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Welcome Back! / Mother's Day Weekend!

May 6, 2020

Welcome new vendor Driftless Chocolate, just in time for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Weekend!


We're so grateful to have market back up and running for Mother's Day weekend. There's no better place to find those gifts you've been looking for to say thanks to the moms in your life. 

For some, the answer is a hanging floral basket to liven up the home space. Our greenhouse growers Emery Horning, Country Bloomer's, Kopke's Greenhouse and Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse are here to serve those needs. 

If bouquets are more in line, we're happy to welcome back Lor Farm this weekend with a lovely selection of spring tulips to share. 

Maybe the mom in your life is Wisconsin through and through and would enjoy a bag of fresh Murphy Farms cheese curds or some tasty goat cheese from Dreamfarm.

The market is great for Mother's Day shopping with so many options to consider. Speaking of options, we're happy to say even more of our vendors are now offering pre-orders for market pick-up to help you speed along your shopping time. Check out the pre-order information below and don't be afraid to give us an email if there's a vendor you'd like to see offering pre-orders of your favorites. 

Week one of the 2020 market season went great and we want to thank all of you who came out to support us. An extra thank you for everyone observing our foot traffic and social distancing signs. We hope you'll keep it up and aid us as we work to keep the market a safe shopping experience for all. One great way everyone can help keep things safe is by wearing a mask for your market trip! 

Even as things operate a little differently this season, we're so grateful to have market back as a normal fixture of our week again. We'll keep working hard to keep things running smoothly and you can do your part by observing our safety recommendations (details below). 

While our smiles may be tucked away behind a mask, our hearts are beaming to be back with you all each Saturday morning. 

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman
Market Manager

P.S. Check us out on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates on the market as the season kicks off!

Shopping Safely This Season


Before you make your first trip to market, we'd like you to know what will be different for this season and we ask for your help in keeping things safe. 

We have an adjusted layout for this season, with single sided vendor aisles spread out with a gap between each vendor. Much like the grocery store, we're asking that foot traffic move in one direction through each market aisle, indicated by our yellow sandwich board signs. We ask you to please follow these directions and be patient as we all adapt to this different flow. 

As you shop the stalls, please mind the six foot spacing lines in front of vendors' tents. Give each other space to shop and don't crowd into vendor booths. While reusable shopping totes are not banned, if you're using your own bags, please do not ask vendors to pack them for you.

Planning your market trip may be the easiest way to get what you need, while keeping the market safe. Many of our vendors will be offering pre-orders that you may place during the week for a quick pick up at their stall on Saturday morning. Below we'll detail what options for pre-order are available this weekend and we'll update that weekly as more vendors add that option. 

For what you can't pre-order, consider making a shopping list by vendor before you get to the market. Having a plan of action will speed things up and help you get what you need as quickly as possible. We know that these methods won't work for everyone, but those of you who can adapt will be helping everyone with your efficiency. 

We're also asking everyone to send just one person per household to the market, which will aid us in lowering the crowd count each week. You can also help out by altering your shopping time, consider coming early in the morning (we open at 7am) or later (open until 12:30pm) to lower the crowd pressure during the peak hours. These little adjustments can really help make things operate smoothly and ensure we don't become too crowded. 

We encourage you all to wear a mask too. Even a bandana is better than nothing and can help lower the risk of transmission. Wash your hands before you come to market, wash them when you get home and with our four handwashing stations set up around the market, you can wash them while you visit too. 

 

No FoodShare Processing This Weekend


Unfortunately, due to issues with our card processor, we will be unable to help FoodShare customers get money off of their account this weekend. We're in the processing of getting this fixed and anticipate being able to help FoodShare shoppers in the next week or two. If you still have green FoodShare dollars from last season, you are welcome to spend them this weekend. The white Double Dollars will not return until June and cannot be accepted by our vendors until that time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

 

Vendor Updates & Pre-Order Options


Our amazing vendors are providing options for your shopping these season. Find all the latest pre-order options and weekly market offering here. Check back each week for notices about pre-ordering, vendor absences and other special vendor notices. 

Blue Moon Community Farm is offering pre-ordering of their organic vegetable and herb seedlings on their website

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse is offering the following for this weekend: 

Chocolate Chip Sconuts
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
Vanilla Almond Scones
Espresso Dark Chocolate Scones
Blueberry Oat Scones
Cinnamon Oat Scones
Whole Grain Raspberry Oat Scones
Whole Grain Cranberry Orange Oat
Gluten Free Vegan Banana Blueberry Scones
All options are $18/6 or $30/ Doz (all one flavor)

Email your order at
CLBakehouse@gmail.com
Orders due by noon on Thursday.

