Six weeks into the 2019 season we can surely say that things are in full bloom down at the Westside Community Market!
This past Saturday was the fullest and busiest market yet and nice sunny day helped make it that way.
We had great turnout for our Gear Up for the Garden event, with many young market goers taking home a little sunflower or bean plant for the growing season.
We were happy to have back Lor Farm with their beautiful tulips (pictured), both in single stem and bouquet options. We also welcomed one of our new vendors of the 2019 season, Wisco Pop! with their refreshing and flavorful gourmet sodas and sparkling waters.
The last of the flower baskets from another new in 2019 vendor, Emery Horning, found many a home to brighten up in the coming months. A big thank you to Emery and his crew for joining us this spring session. We hope to see them again next season.
A tasty snack time awaits with two packs of Truli Julie Biscotti
Keep on Growing
The buzz of lawnmowers, the crystal blue sky and the wafting odor of a backyard grill are all signs that the time of summer is just around the corner. Once we pass the threshold of Memorial Day weekend, there's no going back.
Even as the spring has dragged on, the signs of summer have been inching closer over the last few weeks. Last weekend we welcomed back Shoua Vang with the first green garlic of the season, perfect for the stuffed burger featured in this week's Recipe Corner below.
Another sign has been the trays of vegetable starts from growers like West Star Organics, Emerald Meadows Family Farm & Blue Moon Community Farm ready to bring some flavor to your garden space.
Country Bloomers Greenhouse (pictured) has your ornamental planting needs covered with a wide selection sure to color up your yard.
As you plan & plant out your growing spaces, stop by ou...
The arrival of the season's first morels & asparagus at market this past weekend solidified that spring feeling we've been building to these last four weeks.
Between cold and rain, the perks of the season have been a little elusive, but seeing those spring wonders come in was well worth the wait for our reward.
Thank you to Happy Valley Farm & Black Earth Produce for the morels, while Yang Family Produce and Ka Vang Thao returned to the market with asparagus and the first spring onions of the year.
Indulging with your spring favorites is a great way to feature them at the table. Our Mother's Day breakfast was a delicious egg bake (pictured) featuring fresh asparagus, morels and Rosebud goat cheese from Dreamfarm.
The delights of the spring session go beyond the dinner table too, with bouquets of tulips & hyacinths to add color to our lives from Five Green Acres.
Colorful Pansy varieties available from Country Bloomers Greenhouse
Call Your Mother!
Sunny Saturday mornings are a gift we'll take as often as we can get them, and this past week's market was a present we opened eagerly.
The first market of May kicked off nicely with the arrival of the earliest rhubarb of the season from County Line Plants & Produce (pictured). It served as a nice reminder of all the wonderful things we have to look forward to in the coming weeks, even if it sold out early!
While we're still waiting on the first morels and asparagus of 2019, we were gifted with the first ramps of the season from Bonde Bee. These tasty wild onions add a ton of flavor to any dish and earned themselves a place of honor in this week's Recipe Corner (below).
Our friends the Master Gardeners stopped by to give their advice on getting our growing spaces going while our ears delighted to the tunes of the Starr Grass Band & the Market Ramblers.
Rosebud from Dreamfarm keeps you going, even with spring snow
For anyone doubting that spring in Wisconsin was a rollercoaster ride, last weekend's market day put those fears to rest.
While we hope that's the last snow we see this season, it's far from the last good day we'll be enjoying before it falls again.
A smaller market offering didn't keep people away from getting their favorites, like delicious morning pastries from Honey Bee Bakery or fresh bags of Farmer Johns' cheese curds. Good finds like those are always worth bundling up for on a cold and snowy Saturday morning.
The vendor of the week award went to farmer Paul of JenEhr Family Farm who stuck around long enough to donate to the food bank and had some wonderfully tasty carrots to keep us going.
We're looking at sunshine and weather in the 60s this weekend, a little more fitting for May!
Don't miss out on spring flowers, fresh maple syrup and so much more as we enjoy the peaks...