Dane County Farmers’ Market extends outdoor season thru November 21st

Dear friends,

We are excited to announce that the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) 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!

“It is more important than ever for our community to have access to nourishing and delicious foods,” says Market Manager Sarah Elliott, “and it is a critical time to support local farmers and small food businesses. We are excited to extend the successful and safe vending models that we have built since the pandemic began.”

Both the Local Food Pick Ups and Saturday Farmers’ Market are popular ways for the greater Madison community to safely connect directly with family farmers and small food producers. There are three opportunities each week for customers to shop from the DCFM.

  1. The Wednesday Local Food Pick Up: This low contact pre-order/drive-thru model runs from 3-6pm on Wednesdays and will continue through November 18, 2020.
  2. The Saturday Local Food Pick Up: This low contact pre-order/drive-thru model runs from 7-9am on Saturdays and will continue through November 21, 2020.
  3. The Saturday Walk-Up Farmers’ Market: Continuing through November 21, 2020, from 9:30am to 12:30pm, patrons can spontaneously shop from vendors at their stands. There is a strict Safe Shopper Code of Conduct and safety measures will be enforced.

The Dane County Farmers’ Market plans to continue to offer opportunities for farmers and customers to connect directly throughout the winter months. More details will be forthcoming.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the DCFM has had to remain flexible and adaptive to the ever-changing circumstances. We appreciate our patrons' good will and patience as we both work to adapt our market operations and work to communicate these changes to our community of friends and patrons.

In gratitude,

The Dane County Farmers' Market