Editor’s Note: The following was provided by Downtown Whitewater, Inc.
From cake and kids activities to local craft beer and live music at the height of produce season, the market will be vibrant!
Whitewater City Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 7-13, 2022. Celebrate with us at the farmers market on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at the Historical Society’s Depot Museum (301 W. Whitewater St., Whitewater) for cake by The Bakehouse, kids’ activities, craft beer by Second Salem Brewing Company, Farmers Market “tattoos,” Market Bucks for the first 50 people who pop by the Whitewater City Market tent, live local music, and more!
In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have innovated to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Farmers markets foster direct relationships between community members and farmers which can work to create a more fair and sustainable food system. Farmers markets are a hub for connection and collective action around shared values.
National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition, a membership-based nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building. This year, the campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers market operators play in our local food systems and in developing resilience in communities as hubs for local economies and connection.
The Whitewater City Market began in 2015 by Downtown Whitewater, Inc., and currently hosts 25-30 farmers and artisans selling a wide variety of products, including produce, fresh baked goods, popcorn, locally roasted coffee, sweets, local meat and eggs, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, wooden signs, and books.
“This year, as we work to bring our market attendance back up since the start of the pandemic, we’re grateful to all who make the market happen and the heart that goes into sustaining a vital community gathering space in our downtown. To market goers who return each year, thank you. You keep us going!” -Katy Daixon Wimer, Co-Manager of Whitewater City Market
“[The market offers] an opportunity to form relationships with the person whom you purchase an item from, which offers confidence in how an item is made or grown as well as a unique opportunity to learn about an item more than you ever could in a traditional retail setting.” -Lisa Dawsey Smith, Co-Manager of Whitewater City Market
The Whitewater City Market currently has a handful of vendors who accept WIC and SFMNP.
“Farmers markets are abundant sources of food, connection, and resilience in our communities across the country, but they don’t just happen on their own.” said Ben Feldman, Farmers Market Coalition Executive Director
Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization spearheading community efforts to re-energize and enhance our historic downtown. We are community advocates and volunteers who share a passion for Whitewater. We bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate Whitewater’s history and traditions, to care for our downtown neighborhood, and to inspire confidence and investments that are flowing toward an economically vibrant, engaging and exciting place in the heart of Whitewater – a place we love, a place we’re proud to call home, and a place where future generations can grow and take pride in calling their own.