The Tosa Farmers Market will return for its seventh season on Saturday, June 4, with a number of new vendors and fresh faces.
Situated in the Village of Wauwatosa, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and will feature about six new vendors selling microgreens, culinary herbs, foraged mushrooms, sustainably raised meats, chili products and organic soil, according to a news release from the market. The first 1,500 families to visit the market will received a free reusable shopping bag to haul home their purchases.
Shoppers also will be greeted by new market manager Bekah Johnson. The Wauwatosa native and Tosa East graduate has said she's come to prioritize local food over the past few years. One way to help alleviate concerns over food origins is to buy it from local vendors, she has said.
The market continues to have more applicants than vendor stalls, allowing market organizers to handpick 45 area growers and producers for the 2016 seasons, according to a news release from market organizers. Shoppers will find produce, plants, cut flowers, bread and baked goods, cheese, coffee, waffles, fish, meat and poultry and popsicles, among many other options at the market.
In addition to the food selection, the Tosa Farmers Market will feature live music and Yoga at the Market provided by Haleybird Studios at 8:30 a.m. A community booth featuring local nonprofits and community partners can also be found at the market. Also, the Power of Produce program will return for its second year, with free $1 tokens to young shoppers ages 5 to 12, along with new kids activities. The Makers Market, where local artisans sell handmade arts and crafts the first Saturday of each month, also will begin June 4.
The Village of Wauwatosa is currently undergoing construction in the much-anticipated streetscape redevelopment project, which is expected to last through the end of October.
'We are really proud of the fine group of farmers, food producers and artisans that we're featuring from June 4 to October 15,' Johnson said in a statement. 'We know the construction on State Street will cause some challenges this summer. So we're giving customers plenty of great reasons to spend Saturday mornings in the Village of Wauwatosa. Saturday is the best time to drive — or bike or walk — down to the village and take care of errands for the week. Meet a friend for coffee, breakfast or lunch, and leave with bags full of groceries, flowers, and unique finds from the village businesses.'
The Tosa Farmers Market plans a one-week move from the Hart's Mill parking lot in the Village to the Hart Park Rotary Stage, near 68th and West State streets on Sept. 10 to make way for the street festival TosaFest, which is scheduled for that weekend.
For more information on the Tosa Farmers Market and for a full list of 2016 vendors, visit tosafarmersmarket.com.