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Goshen Farmers’ Market FAQ on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Goshen Farmers’ Market FAQ on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Goshen Farmers’ Market FAQ on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As an essential service, the Goshen Farmers’ Markets WILL REMAIN OPEN, providing fresh, healthy food for the community. We are actively making operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease.

While New York State’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the state and our agricultural community are working together to keep agricultural products moving, our communities and families fed, and our animals cared for.

Here is the latest guidance that the agricultural industry needs to know. The Department is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and we will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

New York State has not restricted food-producing farms, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, retail food stores, food pantries, food banks, and food and beverage manufacturing facilities from being open. These operations are exempt under the mass gatherings guidance as essential food supply chain industries.


  • Come prepared and limit your visit time. We ask that you come ready, shopping list in hand, so you can get in and get out quickly. Please treat the market as an essential activity, not as a social activity. And, send only one family member if you can.
  • Honor social distancing of six feet while at the market. Give space to those around you, at least 6 feet, while shopping and waiting in line.
  • Observe all posted signage and demarcated lines, which signal where customers should wait, six feet apart, to order and pay for their products.
  • Always stay at home if you are sick.  Follow this link (pre-pay pick up) to learn which of our vendors provide CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes and pre-orders.
  • Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Please consider washing your hands before entering the market.
  • Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) avoid coming to the market.  Follow this link (pre-pay pick up) to learn which of our vendors provide CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes and pre-orders
  • As always, wash your fruits and veggies when you return home.
  • Always cough or sneeze, into your arm or a tissue, away from people and food. 

Goshen Farmers’ Market with guidance from the Orange County Health Department will institute the following for the necessary duration:

  • Ceasing food sampling at the market
  • Requiring that all hot food be pre-packaged, to go. No seating will be provided or encouraged
  • Asking that vendors control all product as much as possible, for example encouraging pre-bagging
  • Posting prominent signage that encourages shoppers and vendors to practice social distancing of 6 feet from each other
  • Suspending high touch activities at the market, Musicians and children’s activities will be suspended
  • Instituting new precautionary procedures for market staff, including those handling money and other currencies, such as wearing gloves and more frequent hand washing
  • Ceasing all non-essential activities in the market

As we modify market operations for public safety, we ask that customers please join us in helping to reduce the risk of spreading the virus by:

  • Adhering to 6-foot social distancing while in the farmers’ market. Give space to those around you, at least 6 feet while shopping and waiting in line.
  • Observing posted signage and demarcated lines, which signal where customers should wait, six feet apart, to order and pay for their products.
  • Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) avoid coming to the market. Help your neighbors who need to remain indoors, by offering to pick up food and supplies at the market for them.
  • As always, wash fruits and veggies when you return home.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue, away from people and food.
  • Always stay at home if you are sick.

For the health and safety of our community, we ask that you also take all personal precautions recommended to prevent contraction and spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) avoid public gatherings
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, with your elbow or with a tissue, which should promptly be disposed of
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Try new, low-contact ways of greeting your friends and loved ones, including an elbow bump or wave.

New York State has not restricted food-producing farms, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, retail food stores, food pantries, food banks, and food and beverage manufacturing facilities from being open. These operations are exempt under the mass gatherings guidance as essential food supply chain industries.

Our markets are rooted deeply in the community. We thank you for supporting local farms and small businesses, and for your kindness and patience as we all adapt to these changing times.