How does ABFM plan to practice social distancing?
Vendor booths will be spaced at a minimum of six (6) feet apart from one another.
ABFM will set-up caution tape where necessary in between booths to discourage customers from walking in between booths or into traffic.
Booth set-up minimizes a customer’s ability to touch products (ropes, tables, cones, sneeze guards). Customers may self-select produce when wearing a mask while following the rules of social distancing, “shop with your eyes not hands”, and “take what you touch”.
Vendor booths will have markers for 6 feet of social distancing for customers that walk up and are in line.
Vendors will have a “Pick Up Table” or use existing counter space for placing product for pick-up and receiving payment separate from product display.
Customers will be instructed to walk directionally and shop on the right at vendor tents and walk through the market in the center of the pedestrian walkway
There will not be dining, seating or gathering areas within the market site.
ABFM staff will constantly be monitoring the market site traffic and encouraging customers to keep moving to avoid overcrowding.
When market site attendance approaches crowds that inhibit effective social distancing, VFM staff will have a click-counter tool to track and control the number of people (entering and exiting) in the market. Staff will communicate via 2-way radios at market entrances/exits as customers enter and exit.
ABFM will place signage around the perimeter of the market between the street and sidewalks directing customers to use entrances at W. Dearborn St. and Green St. only.
Ask customers to please conclude shopping the market if they are shopping for an extended period (more than 30 minutes).
In preparation of lines forming with walk-up customers, VFM will have 6-foot pavement markers outside of both entrances of the market. ABFM to display instructional signs “Line Forms Here” and “maintain 6 feet for social distancing”.
Customer Code of Conduct signs posted at each entrance to the market site.
Customer friendly signage displayed throughout the market as reminders.
Will there be handwashing/sanitizing stations?
Yes, Vendors are required to have their own hand sanitization station. For customers, ABFM will have handwashing/sanitizing stations at each entrance to the market located at W. Dearborn St. and Green St.
ABFM will check every 30 minutes that there is adequate soap and paper towels and/or sanitizer at all ABFM handwashing/sanitization stations and refill as necessary. All hand washing/sanitization stations will meet health guidelines. ABFM will provide hand sanitizer for customers, vendors and staff at each entrance, our info booth and the exit.
Can I bring my dog to the market?
Please keep your pets at home (unless service animal).
What sanitation procedures are in place?
Staff and Vendors will clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces including tabletops, phones, keyboards, and cash register counters (at minimum every 30 minutes).
Will there be restrooms for the public?
There will be restrooms located at the southwest area of the plaza.
Will vendors be practicing new safety guidelines?
Yes, here is a list of new procedures our vendors will follow to ensure health safety:
The selection of vendors will be consistent with existing Vendor Handbook located on the ABFM website @ www.bravesfarmersmaket.org
Except for produce and agricultural products, all food and bakery items will be packaged prior to customer purchase. Non-food items will be packaged, wrapped or bagged.
Vendors are required to wear PPE, facemasks and gloves at all times.
Vendors and staff are required to self-evaluate their health status prior to coming to market. This includes not coming to work sick and/or exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms.
Vendors and staff are required to report if they have had contact with anyone who has tested positive with COVID 19 and to request a two-week absence to self-quarantine.
Vendor booths will have markers for 6 feet of social distancing, provided by vendors, for customers that walk up and are in line.
Vendors will have a “Pick Up Table” or use existing counter space to place orders for pick up.
Encourage the use of on-line order and prepayment, credit/debit cards and contactless payment. If cash is used, we ask that vendors round up to the nearest dollar to limit the need for change.
SNAP customers will place their payment tokens in separate plastic bags provided by VFM staff when making payment to vendors. ABFM staff will collect the bags at the end of market. Tokens will be sanitized prior to re-issue.
Vendors should encourage customers to use credit/debit cards. Credit cards, clipboards, and terminals shall be sanitized after each transaction.
Handling money/market currency and food handling are separate (I.e.: there is one staff member handling food and another staff member that is handling money… adjoining vendors may share staff to handle money).
