Idaho Farmers Markets and Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Farmers Markets in Idaho are deemed essential, but they will not look the same this year.
On March 25, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced an Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho issued by Dave Jeppesen, the Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Certified Farmers Markets in Idaho were deemed “essential businesses” in the order, placing them in the same category as grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinarians, hardware stores and other excluded services.
Idaho Farmers Markets serve several important functions in their communities. Market are an important source of food and a place where SNAP participants can benefit from Double up Food Bucks programs. Markets support the livelihoods of small scale family farmers, ranchers and food producers, and enhance local economies. Fresh produce is rich in vitamins and nutrients that are essential to maintain a healthy immune system. Farmers markets may be lower risk with an open-air environment and more capacity for encouraging social distancing.