In an effort to provide as little contact as possible for those interested, an online option to pre-order market products is available for the 2020 season. Using the website, GrinnellToGo.com, each vendor may choose to make their own profile and list their products. Customers will be able to pre-order products online and pay with a debit or credit card. Customers wishing to use SNAP, DUFB or Grinnell Grocery Vouchers will check the “pay at store” options.
Part Time Vendors:
Our market accepts SNAP benefit cards! Simply swipe your card at our card reader stand and receive tokens to use on any product you would normally be able to use your benefit card for. All vendors with participating products accept our tokens. We've also partnered with the Healthiest State Iowa to offer Double Up Food Bucks. For each $1 token you purchase with your SNAP card, you'll get an extra free $1 to use towards fruits, veggies and plant starts - up to $10 per day! What better way to stretch your food dollars farther! NEW FOR 2020, the Grinnell Food Coalition is helping Grinnell residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID19 access groceries. ALL market vendors with qualifying product will be able to accept these vouchers in the same fashion as the SNAP tokens. To learn more about the voucher program and request vouchers, click HERE.
Questions? Feel free to stop by our card reader stand at the market or give us a call at 641-236-6555.
Many of our vendors accept WIC and Senior Checks. Please inquire with individual vendors to see if they accept these.
Market managers and staff greatly appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we all navigate an ever-changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to ensure our community has access to fresh, local foods and products, while maintaining a safe environment for our community and vendors. If at any time community members have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact Chamber staff and/or market managers.
New Market Regulations:
Market will continue to be held along the sidewalks of Broad Street and 4th Avenue. Per requirements from the State of Iowa, vendors need to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each other. To help accommodate this change, the vendor set-up will be altered. Please follow our one-way walking traffic guidelines.
To encourage social distancing and spacial recognition, customers will be asked to proceed through market in a one way fashion; please see Attachment B for a map. Purchasing traffic will be on the half of sidewalk closest to the vendors heading South & East (GREEN) with the North and West (BLUE) showing the return foot traffic. It should be assumed that the corner of 4th & Broad is the ‘starting point’ for foot traffic at market, based on these maps. The market will have the sidewalks denoted to align with this map, and will aid customers in their market visits.
Per Governor Reynolds’ extended Public Health Emergency Declaration, there will be no events at market, including but not limited to: tastings of any kind, chef demonstrations, live music performances, face painting, kids activities, etc at this time. This is subject to change as the season progresses and restrictions loosen.
We have implemented the following customer expectations to help maintain safety of all market participants. We ask that customers abide by these expectations to the best of their ability.
STAY HOME: if you have had a fever in the last 3 days, been ill, or are showing signs of respiratory illness (coughing and weezing).
Face Masks: Customers will be encouraged to wear facemasks while attending market.
Use Hand Sanitizer/Wash: Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering the market area.
One shopper per household: Customers will be encouraged to leave family members at home and come solo to market if they are able.
Maintain 6 Feet of Social Distance: Customers will be asked to maintain 6 feet of social distance when possible.
Following Signage: As mentioned above, customers will be asked to follow the signage placed on the ground and on signs and proceed through the market in a one way fashion.
No Loitering: Customers will be encouraged to make purchases at market and proceed back to their homes and cars afterwards. We understand that many of you will wish to catch up with long time vendors and friends but we ask that long conversations be kept to a minimum.
No Reusable Bags: We are encouraging customers to not bring their reusable bags to market at this time. While we always appreciate the environmentally friendly options, it’s important to decrease exposure in whatever ways possible.
Leave pets at home: Customers will be encouraged to leave their four legged friends at home to help decrease congestion on sidewalks.
Point to Pick: Customers will be asked not to touch products but instead to point to what they would like and vendors will bag products for them.
Are you a farmer or have a hobby garden that produces more than you can eat? Do you love baking? Have a certain craft that you enjoy and would like to make a little extra cash? We want you to be a vendor this year at the market! We are accepting applications for full (Saturday only) and part-time vendors for the 2019 season. Check out the 2020 Rules & Application, complete the last two pages and send to email@example.com or mail to the Chamber offices (833 4th Ave). Questions? Not sure if your product is a good fit for the market? Give us a call at 236-6555 or send us an email.
Special thanks to our partners for their support during the 2020 season!
If you or your business is interested in being involved, give us a call at 236-6555 or email Kendra (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!