Markets and COVID

SFC Farmers' Markets and COVID-19

To our valued SFC Farmers’ Market community:

Thanks to an order passed by the Travis County Judge, we are considered a critical healthy food access point during the COVID-19 crisis and will remain open to the public.

Both our Downtown and Sunset Valley markets will be open on Saturdays from 9-1. In addition, Double Up Food Bucks is still available at both of our markets and at the Texas Farmers' Markets.

We can only do this if our vendors, shoppers, and staff follow a new set of guidelines for interacting at the market. Please read on to find out more about social distancing at the market, our sanitation procedures, and the importance of supporting local farms and businesses during this scary time.

Please check back here to our website, Facebook and Instagram for updates on how you can support local farms, ranches, and small businesses.

We will update our Weekly Vendors page with market layouts every Friday to make your trips easy and quick.

For a list of vendors offering preorder at the market, please visit our Food Access Resources in Central Texas page.

If you have additional questions please contact us at farmersmarket@sustainablefoodcenter.org

Thank you for all of your support and we will see you at the markets!

The following has been updated March 25, 2020.

For the foreseeable future we are asking shoppers to consider the farmers’ market like they would a grocery store – come in, shop, and leave.

We are rescheduling the following for the time being:

  • Activities and events

  • All dine-in options (frozen and to-go food will be available from certain vendors)

  • All sampling and self-serve

  • Café areas

Please help us stay open and safe by picking up your products and leaving. Do not idle at the markets and please do not consume any food or beverages onsite.

For your safety we ask all customers to abide by the following:

  • Leave dogs at home; if you can make appropriate arrangements please leave children at home
  • We will be limiting entrances to the market; you may experience a short line as you enter the market area
  • Maintain at least 6 ft of distance between other shoppers and vendors, especially while you are waiting in line
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds upon arrival at the market
  • Please use the SFC handwashing stations or hand sanitizer at each vendor booth
  • There will be 6 ft. of space between each vendor booth. These are not walkways, but distancing measures. Do not congregate here
  • No hand-to-hand contact will be allowed between vendors and shoppers. Point to the product that you would like, allow the vendor to bag it and set it down on the table before you pick it up
  • Do not hand vendor payments directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for vendors to pick up
  • Don’t greet anyone at the market with hugs or handshakes
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Anyone who is feeling unwell in any way should stay home
  • Any shopper who is at a higher risk, including individuals who are over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions, should stay home

Vendor set-ups will be modified for the time being.

The following are requirements for vendor participation in the markets (changes are bolded):

  • No samples of any kind allowed
  • No communal, self-serve areas
  • Preorders must be set in a monitored space within or to the side of the vendor booth. Shoppers will not be able to access CSA’s or preorders behind the vendor booth
  • Hand Sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) at every booth, provided by the vendor, for customers and employees
  • Vendors are required to bring a handwash station with them to market
  • All booths will be 6-10 ft apart to maximize space and minimize clustering from each other, and layouts will reflect this. Our markets will have some layout irregularities as a result. Some vendors will have to move from their typical spots. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this
  • Vendors and Customers are not allowed to occupy the 6 foot spaces between booths
  • All vendors must wash hands at least once per hour
  • Gloves alone are not an acceptable alternative to frequent handwashing
  • SFC will be providing additional handwashing stations at our markets, open to all staff, vendors, and customers
  • No tablecloths allowed, vendors must sanitize surfaces at least once per hour
  • Vendors prepackage items for customers, then put the container down, let the customer pick up bag; same with payment; no hand to hand contact
  • Anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home – employees must be sent home if they exhibit an internal body temperature of 100.4 °F or higher
  • Any vendor who is at higher risk, including individuals over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions, should stay home

For Prepared Food Vendors Only:

  • All Prepared Food Vendors must give hot foods to customers in to-go containers only, with the expectation that it will be consumed offsite. See this order from Mayor Steve Adler about restaurant dining rooms being closed

SFC and your local farming community appreciate your ongoing support considering recent circumstances.

Please check back frequently to the SFC Farmers’ Market Facebook and Instagram for additional ways you can support the small businesses, farms, and ranches at your local markets.