Fort Farmers Market Preview Days begin May 4th
The Fort Atkinson Farmers Market is celebrating its 17th season in 2019. The Spring Preview Days will kick off on Saturday, May 4th beginning at 8am, downtown Fort Atkinson. Seasonal produce along with handmade arts and crafts will be for sale. Fresh meats, baked goods, coffee, honey, syrup, salsas and jams will be among the offerings. During the Spring Preview days vendors will also be selling transplants and other Spring items. There will be fewer vendors than the regular season. Live music and a free kid’s activity will also be available.
Fort Farmer Market Manager, Kaitlin Myren-Celkis is excited to kick off her first season in her new role. “I joined the chamber team in January and have been anticipating our outdoor market since day one,” says Myren-Celkis. “I am looking forward to greeting all of our vendors and community members in my new role.” This won’t be her first market though, Myren-Celkis has been at the previous monthly indoor markets and spent several years as a loyal market volunteer.
A few reminders to the public about the upcoming market season include several shopping programs. “The Fort Farmers Markets accepts SNAP, EBT, and FoodShare as ways of payment for products,” Myren-Celkis explains. ‘We also give extra value on every dollar you spend with these programs. Thanks to our sponsor Fort HealthCare, when shopping at the market, you'll receive five dollar coupons up to twenty dollars per day to use for fresh vegetable and/or fruit purchases when you use your EBT Card as part of our DoubleUp Program.” Myren-Celkis will be available at the market to answer additional questions about taking advantage of this opportunity. The frequent shopper punch cards will start at the regular market season kickoff on Saturday, May 25th.
Additionally, the public is reminded that beginning Saturday May 4th through Saturday October 26th, citizens should not park in public parking Lot 7 across from the post office from 6:00am until 2:00pm on Saturdays. Farmers Market Vendors arrive as early as 6:00am. Cars parked in the lot during these hours may be parked-in or ticketed for non-compliance. Myren-Celkis asks, “Please help us have a great market. Cars left in the lot make it difficult for us to set up.”
To keep up to date with market happenings, expected vendors and rain-outs, follow the Fort Farmers Market page on Facebook.
The Fort Farmers Market is a program of The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce with support from Fort HealthCare, Fort Community Credit Union, UW Health, Premier Bank, Fort Arts Council, Heart of the City, Lions Club, and numerous community partners and volunteers.