Farmers’ market draws huge crowd Saturday despite construction

Farmers’ market draws huge crowd Saturday despite construction

Huge crowds attended the Dane County Farmers’ Market as it returned to the square Saturday, despite construction in the area.

The road work started earlier this month and will cost an estimated $1.6 million.

The construction has reduced to one lane on North Carroll and West Mifflin streets, and there is less parking around the square.

Madison resident Anita Weil said the construction is somewhat irritating, but it didn’t keep her from going downtown for the farmers’ market.

“On a scale of human suffering, of one to 10, I’d give it a three or two and a half,” she said. “You just have to put up with it, roads need to be fixed, that’s the way it is.”

Wes Garnett, who also attended the farmers’ market, said the construction wasn’t as bad as he expected it to be.

“I was really nervous about whether or not the construction would hamper (the farmers’ market), but to my surprise, it hasn’t,” Garnett said. “It feels just like normal.”

Rebecca Goodman, a vendor with Northwood Farm, said business was brisk Saturday, despite the cones and barrels.

“Business is fabulous today,” she said. “It was real interesting setting up this morning with one lane, but, it has not impacted the crowds nor my business.”

Construction is expected to wrap up Aug. 12.