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Farmers market gets some modern updates

May 27, 2010

As the West Allis Farmers Market cranks up for another summer, the Health Department is planning some changes to blend the market's old charm with 21st-century technology.

Among the changes in store is an interactive website that will allow market-goers to see which products will be available on a given day and in what location.

The website is still under development. Health Commissioner Terry Brandenburg said he hopes it will go live soon, though no timetable is set.

Officials are also installing wireless Internet on the farmer's market grounds, 6501 W. National Ave.

Also new this year is a flea market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October. In addition to Sundays, it will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays from June 4 through Aug. 20.

The event essentially serves as a "community rummage sale," Brandenburg said, allowing anyone to rent out a double stall for $10. Noting the recession, Brandenburg said he is hopeful it will be a venue for people to sell items and make money as well as purchase items for bargain prices.

The West Allis Farmers Market is one of the oldest continually running farmer's markets in the state, in operation since about 1919.

It officially opened for the season May 1 and runs through the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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