Visitors find a variety of vegetables and others goods at the Manitowoc County Winter Market which is ongoing in Manitowoc.
Visitors find a variety of vegetables and others goods at the Manitowoc County Winter Market which is ongoing in Manitowoc.
One of the main goals of Healthiest Manitowoc County—under the auspices of the Activity and Nutrition Coalition—is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption of local county residents.
An effort to do just this—along with other essential nutrient-dense foods— has been found in the creation of a local Manitowoc Winter Market, where county residents could purchase healthy products from local producers in this area and subsequently benefit everyone.
Committee members Matt Dimarco, Brandi Bohlman and Pat Sampe worked long and hard to bring this market to the people over the past year of planning.
The Manitowoc Winter Farmers Market got off with a bang, with the very first market ever held in Manitowoc County on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Cross Fit off Dewey Street in Manitowoc from 8 a.m. to noon. Matt Dimarco, the owner of Cross Fit, generously donated his place of business to hold the market to keep costs down for producers and vendors.
It is estimated that over 250 people came to see the food choices and homemade products available for purchase.
Thirteen local producers from four counties were present. Misty River Farm from the School Hill area sold grass fed beef; Golden Bear Farm from the Kiel area sold grass fed pork; Nancy Kellner from the Denmark area sold organic brussels sprouts, beets, pears, apples, chickens and eggs; Scott Overby from the Plymouth area sold apples, apple cider, and various homemade syrups; Bleating Heart Haven from New Holstein sold homespun yarns and products made from her yarns; Gary Sydow, a beekeeper from Whitelaw, sold honey and honey products; Trust Local Foods from Appleton sold organic yogurts, cheeses, kombucha and other fermented products; Lake Orchard Aquaponics from Cleveland sold a wide variety of lettuces; River of Dreams from Brillion sold grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb; South River House from Two Rivers sold potatoes and rag rugs; Springdale Farms from Plymouth sold a wide variety of organically grown vegetables including tomatoes, celery, spinach, garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, to name a few; and Robert Markham Farms from Mishicot sold potatoes, squash, eggs, sauerkraut, salsa, and various canned goods.
Also present was a membership drive and items for sale to promote the Clipper City Coop.
Overall, people attending this first-time event voiced how happy they were that there is now a market like this in Manitowoc County. Brian Bernier, representing Spring Dale Farms from Plymouth, told Pat Sampe, one of the planners of the market, how very often customers voiced this sentiment to him.
Thousands of dollars of sales were made by local farmers, benefitting them financially and at the same time providing healthy, nutrient-dense foods and products to local consumers.
Look forward to more markets to be held at Cross Fit (located off Dewey Street in the same building with the DMV and Dr. Eggert’s Eye Care) on Dec. 10, Dec. 31, Jan. 14, and Jan. 28.
Various vendors will be coming into the new markets, including a candle maker, Candle Cottage from Two Rivers; homemade soaps from Square One Soapworks from Manitowoc; and maple syrup, jams and jellies from Reif Sugar Bush of Francis Creek.
For more information contact Brandi Bohlman at (920) 946-3986 or Sampe at (920) 901-2916.