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MARINA, CA. (April 29, 2020) — Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets in Marina and Pacific Grove have recently added artisanal non-ag and value-added products to its markets.
The Pacific Grove market now includes:
Both PG and Marina markets now include:
The Marina Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at 215 Reservation Road, in Marina. The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. every Monday at the corner of Central and Grand avenues, in Pacific Grove. Both remain operating as an essential business in the community and to ensure that fresh food is available to local residents.
At this time only the Marina and Pacific Grove markets will open. Three Everyone’s Harvest certified farmers’ markets in Salinas will remain closed for now.
“A healthy and safe farmers’ market is our number-one priority,” said Everyone’s Harvest Executive Director Reid Norris. “Our farmers and vendors, like many small businesses in the community, rely on your continued support to bring you necessary services like fresh food and produce. We are doing this to support local farmers and give people a nutritious option for produce. So if you are able to, please keep supporting us.”
Everyone’s Harvest Farmers’ Markets will adhere to guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and will be operating under an order from the County of Monterey Health Department determining that certified farmers’ markets are “essential businesses” exempt from the “Shelter in Place” order by the Health Department that went into effect on March 18, 2020.
“Everyone’s Harvest is working closely with Monterey County Health Department and the cities of Marina and Pacific Grove to best serve the community,” said Norris. “We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we have implemented a plan of action for our markets.”
The plan of action includes the following:
“We will continue to take the actions necessary to help protect the community,” said Norris. “Specifically, if we are notified of a staff member, vendor, or participant testing positive for COVID-19, they will be suspended from any of our certified farmers’ markets until they are medically cleared.”
In order to increase the amount of social distancing as much as possible, Everyone’s Harvest has changed its usual layout of its farmers’ markets.
The new layout splits the market into a waiting zone and a shopping/produce area.
There is a limit of 10 people maximum in the produce area and a limit to the number of people around a booth at one time, with the 6-foot social distancing parameters in effect. Unless a vendor has a two-tent setup, each vendor is limited to one customer at a time.
There are sanitizing station/table set up with wipes and hand sanitizer for customers to use before approaching vendor booths.
The market will have a list of what produce is being sold by the vendors that day and displaying it at a writing station so shoppers can write their grocery list with the items available and then be in and out of the market as quickly as possible.
Market managers will be on hand to assist customers with their shopping, maintaining the 6-foot rule and making sure shoppers aren’t waiting too long in the waiting area.
For more information, go to www.everyonesharvest.org or call (831) 384-6961.
About Everyone’s Harvest
Everyone’s Harvest was founded in 2002 by Iris Peppard building on her capstone project as a student at California State University Monterey Bay. Since then, the small nonprofit has grown into a robust, values-driven 501(c)3 organization. It operates five certified farmers’ markets and is a catalyst for health-related programs across Monterey County.
The mission is to provide access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs. The vision is for every community to have a fair and sustainable food system.
In 2008, Pacific Grove chose Everyone’s Harvest as the organization to run their community farmers’ market. This opportunity was a turning point for Everyone’s Harvest, leading to increased collaborations and partnerships.
More than 2,000 families are served weekly by Everyone’s Harvest markets in Salinas, Marina, and Pacific Grove – with more than 25 small and mid-scale farmers serving them. Everyone’s Harvest takes pride in the growing community of people who value organic food and rely on Everyone’s Harvest for access to local fresh fruits and vegetables.
The farmers’ market locations serve diverse communities and low-income people. Local hospitals host Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets at Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Everyone’s Harvest pioneered access to several public nutrition benefits at its farmers’ markets for everyone to access fresh, local, and organic foods.
In 2012, Everyone’s Harvest was presented with Edible Monterey Bay magazine’s nonprofit “Local Hero” award and in 2013 the Monterey County Weekly newspaper named Iris as one of the “25 for the Next 25” movers and shakers in Monterey County. Iris is always quick to point out, “My success is not just my own. It’s because of everyone involved. It’s about a movement. It’s about food justice.”
Today at Everyone’s Harvest:
Designated an essential business in the community, Everyone’s Harvest continues to operate Certified Farmers’ Markets in Pacific Grove and Marina during the current shelter-in-place mandate.
The nonprofit’s mission of providing local residents access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables remains stronger than ever. Toward that end, Everyone’s Harvest has launched an innovative and socially responsible online pre-ordering system to support shoppers and vendors at both markets.
It begins on Monday, April 13 at the weekly market in Pacific Grove, with the Marina market going online Sunday, April 19.
Consumers will be able to access a digital form through the nonprofit’s website at www.everyonesharvest.org, and choose products among the farmers and vendors who support each market.
Whether it’s a dozen fresh eggs from Clara’s Eggs, a baguette from Ad Astra Bread, produce from Hall’s Organic Farms, cut flowers from Santa Rosa Flowers or a bevy of other options, shoppers in Pacific Grove will find the category they desire online.
It’s easy, convenient and supports local vendors while allowing for extra social distancing in these uncertain times.
Online shoppers then select a time on each market’s day to pick up and pay for their order, choosing the appropriate payment method — EBT (with market match), cash or card, Market Money or Fresh Rx Tokens.
A staff member from Everyone’s Harvest will send out an order confirmation which must be presented to the market’s information booth upon arrival.
Shoppers who would like faster service and direct information on current stock and pricing can receive vendor contact information by emailing email@example.com.