The Dane County Farmers’ Market will now be open outdoors thru Saturday, November 21st. The DCFM will operate both its Wednesday and Saturday Local Food Pick Ups and Saturday Walk-Up Farmers’ Market on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center thru November 21st. Previously, the outdoor season was scheduled to end on November 4th, but it has been extended.
What is the current status of the Dane County Farmers' Market?
The Dane County Farmers' Market's permit to host our Saturday Market on the Capitol Square was revoked for the 2020 season. If you want to learn more about our permit being revoked, please read our July 6, 2020 message to our community.
Since April 2020 in lieu of our traditional downtown operations, the DCFM has hosted local food pick ups on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. Since August 2020, the DCFM added to its schedule a more traditional farmers' market on Saturdays at Willow Island with a Safe Shopper Code of Conduct in effect.
Update October 20, 2020: The DCFM will extend its outdoor season at Willow Island thru November 21st. Read more about this announcement here.
How can I support local farmers at this time?
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 funded through stall fees collected from our vendors, the DCFM continues to evaluate its financial health and strategize on the best course of action so that we can serve our farmers, bakers, and cheesemakers now and well into the future.
Like many other organizations and businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have faced increased expenses and decreased income due to our altered operations. In particular, the stall fees earned through operating our Saturday Market on the Capitol Square has historically supported the operation of our winter markets. Without that income earned in 2020, the DCFM needs to be strategic in how it operates this winter, especially while the 2021 outdoor season remains uncertain.
Does the DCFM plan to host winter markets this year?
Yes, the DCFM plans to host winter markets and/or local food pick ups this winter to support the financial livelihoods of our vendors and continue to connect our patrons with high quality local produce and products.
In an effort to operate in a financially prudent manner while meeting public health goals, the DCFM will be altering its schedule and winter market operations:
- We have extended our outdoor season at Willow Island thru November 21st, 2020.
- Similar to years past, we will not host any markets the week of Thanksgiving.
- We plan to continue to offer opportunities early December thru March for farmers and customers to connect directly. More details will be forthcoming.
Throughout COVID, the DCFM has had to remain flexible and adaptive to the ever-changing circumstances. We appreciate our patrons' good will and patience as we work to adapt our market operations and communicate these changes.