It is essential that the Ellensburg Farmers Market is able to supply the residents of Kittitas County with food, and it is important that the market connects farmers and shoppers. While our market has often been a social space, it is important not to confuse this as the primary purpose this year. Our commitment to a farm and food-only market that support Washington’s small family farms, ensuring food access for all, and nurturing a connection between producers and consumers is our ultimate goal. Our basic needs, including those for health, food, drink, and agriculture, have not changed during this crisis. We believe that an open-air market, with transparent and short supply chains, can be the safest and best way to obtain food during this crisis. To ensure the safety of our market vendors and the public at large, some modifications of the market will be taking place.
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced, please stay 6 feet away from others.
One-way traffic flows: Foot traffic will stay to the right. Those entering from Ruby Street will stay on the north side of 4th, those entering from Pearl will stay on the south side of 4th, and those entering from Pine can go either way, following the stay right traffic flow. Monitors will be at each intersection to control market occupancy.
The first hour of market, 9:00 to 10:00, is reserved for the elderly and immunocompromised.
Hand sanitizer will be provided at every booth.
Hand washing stations will be provided at each intersection, in addition to the 2 hand washing stations that are kept in the alleys.
There will be no sampling.
There will be no public seating. Those who sit in the curb to eat lunch will be gently moseyed out of the market.