Can I still sell meat, produce, and other food products direct to customers? (via farmers markets, CSA’s, roadside stands, deliveries, etc.)
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Yes, however best practices for food safety and social distancing must be followed to ensure you and your customer’s safety. Despite some rumors, direct to consumer markets are allowed at this point, although some markets may be choosing to close as ensuring safe social distancing practices for customers is challenging. Be sure to check with local city or county orders for updates.
The following resources and updates
provide some best practices for market farmers:
From the Land of Kansas – Kansas Farmers Market Guidance
Kansas Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness, food safety and livestock guidance
K-State & University of MO – Produce Safety & COVID-19 Update
K-State Extension – On farm produce safety COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 FAQs for U-Pick Farms
Livestock Marketing Association – COVID-19 guidance for livestock producers
COVID-19 Readiness Assessment for Continuity of Farm Businesses
See the following FAQs on this page for further information:
- How do shelter in place orders affect the mobility of farmers?
- What are contingency plans for growers who will be impacted by closed farmers markets or farmers markets delayed openings?
- How can I purchase food from farmers during COVID-19 social distancing and shelter in place orders?