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VT Farmers Market Check-in - Shared screen with speaker view
Helen Wood
05:37
Hi Jennie, thanks!
Jennifer Porter
07:27
https://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/agriculture/files/Farmers%20Market%20Guidance%2004.24.20.pdf
Jennifer Porter
07:58
https://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/agriculture/files/doc_library/FarmersMarketFAQ_4.30.2020_0.pdf
Mieko A Ozeki
12:16
I came in late. where is the FAQ?
Jennifer Porter
12:31
https://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/agriculture/files/doc_library/FarmersMarketFAQ_4.30.2020_0.pdf
Laura Streets
12:54
Questions please.
Meghan Houlihan
12:55
Could you address the packaging requirements for produce? Does everything need to be pre-bagged?
Chris Reck
12:56
Why don’t you quickly review the FAQ?
Steve Hoffman
15:47
Are we using chats for questions?
Helen Wood
16:08
There has been some confusion about if value added food ingredients had to be grown by the vendor? As in, only farmer vendors who use their own ingredients could vend. Could you please clarify?
Jennifer Porter
16:11
Yes please type you questions
Sherry Maher
16:22
Why no soaps??
Deb Nevil
17:21
So hemp,, flowers salves can be sold?
Chris Reck
17:22
Any thoughts on insurance/liability issues for the additional workers/volunteers required?
Meghan Houlihan
17:36
So there is cooking allowed onsite? This is an important clarification.
Steve Hoffman
17:53
Abbey - Did you say pre packaged drinks are not allowed? Specifically cold brew coffee and alcohol.
Jennifer Porter
17:58
Yes, Meghan, the food can be cooked onsite and then packaged for take away
Cindy Walcott
18:27
My hope would be that the 12 foot buffer between vendors booth will be relaxed as things evolve over the summer, as that is causing a huge space challenge (at least for our market), and is twice the recommended social distancing.
Laura Streets
19:17
Why no soaps , if you are allowing sanitizer? As both are deemed essential to stop spread.
Diane Heleba
20:48
So a vendor does not have to be a farmer?
Mark Montalban
20:58
what about goat milk based soaps.
Jennifer Porter
21:03
No soaps
Deb Nevil
21:12
craft liquor?
Jennifer Porter
21:13
Vendors do not have to be farmers
Jennifer Porter
21:15
Liquor is ok
Lotty Roozekrans
22:02
I see that plant starts are allowable, but what about plants like fruit bushes and trees
Ariel Mondlak
22:31
Will these guidelines be revisited as the season continues if the situation gets better, or are these expected to be for the whole season?
Helen Wood
22:34
I know this sounds crazy, but edible: does that allow animal treats?
Jennifer Porter
22:54
No animal treats
Sherry Maher
23:33
Liquor is ok, but not soap when handwashing is preferred to sanitizer. Don't separate trips to farms to get soap, flowers, salves etc cause more opportunity for exposure?
Chris Reck
23:34
Can I ask a question to any other small markets on the call?
Jennifer Porter
23:56
Sure, Chris, after we wrap up questions with Abbey And Alissa
Chris Reck
24:03
Thx
Helen Wood
24:05
Are canopies being discouraged? As in for open air?
Leslie Kielson
24:21
Has VTFMA put out any resources to help producers set up on line ordering?
Jennifer Porter
24:56
No, but other organizations have resources for farmers
Cindy Walcott
26:28
Canopies keep produce in good condition!
Steve Hoffman
26:46
We’re all getting tired of saying “I don’t know” about so many things. Can you/we come up with a date to re-examine the guidelines? June 1? June 15? Even if the guidelines stay the same.
Diane Echlin
27:25
“The State’s approach to permissible activities is regularly evolving with the pandemic. We hope that farmers markets will resume their more vibrant and quintessential community role as soon as possible, but for now, we are grateful that Vermont food and beverages can again be sold and purchased at farmers markets.”
