For our Farm Fresh Day, we would like to support our local organization partners who have or would have participated at the Dane County Fair. Please take advantage of their valuable services and resources by viewing their information and links below.

In addition, make sure to check out our Kids Day page with more local organization resources.

Blue Moon Community Farm

Blue Moon Community Farm is a small CSA and market farm southeast of Madison, WI raising organic vegetables and pastured meats for our local community. 

For more information on Blue Moon Community Farm, visit www.bluemooncommunityfarm.com.

Dane County Farmers' Market

The Dane County Farmers' Market is reported to be the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. All items are produced by the members behind the tables. No re-sale allowed! This means that when you visit the Dane County Farmers' Market, you can truly get to know the people who grow and raise your food. Our customers are the vendors' favorite thing about coming to Market each week, so grab your grocery bags and come join us!

Due to COVID-19, the Dane County Farmers' Market launched Local Food Pick Ups. It's online ordering and drive-thru pick up service is offered at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. This service will continue through November 7, 2020, unless circumstances change. For details, visit dcfm.org/markets/local-food-pick-up 

For more information on the Dane County Farmers' Market, visit dcfm.org.

Heartland Farm Santuary

Heartland Farm Sanctuary, which opened in 2010, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. We created Heartland to provide a safe, peaceful environment where youth and farm animals could come together to heal, grow, and have fun.

Many children today face significant life challenges such as physical, emotional, or cognitive developmental delays, a history of delinquent behavior or other detrimental life choices, or an abusive or otherwise troubling home life. Research has shown that these children can benefit tremendously by taking part in animal-assisted therapeutic activities, such as those programs developed by Heartland using the farm animals we help.

For more information on Heartland Farm Sanctuary, visit heartlandfarmsanctuary.org

Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens

Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens is a group of community minded individuals interested in helping the needy of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin community.

We plant, grow and provide area food pantries with fresh, nutritious first choice vegetables. Resulting in more than 100,000 pounds of fresh produce delivered each year to food pantries. We are a local non-profit volunteer organization helping feed the needy in the Madison (Wisconsin) area.

We are individuals, families, businesses, student and youth groups, civic and church groups who generously share our time to plant, tend and harvest vegetables. We make a difference by gleaning produce from farm fields and orchards. These fruits and vegetables are rescued farm fields that would otherwise be plowed in. Food pantries and ultimately the needy benefit from these efforts.

For more information on Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens, visit foodpantrygardens.org.

Pope Farm Conservancy

Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.

Six different Prairie Restoration projects and seven different crops including a field of sunflowers provide tremendous synergy that attracts wildlife to the conservancy. Forty interpretive signs follow the historical aspects of the land. They start with the Glaciers and land formation, followed by the Native Americans, settlers, the CCC project in the 1930’s, to today’s methods of erosion control. These features and their interpretation have resulted in making Pope Farm an educational conservancy.

The Native American garden is designed to educate the public about the remarkable contribution made by the Native Americans to agriculture. Many of the features of the land are taught as part of local fourth grade curriculum, which has resulted in many lesson plans and field trips.

All of this, combined with eight miles of walking trails and picnic areas provide the visitor with an unforgettable experience.

For more information about Pope Farm Conservancy, visit www.popefarmconservancy.org.

REAP Food Group

REAP Food Group (REAP) is a non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin.

We envision a thriving local food system where all people have access to good food, grown well.

Our work:
* Building the next generation of healthy eaters through youth education
* Educating and connecting local and sustainable farmers and everyone from institutional to individual buyers
* Strengthening and amplifying community-led solutions to food system challenges
* Educating consumers so they can be advocates for actions and policies that support an equitable, just and environmentally sustainable food system
* Celebrating with community around good food

Sign up for our e-newsletter at www.reapfoodgroup.org.

Want to support our mission or get involved as a volunteer? Visit reapfoodgroup.org/give or email info@reapfoodgroup.org.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Most of us know what it feels like to be hungry. Your stomach growls a little bit and you head to the refrigerator to get a little something to hold you over until your next meal.

For about 1 in 10 of us in southwestern Wisconsin that next meal isn’t always there. That means 9 in 10 of us probably don’t know what it’s like to have to water down our food just to make it stretch another day. Or to skip eating dinner so your kids can have enough to eat. That’s real hunger!

Since 1986 Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin has put more than 100 million meals on the tables of the 1 in 10 who are facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. A few things to know about us:

  • We work together with hundreds of local hunger-relief charities to provide the peace-of-mind people get when they know they have enough food
  • We are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to those we serve (see our Healthy Food Policy)
  • We are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of member food banks and the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization

Despite the millions of meals we’ve been able to provide as a result of our generous donors over the years, there is still a gap between the number of meals we provide and the number of meals needed.

That’s where you come in! Whether it’s moneyfoodtime or your voice, you can make a difference in someone’s life. Together, we can end hunger!

For more information on Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.secondharvestmadison.org.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's mission is to partner with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is a valuable resource for our farmers, business, and consumers. Visit their website at datcp.wi.gov for more information on their services.

Alice in Dairyland

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection also manages Alice in Dairyland, a one-year, full-time public relations professional. Each year, Alice in Dairyland travels more than 30,000 miles throughout the state, promoting Wisconsin agriculture to various audiences. Additionally, she conducts hundreds of media interviews, speeches and school presentations.

Julia Nunes is serving as the 73rd Alice in Dairyland. As Wisconsin's agriculture ambassador, her goal is to educate audiences across Wisconsin about the $104.8 billion economic impact and importance of our state's diverse agriculture industry in our daily lives.

Nunes, of Chippewa Falls, grew up on her family's registered Holstein dairy farm, where feeding calves and clipping dairy cattle for the county fair were just a couple of activities that helped shape her childhood. During her teen years, she was heavily involved in her area Junior Holstein group and 4-H club. Nunes went on to study at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she was involved in the Gopher Dairy Club and Lambda Delta Phi Sorority. In 2017, she shared her knowledge of agriculture and the dairy industry while serving as the Northern Wisconsin State Fair's Fairest of the Fair. 

CHECK OUT Alice in Dairyland's Welcome to the Dane County Fair...online!

For more information on Alice in Dairyland, visit datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/AliceInDairyland.aspx.