Sunrise & fog over the early market morning
The sun came out, the fog lifted and we found ourselves reveling in wonderful week two of market season this past Saturday.
Warmer temps brought us back many of our plant & greenhouse vendors, with lovely hanging baskets to be found from Kopke's Greenhouse (pictured) & Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse.
Welcoming back Domann's Plants, we were quite impressed by their already large patio tomato starts, perfect for those with limited space who still want to exercise their green thumbs this year.
Down the line, it was a pleasure to see Blue Moon Community Farm again, with a nice selection of organic greens including baby kale, spinach, pea shoots, salad mix & arugula.
Next door, Savory Accents never disappoints with the flavors, from their spicy hummus to their many seasoning blends. They're also offering customizable gift boxes (pictured), a great gift idea for the coming Mother's Day.
Across the aisle, the line at Chris & Lori's Bakehouse was all the reminder one needs to know how popular their many varieties of scones are with market goers.
Elsewhere in the market, we couldn't help but be impressed by the variety of potatoes (pictured) from Emerald Meadows Family Farm, well stored over the winter season and delicious as ever.
Rain is in the forecast for this Saturday, so be sure to grab your umbrellas and slickers for your market shopping. We won't let a little spring shower get us down for we all know the saying "April showers bring May flowers."
See you at market!
Farm & Market Job Openings
Whether you're looking for something part-time or more involved, working for one of the market vendors is always a rewarding experience. Delicious produce as a job perk? Yes please!
Blue Moon Community Farm, outside of Stoughton, is hiring for both field crew staff, working at the farm and market staff who will person their booth at the WCM. Check out their website here for more info, including how to apply.
Emerald Meadows Family Farm, outside of Columbus, is hiring for their field crew this season, which includes working some market Saturdays at the WCM. Check out their website here for more info, including how to apply.
Nothing beats a fresh pastry from Stella's Bakery while you stroll the market
It's truly the people who make our market community great, and we'd like to recognize one of those gems, Gladys Hartwig, who passed away at 96 on January 29th.
Gladys was a long time market volunteer, who aided us at the Information Tent over the years. Always with a smile upon her face, Gladys was there to lend a hand, answer a question and share many a story.
A southern Wisconsin native, Gladys grew up in the Belleville area and relocated to Madison in the 70's. Of the many experiences that colored her life, we are especially grateful that she devoted many a Saturday morning to spending time with us and aiding us at the market. She will be missed by all, and especially those whose hearts were lifted just by her presence.
Our many thanks to you Gladys.
The Westside Community Market