We continue to update this page with frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is the current status of the Dane County Farmers' Market?
The Dane County Farmers' Market concluded our outdoor season at Willow Island on Saturday, November 21st.
This December, we are hosting our successful weekly Wednesday Local Food Pick Ups inside of Pavilion 2 at the Alliant Energy Center. Check out the full details here on our Super Fresh blog.
Does the DCFM plan to host winter markets this year?
Yes, the DCFM will host opportunities for our patrons to connect directly with our market members, however, it will look differently from years past.
Beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd and continuing Wednesdays through December 16th, the DCFM will be moving its successful Local Food Pick Ups from Willow Island to inside of Pavilion 2 at the Alliant Energy Center. We plan to continue to offer opportunities for farmers and customers to connect directly after the New Year. More details will be forthcoming.
Our member-run DCFM Board of Directors and DCFM Management carefully considered different vending models and locales for our winter season, but ultimately determined that continuing the local food pick ups was in the best interest of our farmers and food producers, while also meeting our customers' desires to source quality local foods this winter in a safe manner.
How can I support local farmers at this time?
The best way to support our farmers is to continue to purchase their delicious local foods from them at our Wednesday Local Food Pick Ups at Pavilion 2.
Does the Dane County Farmers' Market participate in the FoodShare program?
Yes, for more information visit the EBT page.
What is the future of the Dane County Farmers' Market?
As an independent organization, entirely self-funded, we must be judicious and smart about our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We work primarily at the nexus of two goals during the COVID-19 pandemic: to ensure the continued financial viability of the DCFM as an organization (so we can be around well into the future for our small family farmers and food producers) and to continue to provide safe and successful opportunities for our market members to connect with our patrons.
Our modified winter operations reflect these two core goals.
We have already received numerous inquiries about our 2021 outdoor season. We still do not know what our outdoor 2021 market season will look like as it is very uncertain what the larger world will look like. Per usual we will update you on our outdoor season status as soon as it is known. Check out our COVID-19 Info Hub for the latest information.