Nourish Knoxville

Nourish Knoxville’s COVID-19 Response & Resources

*Last Updated: 6/1/2021

Nourish Knoxville is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves. Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date safety protocols in place at our family of farmers’ markets.


Guest Expectations


General

  • If a guest is sick, a member of their household is sick, or they have been exposed to (or suspect they have been exposed to) COVID-19, stay home.
  • Enter and exit our market footprint through dedicated entrances and exits so that Nourish Knoxville may monitor capacity within our market footprint.
  • Nourish Knoxville will have hand sanitizer available at each market and encourage guests to sanitize their hands upon entering the market footprint, regularly during their time at the market, and then again upon exiting the market footprint.
  • Practice appropriate physical distancing by maintaining a space of six feet from guests, volunteers, and vendors outside of your household, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Busking and street performances are not permitted within any of our farmers’ market footprints during the COVID-19 pandemic to discourage crowding and allow for adequate physical distancing.

Face Coverings

  • Unvaccinated guests should wear a mask securely over the nose and mouth while inside the farmers’ market footprint and in any indoor restroom facilities (Wednesday Market Square Farmers’ Market & Thursday New Harvest Farmers’ Market).
    • This requirement does not apply to guests under the age of 12 except during our Masked Shopping Hour (9 am – 10 am) at the Saturday Market at Mary Costa Plaza. More information about our Masked Shopping Hour can be found below.
  • All guests 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask securely over the nose and mouth during our Masked Shopping Hour, 9 am – 10 am of the Saturday Market at Mary Costa Plaza while inside the footprint.
  • All guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have the option to visit our farmers’ markets and indoor restroom facilities (Market Square Farmers’ Market & New Harvest Farmers’ Market) unmasked. There are no public restrooms at the Market at Mary Costa Plaza.

Safe Shopping

  • Guests are not permitted within the vendor’s booth. A vendor’s booth is the 10′ x 10′ space (often, but not always, covered with a canopy) in which their purchasable product is stored and displayed.
  • Cashless forms of payment are preferred for purchases from vendors.
  • If shoppers purchase ready-to-eat food and/or beverages, they are encouraged to eat these outside of the market footprint.

Vendor Expectations


General

  • Vendors will conduct health checks such as temperature screening and/or symptom checking of all at-market staff on market days prior to attending market.
  • If you (a vendor) are sick, a member of your household is sick, or you have been exposed to (or suspect you have been exposed to) COVID-19, stay home.
  • All vendors should wash/sanitize hands frequently throughout the market. Vendors will have access to hand sanitizer within the market area as well as access to indoor restrooms with running water where hands can be washed at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, New Harvest Farmers’ Market, and the Market at Mary Costa Plaza. Vendors are strongly encouraged to have their own hand sanitizer at their booth.
  • Practice appropriate physical distancing by maintaining a space of six feet from guests, volunteers, and vendors outside of your household, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Cashless, minimal-touch systems such as PayPal, Square, Clover, Venmo, etc. are preferred for farmers’ market transactions.

Food Service

  • If a vendor wishes to sample a food product, they must:
    • apply to sample a product by sending an email to the farmers’ market team, [email protected];
    • meet all the safe-sampling guidelines established by the Knox County health Department, and;
    • meet additional COVID-19 safe-sampling guidelines as established by the City of Knoxville including:
      • food samples must be pre-packaged,
      • food samples must be handed to the guest by the vendor. Samples cannot be left on the table as a, “grab-and-go” item.

** Nourish Knoxville reserves the right to refuse or revoke any/all product sampling at any time, as they see fit **

  • Food & condiments must be pre-packaged and served to the patron. Self-service food, beverages, utensils, and condiments are not allowed. No refills are allowed.
  • Single use plates and utensils are required.
  • Any shared items should be sanitized between uses.

Face Coverings

  • Unvaccinated vendors should wear a mask securely over the nose and mouth while inside the farmers’ market footprint and in any indoor restroom facilities.
    • This requirement does not apply to guests under the age of 12 except during our Masked Shopping Hour (9 am – 10 am) at the Saturday Market at Mary Costa Plaza. More information about our Masked Shopping Hour can be found below.
  • All vendors 2 years and older, including any/all staff, volunteers, friends, and family members helping operate the booth or who are being looked after, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask securely over their nose and mouth during the Masked Shopping Hour (9 am – 10 am) at the Saturday Market at Mary Costa Plaza while inside the farmers’ market footprint. A vendor’s booth falls within the farmers’ market footprint.
  • All vendors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have the option to vend within our farmers’ markets and visit our indoor restroom facilities unmasked, with the exception of during the Masked Shopping Hour as mentioned above.

