MONROE — Main Street Monroe, Inc. has announced its first farmers market on the Square of the year to be held Saturday, June 13.
The event is sponsored by Monroe Clinic and kicked off the season May 16, two weeks later than scheduled, at the Monroe Arts Center parking lot due to restrictions in place because of COVID-19. As it has for the last decade, the market will take place on the north and west sides of the courthouse Square, 1016 16th Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue through Oct. 31. The Wednesday market is currently not being held. That decision will be reevaluated after the Fourth of July, according to Main Street’s Executive Director Jordan Nordby.
Main Street Monroe will follow instructions set forth by the state of Wisconsin for mass gatherings. Farmers markets, like grocery stores, are considered an essential food resource. They may prove to be even more important if larger supply chains are disrupted leading to shortages of agricultural products produced locally. The market is producer only; meaning that vendors are only allowed to sell items which they themselves have produced.
The market will have a slightly modified set up so that both vendors and customers may social distance easily. Six feet of space will be marked in front of each vendor booth. Customers will not be required to wear facemasks.
Current produce that will be sold includes radishes, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, basil, plant starts, canned goods, honey and baked items.
Additional information may be found on Main Street’s Facebook page and website: mainstreetmonroe.org or by calling 608-214-7145.