Though we all miss the warmth, our fewer chances to gather as a community is another sore point while slogging through the long Wisconsin winter.
A fun, daylong antidote is on the way.
Appleton Downtown Inc will host its first Community Public Market on Feb. 8 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. It’s the first of three events, which will take place once per month.
It’ll have some of the flavor of the outdoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market, but enough to make it unique.
Expect live music and entertainment. Check out the arts and crafts. Come hungry and choose from a variety of treats. And you won’t have to leave guilty: you’ll be able to load up with all the fresh produce you need for the week ahead.
The market will include themed streets with different offerings:
Tasty Trail features ready-to-eat food and delicious finds from local eateries including ACOCA Coffee, Aunty’s Café, Stone Arch Brewpub, Spegash, and Los Tres.
Retail Road features your favorite locally-owned downtown businesses including Lillians of Appleton, Blue Moon Emporium, Eco Candle Co., and Scooter G’s Sports.
Wellness Walkway features products and services for mental and physical well-being including Float Light Float Center, NAMI Fox Valley, Appleton YMCA and SOAR Fox Cities.
Artisan Alley features handcrafted products from vendors including Silver Ware by Darlene, Stella Blu Bohemian Boutique, Freckles Garden, and Queen Bee.
Play & Learn Lane features family fun and learning activities with Pinot’s Palette, Paper Discovery Center, Hearthstone Historic House Museum and Appleton Public Library.
Farm Market Square features fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, breads and baked goods from farm market favorites including Produce with Purpose, Arthur Bay Cheese, Voyageurs Sourdough, Salmon Season, and Soup & Dipity.
Consider it a day downtown without having to brave the wind and chill. The events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second and third markets will be held March 21 and April 18.