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Spooky Tasty

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Spooky Tasty

Halloween weekend is upon and after the mini-heatwave we had last weekend, we're happy things are feeling a bit more seasonal, with cool days and moderately warm afternoons.

The last October market of the season is always a special one, and we love the chance to see little market fans out in their costumes celebrating Halloween throughout the weekend.

For those still looking for the perfect trick or treat handout, consider honey sticks from vendors like Bonde Bee and B's Honey.

Country Bloomer's Greenhouse has you covered if you're still looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve this weekend, alongside some beautiful mums to brighten up the front porch.

Halloween also marks the end of the 2022 Double Dollars program, with this Saturday being the last chance for FoodShare shoppers to get up to $25 matched for free! If you're interested in supporting the Double Dollars program, you can find more info below on how to help.

The end of October also signals the end of the 2022 Farmers Market Nutrition Program, so be sure to get out to market this weekend to use any remaining vouchers with our produce vendors.

Just three markets are left this year, but the market is still full of great fall produce, the best in locally raised meats, fresh baked goods and many more delicious finds. It may be spooky season, but a fall market is always a welcome sight.

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

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Call to Action: Support the Double Dollars Program

The Westside Community Market has been a proud participant in the Double Dollars program every season since 2014.

FoodShare shoppers at the market are able to recieve a dollar for dollar match up to $25 each market, helping bring home more of that great Wisconsin goodness, while supporting our farmers and producers. This program has been a no-brainer since it started and we want to help it grow and assist more families in the future.

Program funding is under consideration currently in Dane County and we'd love for you to voice your support to your Dane County Supervisor. Please follow the directions in the link to voice your support today:


Market Notices: October 29th

October 29th will be the last day at the WCM to get matched Double Dollars for the season. FoodShare shoppers will still be able to get unmatched FoodShare Dollars after this time and both can be spent through the remainder of the season.

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

Urban Gourmet will be absent from the market this Saturday, October 29th. They will return the following week.

McCluskey Brothers' Shillelagh Glen Farms & Ernie's African Kick Sauce will join us this weekend as daily vendors.

Black Earth Valley, Lor Farm, Ka Vang Thao, Alsum Sweet Corn, Door County Fruit Market & Don's Produce have finished vending for the 2022 season. They thank everyone for a great year and will be back with us again in 2023.

Flyte Family Farm has finished vending for the 2022 season. They wish to thank all their customers this year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2023. If you're up in the Coloma area this fall, check out their many on farm offerings, including a great corn maze!


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.


Fresh grapes from Bonde Bee


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


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