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It's the Pits

Honey Bee Bakery fruit pies always hit the spot


It's the Pits

Rolling out of bed early on a Saturday morning may not make the top of anyone's list of favorite things, but when the rewards of a summer trip to market are this tasty, it's well worth it.

The first prize for this past Saturday's market came in from Door Country Fruit Market with their excellent sweet cherries (pictured). So scrumptious, it was hard to get any home before gobbling them up.

If you managed to get home without eating up all those cherries, then they made a great pairing with some Rebel Miel from Landmark Creamery and a fresh baguette from Madison Sourdough.

Other rewards for early risers this week included the first field ripened tomatoes from Black Earth Valley (pictured) and crunchy, snap-able green beans from Emerald Meadows Family Farm.

Rude Brew Kombucha had you covered when it comes to liquid refreshments with weekly flavors including Blueberry Basil, Strawberry Rhubarb, Ginger Pear & Maple Chaga.

While it was the last week of the season for Kopke's Greenhouse, County Line Plants and Produce still has a great selection of plants for your perusal, including many culinary herbs to maximize the flavors in your summer kitchen.

Moving into this weekend, the Deliciouser returns with their wide array of spice blends to also kick things up in the kitchen.

Also joining us this weekend are the Master Gardeners and their wealth of knowledge, ready to aid you with any mid-season garden quandaries.

Expect more and more offerings this weekend, with the produce list growing beyond what one can eat in just seven days. Sweet corn, sweet cherries, fresh tomatoes and more. Boy, those early morning trips to market are just the pits...

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

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Market Science this Weekend!

The team at the Allen Centennial Garden of the University of Wisconsin will be joining us this weekend for a fun interactive science program geared towards our younger market goers.

The topic for this week will be bees! Visitors can learn why honeybees make hexagon shaped cells in their hives, create and take home a puzzle, and learn more about native Wisconsin bees.


Call for Volunteers

The market is looking for a few new volunteers to help at the Info Tent during market Saturdays to answer customer questions, give directions to vendors and aide our FoodShare shoppers using their cards to shop the market.

We have two different shifts open, 9am - 11am and 11am - 12:30pm. Whether you'd like to come out each week or once a month, this is a great opportunity to give back to the market and help make good local food accessible to everyone.

Please email Market Manager Ben Zimmerman or stop by the Info Tent to find out more or sign up!


Polls Open for America's Farmers' Market Celebration

American Farmland Trust and the Farmers' Market Coalition are offering a share of a $10,000 prize to the winners of their favorite farmers' market poll. Market fans can vote for the Westside Community Market through September 19th.

Cast your vote here:

We thank you all for your neverending support!


Market Notices: July 16th

Swing by the Info Tent and pick up a free Westside Community Market yard sign, or grab one set out in the aisle.

The Deliciouser, Rude Brew Kombucha, & Ernie's African Kick Sauce will join us this weekend as daily vendors.

B's Honey will be absent from the market this Saturday, July 16th. They will return the following week.

The Double Dollars program returned June 4th. FoodShare shoppers can get up to $25 matched each week through October.

From Blue Moon Community Farm:

"Blue Moon Community Farm is taking a market break! We'll be back in late July. In the meantime you can find all of our produce at our Farm Stand at the farm Wednesdays 3-7pm! Visit our website for each week's offerings at

Thank you for your support!"


Market on the Move in 2023

We've got some big news to share regarding the 2023 market season. Many of you have already seen the news that UW Health is planning on building a new clinic in part of the market occupied lots starting next year.

With construction slated to begin next spring, we're happy to announce we'll be relocating to the MG&E Innovation Center inside University Research Park in 2023. Located about 1.5 miles south of our current location, the new market site will offer room for our vendors, along with ample parking space for our shoppers, as well as a shaded picnic area for everyone to relax and enjoy their market goods while listening to music and taking in those great market mornings.

We'll have more details to come later in the summer, but rest assured that the WCM will remain a great fixture of the west side community for years to come. For the remainder of 2022, you can find us each and every week at 750 University Row into early November.


A farewell for the season to Kopke's Greenhouse and their great selection of well raised plants



Our many thanks to Snaggle Tooth Arts of Wayward Tattoo for the market rabbit graphic!


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