Dane County Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

Vendors say they’re excited for the reopening.
Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 5:20 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 5:11 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Dane County Farmers’ Market returns on Saturday, opening the doors at 7:00 a.m.

The market will take place in the Exhibition Hall parking lot at the Alliant Energy Center, with plenty of space to spread out. There is also a virtual option for farmers’ market shoppers.

From 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, the online store opens a pre-order option for pick-up at the market.

Vendors say they’re excited for the reopening.

“I love my customers. They’re faithful, they’re fun. It’s nice to visit with them,” Gretchen Kruse, owner of Hickory Hill Farm said. “I don’t have a huge social life at the farm so this kind of is my social life.”

Dave Chaimson was one of the first customers at the market. He said he hasn’t missed opening day in 35 years. “It’s wonderful to wake up and see so many familiar vendors that I’m sure missed the market as much as the people like us that come down here,” he said.

The farmers’ market is open from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Beginning April 10th, the market will be held weekly and is allowed to open as an essential food access point. COVID guidelines are in place, including a mask requirement for everyone five years or older.

Organizers said they haven’t determined how long the Saturday markets at the Alliant Energy Center will last. The date will depend on when the market is allowed back on the Capitol Square, according to co-manager Jill Groendyk.

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