May means it’s time for Farmers’ Market
A dozen new vendors enter the mix

By AMANDA VOSS -Daily News

May 21, 2015

Patrons tour vendors at the West Bend Farmers’ Market on May 24 in downtown West Bend.
Daily News file photo    

The West Bend Farmers’ Market will kick off Saturday, featuring 12 new vendors with a variety of items.

The Farmers’ Market runs 23 weeks through Oct. 31 and is from 7:30-11 a.m.

“We have a bunch of new vendors,” Downtown West Bend Association Event Manager Kellie Boone said. “We have a small selection of artisan vendors, we have somebody who does salsa, homemade cleaning products.”

The Farmers’ Market was expanded on North Main Street and Boone said the expansion is filling up. There are five spots left.

Boone said there are 72 vendors not counting the business groups. There will also be entertainment every Saturday.

One of the new vendors is Dale and Judy Koehler of Chilton, who own Country Fresh Salsa. They will be at the market starting June 6.

Dale Koehler said he wanted to be a part of the West Bend Farmers’ Market because it’s well known.

“I’m looking for a higher volume of potential customers,” Koehler said. “My product is retailed in several stores in the West Bend area.”

Koehler said his wife developed their salsa recipe over a three-year period. The salsa includes fresh vegetables like zucchini.

“My product gets recognition because of the flavoring,” Koehler said.

Boone said they always receive more applications than they accept.

“We try not to oversaturate a certain category,” Boone said.

She said this year they looked for a good fruit selection and a vendor who could provide cupcakes.

A couple of years ago she said they found someone who makes soup, and this year a woman who makes spaghetti sauce could be at the Farmers’ Market in June.

“Anything unique and different,” Boone said.

There will also be several vendors returning to the Farmers’ Market.

Glen Hoekstra of Fox Lake has been brining hanging baskets, flowers and vegetable plants from Hoekstra’s Market and Greenhouse for about 25 years.

“We like the people. We like dealing with the people,” Hoekstra said. “We also do well selling in West Bend. It’s one of the best markets we do.”

Boone said the West Bend Farmers’ Market was voted one of the top 10 in the world by Vogue magazine in 2014.

“It’s a wonderful community event for those who want to shop and eat locally,” she said.