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Strawberry Success

Early strawberries from Live Jewelry Farm


Strawberry Success

If you blinked, you missed it. That's how quick the first strawberries of the season sold out this past Saturday, even with berries coming in from Flyte Family Farms, Shoua Vang and Live Jewelry Farm.

Thankfully the berry harvest grows from here, with more fruit expected over the next few weeks, perfect for trying out this delicious strawberry-rhubarb freezer jam.

Beyond berries, the summer greens are really picking up with beautiful heads of lettuce coming in from vendors like Ka Vang Thao and Black Earth Valley (pictured).

As for new offerings, we've been happy to welcome two new vendors over the last couple of weeks. Ernie's African Kick Sauce joined us starting June 4th with their mild and hot sauces (pictured). Swing by their booth for a sample or you'll be kicking yourself for missing out.

Last weekend we also welcomed Rude Brew Kombucha with their selection of seasonally flavored kombucha sure to hit the spot on these hot summer days.

Speaking of hot summer days, we're thankful the heat will subside for the market this weekend and hope that everyone has weathered the storms of this week without too much damage.

Our many thanks to the crews who've worked round the clock to restore power to the 21,000+ residents who were affected during Monday's storm and thanks to the city crews clearing brush and roadways. We also want to give thanks to all the neighbors who helped out by hauling brush, offering fridge/freezer space and opening up their homes to those without a cool place to go following the storm.

As a community market, we know the best things happen when people come together to lend a hand in times like these. Kudos to you all.

Hopefully the market this weekend will give you all a chance to unwind as you shop for your favorites and swap stories of making it through this crazy week.

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

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Market Notices: June 18th

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

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

West Star Organics has finished vending for the 2022 season. They'd like to thank their customers and look forward to returning next season.

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!"


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!

County Line Plants & Produce, north of Deforest, is hiring for a field position this season. Contact farmer Cathy via email at

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.


Yellow peonies from County Line Plants & Produce


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


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