Farmers' Market on Broadway is back--and bigger

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Farmers' Market on Broadway is back and bigger than ever.

Farmers' Market on Broadway. (WBAY Photo)

The 2019 Farmers' Market kicked off Wednesday, May 29 at 3 p.m. More than 100 vendors offered up the traditional array of food, local produce, drinks, clothing, flowers, plants, homemade goods and more.

The Farmers' Market is every Wednesday during the summer months. Some come to enjoy live music and socialize, while others looked for inspiration for dinner.

"I love the culture, just everything. You know the people come together, they're friendly, the vendors are great, and there's a great assortment, but the people that come here make this up," said Carole Schnur of Green Bay.

"I always try to go to the farmers' market so I can find fresh ingredients, I'm looking specifically for some stuff to cook up for dinner tonight," said Tomas Dominguez of Green Bay.

The market has added a third stage for this summer's weekly party in the Broadway District. The Farmers' Market is working with the Weidner Center to bring music acts to the stage.

"We reached out to the Weidner Center in partnership and they were very excited to accept the challenge to program that stage. It gives us an opportunity to highlight some different types of talent here at the market," said Brian Johnson, Executive Director of On Broadway Inc.

The popular Farmers' Market started 16 years ago. On Broadway Inc says the mission remains the same--to support local business.

"If they don't go to the business that day they may see one and say, 'oh I didn't know this was here,'" says Chelsea Kocken of On Broadway Inc. "And then they come back, or they are popping in and shopping that night. The businesses definitely do see an uptick in their sales that night, we know, and have talked to them and most of them really enjoy the market."

Rustique Pizzeria and Lounge out of Suamico has been a part of the farmers' market for six years.

"We get to come down here and cook for a whole different crowd of people and exposes them to it and yeah it's just fun to be a part of," said Joe Witthuhn, Owner of Rustique Pizzeria and Lounge.

CBD company, 'Budz Butter,' says Wednesday marks their first day at the market.

"We're pretty excited to be in it, just to be able to get on the ground level because we don't have a retail storefront so this kind of helps us operate as that," said Levi Budz of Budz Butter CBD Infused Products.

"So, the market was really founded as a way to help support the local businesses here on Broadway. So, we continue to support them by allowing them a free booth at the market, but more importantly, it creates a sense of space," said Johnson. "When we bring people in here, ten to fifteen thousand every week, it creates a type of environment, excitement that people want to see in the kind of space that they visit."

On Broadway Inc is looking for volunteers to help set up tents and signs each week. CLICK HERE for more information.