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Postponed- Farmer’s Market

An update on the Viroqua Farmers Market from the Chamber Main Street Executive Director:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the indefinite postponement of the Viroqua Farmers Market for the 2020 season. Staff have been working long hours trying to find locations, solutions and the ability to comply with safety standards in the age of COVID-19. We have attempted location changes, format changes (drive through or CSA market) and continue to run into challenges. As we do not have a clear sense of when we can open, we are refunding seasonal vendor fees, or returning checks that have not yet been cashed. It is our hope that we can open up this year.. perhaps in July, but until then, we wait on restrictions to be lifted or a major donor to finance a CSA for the Viroqua Farmers Market. If the market is able to start later in the season, vendors will either pay a smaller seasonal fee or $15/per day to vend, whatever is determined to be more reasonable. The Viroqua Chamber Main Street is happy to direct Farmers and Artists/Vendors to state and federal resources for relief from lost vending opportunities, as well as to local resources for expenses like utilities and rent based on economic losses from events such as the Farmers Market being cancelled. We are here to help in any way that we can. The Farmers Market is the longest running promotion of the Viroqua Chamber Main Street and by far one of the most beneficial to the community. It will be missed terribly. We will continue to fight for you, to advocate for Farmers and Small Business owners, and will always consider you to be important members of our extended family of Small Businesses. Be well, be safe. Nora