Cathedral Square Farmer’s Market

By - Jul 13th, 2007 02:52 pm
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Deep in the heart of the concrete jungle, otherwise known as downtown Milwaukee, lies an oasis—a breath of fresh air if you will. It is here that good ‘ol city folk gather on some green amidst the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the simpler pleasures in life.

Welcome to the Cathedral Square’s Farmers Market, on the corner of Kilbourn and Jefferson Streets.

I had the pleasure of visiting the market recently on a ravishing Saturday morning, complete with crystal clear skies and the anticipation one gets when delving into something new.

I was not quite sure what to expect. I suppose, after recently visiting Old World Wisconsin, that I half-expected to see women dressed in prairie frocks and crisp linen aprons selling brick oven pies while nearby the men bartered off the family cattle.

There were no such sights, of course, after all, this was downtown Milwaukee 2007, but there was certainly no shortage of tantalizing sights to see, feel and my favorite—taste!

People come from all over Southeastern Wisconsin to sell their alluring handmade, hand crafted or hand-picked treasures.

A pair of Amish friends traveled over 150 miles from Kendall, Wisconsin just to sell their mothers’ baked goodies. Also present was the family who nurtured their hobby of raising honey-bees into a sweet business, Rolling Meadows Honey Farm, offering everything from honey mustard to refreshing honey-lemonade. And the family who runs Lakeview Buffalo Farm. They enticed shoppers with a hearty snack of real Wisconsin cheese and buffalo meat sticks.

Perhaps you would enjoy perusing the dozens of elegant pens from The Write Stuff, a father-son venture that turned into quite the talent (The vendor by the way is quite a charming Sophist—in a good way!). Maybe taking home a fragrant bouquet, a basket of fresh veggies, or some gorgeous summer jewels is more your style.

Oh, and don’t forget to listen to the music! This time I got to enjoy Repeat Offenders, a cover band that is made up of 3 attorneys, 2 engineers and 1 paralegal (hence the name).

Sitting under the shade of a maple tree I watched as children chased blue-gray pigeons while their parents engaged in neighborly conversation. It truly makes you begin to appreciate the simpler things in life.

You know, life just tasted a little sweeter that Saturday morning.

Stephanie S. Beecher
Vital Source Street Team

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