The Capitol View Farmers Market will not be open in 2020.
One of the biggest factors in making this decision is the new and important health and safety regulations developed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections and the Department of Health Services that would’ve been required as part of our street use permit approval. These requirements include significant separation of farm stands and people, which would limit the number of vendors that could participate. It would also require more staff monitoring and intervening, only allow 1-2 shoppers from each household and would not allow any music, promotions, children’s activities or food carts.
CVFM runs on a tight budget with funds from vendor fees and sponsorships. To abide by the new health and safety limits, the market would not be able to bring in enough support to pay for the streets use permit, insurance, one staff person or marketing. Although the Safer at Home guidelines could eventually lessen, there’s no guarantee restrictions couldn’t be put in place again in the future and we would not receive any reimbursement for funds already spent if the market was not able to be open for a full season.
Along with all of these factors, Cottage Grove Road will also be under construction throughout the summer and it could hinder shoppers from visiting the market and endangers a successful market for our farmers.
The board is disappointed that this weekly community event - really more than a farmers market - can’t continue in the format it has for the last 10 years. We take the health and safety of our customers and vendors seriously and we appreciate your understanding and support.