With the warming weather this time of year, consumers are typically flocking to farmers’ markets, pick-your-own operations and other direct sales outlets. In the era of COVID, CDFA has now released guidance on how those managers can meet CDC guidelines and reduce exposure risks.

Many of the steps are now commonplace in grocery stores and other retail locations: limit the amount of consumers and space them out while maintaining strict hygiene and sanitation practices. The department also says to “remind customers: you touch it, you take it.”

The guidance will "help us all continue to enjoy the healthy foods of California Grown and support our farmers," according to a CDFA blog post. 

"Be healthy – eat healthy – California Grown! And be sure to thank a farmer for the bounty they provide to us," it reads. 

The guidance comes as the Newsom administration eases its stay-at-home order in transitioning to "Phase 2" with limited curbside retail service.