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City provides update on farmers market changes

By Staff | Mar 23, 2020

On March 21, the city of Sanibel reported that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sanibel Island Farmers Market will offer only essential food and modify operations, specifically:

– All non-food vendors have been removed from the market (flowers, plants, crafters)

– The market will be treated as an “in and out” market, “to go” only; no congregating will be permitted

– With the elimination of eight to 12 booths, the existing vendors will be spread apart to create greater space between them

– “Specialty” orders and products that generate lines at vendors will not be permitted (smoothies)

– Vendors will reduce the amount of product display

– No sampling

– All vendors will wear gloves

– Additional sneeze guards installed at many of the booths

– Many, if not all, of the credit card readers have been set for no signature required

– The picnic tables have been removed from the location and on-site dining will not be permitted

– Signage is posted to remind the patrons of social distancing and general prevention

– Social media posts will include precaution reminders for shoppers and vendors

– Hand sanitizer and wipes can be found throughout the market at various booths

– Vendors who are sick are not permitted to participate in the market

– Vendors will be reminded to monitor their lines and patrons to remain consistent with CDC social distancing guidance (6 feet)

– Vendors are required to clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces

– The non-profit booth has been removed

The farmers market is held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 800 Dunlop Road.