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We sent April off in good order last weekend, as the market rolled into week three of the 2023 season.
The drizzling rain ended by 8am and we enjoyed the rest of the morning loading up on great spring offerings.
Black Earth Valley joined us for their seasonal debut with fresh spinach, radishes and crisp baby heads of romaine lettuce (pictured).
One aisle over, Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse returned with their lovely flower starts and stunning hanging basket options, perfect for making those front porches pop with color.
Next door ParKelm Farm was happy to load up their shoppers with newly stocked ground beef and delicious pulled pork.
Another treat of the weekend was a surprise visit from Don's Produce with their hot-house cucumbers (pictured). They'll be popping in from time to time to the delight of all you salad lovers who need that crunchy cucumber fix.
Ernie's Homemade Hot Sauce help shake the chilly damp from our bones with their flavor-packed African Kick Sauce. Great for marinades, spicing up those morning eggs or atop their yummy couscous salad, this sauce is a must for fans of heat.
Elsewhere in the market, we saw the wonderful signs of a growing spring, from great vegetable and flower starts from Domann's Plants to a broader variety of fresh produce from Urban Gourmet. For those with an adventurous spirit, stop by for a bag or two of spring nettle tops (pictured). We may avoid the full grown versions in the summer time, the early season nettle tops are a staple in springtime Italian dishes, such as nettle pesto (pesto d'urtica) or nettle risotto.
Moving into May, shoppers can expect the vendor lineup to start growing rapidly as the warmer temps will bring in more plant vendors, followed by more produce vendors later in the month. As for the first asparagus? You'll have to wait another week or two, but fear not as the May harvest can't be held back for long.
See you at the market!
As a reminder to everyone, dogs are prohibited within the market area, though we welcome service animals at all times.
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Prescribed Burn Notice
A prescribed burn will be taking place this Saturday, just south of Research Park Boulevard. Do not be alarmed if you see flames or smoke, this is a controlled burn occurring in area managed for native plantings. The market should be largely unaffected, but those sensitive to smoke may wish to bring an N95 mask just to be safe.
Share the Good News for a Chance to Win
We hope we can count on your help to spread the news about our new location by telling your friends, family and neighbors. To incentivize you all, we will be doing a little cookbook giveaway. Anyone who shares our Facebook post will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce. We'll draw five winners in early May and hand the copies out at market.
Vendor Notices - May 6
Garden Gate Flowers, Kerch Apiary & Steppin' Out Foods will join us this weekend as daily vendors.
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North, south, east or west; it's a breeze to get to our new market location
with easy access off of both Whitney Way and Mineral Point Road.
Our many thanks to Snaggle Tooth Arts of Wayward Tattoo for the market rabbit graphic!