COVID 19 precautions at Quabbin Harvest

Here’s what we’re doing

We are carefully monitoring what is happening with planning and precautions in response to the presence of the COVID 19 virus in Massachusetts and want you to know what steps we are taking to protect the health and safety of our customers, staff, and volunteers.

As always, we follow standard disinfectant procedures and food-safe practices when preparing and displaying food. We are taking additional steps at present, which include more frequent hand-washing by staff and more frequent disinfecting of counter-tops, door handles, shopping carts, and other surfaces.

Quabbin Harvest strives to be a community space where friends and neighbors can gather and visit. However, at present we ask that those coming in to the store practice “social distancing” as recommended by public health authorities.

  • We are deferring our plans to add tables to the seating area at the front of the store until after the virus alert is over. When you purchase food from Nalini’s Kitchen, please take it with you rather than eating it here.
  • For the health and safety of our staff, who interact with many people over the course of a shift, we also ask that you maintain some physical distance when checking out at the cash register.

Customers have asked us about ways to minimize face to face contact when purchasing groceries and we are working on flexible solutions to individual needs. We don't have a way to pre-pay for groceries online but we may be able to offer other services.

  • If shopping in the store is a concern for you, please feel free to call us and shop via phone. We can have everything ready when you arrive. You would just need to come in to the counter, pay for your items, and a staff member can bring them out to your car. Please know that we are currently very lightly staffed, and this service will take extra time.

Quabbin Harvest’s mission is about more than just supporting the local food economy and providing access to healthy foods. We’re working to build a resource for our whole community, based on supply chains that are rooted close to home. We anticipate that we’ll continue to be able to stock most of what we sell and we’re working to keep the store safe and open for everyone!

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