The Return of Market Saturdays In The Village
The Tosa Farmers Market is an area favorite and is one of the most vibrant farmers markets around. Offering an array of produce, seedlings, cut flowers, and delicious prepared food from local vendors, as well as good coffee and a chance to meet up with friends and neighbors. In addition to the food and beverage vendors, the market also features live music, a community booth for rotating local charity organizations and more.
The first Saturday of each month includes the Makers Market in the East Lot. This area features the work of local artists and crafters who sell their one-of-a-kind handmade goods.
Saturdays not only provide access to all of the great things going on at the Tosa Farmers Market, but are also buzzing with activity throughout the Village. Many of the shops and restaurants are open during market hours. Offering shoppers the chance to spend a nice little Saturday in the Village.
To kick off the seventh year of the Tosa Farmers Market, there will be a Sneak Peek event on Saturday, May 27th from 8am to Noon. This bonus Memorial Day Weekend market will feature favorite market vendors on State Street between Wauwatosa & Harwood Avenues. Several shops will be open with extended hours and special activities that day as well.
The market returns to its normal location on June 3rd for the start of the regular market season.
Many of the popular vendors from years past are returning including:
Black Shoe/Maxie’s (blueberry pancakes, grits)
Valentine Coffee Roasters (coffee)
Nina and Family Garden (flowers, produce)
Decatur Dairy (cheese)
Pete’s Pops (popsicles)
Kaleidoscope Gardens (produce)
Jeff-Leen Farm (grass fed meat)
Wisconsin Soup Company (soup)
Angelic Bakehouse (bakery)
Morning Star Family Farm (grassfed meats, kombucha)
Basse’s Country Delight Family Farm (apples, apple doughnuts, cider)
HartFest – June 16th & 17th
HartFest, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, has announced the headliners for this year’s event. Musical acts will perform at the Rotary Performance Stage in Hart Park. Friday will feature Pat McCurdy and The Now. Saturday’s lineup includes The Wauwatosa School of Music, The Playlist, formerly known as Rabid Aardvarks, and The LoveMonkeys. HartFest will feature local food vendors, a kids area during the day, skateboard demos, a charity raffle and more.
Fido Fest returns to HartFest this year on Saturday, June 17th. A day long event, Fido Fest is the ultimate day in the park for dogs. Activities include a lure course, doggy splash zone, the speed zone, a doggie spa area, adoptable dogs and many pet product exhibitors. Fido Fest runs from 11am to 4pm in Hart Park.
The HartFest Half Marathon is held on Saturday morning as well. Organized by the Badgerland Striders running club, this charity half marathon is a fun local race that benefits the Tosa Sebena Police Officer Fund. The race begins at 8:30am.
For more information, visit www.hartfest.com
Work is already underway on Phase 3 of the streetscaping redevelopment in the Village. The main focus this year is surrounding the intersection at Harwood Avenue and Wauwatosa Avenue.
Harwood Avenue will be opened up to go straight through on its original path, and the Pocket Park and Root Common areas will be redone. This will eliminate the street in front of Baskin-Robbins and the Chamberlin Company building. That will now just be an entry to the parking lot for the retail center.
Many trees in the work area were removed recently as a part of the construction work. It was sad to see so many trees go at once, but the Village will actually be greener after the project is complete. Several of the trees were Ash, and not in good shape. They would have been removed at some point anyway. And many of the Maple trees are being repurposed for use in playground equipment, some even in the future Pocket Park and Root Common. So you will see them again in another form. In addition, over 60 trees are being added once the streetscaping work is complete. It may be hard to see the Village lose so many trees, but we will gain them back, and then some.
There will be detours related to the work in Phase 3 this Summer, so be sure to check out the web site and Facebook page for the Business Improvement District for updates.
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