Lessons From the Farmers Market

Last night the Tosa Farmers Market (TFM) held their end-of-the-year celebration, called the “Farmer’s Feast.” I’ve been a board member, spending a lot of volunteer time with this organization, for the past four years. Following this season, I’m moving on so as to be able to put full concentration into my own work and music.

But it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge what an inspiration TFM has been, in planning Wisconsin Music Ventures (WMV) events. These are the common themes that are of utmost importance to WMV, valued by and learned from TFM:

Keep it Local. Whenever possible, work with Wisconsin musicians, composers/songwriters, vendors at events, etc.

Create Community. Building off of that local theme, let’s work together to support each other through partnerships, trying new things and helping each other.

Appreciate the Outdoors. Whenever possible – and this can be difficult, given some of the instruments we’re working with – let’s play outside… literally and figuratively! Our state is filled with incredible natural wonders. We don’t always have much time throughout the year to appreciate them.

I will miss working with TFM, but I won’t be far. I’ll still be a shopper whenever possible, and may possibly have a hand in some of the music at next year’s markets. 😉


Wisconsin Music Ventures is a patron-supported program offering free concerts put on by extraordinary local musicians in extraordinary Wisconsin locations. Consider becoming a patron, and join the #WMVfamily. Patron levels start at $10/month.

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