The 2020 season of the Westown Farmers’ Market has been canceled
MILWAUKEE – After its initial postponement, Westown Association ultimately announced the decision to cancel the 2020 season of the Westown Farmers’ Market. In addition to safety and health concerns due to COVID-19, other challenges also influenced this decision.
According to a survey conducted by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, downtown office managers expect only 33% of employees to return to their offices by September 1, 2020. As the downtown workforce is the market’s primary customer base, vendors depend on their attendance each week. Furthermore, construction on Third Street between Michigan Street and Everett Street is expected to last for several months, which affects a significant number of vendors’ accessibility to Zeidler Union Square.
“Over the last few months, we have been optimistic with our plans, however, many factors out of our control have impacted our ability to host a safe and successful market in 2020,” said Stacie Callies, Executive Director of Westown Association. “After careful consideration and valuable feedback, we believe the decision to cancel the 2020 season is in the best interest of our vendors, customers and the organization. We will miss seeing you this summer, but we look forward to hosting an exciting market in 2021.”
Westown Association encourages market patrons to continue supporting the local businesses that operate at the market. A list of the Westown Farmers’ Market’s vendors can be found at www.westown.org with information on delivery and pick- up options. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.
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