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A 2020 Swan Song


Great variety is winter squash from County Line Plants & Produce

A 2020 Swan Song


We won't pat ourselves on the back until we pack it all away Saturday afternoon, but we're already so grateful the 2020

season was a success.  We'll take the forecasted highs in the 60s as a sign that we should celebrate another great year for the Westside Community Market. 


This final weekend will still be full of great options for shoppers, even as some vendors have wrapped it up for the year. 


Bryant Family Farms will be offering fresh turkey this weekend, from whole birds to several options for smaller cuts. For our chicken lovers, JenEhr Family Farm offers a great selection alongside their farm fresh produce.  


The last market will be filled with a great selection of fresh apples and cider from our friends at Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard and Ten Eyck Orchards (pictured). Fresh cider freezes very nicely and is a wonderful treat to enjoy in the winter. 

For those of you thinking ahead to the holiday season, the market is a great place to pick up amazing locally sourced gifts. Whether it's a beeswax candle from B's Honey, a box of Driftless Chocolates or a spicy gift box from Savory Accents (pictured), market gifts are always well received. 


As we head into our farewell weekend, we want to thank everyone who came out to the market this season to support our vendors. An extra thanks for continuing to follow our COVID-19 safety measures that have kept us open for the 2020 season. Our grateful smiles may be hidden behind the mask, but we're so thankful for your support. 


So join us Saturday for unseasonably warm send off, filled with the best local produce, locally raised meats, fresh cheese and much more. 


See you at market!


Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager


P.S. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on the market throughout the season!

Shopping Safely This Season


Before you make your first trip to market, we'd like you to know what will be different for this season and we ask for your help in keeping things safe. 


We have an adjusted layout for this season, with single sided vendor aisles spread out with a gap between each vendor. Much like the grocery store, we're asking that foot traffic move in one direction through each market aisle, indicated by our yellow sandwich board signs. We ask you to please follow these directions and be patient as we all adapt to this different flow. 


As you shop the stalls, please mind the six foot spacing lines in front of vendors' tents. Give each other space to shop and don't crowd into vendor booths. While reusable shopping totes are not banned, if you're using your own bags, please do not ask vendors to pack them for you.


Planning your market trip may be the easiest way to get what you need, while keeping the market safe. Many of our vendors will be offering pre-orders that you may place during the week for a quick pick up at their stall on Saturday morning. Below we'll detail what options for pre-order are available this weekend and we'll update that weekly as more vendors add that option. 


For what you can't pre-order, consider making a shopping list by vendor before you get to the market. Having a plan of action will speed things up and help you get what you need as quickly as possible. We know that these methods won't work for everyone, but those of you who can adapt will be helping everyone with your efficiency. 


We're also asking everyone to send just one person per household to the market, which will aid us in lowering the crowd count each week. You can also help out by altering your shopping time, consider coming early in the morning (we open at 7am) or later (open until 12:30pm) to lower the crowd pressure during the peak hours. These little adjustments can really help make things operate smoothly and ensure we don't become too crowded. 


We ask you all to wear a mask too. Even a bandana is better than nothing and can help lower the risk of transmission. Wash your hands before you come to market, wash them when you get home and with our four handwashing stations set up around the market, you can wash them while you visit too. 

Vendor Updates & Pre-Order Options


Our amazing vendors are providing options for your shopping these season. Find all the latest pre-order options and weekly market offering here. Check back each week for notices about pre-ordering, vendor absences and other special vendor notices. 


Bryant Family Farms will be offering FRESH TURKEY this weekend, including whole birds, legs, thighs, wings, & boneless skinless breasts.


Chris & Lori's Bakehouse will be offering the following for this weekend:

* Flower and Cow Cutout Cookies

* Fall Leaf Cookies

* Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

* Chocolate Chip Sconuts

* Espresso Dark Chocolate Scones

* Coconut Dark Chocolate Scones

* White Chocolate Raspberry Scones 

* Vanilla Almond Scones

* Cinnamon Oat Scones

*  Blueberry Scones

* Cranberry Oat Scones

* Banana Chocolate Scones

* Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

* Whole Grain Raspberry Scones

* Whole Grain Blueberry Oat Scones

* Whole Grain Cranberry Orange Scones

* Whole Grain Carrot Raisin Scones

* GF Vegan Mocha Scones

* GF Vegan Raspberry Scones

* GF Vegan Banana Blueberry Scones

* Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

* Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies

All scones are $18/ Half Doz one flavor Or $30/ Doz one flavor

Email your order at

CLBakehouse@gmail.com

Orders due by noon on Thursday.


