COVID-19 and the Napa Farmers Market

COVID-19 and the Napa Farmers Market

What’s happening?

  • Through the end of April, the Napa Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot shared between The CIA at Copia and Oxbow Public Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • There will be a seniors only (65+) hour from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. The market will open to general traffic at 9 a.m.
  • As a California Certified Farmer’s Market, we are classified as an essential food business and will remain open during the Napa County Shelter at Home Order. If the situation changes we will post updates on our website and social media.

What is changing at the market to make it safer?
The Napa Farmers Market will follow guidance from Napa County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Relucio, in order to protect against the spread of COVID-19 at the market, including:

  • Only farmers and specialty food vendors will be permitted to sell at the market.
  • Food sampling has been suspended.
  • Seating areas, Story Time and live music have been suspended.
  • Increased space between vendor booths.
  • Monitoring/limiting customers in the market and encouraging social distancing.
  • There will be one market entrance and one exit.
  • Only 50 customers will be allowed in the market at one time.
  • Only one person per household should shop at the market.
  • Staff and volunteers will enforce social distancing and customers not in compliance will be asked to leave.

What do I need to do as a customer?

  • Stay home if you are sick or in a high risk group.
  • Keep distance (6 feet) from others whenever possible.
  • Use Xs marked on the ground 6 ft. apart to maintain adequate social distance.
  • Seniors 65+ should have someone shop for them.
  • Seniors 65+ who must shop for themselves should come during Senior Hour 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Make a shopping list, bring reusable bags and send one low-risk, healthy family member to shop.
  • Customers may not touch food; please allow vendors to bag/package your purchase.
  • Wash hands frequently at the hand washing station or in the bathrooms at Oxbow Public Market.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes into a sleeve or tissue.

Why did the market move?

  • The Napa Valley Expo is suspending all operations as a state fairground based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, so the market needs to temporarily relocate.
  • We are committed to continuing our essential business service of direct-to-customer access to locally grown and produced food.

Why is the market staying open?

  • Farmers’ markets are considered essential business services, like grocery stores, according to California Department of Public Health guidance.
  • Farmers’ markets are also considered essential businesses during a “shelter in place” order, according to this Napa County Health Officer Directive.
  • The Napa Farmers Market has permission to operate from the Napa County Environmental Health Department and Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.
  • We will continue to monitor Health Orders from Napa County Health Public Health and modify or close operations as needed.
  • Farmers’ markets are NOT considered mass gatherings and are exempt from Bay Area shelter-in-place orders.

What about CalfFresh Market Match?
The Napa Farmers Market will continue to provide its food assistance activities:

  • CalFresh customers can double their benefits using the Market Match program. Learn how.
  • Fresh produce donations will be collected and delivered to the Napa Valley Food Bank by Napa Valley CanDo volunteers.

How can I stay up to date?

Visit the Napa Farmers Market

Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Year-Round

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m April through October