Guidance for Pick-Your-Own Operations

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to Pick-Your-Own operations based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access to fruits and vegetables is vital to ensure a safe and steady food supply. Farms that allow customers to pick their own produce must do their part to protect the health of customers and employees. Below are the recommendations, if you are a  to Pick-Your-Own operations please follow the below guidance.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between customers and employees.
  • Schedule appointments to limit the number of customers on site at one time.
  • Only allow adults, teens, and older children to pick.
  • Offer ordering online or over the phone.
  • Implement pick up, drive through, and/or delivery options.
  • Eliminate samples, eating areas, and on-farm activities.
  • Limit employees to essential people.
  • Sell pre-weighed packaged items to limit food handling and to keep customers moving.
  • Ask customers to only touch items they intend to purchase.
  • Have separate people to handle products and money. Employees should use hand sanitizer after every transaction.
  • Regularly disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Customers and employees showing signs of illness should stay home.
  • Use signs, the web, and social media to communicate and promote new procedures.
  • Enforce new policies with employees and customers.