Ashland Farmer's Market
The Ashland Farmer’s Market Opening Day is scheduled for June 13, 2020
Please see Food Permit Application and other guidance documents:
From Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources:
Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets / Farm Stands / CSAs are primary sales outlets for many Massachusetts farms. Maintaining and increasing access to local food is essential, particularly in times of unsteadiness. Local farming may fill a critical void in food distribution patterns if the response to COVID-19 increases and growing regions located in the Western U.S. experience production and distribution challenges.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, along with its State and Federal partners, are focused on enabling farm stands and farmer markets to sell safe, healthy and local products during the COVID-19 response. Our aim continues to be the support of the many farms that will be entering the production season so they are able to provide fresh farm products to the residents, retail markets and restaurants in the Commonwealth.
What are some best practices for farmers’ markets/farm stands and other local produce/farm product disbursement sites to limit the spread of COVID-19?
1. Social Distancing: Market managers should increase the space between vendors to assist in patron flow and reduce crowding at vendor stations. Setting up vendor tables in a straight run or “L” formation should assist visitors in maintaining a safe distance as they visit the market. Market managers may also consider limiting the number of customers who can enter the market space at one time based on visitation rates. Markets are strongly encouraged to remind customers of “social distancing”, maintaining a space of at least six feet from one another while shopping at farmers markets, through signage at prominent locations and vendor tables and through verbal reinforcement. As a reminder, Market staff, vendors and customers should:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home from the market when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.