Watertown Farmer’s Market will have new day, location

With the weather finally starting to feel like spring, it’s time to finally start thinking about farmer’s markets once again, and when Watertown’s opens in early June, it will have a new location and a new day.

Held for the last several years at Rick Johnson Park along the Crow River on Fridays, this year the Market will be moving back downtown. The weekly farmer’s market, set to open on June 6 and run through the end of September, will be held on Thursday’s from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Community Center Parking lot.

“It flooded out a couple times last year (at the park), so there was some concern about that,” farmer’s market coordinator Susann Hoese said. “We had also heard from a few people that they wanted it back downtown, so we thought we’d give it a try.”

The current Watertown Farmer’s Market will be entering its sixth year. The last three years have been held by the river, but the first two years were also held downtown.

Hoese said she hopes the location change will also attract more visitors with the market being more visible downtown, and that the location will also promote the city’s downtown as well. She added that the change of day from Friday to Thursday was made primarily out of convenience for visitors.

“We felt that perhaps we might be losing a few people that might want to get out of town for the weekend,” she said. “We’re hoping that by moving it to Thursday, it will be more convenient, and people may even be able to get a few supplies to take with them on the weekend.”

Hoese said one new addition to the market this year would be that on the second Thursday of each month, people would be invited to come and sell small antiques and table-top collectables.

“That will just be another addition for somebody to come down and take a look at,” Hoese said.

Hoese also said that like last year, the goal was to organize different activities for children as well, possibly in conjunction with the library, which now will be located right next door, and is open late on Thursdays.

The farmer’s market is currently in search of vendors. The vendor fee is $25 for the season, and is $15 for the season for vendors 18 and younger. For more information or to register, please call Susann Hoese at 952-955-2913.

Contact Matt Bunke at matt.bunke@ecm-inc.com