East Tennessee FARM has been an agricultural marketing cooperative for over 40 years and we know the value that our markets bring to the local community. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this value has increased tremendously. Farmers' markets will now play a larger role in supplying the public with fresh produce while also alleviating the pressure on our food distribution system.
“Despite the crisis, Tennessee’s farmers continue to produce safe, fresh, local foods. Farmers markets are an ideal source for fresh vegetables, meats, and food products and are vital to our local communities and economies.”
Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M.
Given the severity of this virus, our organization has implemented several new operational policies to further protect our customers and vendors. These policies have been developed by following recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for farmer's market operations.
2021 F.A.R.M Market Operational Policies
- Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fully vaccinated customers and vendors can now visit East Tennessee FARM Markets without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
- We encourage customers to bring their own bags as vendors cannot provide used plastic bags
- Vendors will serve customers one at a time, the next customer will wait at least 6 ft away to avoid crowding
- Food and product sampling at booths is not allowed
- We ask customers to communicate with vendors their selection rather than touching products
- Vendors are required to have and use hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes at their booths
- Vendors will disinfect payment machines and hands after touching payment cards or cash
- Vendors will regularly clean and disinfect surfaces at their booths
- Pre - order pick- up and/or delivery services are available and advertised on our website www.easttnfarmmarkets.com and via social media