Only the necessary staff are working
No sampling, no selling consume-on-premises food and no refilling reusable containers.
Vendors wash their hands, change their gloves and sanitize their counters, tables, and work space frequently.
Vendors must handle produce (except where customer is wearing a mask and follows the customer code of conduct rules) and product for shoppers.
All booths have a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
Vendors must use plastic or vinyl tables and/or coverings for easy sanitizing.
Vendors must wash hands after using the restroom, touching their face, sneezing, using a tissue, before and after eating, and after handling money.
VFM staff will perform periodic checks of all vendors’ booths each hour. Any vendor that does not follow their pre-approved set-up will be required to stop selling and immediately correct the issue.
During the periodic checks, if staff observes possible COVID 19 symptoms among vendors or staff, vendor and/or staff temperature will be taken with a contactless thermometer.
Before a vendor can sell, ABFM staff will review each vendor booth for proper social distancing setup.
Vendors must clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every 30 minutes, such as (but not limited to) tabletops, phones, keyboards, cash register counters, handwashing sinks, card readers; and trash cans frequently. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered products that clean (removes germs) and disinfect (kill germs) must be used.
For Proper Handling of Disinfectants and Waste, vendors must ensure that:
Chemicals are used in a well-ventilated area and not mixed with incompatible chemicals
No chemical contact with food during cleaning
Waste is disposed safely a in a secure trash container provided by the vendor
Customer Code of Conduct
STAY HOME if I am sick or if I have been in contact with someone who is sick.
Make a shopping list before visiting the market.
Pre-order and prepay vendors if possible @ www.bravesfarmersmarket.org
Designate one shopper per household.
Leave my pet at home unless it is a service dog.
Be alert! I will notice modifications and signs and adhere to them.
Not touch products, but instead, ask a vendor for what I would like.
Maintain 6 feet of space at all times. I will look for physical cues like tape, chalk, and signs to help remind me.
Shop quickly and efficiently - 30 minutes or less
Use the provided hand sanitizer and/or hand wash stations at the market.
Avoid touching my eyes, nose, mouth, and face in general.
Cover my cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it. Then wash my hands.
Wear a face mask if you have one available, necessary for hand selecting produce, “shop with your eyes not your hands”, “take what you touch”
Be the most responsible shopper I can possibly be!
Take a photo of this sign as your reminder!
ENGLEWOOD/VENICE — As might be expected in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, farmers markets are suspended.
Englewood and Venice markets aren’t happening, organizers announced Tuesday.
The Punta Gorda Farmers Market has also been suspended, but organizers anticipate reopening the market next month.
“Our markets will remain closed until further notice in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines,” manager Lee Perron announced in an email Tuesday.
Perron manages the markets in Englewood, Venice and the new market that started this year at CoolToday Park in North Port, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. That market was canceled earlier this month after Major League Baseball shut down spring training.
“The phone volume and e-mails regarding our markets have been massive,” Perron said.
But that doesn’t mean people have to deprive themselves of fresh vegetables. Patrons may still contact their favorite vendors individually and make their own arrangements.
“We are also directing customers in a responsible way to use our vendor directory on our websites to contact vendors directly,” Perron said. People need to arrange their own delivery and/or pick up options that comply with current social contact guidance.”
Perron encouraged vendors to use the markets’ Facebook pages as a platform to sell their products.
The vendor directories can be found on englewoodfarmersmarket.org, thevenicefarmersmarket.org and the bravesfarmersmarket.org
“Flexibility, patience and kindness will allow us all to work through our current global crisis,” Perron said. ‘Be well and be safe.”
I think all of you know that MLB spring training has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
As Sarasota County has issued a mandate as of late last week that all events scheduled on county property shall be cancelled for the next thirty days, the Braves Farmers Market will discontinue operations for the last weeks of the season in March.
We sincerely want to thank all of the residents of North Port and West Villages for their support during our first season with the Braves Farmers Market.
Kudos to our talented vendors, staff and the extraordinary employees at Cool Today Park, the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves.
We hope to see you all when we open for Season II in October!!!
18800 S. West Villages Parkway
Venice, FL 34293
October thru March