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 . . .
Hard not to notice the change at the market this past Saturday. With the vendor stalls nearly all filled in, and the tables within those stalls stacked high, we can safely say market season is in full swing. The busy market meant the return of more vendors and we couldn’t have … Continue reading
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 email@example.com