Carol Smith tends to some of
the bedding plants and flower baskets she raises on
her property, Greenstone Estate, in the City of
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WAUKESHA - With sunny skies and
temperatures in the 70s predicted for this weekend, it’s
easy to feel encouraged by Waukesha Downtown Business
Association President Norm Bruce saying Saturday is “the
kickoff of summer.”
Events often associated with summer, such as the
Waukesha Farmers Market and RiverWalk for Cancer, will be held
Saturday, along with the 86th Art Crawl and a downtown Waukesha
Bruce said there will be many greenhouses selling
plants during the early weeks of the farmers market, including
new vendor Green Stone Estates.
Owner Carol Smith said she grows more than two
dozen varieties of tomatoes at her City of Pewaukee farm, as
well as about 16 to 18 varieties of peppers. She is also known
for her mixed herb pots and large floral baskets.
“My specialty is the pepper and tomatoes that I
grow are not something you are going to find at the big box
store,” she said.
One of the baskets Carol Smith
will be selling has one of the smallest tomato
plants available, making it workable for even
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Her tomatoes include black cherry,
supersonic, sweet baby girls and a Big Beef Clint named
after her father, as well as a paste tomato from Poland
that makes a thick spaghetti sauce. Peppers include
everything from sweet bell peppers to a hot pepper that
originated in the African community in Philadelphia in
At a recent farmers market vendor meeting, Bruce
said there were more than 150 vendors registered.
“It’s going to be a really pretty fantastic
market as far as what we are looking for,” Bruce said. Of the
vendors for 2015, about 85 percent are returning, he said. There
will also be the frequent shopper cards offered, as well as gift
The market will run 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
through October along the Riverfront Plaza.
The thousands of walkers who will fill Frame Park
for ProHealth Care’s annual fundraising walk to fight cancer
will also get to take in the spring beauty. In previous years,
the walk supported ProHealth Care’s breast cancer care services,
but this year has been broadened to all cancer services.
On-site registration starts at 8 a.m., followed
by a pre-walk rally and ambassador message. The walk begins at
Some businesses in downtown Waukesha will be
offering specials for walk participants who come into the store
wearing their RiverWalk shirts.
Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said having the many
events on Saturday in Waukesha is good for the area.
“It’s great for Waukesha. We have got the breast
cancer walk, the farmers market starting, which is probably a
good indication that spring is finally here,” he said. “It
brings people downtown, it makes people feel connected to
community and there are a lot of fun things to do.”
A spring cleanup of downtown Waukesha had been
scheduled for this past Saturday but was rescheduled due to the
damp, cold weather forecasted.
Organizer Victoria Hekkers said about a dozen
people representing area churches still showed up Saturday and
cleaned along Wisconsin Avenue, near the library and their
With the cleanup rescheduled for Saturday,
Hekkers hopes about 50 to 60 people will volunteer their time.
Reilly said he will be one of the participants and he plans to
buy plants at the farmers market and attend a grand opening
celebration for Fruits of the Spirit Candles, 349 W. Main St.,
at 10 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to gather at the Spring
House near Waukesha State Bank at 8 a.m. to collect maps and get
directions. Some cleanup will occur just a little outside of
downtown. For more information, search Waukesha Earth Day
Cleanup on Facebook.
A night of
Almont Gallery Owner Lynn Gaffey said 2015 is the
18th year the downtown Waukesha Art Crawls have been held and
the event is welcoming new participants, such as Crush Wine Bar.
“It’s amazing that it’s been going on for this
long,” she said.
At the Almont Gallery, new artist Lisa Ridolfi
will display her creations, along with her dog Yoda, which is
the mascot for StrayPride. Yoda will be wearing his video camera
and recording the Art Crawl happenings.
Reilly, Bruce and Gaffey encouraged people to
think of shopping for unique gifts for mom Saturday while
exploring downtown Waukesha.
The Art Crawl will be held 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday throughout the downtown area.