That's right folks, the opening day of the 2022 market season is upon us at last. We made it through another Wisconsin winter and our reward is the return of outdoor farmers' market season!
The 2022 market season has much to offer for all you market lovers, with a great lineup of Wisconsin farmers & food artisans to bring that weekly dose of joy each Saturday from 7:00am - 12:30pm.
It means fresh, locally grown produce, squeaky cheese curds, flowers to delight the eyes, baked goods to indulge in and so much more. Weekly strolls up and down the market aisles will have you loading up on old favorites and trying out new offerings as well.
As always, we're grateful to accept FoodShare dollars from our shoppers and we look forward to the return of the fan-favorite Double Dollars program in June. Many of our produce vendors also accept WIC & Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons too!
Beyond all the delicious and beautiful finds, we look forward to enjoying the community moments of market, such as live music from the Market Ramblers, the Starr Grass Band and more! Later in the season we're excited to announce the return of an array of kids activities, such as Science is Fun and the always enjoyable Zucchini Car Races,
While we're thankful that COVID cases have dropped, we'll still offer free masks at the Information Tent and will have several hand washing stations setup around the market to help keep us all safe. At this time masks are optional, though we do ask that everyone treat each other with respect, masked or no.
Colder temps for this weekend will mean a smaller opening market, but fear not as our vendors will trickle back in over the coming weeks with spring produce, starts for the garden and many other great offerings.
So dust off those market totes, get your shopping lists ready and come on out for opening day 2022!
See you at market!
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It's truly the people who make our market community great, and today 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
Our many thanks to Snaggle Tooth Arts of Wayward Tattoo for the market rabbit graphic!