COVID-19 and the Napa Farmers Market

COVID-19 and the Napa Farmers Market

What’s happening?

  • NEW Location: Stating in June, the Napa Farmers Market will be in the City of Napa parking lot at 1100 West Street in Downtown Napa.
  • Open: Tuesday & Saturday
  • Senior (65+) Hour: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Regular Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.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.

Face Coverings Update

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, specialty food  (“to go” and grocery items) and limited artisan vendors will be permitted at the market.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering while in line and inside the market.
  • No eating or drinking in the market.
  • Food sampling has been suspended.
  • Seating areas, Story Time and live music have been suspended.
  • Increased space between vendor booths.
  • Limiting the number of customers in the market at one time to allow for enouch space for social distancing.
  • There will be one only market entrance and customers may need to wait in line to enter the market.
  • 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, have a fever and or cough or are in a high risk group.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in line and inside the market.
  • 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 (permitted at the market) and send one low-risk, healthy family member to shop.
  • Customers are not allowed touch food; vendors will to bag/package your purchases.
  • Wash hands frequently at the hand washing station or in the public bathrooms on West Street.
  • 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 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 CalFresh 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 and Feed ir Forward Napa Valley volunteers.

How can I stay up to date?

Shop at the Napa Farmers Market

Saturday : 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Temporary Hours) Year-Round

Tuesday : 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Temporary Hours) April through October