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The First Taste of Summer

Spring mix & spinach from Perez Produce


The First Taste of Summer

Gone almost as fast as they arrived, strawberries made their debut this last Saturday thanks to Live Jewelry Farm (pictured).

The quick glimpse of them was enough to set the market buzzing with excitement, even with such a brief showing. Thankfully Live Jewelry Farm & Flyte Family Farms will be bringing in more this weekend, though we still recommend coming early if you'd like to take some home for a strawberry rhubarb crisp or some strawberry lemonade.

Another highlight of the weekend was the return of Country Bloomers Greenhouse, with some beautiful flower bouquets. They'll join us again this weekend, as will our "Cactus Guy" Phil Friedl, with a great selection of cacti and other succulents.

This weekend will be the last chance to catch Blue Moon Community Farm until later in July, as they'll be starting their early summer market hiatus to get more in the ground and build anticipation for their summer harvests. Stop by this weekend and grab some of their spectacular looking and tasting organic produce, like the pictured bok choi.

On special this coming Saturday, find fresh, never frozen duck and chicken from Bryant Family Farms, in various cuts and whole birds.

For those of you looking to step up your toast game, an often under-rated snack, grab a loaf of country oat from Madison Sourdough and go to town with one or more seasoned butters from Landmark Creamery (pictured).

Asparagus season is still upon us for a few more weeks at least, so be sure to grab up some stalks on your next market visit from vendors like Ka Vang Thao and Black Earth Valley.

Our thanks for everyone who came out in the rain last weekend. Despite the moisture, we ended up with a good market and we'll keep on pushing through this weekend. Rain or shine, with the best in fresh produce, locally raised meats and everything in between, a trip to market is always worth it.

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

We also want to remind everyone to please not walk through the tall grass plantings between the market aisles. We are working on a long term solution for future seasons, but for now we ask everyone to respect the wishes of University Research Park and not disturb their managed prairie plantings.

As a reminder to everyone, dogs are prohibited within the market area, though we welcome service animals at all times.

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Vendor & Weekly Market Notices

Country Bloomers Greenhouse & Phil Friedl (the Cactus Guy) will both join us for market this Saturday, June 8th.

There is an ongoing GoFundMe campaign to aid the family of Kenny Jasengou, son of Kelly Lor of Lor Farm as Kenny currently fights for his life after multiple surgeries related to a damaged heart and aortic valve stemming from a bacterial blood infection. A father of 5 and all around kind person, Kenny has been a long time friendly face of the market, aiding his mom over the years selling flowers and produce. Those interested in donating can find more information here.

West Star Organics has finished vending for the season. We wish them the best over the summer and look forward to seeing them next year.


Market Lot Repaving

The parking lot aisles where the market is held will undergo repaving starting June 10th. During the 3-weeks the work is being done, the market will relocate to the eastern three aisles in the same lot and the western aisles and entrances will be closed to traffic. We anticipate this to affect the markets on June 15th, 22nd, & 29th.

Customers will still be able to park along Rosa Road, Charmany Drive and also utilize the large parking lot just across the street behind Exact Sciences on Charmany Dr as well. The market will return to our normal placement within the MG&E Innovation Center lot once the work is completed.






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