Madison Public Market Foundation Receives $4 Million Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant

Governor Tony Evers, at an event held on February 24, announced that the City of Madison will receive $6 million and Dane County will receive nearly $15 million as part of the Neighborhood Investment Fund grant program. Of the amount provided to the City, $4 million is designated towards the creation of the proposed Madison […]

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Year End Update: 2022 will be the year that our Public Market breaks ground!

Friends, As we look ahead to a new year, we are more hopeful than ever that our Public Market will FINALLY become a reality in Madison. We can’t thank you enough, donors and friends, for continuing to support and believe in this exciting project. Our progress continues toward a groundbreaking in fall of 2022. Our […]

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Judge’s Ruling re: Homeless Shelter Bodes Well for Market’s Progress

The City of Madison has been hosting a men’s homeless shelter in the former Fleet Services building since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Recently, the Common Council approved the purchase of a vacant big box location on Zeier Road, near East Towne. The City intends to use this site as a temporary location for […]

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Small Business Spotlight: Melly Mel’s owner prepares for permanent storefront at Public Market

Please take a moment to watch this wonderful spotlight on Carmel Jackson and her dream of being a Public Market vendor. We are so enamored with her dedication to the Market and love of great food. Small Business Spotlight: Melly Mel’s owner prepares for permanent storefront 6 years after closing original restaurant

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Channel 3000: Madison Public Market remains on track to open in 2023, despite site’s current use as homeless shelter

Special thanks to Channel 3 / Channel 3000 for their feature story of October 12. The reporter notes that the Madison Public Market, more than 15 years in the making, remains on track to open by fall 2023, and the Fleet Buiding’s current use as a temporary men’s homeless shelter will not change that timeline. […]

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Isthmus Article: Steadfast despite setbacks

“Supporters of the Madison Public Market say construction will begin next fall” is the sub-headline in the October 11 online article published by Isthmus. Written by Jane Burns, the current status of the proposed Madison Public Market is discussed. The article gives insight into Carmel Jackson’s up and down journey as a someday vendor and […]

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Kavanaugh Restaurant Supply is a Valued Public Market Supporter

Over the years, we’ve had wonderful support from many local businesses. Family owned and operated Kavanaugh’s Restaurant Supply continues to be a strong supporter of the Market and so many other important community organizations throughout Dane County. We’ve been fortunate to have had kitchen supplies and equipment donated to the Market, and for an extended […]

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Check out these local gift-giving ideas

Now more than ever, it’s important to buy local for the holidays. Plus, there are so many interesting and unique gift options right here in Madison. So, the Madison Public Market is highlighting a few of our MarketReady merchants and other opportunities in the community to buy local and support our one-of-a-kind small businesses. Perfect […]

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First 5 Public Market vendors unveiled!

After 15+ years of community feedback, planning, and preparing, the Madison Public Market Foundation in partnership with the City of Madison, has made significant progress in making our Public Market a reality. With the architectural design plan complete, $3M raised in philanthropic funds, the site at the City’s Fleet Building secured, and the recent Mayor’s […]

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100+ citizens and organizations spoke up for equity through entrepreneurship

Over the last six weeks, the Mayor’s office and City alders have received well over 100 emails and phone calls in support of the City’s continued investment in our Public Market. While we are all facing daily obstacles and unprecedented challenges, so many of you took the time to speak up for our Market and […]

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It’s exciting to see the progress being made toward opening a public market in Madison–it’s been a long time coming! Not only will we have access to local foods year-round, but the vision and development of this market is truly inclusive and diverse, working with a number of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color, from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. Food is such an important expression of culture and a means for connection–I’m looking forward to celebrating and connecting with our diverse community of inspiring and passionate food entrepreneurs at our public market! - Otehlia Cassidy, Madison Eats Food Tours

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