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Kenosha Public Market

Kenosha Public Market
Kenosha Public Market

Our organization operates a fresh market, dedicated to local, regional and sustainable fresh food and artisan products by offering an online and onsite market. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that market operations are transparent, vendor centric and commercially viable.

Our vision is to be a regionally recognized urban market that connects, educates and empowers a diverse community to support a healthy, sustainable food system that contributes to the success of local food growers, producers and local entrepreneurs who support our mission.

KPM2GO, our online store, is an intuitive and modern hub for market vendors, customers and market staff. Our online market will make it easy for customers to purchase products year round thereby streamlining our sales and keeping our customers, community and vendors continuously connected. 

 

2020 Outdoor Season: June 27, 2020 through October 3, 2020.

2020/2021 Indoor Season: Saturdays, October 10, 2020 through April 24, 2021.

Additional Dates: December 6 and 13. Closed December 19 and 26.

 

September 18, 2020 Media Release:

Kenosha Public Market;  Indoor Market beginning Oct 10, 2020.

Kenosha Public Market is thrilled to announce that it will host its inaugural indoor market season immediately following the outdoor market season. Beginning October 10, 2020, the Kenosha Public Market will move indoors to Lakefront Dugout, 620 59th Street, in Downtown Kenosha. The indoor market will operate on Saturdays, October 10, 2020 through April 24, 2021. Hours will vary throughout the season, so please take note: October 10, 2020 through December 13, 2020, the market will operate 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and January 2, 2021 through April 24, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Lakefront Dugout is just seven blocks from the outdoor market location, making it a logical transition for the indoor events. Benefits of the new indoor location include over 7000 square feet of open indoor space, ample nearby parking, including handicap accessible parking on-site. The site is also handicap accessible, making shopping convenient for people of all abilities.

Kenosha Public Market will continue to feature fresh food producers, growers, makers, prepared foods and food trucks. Our board of directors looks forward to continuing to serve the Kenosha community and visitors to our area through the Fall and Winter months. We ask you to remember to be respectful of all current health precautions and respect physical distancing when shopping indoors. 

Additionally, Kenosha Public Market is working on plans for a four day Holiday Market, which will be held Saturday and Sunday December 5 - 6, 2020 as well as the following weekend, Saturday and Sunday December 12 - 13, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all four days. 

We will continue to operate our online store, KPM2GO, year round. 

Kenosha Public Market is a not for profit, non-stock organization. 

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June 10, 2020 Media Release:

Kenosha Public Market to Open June 27, 2020

We are pleased to announce a new way to market; Kenosha Public Market will open June 27th, in a spacious outdoor setting located in downtown Kenosha’s Veterans Park and the parking lots south of City Hall between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue and 52nd and 54th Streets. The location was chosen for easy access, abundant nearby parking, public transportation and a spectacular view of the harbor and Lake Michigan.

Kenosha Public Market was established by members of the community to provide both a physical and virtual market for vendors seeking to provide local and regional sustainable fresh food and artisan products. Our volunteer board of directors is committed to ensuring its business, programs, and market activities are accountable and transparent, vendor and customer centric, innovative and community oriented.

“The creation of this market is very personal to me. My grandparents were Italian grocers in Kenosha and I worked in their store from the moment I could hold a broom. Growing up alongside my grandparents, I watched the relationships they built with their customers, as they would personally deliver groceries to their elderly customers who no longer drove. It was as important then, as it is today, that customers know where their food comes from and who is producing it. We plan on providing our community with that same reassuring connection to our local growers and producers.” said Kenosha Public Market President, Michael McTernan.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis:

Kenosha Public Market has implemented an online store featuring vendors’ products. KPM2GO online store will enable those customers who prefer to limit their time in the market to pre-order, pre-pay and pick-up their pre-packaged order quickly and efficiently at the market on Saturday. Curbside orders will be on the east side of 8th Avenue by the KPM Main entrance. Early bird shopping (8:30am to 9am) will be dedicated to seniors and disabled members of the community.

Supporting locally owned and operated establishments is very important to us. In support of Kenosha Strong we are offering our downtown business partners a rotating complimentary booth as a new way to market their business and connect with the community.

To ensure vendors and customers are safe while shopping at Kenosha Public Market, we have created an operational plan that has been approved by the City of Kenosha Administration and Kenosha County Health Department for the implementation of the Kenosha County Kickstart Guidelines for Farmers Markets, the Kenosha Division of Fire Prevention Bureau for creating Emergency Evacuation Plans, and the City of Kenosha Police Department for implementing crowd control measures.

Crowd control will be managed by placing temporary fencing around the perimeter of the ‘made to order-food to go’ area and the main market. There will be one entrance/exit for the main market with designated foot traffic for directional flow with an emergency exit on 6th avenue identified by a sign. This will allow our Market Managers to control the number of people attending the market at any given time.

The market is putting an extra focus on safety while continuing its commitment to provide a venue where the community can buy fresh food directly from local growers and food producers in this time of COVID-19. Vendors and market staff will wear face coverings. There will be added space between booths, two handwashing stations; one for customers and one for vendors, and signs designed to remind customers of the importance of social distancing, handwashing, and using exact change to minimize money handling.

The following best practices will be implemented at vendor booths:

• Vendors will utilize a table or yellow caution tape at the front of their space/tent as a barrier between food and guests.

• They will also have signs identifying product for sale with pricing and reminders for social distancing while waiting for service.

• No sampling of foods will be allowed.

• Vendors will not use any reusable bags from customers.

• Signs will be placed asking customers not to touch any items they haven’t purchased. Vendors will pick and bag all purchased items and customers will be reminded to wash produce thoroughly when the customers gets home.

• If more than one vendor is working a booth, one vendor will handle all food transactions, and another will handle all payments if not prepaid. If a single vendor is in a booth, the vendor will wash or sanitize their hands between touching products and payments.

• Where possible, vendors will sell pre-weighed items to limit food handling.

• All made to order-food to go will be prepackaged for takeout consumption.

Only “Essential” products will be sold at the onsite market. (i.e. produce, meat, seafood, dairy, bakery, and personal care/cleaning products). Essential and non-essential products will be available at KPM2GO. To avoid overcrowding, no music, entertainment, or promotions will be allowed at this time.

The Board of Directors for Kenosha Public Market is comprised of community leaders, local vendors, and individuals who have previous market experience in the Kenosha Area and the region.

To learn more about Kenosha Public Market, a nonprofit, nonstock corporation, please visit KenoshaPublicMarkets.com or follow the market on Facebook under Kenosha Public Market.

We hope walking thru the entrance of Kenosha Public Market brings you an exciting feeling! You’ll be entering a community market filled with some of your favorite vendors and familiar faces.

Events

Kenosha Public Market

Saturdays, June 27, 2020 - October 3, 2020

Kenosha Public Market Indoor Season

Saturdays, October 10, 2020 - April 24, 2021 (Closed: Dec 19, 26; Additional dates: Dec 6, 13)

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