Please consult these COVID-19 guidelines from New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association. Questa Farmers Market is a member of this organization; this makes our market eligible to accept SNAP and participate in Double Up Food Bucks (as well as other food benefit programs).
Farmers markets are considered essential businesses (The Governors March 23 press release, 4th bullet point). During this global pandemic, farmers markets can be open in New Mexico, but must sell only food (no crafts, flowers, jewelry, etc.) and all vendors and shoppers must practice safety precautions appropriate to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Farmers’ markets are sources of local, nutritious food and SNAP participants can use their food benefits, which must be used in-person. SNAP participants get double their $$ by shopping at a market that participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program (DUFB) for locally grown produce. Questa Farmers Market participates in DUFB.
Why shop local at Questa Farmers Market in 2020, in light of COVID-19?
1. Get the freshest (and most nutritious) food and support your family’s health.
2. Shop at an outdoor market.
3. Support and strengthen your community.
4. Easily use your SNAP and get double your $$.
5. Vendors will be spaced so that people can practice social distancing.
To participate in the market this season:
- Sell ONLY food (Update July 2020, some additional items can be sold, such as soap, masks, and some handmade goods); no product sampling.
- All vendors need to have sanitation supplies at their booths—hand sanitizer, hand-washing stations, gloves (for vendors), etc.
- Prepared food vendors, as always, must have correct permits from the State posted in view every market day.
- Vendors and customers – please wear your masks.
- When eating near the market, do so in designated garden areas away from the vendors.
PREPARED FOOD PERMITS
These permits are from the New Mexico Environment Department. Temporary Food Event permits are required to sell and prepare food ($25 per month). To obtain this permit, food must be made in a State-approved commercial kitchen. It is possible to get a permit for your home kitchen (Home-based food processing operation) but this requires an annual food permit ($100) and is easier to obtain if on city water and sewer.