Market set to kickoff May 6

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The Waukesha Farmers Market is again on the move this year, but attendees won't have to go far to enjoy the open-air bazaar.

The Waukesha Downtown Business Association, which organizes the market, announced March 31 that the location of the 2017 market will be moved westward to Waukesha State Bank’s employee parking lot at the corner of Madison Street and St. Paul Avenue, across from Waukesha Fire Station No. 1.

Last year the market moved north of the the Fox River, to 313 Bank St., across from Riverfront Plaza. That move was made to accommodate then-ongoing road construction in the heart of downtown.

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The market had previously been held in Municipal Parking Lot 1, along the Fox River on Riverfront Street. But 2016 construction along Main Street prompted city officials to recommend the move north to keep that lot open for vehicle and pedestrian access.

“The WDBA is excited to partner with Waukesha State Bank as the presenting sponsor of this year’s farmers market,” said Norm Bruce, the group's president. “We are looking forward to providing Waukesha and the surrounding area (with) a fantastic market for 2017, building on the excellence from the last several years.”

May start date

The 2017 local farmers market season begins Saturday, May 6, and will run each Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 28.

The market is held rain or shine, and on good-weather days the event attracts thousands of attendees, organizers have said.

Vendors at the market range from fresh fruit and produce sellers to craft makers, florists and hot food and frozen meat merchants. Around 140 vendors show up weekly during the busiest months.

According to a news release, the opening of the market will coincide with some other popular events in the city.

The Waukesha Art Crawl, featuring the local downtown art galleries and businesses,  will run from 4 to 10 p.m. that day, and the ProHealth Care Cancer Walk begins at 10 a.m. that morning.

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