The indoor Whitewater City Market is a spin-off of their regular season that is held outdoors. With this yearly market, it picks up right after the outdoor market is out of season. The market runs Saturday mornings starting at 9 a.m. to noon, held in the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library located in Whitewater.
Kristine Zaballos has been with the market since 2015 and takes the lead on working with vendors as well as planning the actual market. “I like providing a place for people in the community to sell their locally produced things,” said Zaballos about her favorite aspect of working with the market.
Zaballos also expressed her appreciation for being able to provide a place for nonprofits like Whitewater Grocery Co, “I love that I can pick up fresh eggs, just-picked spinach and a shampoo bar that is made just outside of town and leaves no package behind,” Zaballos said.
Where there are so many goods that come out of this market, Zaballos loves to watch the community members interact with one another and the vendors.
Lisa Smith also works alongside Zaballos on the overall vision, goals and tone of the market but Smith takes the lead on marketing. “I help with some of the marketing for the market along with the staff members of Downtown Whitewater, Inc. I also enjoy being able to volunteer to help set up the market,” Smith said.
The market focuses on providing food and other goods that are locally grown, “the indoor market has about 30 vendors, some attending weekly and some come once or twice a month,” Zaballos said.
Some products that will be available at the market are, Bowers Lake Coffee, CJ’s Sweets & Treats, Happy Mail by Chris (handcrafted cards) and plenty of other vendors will be available for those who are attending the market.
“My favorite part of the market is sense of community,” Smith said. The Whitewater Indoor Market is open to anyone looking for locally produced products. “We see far fewer students than we do at the outdoor market, but we hope to build that audience,” said Smith.