Essential provision of food is exempted by the Federal and State Government COVID19 restrictions, and farmers markets fit appropriately in that category.
Melbourne Farmers Markets are grateful to continue to trade and support approximately 120 Victorian farmers and small-scale food businesses every week. We are a small, professional event management team of many decades of experience and our primary objective is connecting urban communities with Victorian farmers. We were instrumental in founding the Victorian Farmers Market Association and developing the statewide accreditation program under which all our markets operate. We are a 100% not for profit social enterprise, receiving no external funding.
Our markets are held with the utmost caution, strict management and observance of public and food safety precautions. Our stallholders and management staff are very much on the ‘front line’ of the health crisis by continuing to provide urban communities access to fresh food amidst very few options, and we are very proud of our efforts.
Features of our farmers markets:
o Food and edible plants only
o Completely outdoors
o Queue outside the entry spaced 2m apart
o COVID 19 regulations clearly displayed at the entrance
o Hand sanitizer is offered at the entry
o All transactions are cashless
o Crowd numbers calculated by 4sqm specification, and strictly enforced
o 1 metre spacing between each stall set up
o Increased vigilance for stallholder’s food handling and customer service
o Strict 1.5m customer spacing around the market site
o Hand wash up station and hand sanitizer offered to public
o No entertainment or additional activities
o No seating areas
o No public toilets
o Only packaged takeaway foods available – no cooking, food tastings or samples on offer
o Regrettably no wash up station – only single use, disposable packaging allowed
We reject any association with other food markets that do not respect the necessary precautions and undertake safe management practices on market day. We are determined that as long as supermarkets are permitted to trade, so should fresh food markets, including farmers markets.
We are constantly monitoring the seriousness of the situation and respect the enforcement of restrictions specified by Federal and State Governments. Until such time that further restrictions are put in place, we are confident that we can trade safely, and are providing an important service to the hundreds of small businesses that rely on us, and the public, who demand fresh, local food.