In an effort to turn its one-time relocation into an extra special event, the Tosa Farmers Market will host a harvest celebration, featuring a pop-up brunch, on Sept. 10.
The market will relocate from its usual spot in the Hart’s Mills parking lot in the Village of Wauwatosa to Hart Park that day. The move aims to make way for the street festival TosaFest and construction in the Village due to the ongoing streetscape redevelopment project. To commemorate the move, the market will host a "Harvest Hoopla" at the Hart Park Rotary Performance Pavilion at the southwest corner of 68th and State streets.
“Market-goers will find everything they love about the Tosa Farmers Market in Hart Park on September 10 — including 45 of the best growers and producers in the area, Yoga at the Market, and our Power of Produce kids program,” said market manager Bekah Johnson.
“In addition, this gorgeous, grassy venue will give families the opportunity to linger at the market and celebrate the harvest. We encourage shoppers to bring picnic blankets and chairs and enjoy the market music, while kids play on the playground or enjoy yard games. The highlight of the morning will be the pop-up BBQ brunch, made by some of Milwaukee’s top chefs, using the best of the harvest from our market.”
One key aspect of the relocation is the pop-up brunch by Black Shoe Hospitality. The pop-up dining experiences are one-time food events that are popping up all over the country, according to a news release from the market.
"These one-of-a-kind parties are popping up all over the country, offering guests an amazing meal in an unexpected location," the release said. "The Tosa Farmers Market is thrilled to bring a pop-up brunch to food lovers in the metro Milwaukee area."
The buffet brunch, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will include barbecued chicken and pork and a mix of sweet and savory side dishes using harvest ingredients from the market. Black Shoe Hospitality operates Maxie's, Blue's Egg and Story Hill BKC restaurants.
“I’m going to challenge the chefs at all three restaurants to develop dishes for this pop-up brunch,” said chef Joe Muench, co-owner of Black Shoe Hospitality, the umbrella company for the three restaurants.
Added Black Shoe Hospitality co-owner Dan Sidner: “We are long-time sponsors of the Tosa Farmers Market, and we regularly source local ingredients for our menus. This will be great fun for our team.”
Muench said his staff will check out the market's offerings before the big event in order to better incorporate ingredients into the brunch. It will mark the first time Black Shoe Hospitality has done a pop-up brunch, he said. Such events are common among new restaurants that want to get their food into the hands of communities, he said.
Muench said he's hoping for good weather and, depending on how this year's event goes, Black Shoe Hospitality might make it annual event.
How to attend
Tickets to the pop-up brunch went on sale Aug. 20 and are available at the information booth at the market. Tickets cost $15, or $6 for kids age 12 and under. Market-goers can also buy a $20 ticket that includes a choice of breakfast cocktail — either a mimosa, man-mosa (mimosa served with beer instead of champagne) or Story Hill BKC's sunshine sangria. Only 150 tickets will be available for this pop-up event.
For more information on the Tosa Farmers Market visit tosafarmersmarket.com.