COVID-19/ Coronavirus Response

COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Milwaukie Farmers Market:

COVID-19/ Coronavirus Operations Plan

April 16, 2020

In response to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, the Milwaukie Farmers Market has been actively researching and planning on how to safely offer a Farmers Market.  

We know many people would prefer to shop at a Farmers Market for many reasons, including:

  • Supporting farmers in our local community
  • Purchasing local products that have travelled a short distance with minimal handling
  • Shopping in an open-air environment

We will open the Milwaukie Farmers Market season on time, on the first Sunday in May, in our regular location on Main and Harrison Streets, with a number of modifications in place.  We will have a smaller market this season, in order to provide a safe and healthy shopping experience for our vendors and customers. We will also focus the Market on providing essential items.

Please note that while we will not be able to offer a “traditional” Farmers Market at this time, we will be able to offer a COVID-19 compliant environment.  And while the Milwaukie Farmers Market will temporarily not be the community gathering place that we’ve all come to know and love, we will return to that as soon as we are allowed to.  

In order to comply with COVID-19 requirements, the Milwaukie Farmers Market is taking the following steps to keep our customers and vendors safe and healthy.  

COVID-19 Requirements

  1. Leaving a minimum of 3 feet of empty space between each booth, by reducing the total number of vendors by one-third.
  2. Prioritizing vendors who sell food and food-related items, and planting materials.  
    1. Vendors/services who will not currently be at the Market include:
      1. Musicians
      2. City of Milwaukie Info Booth
      3. Nonprofit Organizations
      4. Young Entrepreneurs
      5. Master Gardeners
      6. Master Recyclers
      7. Most craft vendors
      8. viii.Massage
      9. Face painting
      10. Balloon artist
  3. Enforcing social distancing through our Social Distancing Officer, Market Master Brendan Eiswerth.  In addition, each vendor booth will have a Social Distancing Officer, as required by the State of Oregon.  
  4. Not selling Market tokens.  If a customer has tokens from previous years, they will be accepted.  An ATM is available on site.
  5. EBT and EBT Cash tokens will still be issued and accepted.
  6. Prepared food will be available, but should not be eaten on site.  There will not be seating or tables.
  7. Samples of any kind will not be offered.

Likewise, we will ask the following of everyone who attends the Market:

  1. Do not come to the Market if you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who is ill, per CDC guidelines.
  2. Wearing a face mask or covering is encouraged, per CDC guidelines.
  3. Maintain a healthy distance: keep 6 feet between yourself, other shoppers, and vendors.
  4. Shop with your eyes, not your hands: please ask vendors for assistance.
  5. Shop without your family: shop solo or with one other person.
  6. Shop efficiently: plan to get in and out of the Market in a timely manner.
  7. Keep your hands clean: with gloves, washing, or sanitizer.
  8. No pets: the Market’s policy of no pets continues.  Service animals are allowed.

Alternate Ordering and Pick-up Options

We will not be able to offer a drive-through Farmers Market.  However, many of our vendors are implementing online ordering.  This is done through an app (iOS and Android) called What’s Good https://sourcewhatsgood.com/.  This is an outside company, and is not managed by the Milwaukie Farmers Market.  If you choose to preorder through What’s Good, and select the Milwaukie Farmers Market as your pick-up location, you would then pick up the items you ordered directly at the vendor’s booth.

Next Steps

Please note that this is our plan as of the current date.  As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, we will make updates as needed.  If you have questions, please send us a message here: https://milwaukiefarmersmarket.com/new/contact-us/. 

Thank You!

We want to thank the other Farmers Markets in the Portland area and around the state for their advice and information.  And we want to especially thank the Oregon Farmers Market Association for their leadership, resources, and guidance.  They have been a tremendous help throughout.  

We also want to thank you—our wonderful community—for your past, present, and future support of the Milwaukie Farmers Market and the many farmers who call our Market home.  Our local farmers need our help now more than ever, and we thank you for continuing to support them.  

And to our vendors: thank you for growing and creating the food and other items we all need in order to be healthy and happy.  Your dedication and devotion is inspiring!

Thank you,

Milwaukie Farmers Market and Celebrate Milwaukie, Inc.

 


Many visitors make a walk to the Market part of their Sunday routine — a little exercise, fresh air, and a chance to check out what’s new around downtown or along the riverfront. Bring a backpack and come on foot!

Getting to downtown Milwaukie by bike couldn't be easier. Located on the banks for the Willamette River there are multiple "bike-friendly" was to get to the Market. The Springwater Corridor Trial, the major segment of the "40-Mile Loop" is just 1 mile north of Downtown Milwaukie</a>. From Downtown Portland and close in SE enjoy the scenic ride from the East-Side Esplanade, through Sellwood and right to the Market. The 6.5 mile ride was created on decommissioned railroad lines so it makes for an easy Sunday morning ride! For more information about getting around by bike in and around Portland visit The City of Portland's website.

Take the Orange Line! Your Market is just an easy four-block walk from the Main Street MAX Station — coming by MAX is a less-stress alternative to circling for a parking space! ! Learn more

Don't feel like driving to the market? No problem, Tri-Met offers several easy ways to get to the Market. Check out how many buses come straight to Downtown Milwaukie and less that 100 feet from the Market!

29-Lake/Webster Rd • 30-Estacada • 32-Oatfield • 33-McLoughlin • 34-River Rd • 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave • 99-McLoughlin Express • 152-Milwaukie

Use Tri-Met's handy Trip-Planner for the best way to get to the Market!

The Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market is easy to get to. Centrally located on McLoughlin Blvd/99E we are just minutes away from Downtown Portland to the North and Oregon City to our south. You can take I-205 to the Milwaukie Expressway/ HWY 224 or you can connect easily from I-5 to 99E. We have plenty of parking available throughout he city and with great shops and restaurants to check out! Click here for Google Maps and directions! See you at the Market!!


EVERY SUNDAY
May through October
9:30 am to 2:00 pm

SE Main St. & Harrison St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222
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