Last Updated March 17, 2020 – please check this page regularly for updates
We are preparing for the 2020 season as planned but we’re of course concerned about the health and safety of our local community as well as others affected across the globe. We know you’re being bombarded with updates on COVID-19 and you’re worried about all the different aspects of our daily lives that will be impacted in the coming weeks and months. While you may not yet be thinking about where you’ll be getting your veggies this year, we wanted to assure you that we are going to do our best to grow delicious and nutritious produce and get it to our customers in a safe manner.
Please read below for updates on how we are dealing with and planning for COVID-19 this season.
We have strong food handling and safety practices that we will continue to update based on public health and other guidance:
- We are washing our hands more often.
- All Dicot Farm staff are trained to follow our food safety protocols.
- Any staff, including Erik & Meghan, do not work if they do not feel well.
- We have a flexible leave policy for staff, staff earn paid leave hours that they may use for sick leave, and we will adhere to any federal and state policies on mandated leave.
- Our veggies are minimally handled and are under our control the whole time until you take them home.
Our exact CSA logistics may need change once we get closer to our mid May start date, but we are committed to getting all shares to our members as promised:
- If you are considering joining our CSA, we have relaxed our original deadline and will continue to accept sign ups. We are happy to accept payments via a payment plan over the course of a few months to balance any economic uncertainties our customers may be facing. Please see payment plan options in our online store.
- We are coordinating with our CSA pick up locations to determine if we will still be able to use them for pick ups. Both locations are open air and allow for quick parking, stopping, and picking up with minimal interaction.
- We will pre-pack shares so that CSA members will not have to touch or sort through individual items. Members will not need to bring their own bags or packaging during this period.
- If possible we will offer any share options (e.g., which 2 out of 4 greens you would like) via email or order form in the day or two before pick up, but we may need to limit choices while this pandemic continues.
- If we are unable to use the planned CSA pick up locations, we will attempt home delivery although the logistics of this will be a big challenge for us. We will update you with any changes if this option becomes necessary.
Our farmers markets plans may change once we get closer to their start dates in mid April and May, but for now:
- We are coordinating with our farmers market organizers to monitor any closures.
- Staff at farmers markets will be designated between handling food and handling money. Washing hands will be required before any crossover between the two.
- A hand washing station will be provided for staff. We have always had this for our PG County markets as a requirement of our sampling permit (although, we will not be sampling anymore as a precaution).
- We will pre-bag items as much as possible to limit human contact.
- In the case that our markets are closed, we’ll work with market staff and fellow farmers to develop the capacity to pre-order and deliver items to our customers in a central location or possibly to homes. We will update you with any changes if this option becomes necessary.
We appreciate your support during this crisis so much. Thank you for being amazing customers and we look forward to continuing to be your farmers and getting through this together!
Meghan & Erik and the Dicot Farm staff