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Welcome To The Westside Community Market

The Westside Community Market – a vendor-run farmers’ market in Madison, Wis. featuring fresh, locally grown, raised or produced: vegetables, fruits, berries, meats, cheeses, baked goods, bedding and blooming locally acclimatized plants, cut flowers, native perennials, dairy, eggs, mushrooms, pickles, preserves, honey, peanut butter and more . . .

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2015 Market Application & Rules

Now Available

2015 Application & Rules (Final Copy)

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News Regarding Hill Farms Redevelopment

At this point in time, the state does appear to be proceeding with the Hill Farms Redevelopment Project, currently in negotiations with Gilbane Inc. and C.D. Smith of Fond du Lac.

If negotiations proceed in a timely manner, it is speculated that the earliest an announcement would be made is early February, after Governor Walker announces the 2015-2017 budget. From there, the project would need planning work done through several state and city agencies before proceeding. We do not expect construction to begin this season, but the state has been very mute about the timeline and therefore we have begun to proceed finding alternative sites for relocating the market during construction, if that would become a necessity. If for any reason, the market season were cut short or cancelled we would refund all members for all markets missed.

The Hill Farms project, originally proposed during Governor Doyle’s administration, nearly proceeded in 2007 with a development plan with Vandewalle & Associates. Before the project was shelved due to the declining real estate market, the WCM was able to work with the developer and guarantee space for the market on the future site, with potential to plan for an improved and expanded market space. We hope to be able to do the same with the selected developer in this second attempt to redevelop the site. However, until we have the opportunity to communicate with the selected developer, we can only speculate on that process.

We can all help securing a positive future for the market by contacting our local representation in the Hill Farms neighborhood, our state legislators from home, and members of the state building commission. Spread the word that the Westside Community Market is an asset to the Hill Farms neighborhood and needs to be included in the future plans for the site. We compose some 60 businesses from 14 different counties around the state, altogether creating a diverse market of products and people serving the westside community 30 Saturdays a season. Bakers, butchers, cheesemakers, small farmers, organic farmers, food artisans, apiarists, and greenhouse growers bringing great Wisconsin products to Wisconsin families. We graciously return the support we’re given by offering free coffee, music, educational events, Master Gardeners, kids activities, weekly gift certificates, FoodShare acceptance and the best parking at any farmers’ market in Madison.

But you, our members, know best of all what makes the market great and we ask that you spread that positive message with those who represent us in the market neighborhood and back at home, where your businesses take root.

Please see the below for contact information for city and state representation for the Hill Farms neighborhood, members of the Madison City Planning Commission and the State Building Commission.

Look up your state representation for your home at: www.legis.wisconsin.gov

Future updates regarding the Hill Farms project will the announced through the Vendor E-mail List and posted to our website at www.westsidecommunitymarket.org.

Please also feel free to call or email Market Manager Ben at

608-628-8879 or benjamin.w.zimmerman@gmail.com

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Winter Farmers Markets:

Northside Farmers’ Market
Winter Schedule 2014 – 2015:
Sundays 10am – 1pm
Every Sunday November 2nd thru December 21st
Every other Sunday January 4th thru March 29th
Northside TownCenter – Next to Brat & Brau
Sherman Ave & Northport Drive.
Website
Hilldale Farmers’ Market
Winter Schedule 2014 – 2015:
9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturdays
November 15 – April 18
Hilldale Mall
Website
Dane County Farmers’ Market
Winter Schedule 2014 – 2015:
8:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays
November 15 – December 20 @
Monona Terrace Convention Center
January 3 – April 11 @
Madison Senior Center
Website
 
Eastside Farmers’ Market
Winter Schedule 2014
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesdays
October 18 – December 20
Inside Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
Website

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Weekly E-Newsletter:

Week 30: A Round of Applause

Another fabulous season has passed us by, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the success of the 2014 season. These past 30 Saturdays have been quite the journey, from a late spring to the arrival of an early winter. With the extremes lining the edges of the year, it’s … Continue reading

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