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Check out the New Market in Town

7/13/2020 - Denise Bernacki

Foodie, Shopping
farmers markets in Kenosha WI
farmers markets in Kenosha WI
farmers markets in Kenosha WI

One of my favorite things about the Kenosha area are the outdoor farmer’s markets…and lucky me, it’s MARKET SEASON!  Things are different this year though. Instead of just one farmers' market, Kenosha is home to several farmers' markets and farm stands. From small weekday markets where farmers show up with their goods, to the ever-popular Country Store at Jerry Smith’s or their Green Acres farm stand and garden shop, the options are limitless for where to buy fresh produce in our area. A real draw to the area though is the fact that there are TWO fantastic farmers’ markets on Saturday morning that bring dozens of vendors to Downtown Kenosha!  That’s right, there’s a new market in town and it goes by Kenosha Public Markets!  

The newest addition to the market scene this year is the Kenosha Public Markets (KPM)!  They are located at 8th Avenue and 54th Street on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm – so maybe after you visit the HarborMarket, check out the KPM too!  Seniors and disabled patrons are invited to visit the Public Markets on Saturdays between 8:30 and 9am if they’d like and there is plenty of parking across the street.  You are welcome to ride your bike to the Market and they even have a bike corral available to park it.  The KPM has vendors that offer microgreens, vegetables, eggs and other dairy, meats, bee products, breads, baked goods, coffee, dip mixes, preserves and other pantry items, pasta, teas, sweets and snacks, prepared meals like egg rolls, empanadas, soups and beverages, CBD products, health and beauty items, sustainable living products like hand sanitizers, laundry soap, bug spray and other merchandise.  

The KPM encourages you to be healthy safe so stay home if you are sick and wear face coverings, have a game plan with a grocery list in-hand and shop quickly and efficiently in 30 minutes or less.  There are no tables or seating to discourage gathering so take a walk along the lakefront instead!  Shop solo and avoid crowding, keeping a six-foot distance between others, limit conversations and don’t mingle.  Mind the queue by following entrance and exit arrows to keep the flow of people moving, let the food processors serve you so no self-serving or sampling, wash your hands at the provided hand-washing stations, minimize money-handling with exact change or credit cards, be patient, flexible and kind and take care of yourself and our community – eating fresh fruits and vegetables help boost your immune system after all and a little bit of kindness never hurt anyone!  If you plan on bringing your dog with you, please refer to the Good Dog Rules on their website, and also check out the most unique and exciting thing about this new market – KPM2GO!

KPM2GO is simply Kenosha Public Markets To Go, in other words, “Take-Out” or “Curbside Pick-Up”, which is by the way one of my new favorites trends happening now!  I tested this out myself last weekend and let me tell you – it’s fantastic!  All you need to do is go to www.kenoshapublicmarkets.com, shop their vendors between Monday at Noon and Thursday at Noon, add your favorites to your cart, complete your order and you’re all set – local online shopping at its freshest!  Before checking out online, you must agree to follow through with payment and pickup on Saturday between 9am and 2pm – or you can pay online – I thought this was the easiest option and it minimizes contact.  Do note that if you do not pick up your order within the timeframe on Saturday that it will be donated to a food pantry.  On Saturday, either pickup curbside at the KPM Information Booth (you must request curbside pickup in the order notes prior to submitting your order) or you can walk up to the Booth, pick-up and go!  I chose to walk up to the booth, gave my name and they handed me my order – super easy! You can learn more about the new market and the online shopping option at KenoshaPublicMarkets.com 

These days, especially, we need something positive in our lives to look forward to and Farmers Markets are defintiely some great.  Whether you Visit the Kenosha farmers markets, be sure to say THANK YOU to the vendors because without them there would be no markets to shop, let alone two in one day.  So this goes out to everyoe who makes our markets possible - THANK YOU for being part of our community!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.

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