COVID-19 Resources

Whatever role you serve at your farmers market, we know that not only are you dedicated to ensuring shoppers have access to healthy, locally grown food and other high-quality products — but you’re also deeply committed to the safety of shoppers and the products they purchase. Never in MIFMA’s history has this mission been more important. In response to COVID-19, we want to share with you the following guidance and considerations on operating farmers markets in Michigan during this period of heightened public safety. 

Farmers market managers should consult their local health departments and the State of Michigan for information pertinent to COVID-19 and current conditions in their community.  You can regularly read the updates and recommendations available on their websites and sign up for any alerts offered by state or county-level health officials to stay the most up-to-date with what is being recommended or required.

As a follow up to the March 23, 2020 Executive Order 21, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-77 issued on May 7, 2020 provides further instructions and specifications to the Michigan public. This latest guidance instructs all Michigan residents to “stay at home or at their place of residence,” but allows individuals to leave their homes “to perform tasks that are necessary to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets).” The order further clarifies which businesses and operations provide critical infrastructure and may remain in operation during this time, including which food and agriculture-related functions are deemed critical.Furthermore, Executive Order 2020-71 provides additional instructions for any business that sells food including farmers markets. Accordingly, farmers markets and farm stands selling food products can continue to operate.  

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) clarified as of March 24, 2020 that workers in Michigan’s food and agriculture sector who support “retail that sells food and beverage products” constitute “critical infrastructure workers.” Additionally, on March 31, 2020, MDARD released a set of Frequently Asked Questions which states that “MDARD recognizes that farmers markets fall under [the category of workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products], but only for the sale of food and supplies necessary to support human health and life.” MDARD requests that farmers markets “use all necessary precautions to keep employees and customers safe.” 

Farmers markets and farm stands selling food products can continue to operate.

To assist our members in responding to this evolving situation, we are releasing the following resources:

Spanish Language Resources:

Arabic Language Resources

  • كوفيد -١٩ السلامة في سوق المزارعين (sizes: 8.5×11 and 11×17)
    • signage that can be posted to reinforce CDC recommended behaviors in public settings

 

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