Almost normal farmers market to open for season July 15

Fresh produce to take center stage but no food trucks, music this year
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

It’s time to reap the fruits of summer — literally.

The Grafton farmers market, a fixture in the community for more than a decade, will open for the season on Thursday, July 15, and run through Sept. 30.

The market, sponsored by the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in Veterans Memorial Park, which provides a scenic backdrop for the event.

While fresh produce, including micro-greens and mushrooms, is the centerpiece of the market, it’s not the only thing that will be for sale.

Homemade goods will also be sold, including crafts and fine arts, and flowers as well.

Portal Inc. will sell artwork created by its clients on some market days, and Aurora Health Care, a sponsor of the market, will have pre-packaged samples of locally grown produce on other days.

The slate of vendors will change weekly, reflecting the produce that’s in season.

Unlike years past, there will be no food trucks or music this year.

But if all goes well, they may return for next year’s market, Sarah McCraw, programs coordinator for the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

“We’re dipping our toes back into the market,” she said, noting that the pandemic forced the Chamber to operate a grab-and-go event last year. “This is our happy medium. We’re having the market and we want people to come and shop.

“By 2022, we hopefully will be back with everything people are used to, like the music and food trucks.”

But since the pandemic isn’t over yet, hand-sanitizing stations will be at the markets.

Vendors are asked to wear masks when dealing with customers, and unvaccinated shoppers are encouraged to mask up when talking to the vendors.

McCraw noted that the market is continuing to look for produce vendors. Anyone interested in joining the lineup should contact the Chamber at 377-1650.    

 

 

 

 

 

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