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Nourish Knoxville’s COVID-19 Response & Resources

*Last Updated: 7/8/2020

Nourish Knoxville is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as it continues to develop. Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

Find Local Food

  • For information about which Nourish Knoxville markets are currently open, go to Farmers Markets.
  • For information on pre-order, delivery, and CSA options, go to Buy Direct.

Safety Protocols

Beginning July 1, 2020 Knox County will shift to phase 3 of the Knox County Health Department’s phased reopening plan. Phase 3 follows the guidelines laid out in Tennessee Pledge, Gov. Bill Lee’s phased reopening plan for the state of Tennessee. Nourish Knoxville will continue operating modified versions of our farmers’ markets during this phase.

In an effort to keep shoppers, vendors, and market volunteers and staff safe, Nourish Knoxville is implementing the following safety protocols at all of our farmers’ markets –

  • Shopper Expectations:

    • Keep your market visit simple and short; buy what you need and do not linger, socialize, or congregate in the market space.
    • If you are sick, or a member of your family is sick, STAY HOME.
    • If possible, send only one shopper per household in order to more effectively maintain distance. Market staff will be monitoring the number of people within the market footprint and will move to 0ne-in-one out entry when capacity is reached.
    • Leave your pets at home. Service animals are permitted.
    • Enter and exit our markets through our dedicated entrances and exits so that we may keep an accurate count of patrons within our market footprint to allow for adequate social distancing.
    • Masks are *REQUIRED while inside the market area, in accordance with the CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings.
      • *This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 12 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face-covering due to a medical condition.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the market, regularly during your time at the market, and then again upon exiting the market footprint. We have handwashing stations and hand sanitizer available throughout the market.
    • Practice “social distancing” – maintaining a space of six feet from each other – markets will have signage reminding customers of the practice as well as chalk marks in front of vendor’s booths, showing 6’ spacing.
    • Pre-ordering directly with vendors is strongly encouraged to limit your time spent at the market. Curbside delivery of pre-orders will be available by calling 865-805-8687, ext. 1 upon arrival.
    • Customers will not handle items on the vendors’ tables. They will order verbally, and vendors will bag their purchases. Vendors will have their booths arranged to prevent customer contact with products and have signage explaining the policy.
    • Customers are not permitted within the vendor’s booth. A vendor’s booth is the 10′ x 10′ space (often covered with a canopy) in which their product is stored and displayed.
    • Customers are encouraged to use contactless payment options at the market such as Venmo or PayPal and to place pre-orders with individual vendors. Cash can be accepted by vendors who have an approved non-recirculating system on file with Nourish Knoxville but is STRONGLY discouraged.
    • Onsite consumption of food or drink is not allowed (including food/drink purchased onsite). All ready-to eat foods will be offered as take-away only. Wash your produce and wipe down any packaging with a disinfectant when you get home.
  • Vendor Expectations:

    • If a vendor is sick or has been exposed to (or suspects they have been exposed to) COVID-19, they will not be able to attend the market.
    • Vendors are required to bring sanitizing wipes or paper towels and a bleach/peroxide/alcohol sanitizing solution and wipe down their booth surfaces (tables, tent legs, POS systems, etc.) often, at least once per hour. Only tablecloths that are able to be sanitized (plastic) may be used.
    • All product sampling has been suspended.
    • No food preparation is permitted on site. All prepared foods must be ready to take away to eat off-site. If shoppers purchase ready-to-eat food, vendors/staff will ask them to eat it at home and not in the market space.
    • All vendors must use gloves and change or sanitize them after touching potentially contaminated surfaces OR have a sanitizing solution for their hands between transactions or if their hands touch a contaminated surface.  Vendors will have access to a handwashing station within the market footprint as well as access to indoor restrooms where hands can be washed. Vendors will regularly sanitize or wash their hands, at least once per hour and between transactions and/or potential contaminations.
    • All vendors must wear a mask, in accordance with the CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings while within the market footprint during market open hours (Wednesdays: 10 am – 1 pm, Thursdays: 3 pm – 6 pm, Saturdays: 9 am – 1 pm) and when communicating with fellow vendors, market staff, and market volunteers during set-up and break-down.
    • All vendors with two staff members must have one designated staff member to handle payments and one designated staff member to handle food products. Vendors with only one staff member at the market handling money will wash or sanitize their hands before touching food products again.
    • Vendors are required to arrange their booth in such a way that doesn’t encourage customers to touch the product or come in close proximity to the product.
    • Vendors will implement a contactless pay system or low-touch pay system and will encourage and promote pre-order/pickup whenever possible. Cash can be accepted by vendors if they have an approved, non-recirculating system on file with Nourish Knoxville.
    • Vendors are permitted to have water and necessary snacks within their booth assuming they are in a sealable container and not stored on surfaces in which sellable product is displayed or stored. Vendors with vehicles in the market footprint are encouraged to consume their water and necessary snacks within their vehicles and not within their booths. Vendors on the perimeter of market are encouraged to consume their water and necessary snacks outside of the market footprint by temporarily stepping out of our boundaries. Vendors within the center of the market and without vehicles may consume their water and necessary snacks at the back of their booth, away from product intended for sale. All vendors must sanitize or wash their hands immediately after eating and/or drinking.
  • Nourish Knoxville Expectations:

    • If a staff member is sick or has been exposed to (or suspects they have been exposed to) COVID-19, they will not work the market.
    • Market staff have redesigned booth locations to limit contact and still allow people to purchase from vendors. The space between vendors has been increased to 10’ to reduce crowding.
    • Only food, farm, and hygiene vendors will be present. No craft vendors will be participating.
    • Market staff will sanitize all common, high-touch surfaces, such as the market information table, phones, POS systems, handwashing stations, etc. regularly, at least once per hour.
    • Market staff and vendors will wear masks and use disposable gloves and/or sanitize their hands on a regular basis.
    • Market managers will enforce social distancing by placing chalk or tape marks at 6 feet intervals to help with line management at vendor tents and will remind shoppers throughout the market space.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the market as well as an additional, portable *handwashing station. *handwashing station available at MCP only. The restrooms at the NHFM are open and have hand-washing available for use by market patrons.
    • All special events and programming, including Nourish Kids Club (formerly POP Club) in-person activities, have been suspended until further notice. Farmers’ markets will be for food and hygiene product sales only.
    • Pre-ordering directly with vendors is encouraged to limit customer time spent at the market. Curbside delivery of pre-orders will be available by calling 865-805-8687, ext. 1 upon arrival.
    • Nourish Knoxville will be restricting access to the market area, creating one entrance and one exit to market so that we may control the number of shoppers in the market at one time.
    • Nourish Knoxville will continue to offer SNAP processing and matching. Please bring your SNAP card as usual to the information tent. To aid in processing, we will have extra gloves and hand sanitizer available for all to use.
    • Routine farm inspections of Nourish Knoxville vendors have been reduced.

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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