Dane County Farmers’ Saturday Market starts this weekend

The Saturday market offers walk-up sales along with preorders.
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The Dane County Farmers’ Market will open its Saturday Market this weekend at Alliant Energy Center.

According to a release, the weekly market will be in the larger parking lot in front of the Exhibition Hall. The market returns to more of a traditional farmers’ market experience with spontaneous shopping, though customers can preorder products and pick items up on food from each vendor — there are not drive-thru pick-ups Saturdays.

“While we have strict safety precautions in place, we are excited to once again connect local farmers and small food producers with the members of the greater-Madison community in a more traditional farmers’ market setting,” says DCFM Co-Manager Jamie Bugel.

Not all vendors will be participating in preorder options. The online store will open at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and close at 5 p.m. Thursdays.

While Dane County Emergency Order No. 15 removes the outdoor mask mandate, shoppers over 5 years old must wear a mask.

“We ask that all customers respect the six-foot physical distancing, but we also understand that there may be instances during the typical shopping experience, where customers and vendors are occasionally less than six feet apart,” says DCFM Co-Manager Jill Carlson Groendyk. “Out of the utmost caution, we request that vendors and customers continue to respect the mask requirement.”

If interested in doing preorders and going through a drive-thru system, DCFM is offering local food pick-ups Wednesdays.

DCFM officials are hoping to return to the Wisconsin State Capitol Square sometime this summer, but an exact date is not known.

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