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For Immediate Release: Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market Opens November 7th with Approved COVID Safe Operating Plan

Milwaukee, WI (November 3, 2020) The 12th season of the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market (MWFM) begins this Saturday in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes). The MWFM will run November 7, 2020 to March 27, 2021 on Saturdays from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Customers will be able to find their favorite farmers and producers at the market this year, in an environment that is designed to keep shoppers, vendors, volunteers, and staff safe.

Fondy Food Center (FFC), the nonprofit that operates the market, worked with a team of Milwaukee County Parks employees to create COVID operating plan that was approved by the Re-Opening Steering Committee. Farmers Markets have been considered essential businesses throughout the pandemic. FFC has successfully operated the open air Fondy Farmers Market since May.

“We’re excited that we’re able to offer the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market for our vendors and shoppers this year. We ask everyone to be familiar with our guidelines, make a shopping plan, and be in an out quickly!  We want our vendors to make a living, our customers to get fresh, local food, and everyone to do so safely,” says Katie Hassemer, Director of Farmers Markets for FFC.

Masks will be required for all in compliance with local and state mandates. Shoppers can expect to see fewer number of vendors as most will be at the market every other week to accommodate for social distancing requirements. Additionally, they may need to wait outside to enter the market as only 150 people will be allowed inside the venue at one time. People can stay informed and up to date by paying attention to the website and following the market’s Facebook feed.

The MWFM’s 12th Season is presented by The Dohmen Company Foundation. “We are thrilled to have our partner’s support of the market this year. With increased financial burdens for the market due to COVID, the generosity of sponsors and donors allows us to continue to offer this program that increases access to local food and economic opportunity,” says Jennifer Casey, Executive Director of the FFC.  “We believe farmers markets are crucial cornerstones to the health of communities,” said the Dohmen Company Foundation President Dale Mittelstaedt. “This year in particular, with the continued challenges of COVID-19, the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market helps further the Dohmen Company Foundation’s mission: To regain and preserve America’s health through food. The Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market serves as a vital community resource to access local foods and the diverse agricultural bounty Wisconsin has to offer. The Dohmen Company Foundation is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 12th annual Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market.”

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