you are shopping.
- Go solo. You know we love it when you bring the whole family (furry friends included!) but it can make it difficult to maintain a physical distance if there are a lot of people and pets at the market. Avoid crowding and keep distance between you and other customers, even when standing in lines. Consider coming to the market during the first hour when it’s less busy.
- Come prepared. Make that shopping list and check it twice! Be an efficient shopper by thinking about what you’ll be purchasing ahead of time. Be aware that there will be some changes at the market and vendors will be in different spaces than they have been in previous seasons. Did you know that we have an online market map? Check out the Market Map to see where your favorite vendors will be that day.
- Mind the signs. The market will look a little different than it did in previous seasons, so mind the posted signs. Please only enter the market through the parking lot entrances on Oak Street and Howes Street. Mind the new boundary markers for the market. Follow the signs for the one-way traffic flow of the market.
- Reduce money handling. Market Bucks will not be sold for the first part of the season, so plan accordingly. Customers can still use their EBT cards to receive SNAP and Double Up vouchers by finding the market table set up near the entrance of the courthouse building. When possible, pay vendors with exact change, credit card, or other electronic options.
- Take it to-go. Treat your trip to the farmers’ market like a trip to the grocery store. It may be tempting to find a bench to sit on to enjoy the day, but we ask that you take your purchases home to enjoy so that there’s room for other customers to shop. Please do not sit at picnic tables or grassy areas within the market.
- Let us serve you. See something you’d like to purchase? Let vendors hand products to you. You will also notice that there is no sampling at this time. Please don’t handle any items that you are not purchasing so that we can minimize the number of people touching products.
- Be courteous and patient. We appreciate you making the choice to support your local farmers and producers by shopping with us. Even though the changes might take some getting used to, we know that our amazing community will work together. Please be patient with market staff and volunteers. While you’re shopping, show your appreciation for your favorite local vendors.
Our highest priority is the health and safety of our community. We are actively updating how we run the market based on recommendations from national, state, and local health authorities. Here is more information for vendors, customers, volunteers, and staff:
- Colorado State University Food Systems – Food supply research and resources
- Colorado State University Produce Safety
- Hunger Free Colorado – Food resources during the COVID-19 outbreak
- North Carolina State University – COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
Thank you for helping us as we try to keep our market a safe environment for all vendors, shoppers, and volunteers.