Local farmers create alternative services as Late Winter Farmers’ Market is canceled

Some farmers are offering home delivery in light of the coronavirus
a couple vendors talking with customers

For the first time in the Dane County Farmers’ Market’s 48-year-old history, the organization has canceled a Saturday market.

The Late Winter Market typically welcomes about 40 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, cheeses, eggs, honey, meat and bakery items.

According to a release, the board of directors and staff chose to cancel the market at Garver Feed Mill “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 Late Winter Market is currently only canceling the market on March 14, but is monitoring the situation for future markets.

DCFM will also be determining how to provide food purchasing options or services to 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,” the release says.

In relation to that, several local farmers and businesses that participate in DCFM are sharing ways individuals can still get their products.

Bee Charmer – Bee Keeper, which sells eggs and honey, is allowing people to come to the farm if they’re in need of either product. Though make sure to call in advance to make arrangements.

Bushel & Peck’s based in Beloit is giving free shipping to all orders over $50 through Monday using code “WIANDIL.”

Savory Accents still has its online shop open and is able to make some Madison-area deliveries. People can also stop at its farm in Verona when contacted beforehand.

Rockwell Ridge Farm is providing free delivery on Saturday into Madison and the surrounding areas for graham crackers, eggs and cuts of pork.

Cress Spring Bakery also offered deliveries, but has completely sold out of all the products they had prepared for the market.

For a full list of opportunities to support vendors, click here.