11 new rules: Sayville Farmers Market returns this weekend under COVID-19 restrictions


Opening Day for The Sayville Farmers Market’s 2020 season is Saturday at The Islip Grange — at the northwest corner of Broadway Avenue and Montauk Highway.

See below for a list of the great vendors at this weekend’s event

While farmers markets in New York state are considered essential businesses and exempt under the mass gathering guidance of New York’s stay-at-home order, they must operate under new safety guidelines, to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19.

Farmers market requirements

To maintain the designation as an exempt operation, farmers markets must meet the following requirements:

• No forms of entertainment.
• No cooking demonstrations or sampling.
• No craft or non-food vendors, except for soap or hand sanitizer.
• Space out vendors as much as possible.
• Minimize amount of food on display with customer access.
• Increase the number of handwashing stations and make hand sanitizer available.
• Manage customer traffic within the market to eliminate congregating and to promote social distancing (i.e., maintaining a distance of at least six feet between customers).

Vendor requirements

• Do not permit customers to spend an excessive amount of time near the booth or table.
• Frequently clean and sanitize surfaces and other frequently touched points of contact.
• Frequently wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. (Gloves are recommended while handling products at the market.)
• Pre-package raw agricultural products, such as apples, potatoes, and onions to the extent possible. All other foods, such as breads and baked goods, must be sold prepackaged. Please refer to existing food labeling laws.

Additionally, The Sayville Farmers Market strongly encourages vendors to keep their stock behind their booths, as opposed to on the table, and asks that vendors and shoppers wear breathing masks. The market is allowing only one customer at a time at each booth.

In addition to these new rules, the state expects farmers markets and vendors to understand the state’s Food Safety at Farmers’ Markets Guidelines and to frequently check the Department of Agriculture and Market’s website for updates and more resources.

Here’s a list of vendors at The Sayville Farmers Market:
Ann’s Garden
Bellport Brewing Company
Condzella’s Farm
The Dodo Waffles
DOGG: Delicious Organic Grain Free Goods
The Family Grubb Hubb Inc. Eggcellent Quiche
Fancy Nancy Soap
Fancy Nancy Honey & Jams
Goodale Farms, Inc.
Healthy Homestead Hostess
Hester & Pearl with Two Bridges Handmade
JoAnn’s Desserts, Inc.
Laurel’s Butter
LI o’Oldtymer Moonshine
Malik Farms LLC
Mary Haven Hydroponics
Modern Italian Bakery
Naela’s Organics
Pickle Packin’ Papa
Priscilla’s Farm
The Spice Cabinet
Sweet Melissa Dips & Gourmet Catering
Under The Table Hot Sauce
Until the Dough Runs Out