Williams Bay Edgewater Park held its first farmers market last Friday and will be open every Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Santa Cause is a generous organization hosting this weekly event and this market will help so many in need. All proceeds will go to various charities, and this could not happen without the great generosity of vendors who give of their time, product, and money. The Santa Cause raises money all year long for so many charities, recently giving $100,000 to eight local charity groups. The market’s first run had only a handful of vendors but expects to have up to forty different vendors in the coming weeks. Of course, with the pervasive appearance and continuance of the coronavirus, safety is a top priority. There is a well-marked entrance, handwashing station, plenty of PPE for the vendors and patrons, and a clear path for all to follow as they shop the market. Nancy Waspi, who is the president of Santa Cause, was on scene Friday, excited and ready to get the market started, while Sean Payne, the great guy who runs the Lake Geneva Farmers Market, was at her side to get things up and running.
Lake Geneva’s Farmer’s Market opens on Thursday May 28th. Last week beautification and landscaping were done at Horticultural Hall in anticipation of the opening of this wonderful farmer’s market. The market is set to open tomorrow at 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. and will be open every Thursday until fall. Of course, with the coronavirus it will look a little different. The vendors will do their best to accommodate all safety concerns by spacing booths appropriately, wearing masks and gloves, and sanitizing continually. The crowds that stroll and shop the farmer’s market in Lake Geneva are large and social distancing amongst the shoppers will be up to them. The stay at home order has been lifted in Wisconsin, but the virus is not gone and many are still very concerned about safety and health. Many people are excited and expected to be at opening day so remember to be considerate and accommodating.