It’s your chance to dine on local produce from farmers market
By Jennifer Eisenbart
The last few weeks of the Burlington Farmers Market didn’t cooperate – at least in terms of the weather.
That didn’t keep Market Director Carol Reed from being in high spirits about the upcoming Harvest of the Market Buffet today.
“It’s been hard to get everybody connected,” Reed said. “The last few weeks on the market were the rain and cold, and we actually had to call the market last week.
“I think everybody looks forward to it,” she added. “It’s kind of the culmination of the season. Regardless of the season, we celebrate the harvest.
“That’s what farmers do.”
The season-ending event will take place at Veterans Terrace today, with “grazing” at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for those six and under. Reed directed people who are interested in purchasing tickets to Fox River State Bank, Gooseberries and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
People can also contact Reed at (262) 210-6360.
Reed couldn’t give an exact number of the vendors who would be involved in the dinner, but she guessed about 70 percent of the 24 vendors would be there.
Beef, pork, lamb and chicken will be served, as well as cheeses and bakery items. Various vegetables will also be served.
“Anything that is still being produced right now has been brought into Gooseberries for Chef Mike (Lavin),” Reed said.
In addition to the harvest dinner, the Farmers Market winter market will open at Gooseberries Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
That market will go through the end of December on Saturdays.
Reed said the market did well this year, in spite of unpredictable weather and drought conditions in the immediate area.
“They’re there to bring their product into the city,” Reed said of the vendors. “Everybody came through.”