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2016 Farmers Market

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General Info

Events

Parking

FAQs

 

Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market

The Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market is on Main Street!

Downtown Fond du Lac has two markets May through October. In addition to cash, both of our markets accept EBT, credit and debit cards. You can swipe your card at the Information Tent and receive wooden tokens which are used like cash at participating vendor booths. For EBT use your Wisconsin QUEST card at the information Tent. It is a plastic debit card with your name, card number and the Wisconsin QUEST logo on it. You must have your QUEST card with you at the tent to purchase tokens using your FoodShare account.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market is a pet-friendly market. All pets must be leashed (6ft. or less) and under human control at all times. When produce is on the ground, pets must be far enough away to avoid any potential "marking" of food items.

The economic impact of the 2015 market season is estimated to represent:

  • 813,760 in additional economic activity and 16 jobs in downtown.
  • $6.6 million in additional economic activity and 60 jobs in the Fond du Lac Metropolitan area.

Full details of the analysis are available here: 2015 Farmers Market Economic Impact

 

Saturdays

May 14 through October 29
8 a.m. to Noon
Main Street
(Sheboygan Street to Western Avenue)

 

Wednesdays

June 1 through October 26
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street Plaza
(at Main Street and Sheboygan Street)

On Saturdays, over 80 vendors sell the freshest Wisconsin-grown produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, meats and cheese. Crafts, arts, pottery, and other hand-made items are also available. At the height of the season the market brings over 2,500 shoppers downtown weekly.   On Wednesdays, 15+ vendors sell Wisconsin-grown produce, plants, flowers, and hand-made items.  This smaller market brings a weekly attendance of 250 shoppers downtown. Make sure to pick up an on-the-go lunch and your weekly produce while checking out Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market!

Schedule of Activities

See below for descriptions of the educational activities. Interested in playing music? Click here.

Music Date Education & Activities

Russ Drezdon
Solo guitar and vocals

14-May

Downtown Open House

Open Mic - sign up at Mike's Music

21-May

Composting Education

Rich Nimkie
Solo guitar and vocals

28-May

 

JUNE 4, 2016 - National Exchange Bank 32nd Annual Petting Zoo

EBT Match Day - double your $10 EBT swipe!

Ronald Williams
Jazz saxophone and vocals

11-Jun

 

Dale Palecek & Friends
Strings and Vocals

18-Jun

Display Cooking

Rob Letvinchuck
Solo guitar and vocals

25-Jun Community Resource Fair
Essential Rock Kids Market

Will Wegner
Solo guitar and vocals

2-Jul Canning Fruit Education
EBT Match Day - double your $10 EBT swipe!

Rebel Rose Duo
Country Rock

9-Jul  

Eddie Uttendorfer
Classical Guitar (also an Instructor!)

16-Jul Display Cooking

Kylar Kuzio
Country Guitar and vocals

23-Jul Essential Rock Kids Market

Open Mic - sign up at Mike's Music

30-Jul Shop Small in the Summer!

Dick Weinberger
Hammered Dulcimer

6-Aug

Canning Tomatoes Education
EBT Match Day - double your $10 EBT swipe!

Drowsy Maggies
Celtic

13-Aug LIVESTRONG

Sweet Sheiks
Vintage Pop & Jazz

20-Aug Display Cooking

Jack Talbot
Harpist

27-Aug

Essential Rock Kids Market

O'Boyle Family
Guitar and vocals

3-Sep Freezer Storage Education
EBT Match Day - double your $10 EBT swipe!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 - FONDUE FEST

Ronald Henry II
Solo piano & vocals

17-Sep

Display Cooking

Tom Cooper
The Gentleman Troubadour

24-Sep Essential Rock Kids Market

Love, Light & Harmony
Spirit Music & Kirtan

1-Oct Food Drying Methods Education
EBT Match Day - double your $10 EBT swipe!

Mississippi Sawyer
Jug Band

8-Oct Living Well Education

 

15-Oct Display Cooking 

 

22-Oct Essential Rock Kids Market

 

29-Oct MONSTER MARCH! 

Where to Park

Parking your bike is easy downtown. Bike racks are indicated with a bike icon on the map below.

On street and public lots are free parking every day after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Public lots are colored in teal on the map below. Scroll up and down to zoom in and out.

Heading to the middle of the Saturday market is easiest from Lot 3A and the NEBAT private lot. Thanks to National Exchange Bank and Trust for allowing Farmers Market customers to use their lot on Saturdays!

 


 

2015 Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market
Information Booth

Corner of 2nd & Main

Market Manager- Tracy Reinhart

 

 

What Can you Find at the Information Booth?

Answers
Have questions about the Farmers Market or Downtown Fond du Lac?  Ask them here!

Credit Cards/EBT Accepted to get cash
Forgot cash?  No problem!  Here you can swipe your EBT, credit or debit card for tokens to shop around the market.  

Vendor Map
Looking for your favorite vendor?  Get a map at the Info booth.

Lost & Found
Turn in found items or check to see if your lost item has been found.

Parking Tips
Pick up a copy of the Downtown Parking Map to help you find your favorite weekly parking spot.

Suggestion Box
Got a suggestion about how to make the Market better?  Bring your thoughts to our anonymous suggestion box.

Market Schedule
Find out who will be coming to perform at the Market and when to come down for display cooking, canning Q&As, or other educational programs.






Activity Descriptions

Petting Zoo

National Exchange Bank & Trust will host the 32nd Annual Petting Zoo on Saturday, June 4, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the 130 South Main St. office of National Exchange Bank & Trust in Fond du Lac.

This free community appreciation event is open to the public. In celebration of Wisconsin’s dairy industry, the petting zoo will feature a variety of farm animals, pony rides, dairy games, prizes and more. A sampling of Wisconsin’s finest dairy products will be available including several cheese varieties, yogurt, butter popcorn and milk.

Entertainment for the day will include two performances by Jeff McMullen at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Local 4-H clubs will compete at 10:00 a.m. to see who has made “Yogurt at Its Best.”

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their cameras. No pets are allowed in the petting zoo area.

For more information, visit www.nebat.com. In the event of inclement weather, check our website or KFIZ AM 1450 and WFDL FM 97.7 radio stations. National Exchange Bank & Trust is an independent bank with 27 locations throughout East Central Wisconsin.

LIVESTRONG®

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is for any adult who is currently going through cancer treatment or has gone through some form of cancer treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) in the past that wants to regain their health and well-being. Join our LIVESTRONG instructors out at the farmer’s market to learn more about the program and ways you can support our cancer community in Fond du Lac!