Steve Hoffman
28:26
Any guidance on bringing bags or containers
Meghan Houlihan
28:34
Who is ensuring that this stays on the governor’s radar?
Cindy Walcott
28:59
Is there any change in the ban on single use plastic bags at point of sale?
Cindy Walcott
29:12
I know that isn't Ag!
Cindy Walcott
29:26
July 1
Mieko A Ozeki
29:31
Should customers be required to wear masks?
Sherry Maher
30:20
I thought the broader directions to the public is to wear masks when in public.
Lotty Roozekrans
30:28
So long as pre-order and onsite pick-up is an option and encouraged, do we need to offer curbside pick-up?
Helen Wood
30:32
Can a landowner require the usago of masks?
Deb Nevil
31:05
can we have a musician playing at all?
Cindy Walcott
31:20
I can't imagine policing masks for customers!
Mieko A Ozeki
32:17
the reason for that question cause not all spaces can accommodate a drive up pick up.
Helen Wood
32:48
Is there a best practice out there for us to help ebt customers use their cards in a sanitary way?
Steve Hoffman
32:48
Are there many markets the have given up and closed for the season?
Jennifer Porter
33:06
Shelburne Market has
Sophie Conway
33:42
Wondering about EBT transactions, since that is an opportunity for contact. Any news on being able to do EBT transactions online/over the phone?
Ariel Mondlak
34:59
Could we put Steve's question to a poll for whether or not we think our market will be able to operate with these guidelines?
Mark Montalban
35:08
Are handwashing stations required or just sanitizer
Sherry Maher
36:02
Abbey, please clarify what you said at the start about a change in allowing on site payment.
Deb Nevil
36:16
music at all?
Mark Montalban
37:00
northwest farmers market will do a combination pickup/on site transactions, and using EBT
Dar Wolnik
37:14
Saw an example of transactions on machines by using a new sheet of Saran Wrap over the keys for each SNAP transaction
Becka Warren
38:04
Poll looks good! Hartland will be opening with only drive up pickup, no vendor tables.
Dar Wolnik
38:20
(sending Jennie pic of that.)
John Snell
38:26
Montpelier will be open Saturday if you want to see how we are doing it!
Lotty Roozekrans
38:27
what are folks using for online sales platforms?
Sophie Conway
38:38
Thanks for the clarification!
Laura Streets
39:22
I am recommending Lulu's Local foods for pre-order.
Cindy Walcott
40:38
After a month of exploration, CIFM has concluded that it is not practical to have a market-wide ordering platform. About 2/3 of our vendors already have on-line ordering capacity, and there was no way to integrate everything together.
Sophie Conway
40:59
Health & safety officer= any other specifics of who that needs to be?
Cindy Walcott
41:24
Only the market manager is an employee, so that is the only person who has to take the training, presumably.
Cindy Walcott
42:17
The pre-order is easier than the pre-payment.
Lotty Roozekrans
42:40
I am also wondering about the VOSHA training.
Sophie Conway
42:46
I thought any volunteers also had to take the VOSHA training?
Cindy Walcott
43:02
I did the VOSHA training. Very short and easy.
Sophie Conway
43:07
(It's pretty quick - I have also done it)
Helen Wood
43:15
Should each vendor take the training?
Laura Streets
43:21
If we have done the training for an essential business do we need to retake it?
Deb Nevil
43:32
I did it today for work.
Laura Streets
45:29
Signs are great . Thank you.
Deb Nevil
45:49
enter/exit?
Lotty Roozekrans
46:10
thank you, the signage is really helpful. can you make it workable template so that we can add our own logo, etc.
Steve Hoffman
48:10
We have a double foot pump sink and a 4 user purell stand. We’ll also have another sanitization point.
Steve Hoffman
48:27
We’re renting these
Meghan Houlihan
48:38
We rented one from the local porta potty supplier for $85/month
Cindy Walcott
49:00
We have ordered two handwashing stations. I think they are coming from China -- hee, hee.
