The Joys of Westown Farmers’ Market
It can be a relaxing and delicious experience, and it's offered every Wednesday through October.
I sat in the grass and cowed down on my smoked Gouda, grilled onion, and jalapeño burger from Oscar’s on a Roll. I was enveloped in a warm shower of golden sunlight. The cold concrete edifices that loomed over me from all sides did nothing to ruin this perfectly pastoral moment.
The Westown Farmers’ Market, “Milwaukee’s oldest and largest open-air market,” according to the Westown Association, retuned today. The market boasts a variety of food, art, jewelry and craft vendors, all of which is accompanied by live music. The market is held in Zeider Union Square and is open every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm from June 3 to October 28.
The market is, has been, and continues to be a vital component of keeping Westown vibrant. The weekly event allows Milwaukeeans to come together and enjoy a variety of local food, products, and live music in the beautiful park, bringing life to the often rather desolate and parking structure-filled area of Westown.
The vendors I visited came from all corners of Milwaukee and sat along the promenades of the park. Franciscan Peacemakers Street Ministry sells soaps and other products made by the women of Clare Community, a rent-free housing community for women who want to leave prostitution and alcohol/drug abuse (you can see the online store here). Richard Schallack of Creative Visions has been selling his stained glass works at the market for the past nine years. The Naked Baker sells cookies warmed by the sun. Pam’s Essentials sells soy candles and natural body care products for after-work relaxation, Top Note Tonic sells bitter sodas for all of your summer drink needs, Green Earth Terrarium sells miniature ecosystems for your desk, and Refuge Smoothie Café sells health shakes that don’t taste like grass. You know, tasty.
A full list of vendors and musicians as well as event and performance times can be found on Westown Association’s website. You can also contact Westown Association at (414) 276-6696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.