Don's Produce will be offering bundles of their Arena grown, pesticide free, heirloom cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. They'll also be offering 5lb bags of their sweet potatoes. 

Dreamfarm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up by calling (608) 767-3442 or emailing diana@dreamfarm.biz

Driftless Chocolates is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

Flyte Family Farm is offering pre-orders by calling (715) 228-2304

Fungi Farmers (formerly know as Herb n Oyster) are offering pre-orders through their website.

Highland Spring Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

Honey Bee Bakery will be joining us this weekend. For ordering updates and information check their website.

JenEhr Family Farm sent along their weekend offerings here:

"Lots of Greens:
Komatsuna, red mizuna, red frilly mustard, spicy and lettuce baby mixes, spinach, bok choi, beet greens, even heads of green and red oakleaf lettuce. Oh, and a little of that lemony tangy sorrel.
 
Not to be outdone by the big red radishes (tender greens perfect for sauteeing) and white hakuri (salad turnips), again great edible greens.
 
On the root end - red beets, purple carrots, celeriac and winter radishes (black and daikon).
 
And you know there are ALWAYS JenEhr pasture raised chickens, whole, half for a smaller gathering, cutup for the grill, bone-in, skin-on breasts, leg/thigh (also call quarters) and 2lb bags of chicken liver, liver, liver for flavor and nutrition (or your pet on a raw food diet).
 
We are so happy to be back at market.  And so happy to feed our customers."


Madison Sourdough will be doing pre-orders only this weekend. Get your order in before Thursday on their website.

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms is offering pre-ordering on their website.

Open Kettle Farms is offering pre-orders of their maple syrup. Contact them on their Facebook page to order.

ParKelm Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

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: www.alsumsweetcorn.com
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: https://bluemooncommunityfarm.square.site

Bryant Family Farms: 
Webstore: www.bryantfamilyfarms.org
Eggs also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service: https://landmarkcreamery.com/collections/special-delivery

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse:
Weekly pick up orders available in Madison on Saturdays. Check their Facebook page for updates and email CLBakehouse@gmail.com to inquire about available selections. Check their website for more information: http://chrisandlorisbakehouse.com
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

Dreamfarm:
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 diana@dreamfarm.biz

Driftless Chocolates (New 2020 vendor):
Online ordering available via: https://driftlesschocolates.com/

Emerald Meadows Family Farm:
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: http://www.forgottenvalleycheese.com/

Fungi Farmers (Formerly known as Herb N Oyster):
Offering Saturday delivery to the Madison area. Details and limited online ordering: https://www.fungifarmers.com/
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: https://highlandspringfarm.grazecart.com/store
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service: https://landmarkcreamery.com/collections/special-delivery

Honey Bee Bakery:
Delivery & pickup options available, check website for details: https://honeybeebakery.org/index.html
Participant in the Madison Farmers Unite pickup program.
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service: https://landmarkcreamery.com/collections/special-delivery

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

Mad Maiden Shrub:
Online ordering available: https://www.madmaidenshrub.com/shop
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 Sunday pick on Williamson Street. Check their website for more: https://www.madisonsourdough.com/

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms:
Online ordering available on their website: http://www.mccluskeybros.com/store/index.php
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. 
Website: www.nataliesgardenandgreenhouse.com

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

ParKelm Farm:
Shop online via: https://parkelm.farm/buy-pasture-raised-products/
Saturday delivery to the Madison area also being offered: https://parkelm.farm/new-delivery-route-for-the-fox-cities/?fbclid=IwAR3tFELLKpptijfsc9gBjAtEblBHFzSZ_ROOgg39BpY9S6nyTPXZGt0vMQ8

Savory Accents:
Online ordering available on their website: https://savoryaccents.com/ 
Phone/email orders accepted for on-farm pickup, 608-848-4938 or chilies@tds.net
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service: https://landmarkcreamery.com/collections/special-delivery
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: https://www.stellasbakery.store/
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: https://www.christines-kitchens.com/

Underground Meats:
Online store and limited local delivery: http://www.undergroundmeats.com/

Urban Gourmet:
Seedlings available come May. Check their website: https://www.madurbangourmet.com/ 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: http://www.weststarorganics.com/

Wetherby Cranberry Co.:
Check out their web store here: https://freshcranberries.com/buy-cranberries/

 

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. 

Hanging baskets make great Mother's Day gifts!

 

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