I am the statewide Food Entrepreneurship Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Community Food Systems Program.
Recently, I visited the beautiful Thursday night farmers market in Burlington, Wisconsin.
While visiting the market, I had the pleasure of meeting several food, farming, and craft vendors. They were selling fresh produce, drinks, cooked food, fiber arts, cutlery sharpening, teas, herbs, and much more!
It was particularly exciting to see children and families who were dancing to the music played by a local artist.
Any food and farming businesses who are interested in vending at a Wisconsin farmers market, I suggest you do two things:
- Look up your local market on this Wisconsin Farmers Market Association site, and get in touch with your local farmers market manager.
- Attend Extension’s food and farming business support SUMMITS and WEBINARS by signing up to get email updates here.
Community members who want to support their local farmers markets, I suggest you do so in these two ways:
- Shop at your local farmers market, talk to the vendors, and coordinate your meal planning and food shopping around what’s locally available.
- Contact your local farmers market manager to offer your time or resources to help the market thrive. Look up their local market on this Wisconsin Farmers Market Association site.
Any food and farming businesses who are interested in finding commercial kitchen space can start by going to this Extension resource on shared use kitchens and copackers in Wisconsin.
If you are a food and farming business who wants to learn more about Extension programming, feel free to reach out to our statewide Food Entrepreneurship Specialist or your local Extension office to see how we can help!
Learn more about the Burlington Farmers Market here.
Let us know your thoughts!
What questions do you have about farmers markets in Wisconsin?