During this time of social distancing and uncertainty, Madisonians are doing their best to hold on to whatever is most dear to them — our favorite local businesses, our indisputable 2020 national championship-winning Wisconsin Badgers and now our beloved Dane County Farmers’ Market.
The recommended steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 make events like a farmers’ market nearly impossible. In lieu of closing entirely, the folks at the Dane County Farmers’ Market have found a new way to serve their customers. Starting this week, they will pilot a new model built on local pickups.On Tuesday, March 24, and also on Thursday, March 26, customers will be able to pick up orders from participating vendors, with products ranging from a Basic Butcher Value Box to Ooey Gooey Cookies. Customers place their orders directly with vendors, and can pick up their goods between 4-6 p.m. at the Garver Feed Mill parking lot on either Tuesday or Thursday. There will be both car and pedestrian lanes, so arrive in whichever style you choose.
To ensure the safety of both vendors and customers, the DCFM outlined the following precautionary measures:
- Cash transactions are prohibited
- Vendors booths will be spaced at least 10 feet apart
- Only one customer may visit a vendor at a time
- All customers must maintain proper social distances between other customers and DCFM vendors
- All products will be pre-bagged
- DCFM vendors will take extra precautions to disinfect all surfaces every 15 minutes.
As shared in the DCFM’s Facebook post, “You still need to eat and our farmers need to have a market for their products.” Two birds, one stone. Keep calm and carry out from the farmers’ market this week. You can find out more information here.