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The Northside Farmers Market (NFM) exists to pursue the following goals: -To expand the availability of foods that are fresh, full-flavored, unique, healthy, and nutritious and affordable to the Northside community -To promote the sale of locally-grown farm products -To contribute to the vitality of the Northside of Madison -To provide an opportunity for farmers and Northside residents to interact directly with each other rather than through third parties and to thereby get to know and learn from one another -To give growers and producers of local agricultural commodities and other farm-related products direct marketing opportunities -To enhance the quality of life on the Northside by providing an activity which fosters community and social interaction
On Sunday, June 5, 2005, exactly two years and 39 days after the one remaining local supermarket at Sherman Plaza was permanently closed, Madison’s Mayor Dave Cieslewicz joined market organizers, shoppers and musicians to mark the launch of the Northside Farmers Market. On Sundays from May thru October, vendors sell their locally produced foods at Sherman Plaza. In doing so, they ease area community members’ lack of access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable foods.
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