Fairfax Co. change in insurance language limits vendor participation in farmers markets

Fairfax Co. change in insurance language limits vendor participation in farmers markets

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Mary West started this petition to Fairfax Co. Risk Management and

In 2021, the Certificate of Insurance language for selling at the Fairfax Co. Farmer’s Markets changed. This change has made it very difficult or impossible for most of the small vendors to comply. Many of the insurance company’s have either refused to place the new insurance verbiage into the policy (Allstate and VA Farm Bureau do not offer primary/non-contributory coverage for the General Liability or Auto policies) or are charging huge premiums or rider fees in order to make the changes.

During a Zoom call last week, Randy Jouben with Risk Management made it clear that Fairfax County has both qualified immunity and it’s own insurance and the changes that have been demanded are not essential for the County. When we vendors voiced our concerns we were told by Mr. Jouben and Park Authority employees that our concerns were not valid because the insurance companies will make the changes. These comments were made even after we informed the employees that we were informed directly by our insurance providers (not just the agents but senior underwriting) that they would not support the new verbiage.

As a community, many of us are struggling to survive COVID and our livelihood depends on being able to sell at the farmer’s market. These changes will not only prevent us from being able to sell at this market, but it could prevent some of us from being able to care for our families. The verbiage from last year was acceptable by our insurance providers and we ask that the 2020 verbiage be used for 2021 while the Park Authority figures out language that will be accepted by insurance provider’s generally as opposed to the one or two provider’s that find the new verbiage acceptable.

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