3/14 Late Winter Market is cancelled + information for our customers regarding COVID-19

Patrons, if you are interested in contacting Late Winter Market vendors directly to purchase local foods and products, please reference our 'cheat sheet' document that will be updated periodically: http://bit.ly/LateWinterMarketVendors.

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to Governor Evers’ declaration of a public health emergency in the State of Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) Board of Directors and staff are cancelling this Saturday’s Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill, originally scheduled to take place on March 14 from 8 am to noon. With an estimated indoor market attendance of 1500 patrons weekly, the DCFM is following the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ recommendation to cancel or postpone all events where 250 or more people gather.

The Dane County Farmers’ Market has no higher priority than ensuring the health and safety of both its patrons and its vendors. Although many use the farmers’ market as a source of weekly groceries, many also use it as a social gathering place. While the DCFM takes its role as a hub for local food access seriously, it also values the guidance shared by local, state, and federal authorities recommending that social distancing is essential at this time to mitigate disease spread. The DCFM serves many populations that are vulnerable to severe illness.

At this time, the DCFM is only cancelling Saturday’s market on March 14 and is monitoring the situation closely and will alert the public if future markets are also cancelled.

The DCFM has never previously cancelled a market in its 48-year history. However, the DCFM believes that the unprecedented circumstances require an unprecedented response to help protect our community and our vendors. In the coming days, the DCFM will be determining its capacity to provide alternative local food purchasing options or services to its patrons. Although it is currently unknown if providing an alternative to the market is possible in the interim, no matter what, the DCFM can and will serve as a connector between our patrons and our vendors, who may be able to interact directly with one another.

We will continue to share any updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your continued trust in the Dane County Farmers' Market.

Last updated: 3.13.2020, 5:46 pm