Kate MacLean
49:13
https://ncfreshproducesafety.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hand-washing-unit-handout.pdf?fwd=no
Laura Streets
50:50
One way path, and making folks walk the entire market.
Steve Hoffman
51:39
12 ft spacing is proving to be a problem
Cindy Walcott
52:03
I agree that the 12 ft spacing is a challenge.
Sophie Conway
52:20
Hi Chris, our market is not as small, but we still have the same concerns as you've mentioned
Ariel Mondlak
52:54
Chris, we in Waterbury are having the same problem. We are a relatively small market and have a lively culture of non-food vendors, so it will be a ton of work to get something ready for so few vendors.
Chris Reck
53:21
Thanks Ariel, just a difficult time.
Steve Hoffman
54:37
Are there any relief programs that markets could apply for outside of PPP? EIDL?
Laura Streets
55:09
That would be helpful.
Cindy Walcott
55:21
Laura is making a good point about accessibility! And that is another kind of legal issue.
Krista Coombs
56:31
We are working in Bennington because vendors are committed and customers are buying from them. At the start in March, vendors with their new google forms also are able to connect with customers on their own as well. We are about half the amount of vendors right now and have been doing really well.
Deb Nevil
56:50
have the first half hour for that cohort
Becka Warren
57:06
Krista, it would be great to hear how your vendors are connecting to customers in this environment.
Cindy Walcott
57:41
Yes, but walking from one end of the market to the other is a problem if you have mobility issues.
Jennifer Porter
58:00
Maybe a curbside pick-up is the best option for those folks
Cindy Walcott
58:28
Yes, it would be, but a lot of our older customers are not tuned into technology.
Meghan Houlihan
58:31
We are going to need SO many volunteers to help with our curbside pickup and at our in-person market. Traffic, organizing orders, serving as “runners” for people with mobility issues…
Steve Hoffman
58:34
Do anyone know where the VT hazard pay legislation stands?
Krista Coombs
58:58
We put out an e newsletter (600 ppl), facebook blasts and web page. We are biweekly through May. I think since the Market started in 2002, there is a following that has really helped as well.
Becka Warren
01:00:02
Thank you Krista. Are you asking the vendors to do additional promotion to their own customers?
Sophie Conway
01:00:47
Hazard pay for customer service folks at grocery stores has raised questions about hazard pay for market managers if they will be the "health and safety officers"
Helen Wood
01:01:05
Dorset has been doing a great job of having farmers drop off their preorders to the manager and president who have used signage and max of 2 volunteer to pass along orders right to people in their cars.
Laura Streets
01:01:50
There was one for $120 per week for all business deemed essential. Not sure where it is.
Sophie Conway
01:01:59
We would need to find a whole new group pf volunteers (our wonderful volunteers are pretty much all elderly = at risk for covid-19)
Meghan Houlihan
01:03:48
For us the challenge is managing volunteers! We’ll have 5-8 each day
Lotty Roozekrans
01:04:04
I've heard from a handful of our craft vendors that are interested in helping.
Cindy Walcott
01:04:05
We do not a pool of regular volunteers. We are in a very rural community.
Cindy Walcott
01:04:18
Good idea, Lottie.
Laura Streets
01:04:20
We are thinking local Rotaries, Boy Scout who can help organize and manage the volunteers.
Sophie Conway
01:04:37
Meghan, yes!
Cindy Walcott
01:06:19
We have not had any questions from the two towns were our markets are sited.
Chris Reck
01:06:27
Thank you al for the the hard work!
Deb Nevil
01:06:38
sure
Lotty Roozekrans
01:06:39
Yes
Krista Coombs
01:06:50
yes, TY
Deb Nevil
01:06:59
ty
Sophie Conway
01:07:02
Thanks all!
Becka Warren
01:07:15
Thank you!
Laura Streets
01:07:16
Thank you!
Cindy Walcott
01:07:19
Thank you, Abbey and Alissa and Jennie!
Helen Wood
01:07:25
Thank you!