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August 6, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
RP farmers’ market launched its season
June 12, 2020

Although 2020 has been filled with uncertainties, we’re happy to welcome back one of our community staples. The Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market launched it’s 2020 season last Friday. Are you aching for some normalcy? Come visit us Friday night at City Center Plaza from 4 - 7 p.m. 

Come hungry - all hot food vendors will be able to cook! The market has also applied for and been approved to have outdoor seating for individuals and households only per table! Volunteers will be cleaning and sanitizing tables after each use. 

 When you visit the Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market, be aware that face masks are mandatory. This year vendors are unable to provide food samples, and booths will be set up to adhere to the 6-foot social distancing requirement for customer waiting lines. In addition to the aforementioned, only one person at each booth will be handling transactions or will offer a touch-less option. Hand washing and sanitizer will be available onsite. Vendors must sanitize hands and frequently used surfaces between transactions and customer uses. Crafters will attempt to sell items without touching. You will not be able to try wearable items on before purchase. Most importantly, if you are sick please stay home. 

 There is a new online shopping option for curbside pickup. Orders need to be completed by 5 p.m. the day before market. Here is the link to find out if there is any items you would like to purchase for curbside pick-up: https://ilovefarmersmarkets.localfoodmarketplace.com/

We look forward to seeing you at the market this year. We appreciate the community doing their part at the market to maintain social distancing. Also note there will not be public restrooms available this year. Portable restrooms are for vendors only. I hope to see you soon at an upcoming Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market. 

So although access to fresh food and our Farmers’ Market is ramping up, hunger is still an issue in Sonoma County. Volunteers at our local food banks are critically low. Every month the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) relies on the generous support of it’s volunteers. Work that would otherwise require the work of 45 full-time staff members. Spend a two-hour shift with friends, family and colleagues and help feed our neighbors in need. Build team spirit and company morale volunteering with your business or organization. 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, volunteer shifts have been moved to Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Pl., Santa Rosa. Production on their basketball courts enables volunteers to spread projects out, allows more volunteers to work at a safe distance, and gives REFB the necessary means to provide food to our community. REFB is taking proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and the spread of Coronavirus. Ready to be a volunteer? Sign up at refb.org/volunteer-opportunities/ or email volunteers@refb.org.

To donate funds or food visit refb.org/ways-to-give. If you or someone you know needs food, call 707-523-7903 or email info@refb.org to find out more.