Monday, October 23, 2006

Farmers market winds down

You could tell the area harvest is winding down by fewer vendors at the last farmers market. Saturday, Oct. 28, will be the last one in downtown Green Bay at Cherry Street and Monroe Avenue.

So it’s just as well our monthlong challenge is wrapping up. Jeff Metoxen, manager of the Oneida Tsyunhehkwa Center and a participant in our eat-local challenge, said he’s getting tired of eating apples and potatoes. Except for dining out once, he stuck to the challenge and even gave up common spices like salt.

Mary Haupt, manager of the downtown Green Bay farmers market, said it’s been a popular event, drawing about 4,000 people each Saturday. The market has 166 assigned stalls split between 95 seasonal vendors and 15 daily vendors. The city charges $154 for a 22-week season. Next year, the city may charge an extra fee for vendors who use electricity, she said.


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