Shawano Farmers Market begins June 22

The Shawano Farmers Market, facilitated through The FRESH Project, will open its 16th consecutive season June 22, and continue every Saturday through Oct. 12 at Franklin Park, 235 S. Washington St., Shawano.

The market will have a variety of vendors for shoppers to purchase healthy, locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods and crafts from local artisans.

“Customers tell us they enjoy having a farmers market in their community and look forward to it every summer. They appreciate the variety of vendors at the market and having access to fresh food from local farmers,” said Executive Director Dave Mendoza. “Our farmers bring the locally grown in-season produce to the market.”

The market will also host a variety of artisans, crafters and bakers selling their handcrafted goods and freshly baked treats.

Yoga-in-the-Park returns Saturday mornings beginning at 8:30 on June 28 and goes through Aug. 31, with the exception of July 13 due to Shawanofest.

The FRESH Project will provide $5 tokens that can be used to purchase food items from select vendors at the market. To receive the $5 tokens, qualified shoppers need to show their Food Share (EBT) or WIC (Women, Infants and Children) cards at the information tent. The $5 token program was created to help provide additional food for those in need.

Nonprofit organizations will also return to the market this summer, including the Wolf River Wild Ones, Shawano County Literacy Council, Belle Plaine 4-H Club, Shawano Area Matthew 25, Reaching Out About Depression and Suicide, Shawano First Presbyterian Church and Shawano County Home and Community Education.

Musical entertainment this year will include a few live performances from some crowd favorites.

Lonesome Road is a popular bluegrass group and musical staple throughout Shawano County and will perform June 29 and Aug. 17. They are known for playing a little bit of everything from the oldies to rock music.

Messengers of the Way is a choir group from St. James Lutheran Church providing uplifting and inspirational music that will perform Sept. 14.

Skip Jones, who will perform the first Saturday of each month. is a Navy veteran and musical storyteller who loves sharing songs and stories with audiences of all types and sizes.

Mendoza said there is still room for more vendors to join this year’s farmers market. In addition, any musicians who would like to play are always welcomed. To apply, go to www.thefreshproject.org to fill out the appropriate application form.

FRESH stands for Food, Resources, Education, Sustainability and Health. The organization works to bridge food resources to secure local needs through partnerships with rural farmers and community organizations. To learn more, visit the FRESH Project’s Information booth at the market or online at www.thefreshproject.org.

For information or to get involved, go to www.thefreshproject.org or contact Mendoza at 715-526-5206 or dave@thefreshproject.org.