Picture of Phil.

Philip Arthur Chute

September 7, 1941- November 11, 2013

Philip, together with his wife Judith, was the visionary who not only founded the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers’ Market in 1994, but doggedly persisted in securing a covered home for the market. The manifestation of his vision and hard work became a reality in 2006. It can be seen by anyone visiting the beautiful Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire, WI. This page is dedicated to Philip A. Chute, “a towering oak, a lover of nature, a steward of the land, with 72 growth rings; each a significant band.”
“In years to come some will tell their children about what a faithful brother he was; or what a devoted husband or dedicated dad, for sure; or what a larger–than-life grandfather or a teacher that inspired; or admirable scholar and colleague that never tired.
But in years to come we will tell about the man who founded and managed the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers’ Market. The man who changed the very fortunes of families and farms in the Chippewa Valley.”

In recent years, farmers markets have been undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Listed below are some of the reasons for this as well as some of the goals of the Downtown Farmers Market:

  • Farmers Markets provide a connection to farm and country life
  • Farmers Markets provide an opportunity for the customer to talk directly with the farmer who produced the food
  • Farmers Markets support small family farms whose continued existence depends on selling directly to the consumer
  • Farmers Markets provide community access to fresh-from-the-farm produce
  • Farmers Markets provide an open-air market where people meet to visit with friends and neighbors