All work week I look forward to Wednesdays and going to the Westown Farmers Market in Zeidler Park. Zeidler Park is a bit too far from my office to walk, eat and shop, over my 45 minute lunch break. I have plenty of time to do all that if I ride a bike. One more reason why bikes should rule the city center.
During the summer and fall, we try to eat all local foods, and we get most of our produce from the various farmers markets close to work or home. Most of the farmers at the smaller markets seem to be Hmong. They have added cutural diversity and a diversity well beyond the traditional US produce. Hmong immigrants often came to the US with great agricutural skills. The plethora of local markets and innexpensive urban garden plots offered a natural economic opportunity for the new immigrants.
The Westown Farmers Market offered me an opportunity to get beautiful locally grown peaches. I had some of them this morning for breakfast with cream from some great Wisconsin cows, yum.
I usually run into someone I know at the market. Wednesday it was Beth Nichols, the Executive Director of Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District 21. Beth is a great personality and super cheerleader for Downtown Milwaukee. She called me out to tell me how much she liked Oma and to tell me her daughter is moving to Amsterdam to play professional basketball in the Netherlands, pretty cool. I guess mom will be pretty familiar with Dutch bikes soon.