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Public market planning moving forward in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The city of Madison is moving forward with a plan to build a public market.

Its research shows there's strong interest in the idea. Surveys, data analysis, interviews and focus groups showed dozens of farmers and entrepreneurs were interested in using a public market facility.

The vision is to create an indoor, multi-building, year-round facility where shoppers can get goods from local growers and producers.

Mayor Paul Soglin says this market shouldn't hurt local farmer's markets or grocers because food aggregation should strengthen all markets.

"What should happen is if we get more people shopping at a public market, it should increase volume of sales at farmers' markets, it should do more to help everyone who is selling local foods," Soglin said at a news conference Wednesday.

The next step is identifying possible sites for the market. The city wants public input, so it's hosting several community discussions, beginning May 22. All are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details about the meetings are listed below:

  • Wednesday, May 22 - MGE Innovation Center, room 50, 510 Charmany Dr.
  • Tuesday, May 27 - Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Evjue Commons, 3330 Atwood Ave.
  • Wednesday, May 28 - Villager on the Park, Atrium Community Room, 2234 Park St.
  • Thursday, May 29 - St Pauls Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 2126 N. Sherman Ave.

CLICK HERE for more on the public market project.

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