Website Last Updated: 4-4-2020 - 8:45am Time in Hilo:
March 18, 2020, 7:00 am.
To: All Vendors and Customers
Re: COVID 19 MARKET OPERATING PROCEDURES.
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has been creating a high level of uncertainty, fear and personal health concerns. As such, the Hilo Farmers Market is on high alert and has been monitoring the COVID-19 updates daily. As of March 17, 2020, there are no mandatory closures of farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores or retail centers. Cruise ship arrivals to Hilo are being diverted and no cruise ship arrivals are scheduled to Hilo until further notice. As of March 17, 2020, there is one confirmed, known case present on the Island of Hawai'i but no present community transmission trend. To ensure the safety of our customers and vendors during these tumultuous times, we have implemented steps to help curb the potential, open spread of the virus. We have posted and will continue to post and distribute best practices that encourage safe health habits recommended by the CDC. They are:
• Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
• Avoiding physical contact with others such as handshakes or hugs.
• Try to keep a distance of 6' from other customers and vendors.
• Limit your time shopping at the market. This is not the time or place to socialize and just hangout.
Customers are encouraged to do a Pre-Order Pick Up arrangement with their favorite participating produce vendors and to check out the HFM's On-Line Grocery Store. (Coming Soon)
As an outdoor, agricultural retail center selling essential fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, we are taking additional safety measures for our seniors by encouraging our senior vendors and customers to take extra precautions by staying home and if possible, having someone else sell or shop for them.
We encourage produce vendors to directly offer their customers their business phone numbers to set up telephone pre-order services for pick up at the market. In addition, HFM will post vendor phone numbers, subject to vendor's approval, to the HFM website Vendor Page to support this Pre-Order-Pick Up Service. Vendors who wish to post their phone numbers are to sign up at the mgrs. office.
We also encourage Produce vendors who wish to sell their products on the HFM On-Line Grocery Store. Vendors interested are to fill out a Vendors Sales Sheet Form at the mgrs. office.
All produce / food vendors are required to wear gloves as stated above, practicing frequent hand washing. Wearing a face mask is recommended if you feel or are becoming ill or are caring for an ill family member.
We have increased the frequency and focus of cleaning and sanitizing in and around the market, especially public surfaces frequently touched or handled such as door handles, credit card pads, food stamp / ebt cards, tables and chairs.
We are also implementing a 4-Stage No Spread Program at the market to limit the amount of vendors in one area and provide essential goods and services at the same time. As such, the following will be implemented:
Stage 1: Reduced Market Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Wednesday and Saturday: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Stage 2: Effective March 21st, starting this Saturday; the Arts, Crafts and Retail vendor markets located at the 57 Mamo St. and 91 Punahoa St. property will be closed for all Wednesday and Saturday markets for a period of 3 weeks, starting March 21st., Saturday to April 11th., Saturday.
Stage 3: Effective March 21st, NO DAILY Arts/Crafts/RetailsVendors (non-monthly paying vendors) will be allowed on Wednesday and Saturday markets for a period of 3 weeks starting March 21st., Saturday to April 11., Saturday.
Stage 4: Effective April 1st. Produce Section; completion of vendors stall reassignment to provide maximum spacing allowed between vendors and customers.
With these procedures and plans in place, it is our hope that we can minimize any community spread of this contagion. Being outdoors, downsizing the market, along with the above recommended personal health and safety guidelines will help to ensure our community's safety. As part of our governments Critical Infrastructure Sector; Food and Agriculture, we will continue to provide an affordable option to our local, food supply chain as we progress thru these maleficent times.
The above hours and timelines are subject to change. For the latest market operations, ch or facebookhilofarmersmarket.com
REDUCED MARKET HOURS DUE TO COVID-19:
Monday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm BIG MARKET DAY
Thursday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm BIG MARKET DAY
Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
BIG MARKET DAYS - Farmers, Produce Retailers and Food Vendors.
OTHER DAYS - Farmers, Produce Retailers and Food Vendors..
The Hilo Farmers Market Manager's Office is open Wednesday and Saturday 7:00 am - 2:30 pm.
EBT scrip can be purchased and redeemed during these hours. Also, taro, bananas and other produce is available, along with Hilo Farmers Market logo t-shirts, caps and other gift items.
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