The Belfast Farmers’ Market, which was held indoors this winter, moved outdoors to Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, on March 20. The market will be open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Honoring the market’s commitment to community safety, in addition to moving outside, vendors will be following comprehensive new COVID-19 protocols. The market is no longer meant to be a social gathering hub; it has become a place to efficiently pick up needed items from local producers.

In light of COVID-19, customers are asked to adhere to the following best practices:
  • Those who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have knowingly come into contact with anyone who is sick is asked to stay home. Those who are stuck at home can ask a neighbor to do their shopping or reach out to individual vendors for possible delivery options.
  • Practice frequent, 20-second hand washing or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid touching the face while at the market.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet when possible; this includes while waiting in lines.
  • Customers are asked not to linger at the market and to take prepared food home rather than eating on-site.
  • Wear raincoats and bring umbrellas to avoid the need to crowd under tents in inclement weather.
  • Only touch foods with the intention to purchase.
  • The information tent will stay open for SNAP/EBT customers. Credit-card customers at the booth are asked to bring cash or checks to the market; some of the vendors accept credit cards at their stand.
COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness; contracting it via eating is unlikely — it is most likely to cause illness through respiratory transmission. The routes that cause concern include being in close proximity to many people or coming into contact with high-touch surfaces.

The market will continue to monitor CDC recommendations and respond accordingly.