market operations during covid-19
Rochester Farmers Markets Will be OPEN Saturdays at GRAHAM PARK
outdoors starting MAY 2 (7:30-12:00)
Farmers markets are grocery stores, offering reliable, local food from trusted producers. We have been categorized as an essential service by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and are exempted from closures imposed by executive orders limiting public gatherings, bars, and restaurants. The decision to remain open was not one we made lightly, and we continue to diligently follow guidance from our local partners at Olmsted County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Farmers Market Association. We have adopted new best practices and creative solutions from other markets in Minnesota and across the nation, and we are committed to connecting shoppers in our community with high quality local products in the safest way possible.
To minimize risk to our valued vendors, customers, and staff, we will be emphasizing: physical distance (minimum of 6 feet), hand washing and sanitizing, and strict adherence to guidance that people who are sick or at high risk stay home.
We are also offering online ordering for farmers market vendors who choose to participate, and featuring vendors who accept preorders or offer other online services.
Thank you, as always, for your support of local food, small businesses,
and southeastern Minnesota farm families.