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Dane County Farmers’ Market reopens to walkup visitors

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Dane County Farmers' Market reopens to walkup visitors at Alliant Energy Center

MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time this season, people were able to meet with vendors at Dane County Farmers' Market.

The market is now allowing people to walk up to buy products from about 60 vendors at Alliant Energy Center, after running as a drive-thru since spring.

I think it's great. It's good to see people. They seem happy and being able to get out and walk around and look at stuff," said Marley Celley, a vendor.

The market is now set up on Willow Island, where it will continue its drive-thru services in the early morning hours.

"As a vendor we're very happy to have it back. It's been a normal thing for us, as a family, for the last 30-plus years. So it's an enjoyment to have some normalcy back," said Nathan Gedko.

The market has precautions in place to keep everyone safe.

"We do have a safe code of shopper conduct on our website that we encourage folks to look at before they visit. Everyone does have to wear a mask. We do request the six-foot physical distancing. Customers can't touch products only vendors can. There's four or five hand washing stations for public use as well as some on the vendor tables," said market manager Sarah Elliott.

It's been a tough summer for the vendors, so they're happy to be back.

"People have been very supportive. We've had to work harder to sell the same amount but people have been unbelievably supportive and we're very very thankful for that," said Heather Bandt.

Click here for more information on the new market hours and operations.

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