VT Farmers Market Check-in - Shared screen with speaker view
Hi Jennie, thanks!
Mieko A Ozeki
I came in late. where is the FAQ?
Could you address the packaging requirements for produce? Does everything need to be pre-bagged?
Why don’t you quickly review the FAQ?
Are we using chats for questions?
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?
Yes please type you questions
Why no soaps??
So hemp,, flowers salves can be sold?
Any thoughts on insurance/liability issues for the additional workers/volunteers required?
So there is cooking allowed onsite? This is an important clarification.
Abbey - Did you say pre packaged drinks are not allowed? Specifically cold brew coffee and alcohol.
Yes, Meghan, the food can be cooked onsite and then packaged for take away
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.
Why no soaps , if you are allowing sanitizer? As both are deemed essential to stop spread.
So a vendor does not have to be a farmer?
what about goat milk based soaps.
Vendors do not have to be farmers
Liquor is ok
I see that plant starts are allowable, but what about plants like fruit bushes and trees
Will these guidelines be revisited as the season continues if the situation gets better, or are these expected to be for the whole season?
I know this sounds crazy, but edible: does that allow animal treats?
No animal treats
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?
Can I ask a question to any other small markets on the call?
Sure, Chris, after we wrap up questions with Abbey And Alissa
Are canopies being discouraged? As in for open air?
Has VTFMA put out any resources to help producers set up on line ordering?
No, but other organizations have resources for farmers
Canopies keep produce in good condition!
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.
“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.”
Any guidance on bringing bags or containers
Who is ensuring that this stays on the governor’s radar?
Is there any change in the ban on single use plastic bags at point of sale?
I know that isn't Ag!
Mieko A Ozeki
Should customers be required to wear masks?
I thought the broader directions to the public is to wear masks when in public.
So long as pre-order and onsite pick-up is an option and encouraged, do we need to offer curbside pick-up?
Can a landowner require the usago of masks?
can we have a musician playing at all?
I can't imagine policing masks for customers!
Mieko A Ozeki
the reason for that question cause not all spaces can accommodate a drive up pick up.
Is there a best practice out there for us to help ebt customers use their cards in a sanitary way?
Are there many markets the have given up and closed for the season?
Shelburne Market has
Wondering about EBT transactions, since that is an opportunity for contact. Any news on being able to do EBT transactions online/over the phone?
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?
Are handwashing stations required or just sanitizer
Abbey, please clarify what you said at the start about a change in allowing on site payment.
music at all?
northwest farmers market will do a combination pickup/on site transactions, and using EBT
Saw an example of transactions on machines by using a new sheet of Saran Wrap over the keys for each SNAP transaction
Poll looks good! Hartland will be opening with only drive up pickup, no vendor tables.
(sending Jennie pic of that.)
Montpelier will be open Saturday if you want to see how we are doing it!
what are folks using for online sales platforms?
Thanks for the clarification!
I am recommending Lulu's Local foods for pre-order.
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.
Health & safety officer= any other specifics of who that needs to be?
Only the market manager is an employee, so that is the only person who has to take the training, presumably.
The pre-order is easier than the pre-payment.
I am also wondering about the VOSHA training.
I thought any volunteers also had to take the VOSHA training?
I did the VOSHA training. Very short and easy.
(It's pretty quick - I have also done it)
Should each vendor take the training?
If we have done the training for an essential business do we need to retake it?
I did it today for work.
Signs are great . Thank you.
thank you, the signage is really helpful. can you make it workable template so that we can add our own logo, etc.
We have a double foot pump sink and a 4 user purell stand. We’ll also have another sanitization point.
We’re renting these
We rented one from the local porta potty supplier for $85/month
We have ordered two handwashing stations. I think they are coming from China -- hee, hee.
One way path, and making folks walk the entire market.
12 ft spacing is proving to be a problem
I agree that the 12 ft spacing is a challenge.
Hi Chris, our market is not as small, but we still have the same concerns as you've mentioned
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.
Thanks Ariel, just a difficult time.
Are there any relief programs that markets could apply for outside of PPP? EIDL?
That would be helpful.
Laura is making a good point about accessibility! And that is another kind of legal issue.
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.
have the first half hour for that cohort
Krista, it would be great to hear how your vendors are connecting to customers in this environment.
Yes, but walking from one end of the market to the other is a problem if you have mobility issues.
Maybe a curbside pick-up is the best option for those folks
Yes, it would be, but a lot of our older customers are not tuned into technology.
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…
Do anyone know where the VT hazard pay legislation stands?
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.
Thank you Krista. Are you asking the vendors to do additional promotion to their own customers?
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"
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.
There was one for $120 per week for all business deemed essential. Not sure where it is.
We would need to find a whole new group pf volunteers (our wonderful volunteers are pretty much all elderly = at risk for covid-19)
For us the challenge is managing volunteers! We’ll have 5-8 each day
I've heard from a handful of our craft vendors that are interested in helping.
We do not a pool of regular volunteers. We are in a very rural community.
Good idea, Lottie.
We are thinking local Rotaries, Boy Scout who can help organize and manage the volunteers.
We have not had any questions from the two towns were our markets are sited.
Thank you al for the the hard work!
Thank you, Abbey and Alissa and Jennie!