Door County Fruit Markets will not be joining the market for the 2020 season, but you can find their fresh Door County fruit at the Willy Street Co-op Grocery Stores.


Dreamfarm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up by calling(608) 767-3442 or emailing diana@dreamfarm.biz


Driftless Chocolates is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.


Flyte Family Farm has finished vending for the 2020 season. Their many thanks to their shoppers for their support during the 2020 season!


Fungi Farmers (formerly know as Herb n Oyster) are offering pre-orders through their website.


Highland Spring Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.


Honey Bee Bakery will be offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.


McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms is offering pre-ordering on their website.


Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse will be offering a weekly veggie box, available at the market, off the farm or for delivery. Each $25 box is packed with their great fresh produce. Check out their website for more information and to place your order.


Open Kettle Farms is offering pre-orders of their maple syrup. Contact them on their Facebook page to order.


ParKelm Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.


Wetherby Cranberry Company will be joining the market with fresh and dried cranberries from Oct. 10th - Nov. 7th.

Fresh carrots from Ka Vang Thao

Stay Local After the Season Ends


This list of post-market season means to get our vendors' products will grow as new offerings roll in. Please check back regularly and feel free to email Market Manager Ben if you're looking to connect with any vendor not listed.

Dane County Farmers' Market:


The DCFM will continue to host their Wednesday and Saturday Pick-Ups and Saturday Walk-Up markets into mid-late November.


Information from their website:

"- The Wednesday Local Food Pick Up: This low contact pre-order/drive-thru model runs from 3-6pm on Wednesdays and will continue through November 18, 2020.

- The Saturday Local Food Pick Up: This low contact pre-order/drive-thru model runs from 7-9am on Saturdays and will continue through November 21, 2020.

- The Saturday Walk-Up Farmers’ Market: Continuing through November 21, 2020, from 9:30am to 12:30pm, patrons can spontaneously shop from vendors at their stands. There is a strict Safe Shopper Code of Conduct and safety measures will be enforced."


Participating WCM Vendors include:

- Alsum Sweet Corn

- Chris & Lori's Bakehouse

- Don's Produce

- JenEhr Family Farm

- Murphy Farms

- Savory Accents

- Stella's Bakery

- Ten Eyck Orchard


Eastside Farmers' Market:


The Eastside Farmers' Market will run an extended season through November 17th.


Information from their website:

"Starting on November 3 and going until November 17, the market extension will be located at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center parking lot with a limited selection of vendors from 4-7p.m. each Tuesday."


Participating WCM Vendors Include:

- Emerald Meadows Family Farm

- Farmer Johns's Cheese


Madison Farmers Unite:


Madison Farmers Unite is a weekly Saturday pickup offering featuring local farmers' market vendors. Customers can order an array of fresh products by each Thursday for the Saturday pickup. Current participating Westside Community Market vendors include: Don's Produce, Fungi Farmers, Honey Bee Bakery, and Savory Accents

Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard On-Farm Pickup:


Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard will be open Saturdays & Sundays into Decmeber at their orchard with fresh cider pressed weekly and a great selection of apples remaining. They are closed weekdays. 

Highland Spring Farm Pickup:


Highland Spring Farm, located just south of Madison, will offer on-farm Saturday pickup through Dec. 19th. Check their webstore for product offerings and ordering information. 


ParKelm Farm Delivery:


ParKelm Farm will be offering delivery throughout the winter with a $30 minimum order. Visit their webstore for more information. 

Science is Fun Online!


While we've been missing our friends from the Science is Fun crew at market this season, the science fun hasn't stopped! Swing over to their YouTube page to check out some amazing at-home science experiments to enjoy:


https://www.youtube.com/user/WISLscifun/videos

Our Many Thanks to Willy Street Grocery Co-op!


We want to give a huge shout out to the Willy Street Grocery Co-op for funding our new EBT card reader this season! The market works hard to offer FoodShare acceptance for our shoppers and the 2020 season found us needing to purchase a new card reader during these already trying COVID-19 times. Thankfully Willy Street Grocery Co-op stepped up and offered to fund the new reader and setup so that we could continue to offer FoodShare acceptance this season. Our hats off to them and their amazing generosity. 


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