Just a Little More Time in the Oven/ Market Opening Delayed Due to COVID-19

April 23, 2020


May flowers & the beauty to look forward to

 Just a Little More Time in the Oven

As we work towards getting open for the 2020 season, we feel much like the metaphorical roast waiting to be set upon the dinner table. 

We've been working so hard to get all the elements right to lay a delicious feast before our guests. But before we can sit down to eat, it must be cooked through and safe to enjoy. 

That's where we're at with the market season: the table is set, the guests are hungry and all that remains is that final check that'll let us know it's safe to eat. 

Early May is looking to be when the dinner bell will be rung, perhaps as soon as next weekend. We won't get your hopes up with an exact date too soon, but when we're given the all clear, we'll be ready to go. 

While we wait for those finishing details, we encourage you all to be proactive in planning for your 2020 market trips during these changed times. 

Perhaps that means planning out your shopping more than usual this season with a list ready of vendors and/or products you need before you get to market. If your favorite vendors are offering any pre-orders, you can place those orders during the week so your market trip will be as efficient as possible. Even something as simple as adjusting the time of your market visit can help spread out the crowds. Perhaps you can come a little later in the morning, rather than during the peak hours, as a way to help out. 

We mentioned last week the need to be creative, compassionate and patient during these times. By being flexible, being understanding and thinking outside the box of what's normal, we can all adapt to something different. We can all remember that however unfortunate or inconvenient these times are, they are temporary. We can make sacrifices now, knowing that we are doing so with the goal of life returning to normal.

While we're still closed, you can find some of that normal in the form of your favorites from our vendors who've found creative ways to connect with their customers during this time. Check out the list below for alternative purchasing options from many of our vendors. You can also find some of these opportunities on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram as they are made available. 

Our fingers will be crossed tightly this week in hopes of getting back to you all very soon. We wanted to say thank you to the many of you who reached out with kind words, offers of support and the general feeling that you miss the market! That means so much to us to hear that support. It's one thing to make a delicious meal, it's a whole other joy to be able to share it with our community.

Until we can see you at market!

Ben Zimmerman
Market Manager

Connect with our Vendors!

This list of alternative means to get our vendors' products will grow as new offerings roll in. Please check back regularly and feel free to email Market Manager Ben if you're looking to connect with any vendor not listed.

Alsum Sweet Corn:
Frozen sweet corn available at Metcalfe's Hilldale and West.
Check their website for more information:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Black Earth Valley:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Blue Moon Community Farm:
Online ordering now available for their organic seedlings, on farm pick up Wednesday evening and Saturday morning for pre-orders. Check their online store for more:

Bryant Family Farms: 
Eggs also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse:
Weekly pick up orders available in Madison on Saturdays. Check their Facebook page for updates and email to inquire about available selections. Check their website for more information:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Don's Produce: 
Offering deliveries of their produce to the downtown Madison area. To inquire, call or text: 608-574-0294
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Some products available at Willy Street Co-op and Metcalfe's locations. Contact via phone or email for more ordering options: (608) 767-3442 or

Driftless Chocolates (New 2020 vendor):
Online ordering available via:

Emerald Meadows Family Farm:
Pop up market event Saturday, April 18th at Beans n Cream in Sun Prairie. Check their Facebook page for details.

Farmer Johns' Cheese:
Pre-ordered pickup available near Hilldale on Tuesday and Friday. Message them on their Facebook page to order.

Forgotten Valley Cheese (New 2020 vendor):
Online ordering available, check their website:

Fungi Farmers (Formerly known as Herb N Oyster):
Offering Saturday delivery to the Madison area. Details and limited online ordering:
Participant in the Madison Farmers Unite pickup program.

Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard:
Varieties of head lettuce available for on-farm pickup north of Stoughton. Call 608-852-4165 to pre-order for Wednesday or Saturday afternoon pickup.

Highland Spring Farm:
Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning farm stand sales at their farm just south of Madison. Check their webstore to order:
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:

Honey Bee Bakery:
Delivery & pickup options available, check website for details:
Participant in the Madison Farmers Unite pickup program.
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:

Kopke's Greenhouse:
Greenhouse is open, with 8:00am-9:30am reserved for senior shoppers.
Pre-orders via email, 608-835-7569 or, for pick up or delivery with small fee. 
Check their website for more details:

Mad Maiden Shrub:
Online ordering available:
Products also available at the following retail locations: Fromagination, Willy Street Coop, Jenifer Street Market, Hyvee (Whitney Way and Fitchburg), Orange Tree Imports, Metcalfe’s Market  (West and Hilldale), and  Regent Street Market

Madison Sourdough:
Online pre-order for Friday or Saturday pick on Williamson Street. Check their website for more:

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms:
Online ordering available on their website:
Beef available at Willy Street East, cheese available at Willy East and West, maple syrup available at Metcalfe's Hilldale.

Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse:
Online ordering now available for curbside greenhouse pick up, open daily 8am - 6pm and 9am - 5pm Sundays; delivery also available in the Madison area with a small fee. 

Open Kettle Farms:
No-contact pickup being offered for their maple syrup. Check their Facebook page for details.

ParKelm Farm:
Shop online via:
Saturday delivery to the Madison area also being offered:

Savory Accents:
Online ordering available on their website: 
Phone/email orders accepted for on-farm pickup, 608-848-4938 or
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Stella's Bakery:
The bakery on Syene Road is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7am - 2pm, for curbside pre-ordered pickup. Preorder on their website:
Check their Facebook page for updates.
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Steppin' Out Foods (New 2020 vendor): 
Check their Facebook page for updates.

Tortillas Los Angeles:
Delivery available via partnership with Christine's Kitchen. Check out the website to order:

Underground Meats:
Online store and limited local delivery:

Urban Gourmet:
Seedlings available come May. Check their website: or Facebook page for future updates.

West Star Organics:
Online ordering available for pick up at their greenhouse south of Cottage Grove. Check their website for details and to place your order:

Wetherby Cranberry Co.:
Check out their web store here:

Didn't see who you're looking for? Not all of our vendors have product yet available or are offering purchasing alternatives at this time. We'll keep updating this list as new venues for connecting customers to vendors arise. 




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