Coronavirus Resources
Farmers, Consumers, & Farmers Market Managers

We’re working to compile the most current resources for farmers, market managers, consumers, and other food system stakeholders such that communities can make informed decisions and still have access to fresh, healthy foods in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Editor’s Note: We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. Please check back periodically.

Covid 19 Resources – to help mitigate the challenges facing the food and farm system

For All:

For Farmers:

Online Sales Platforms most used in Virginia:

Food Hub and CSA Info: 

Funding and Disaster Relief: 

For Farmers Markets:

For Restaurant & Hospitality Groups:

Recent Webinars:

NC Cooperative Extension’s How to Setup a FREE On-line Store (with Square)

Market Ready: Farm to eCommerce Webinar 

VABF-NCAT Farmer Listening Session 

VCE Expanding Food Safety Protocols in an evolving landscape of COVID-19

NCAT-Wallace Center Food Hub Listening Session & Notes

Future Harvest COVID-19 Discussion

Wallace Center Briefing: Food & Farm Businesses Navigate the CARES Act

PASA COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Farms & Small Businesses

Articles of Interest:

The Consumer Food Insights Series shares analyses from a survey conducted by Colorado State University of 5,000 households in the fall of 2020. The most recent release explores how consumer perceptions and time impact expenditures during the pandemic. The main takeaway messages are:

  • More consumers shifted to local and regional food markets, particularly small, independent food stores and artisan food stores. These are important market access points for local producers.
  • Transparency and evidence of “locally grown” is important for buyers of local foods. Examples of information that could be shared include: a map of farm and location of markets and restaurants where farm products can be found; number of years the business has been part of the community; and information about the farmer or business owner the customer is supporting).
  • Restaurants do not seem to gain business from local food buyers, even if independent and locally owned. Perhaps local restaurants who do want to position themselves with local food enthusiasts will see these results as a reason to align with the local producers and food markets to jointly promote the local food scene in their community. Read More