After the Boise Farmers Market announced it would require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for vendors and customers, then canceled last Saturday’s walk-thru market altogether, the BFM changed course once again.
The BFM walk-thru market will be open this Saturday and will not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID. The event has been classified as an “essential services market,” based on its “focus on fresh foods and to-go food sales.”
BFM organizers first told BoiseDev they hoped the city would not hold the market to the same standard as “concerts and conventions.” Then when organizers canceled, they said the BFM drive-thru market was the best solution to keep people safe.
After working with city event staff and Boise Mayor Lauren McLean last week, BFM says it was granted this special classification.
“A part of their service provision, and that’s the part we have to get to, is essential and we want to work with them and others that will demonstrate they will try their hardest to come up with ways to keep the public safe as we work through these unknown times to protect public health,” McLean said during last week’s city council meeting.
While proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is not required, the City of Boise and the BFM agreed upon the following conditions for this Saturday’s market:
- Boise Farmers Market will be fenced with two entrances.
- Boise Farmers Market will offer essential services only, as outlined by the office of the governor.
- Masks are required and will be worn over the nose and mouth at all times.
- Vendors will not sell to unmasked customers or customers wearing a mask inappropriately.
- Social distancing will be required onsite.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be offered.
- All hot food and coffee will be To-Go, to be consumed outside the market footprint.
- No food or drink will be allowed to be consumed in the market footprint.
“I’m grateful to the Boise Farmers Market for coming forward with a strong health and safety plan to continue providing essential food services to our community in light of the need for increased protocols,” McLean wrote in an email. “We at the city are committed to making sure residents have access to fresh local ingredients, especially those who rely on assistance programs like SNAP or P-EBT cards to put healthy food on the table for their families.”
The BFM is located at 1500 Shoreline Drive in Boise and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. Customers can still order fresh produce online and pick it up via the BFM Drive-Thru Market.