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The Many Fruits of Summer

Fresh peaches from Atoms to Apples


The Many Fruits of Summer

Hard to believe, but we've come to the final market in August. Before we jump into the fall market season, we have plenty to celebrate in the seemingly endless bounties of summer.

Welcoming back Atoms to Apples has brought not only a growing selection of Mt. Horeb grown apples, but beautiful and delicious peaches too (pictured above).

Fresh melons are now coming in force, with many varieties available from small lunch box melons to giant watermelons that could feed the whole neighborhood.

Bonde Bee has baskets of tasty pears to indulge in (pictured), while across the aisle Shoua Vang delights with early fall raspberries (pictured), in addition to a broad selection of produce.

Up the aisle, Door County Fruit Market is flush with tart cherries, red currants & apricots sure to please, even as sweet cherry season has wrapped up.

Elsewhere in the market, summer fruits go beyond the sweet as the very cute cucamelons, also known as mouse melon or Mexican sour cucumbers, can be found from Happy Valley Farm (pictured).

We can expect the harvest to continue well into the fall session starting in September, but while we've one last August market to enjoy, we hope you all can get out and take home some of your summer favorites.

Lastly, don't forget this weekend marks the return of our Zucchini Car Races! So bring the whole family out for a great final August market, filled with fresh produce, local specialties and fun for all.

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: August 27th

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

Sai's Garden will be absent from the market this Saturday, August 27th. They will return the following week.

Atoms to Apples, George Hoffman (aronia berries), These Days Juice Co., Rude Brew Kombucha, & Country Bloomer's Greenhouse will join us this weekend as daily vendors.

Summer season is “kitten season” for the rescue groups that help the cats and kittens that are unwanted or in trouble. 9 Lives Rescue, a Madison-based rescue founded in 2016, will be at the Market this week ready to tell you how you can help - whether it’s adopting a rescued cat or kitten, making a donation, or volunteering with 9 Lives. They will also try to answer any cat- and kitten-related questions you might have!


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.


Watermelons from Emerald Meadows Family Farm


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


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