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Out Comes the Sun

Beautiful foraged golden oyster mushrooms from Urban Gourmet


Out Comes the Sun

We all made it home dry before the rain hit this past Saturday, and boy are we glad we did.

Several days of steady rain has everything looking a little soggy this mid-September, but there are some real upsides.

The heat paired with the damp earth will mean another great week for foraged mushrooms at the market, like the pictured hen of the woods from Black Earth Valley. If you're new to and curious about trying these mycological marvels, give this Kentucky-fried hen of the woods recipe a go.

Apples are another market find that is loving this weather, yielding us greater quantities and varieties as the weeks move on from vendors like Pleasant Springs Orchard (pictured).

With such a variety to pick from, if you're looking for an easy meal or just a way to jazz up a dinner party, put together a delicious cheese board with market fresh apples and pears, sliced summer sausage from Highland Spring Farm and your favorite cheese, like the nutty savory Pecora Noicciola from Landmark Creamery (pictured).

We'll be savoring the sun while it lasts this weekend and taking in as much of the final days of summer that we can. The market may still be flush with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, but the signs of the fall crops are peaking in with winter squash, fresh sweet potatoes and large heads of cabbage more present by the week.

Before long the tell-tale question of fall will be heard: "when do cranberries return?"

We may not know when the days will cool, but at least for cranberries we know we must wait until October arrives.

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

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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: September 17th

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

Garden Gate Flowers, George Hoffman (aronia berries), Rude Brew Kombucha, These Days Juice Co. & Ernie's African Kick Sauce will join us this weekend as daily vendors.

Emerald Meadows Family Farm & Country Bloomer's Greenhouse will be absent from the market this Saturday, September 17th. They will return September 24h.

Madison Sourdough will be absent from the market Saturdays, September 10th & 17th. They will return to market September 24th.


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.


Organic beef wieners, summer sausage and beef sticks from McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms


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


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