SOUTH MILWAUKEE - The South Milwaukee Downtown Market, which returned for its ninth season June 1, has become a local tradition, but one that to some extent is still being discovered by new patrons.


“I am amazed that it has been nine seasons and the market is still evolving,” Downtown Market Chairman Carol Rehak said.  "Every week, I meet people visiting the market for the first time.”

And efforts continue to promote the market, Rehak added.

“The market has come so far since 2009. It wouldn’t be the success that it is without our dedicated board, market manager, vendors and community for their support,” she said.  “Downtown South Milwaukee is becoming a popular destination for young and old alike.”

The weekly market runs through October from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at 1101 Milwaukee Avenue, in South Milwaukee’s city center. (For one night only, the market will temporarily move to Milwaukee Avenue for the July 27 Evening on the Avenue Street Festival.)

The weekly market features dozens of vendors selling produce, organics, arts, crafts, baked goods and more. A variety of prepared foods are typically also be available for dinner.

Though stall space is almost sold out, a waiting list will be formed for those interested in selling at the market, Rehak said. The market focus is vendors who make, bake or grow their own produce or merchandise. Applications are available on the market website. Cost is $300 per stall for the entire season, or $25 per week.

There's lots of music, too, Rehak noted.

Weekly live music is booked for the market stage, including several special concerts presented by Classic Cargo International and the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

More information on the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is at www.smmarket.org or for up to date news on market events and the music stage, check Facebook at www.facebook.com/smdowntownmarket.

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