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Farmers’ Markets open in Cotati and Rohnert Park

By: Irene Hilsendager
June 5, 2020

Cotati opened their 2020 season Wednesday evening, June 3 at 4 p.m. at La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati. The new season will be the same family type and mellow atmosphere with a few new changes.

Because of the coronavirus many modifications will be in effect.

Customers and venders are requested to wear face-coverings and to maintain the six foot space between everyone. Wearing protective gloves are a must for vendors; however it is more of a personal preference for the customers.

For vendors with food trucks, tables will be spaced six feet apart with a request to not linger too long so there won’t be a pile up of groups forced to stand together waiting for a place to be seated and enjoy food that has been missed since last August.

There will be hand washing stations, soap and sanitizer dispensers available to keep hands clean after touching anything or any transactions. All tables will be wiped down after each eating group leaves the tables. Masks will be kept on at all times unless when a family comes together and then the removal of face coverings will be allowed while eating.

This will not feel as if we are back to a normal Farmers’ Market evening. There will be no jumpy houses, no fine music and since Cotati has changed to a Wed. night market different vendors will be moving in to show off their prime wares be it food, 

fresh produce or crafty items.

Signage will be prolific, so please obey the six foot distance as all vendor booths will also be placed the six feet apart.

Rohnert Park will again be at the spacious civic center space starting Friday, June 5 with many changes but being able to be in open space and see friend from afar, the evening should do well.

New this year allowed by Sonoma County, vendors who have pop-ups and tents, then the food vendors can cook the food on site. Food trucks will be parked in special spots and the BBQ chicken truck will be roped off  so no one gets burned. Again, when placing orders, stay six feet apart and the same with the bistro tables and chairs. Make sure the hand washing stations and sanitizers are used frequently. All food tables and seating areas will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.

Kelly Smith says there will be plenty of signage and chalk marks along the way so all customers are encouraged to follow the guidance of the signs and volunteers.

Sonoma County has informed the market that there will be no music this year unless things change in the next month or so. Some crafts will be available for the younger set.

Most vendors will bring their usual truck load of fresh vegetables and yummy fruits along with Trader Joe’s, Heirloom Cafe, Acme Burgers and of course, Old Caz will have beer to go. The fashion truck will also instruct customers how to keep the distance and still enjoy shopping.

The Bicycle Coalition will help you valet your bikes. Just give the attendant your two wheeled mode of transportation and walk away and enjoy the evening; don’t lose your ticket.

Kelly Smith says, “Come on out and support your local Farmers’ Market and enjoy an evening of fun.” Again just a gentle reminder, you will not be allowed to pick out your own produce. The vendor will do all of the work for you.