Booth Display & Sanitation

  • Booth spaces, whether bound by a canopy or not, where the purchasable product is stored and where your staff/volunteers/family/friends work or are being cared for (including vehicles and trailers) should not be accessible to guests.
  • Vendors should bring sanitizing wipes or paper towels and a bleach/peroxide/alcohol sanitizing solution and wipe down their booth surfaces often throughout the market.

Nourish Knoxville Expectations


General

  • All Nourish Knoxville staff and volunteers will conduct health checks such as temperature screening and/or symptom checking on market days prior to operating the farmers’ market.
  • If a Nourish Knoxville staff member or volunteer is sick, has a member of their household who is sick, or has been exposed to (or suspects they have been exposed to) COVID-19, they will stay home.
  • All Nourish Knoxville staff members and volunteers should wash/sanitize hands frequently throughout the market. Nourish Knoxville staff members and volunteers will have access to hand sanitizer within the market area as well as access to indoor restrooms with running water where hands can be washed at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, New Harvest Farmers’ Market, and the Market at Mary Costa Plaza.
  • Nourish Knoxville staff members and volunteers should practice appropriate physical distancing by maintaining a space of six feet from guests, volunteers, and vendors outside of their household, even if the Nourish Knoxville staff members/volunteer is fully vaccinated.
  • Market managers will monitor and encourage guests to adhere to physical distancing protocols in queue lines by placing chalk or tape marks at 6 feet intervals (weather permitting, as needed). 
  • Cashless, minimal-touch systems will be encouraged for all applicable farmers’ market transactions.

Face Coverings

  • Unvaccinated Nourish Knoxville staff and volunteers must wear a mask securely over their nose and mouth while inside the farmers’ market footprint, inside farmers’ market storage units, and in any indoor restroom facilities.
  • All Nourish Knoxville staff and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask securely over their nose and mouth:
    • during the Masked Shopping Hour (9 am – 10 am) at the Market at Mary Costa Plaza while inside the farmers’ market footprint,
    • if more than 2 Nourish Knoxville staff members or volunteers are within a 10’ x 10’ booth together, masks must be worn.
  • All staff and volunteers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have the option to operate the farmers’ market and visit our indoor restroom facilities unmasked except when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Booth Display & Sanitation

  • The farmers’ market information booth, community booth, and other activity booths set up and operated by Nourish Knoxville, whether bound by a canopy or not, should not be accessible to guests.
  • Nourish Knoxville will have wipes or paper towels and a bleach/peroxide/alcohol sanitizing solution and wipe down booth surfaces often throughout the market.

Market Modifications

  • Nourish Knoxville has redesigned market layouts to increase square footage within the farmers’ market’s aisles and increased spacing between vendor’s booths to allow for maximum physical distancing.
  • Nourish Knoxville will monitor capacity limits.
  • Nourish Knoxville will have safe-shopping signage on site at each market.
  • Nourish Knoxville will provide free masks and hand sanitizer for all volunteers, staff, vendors, and guests as needed.
  • Isolation space is available in the event of a guest, volunteer, staff member, or vendor becoming ill during the farmers’ market.

Services, Events, and Activities

  • All special events and programming, and in-person activities (including Nourish Kids Club) have been suspended until further notice. Nourish Kids Club will continue in a take-home format. For more information, click here.
  • Nourish Knoxville will continue to offer SNAP & P-EBT processing and matching through Double Up Food Bucks. Please bring your SNAP/P-EBT card to the information booth for more information.

Definitions


  • “vendor” is defined as the owners/operators, staff/employees, volunteers, and/or family members/friends present within the booth to work, to train, to volunteer, or to be supervised.
  • “footprint” is defined as the location in which the farmers’ market takes place including walkways, booth spaces, vehicle/trailer spaces, and restroom facilities.
  • “guest” is defined as a market customer or visitor who is not volunteering, working, or being supervised by Nourish Knoxville staff, volunteers, and/or vendors.

Find Local Food


  • For information about which Nourish Knoxville markets are currently open, go to Farmers Markets.

If able, please consider making a donation to Nourish Knoxville. Your donation helps Nourish Knoxville cultivate healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public. Your support is more critical than ever during this uncertain time.

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