Wolf River Marketplace opened June 4 at their new location on North Shawano Street in New London, near Bucky’s Restaurant. They will be open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday through September.
Vendors were excited to start the new season. There was a nice mixture of produce and artisans selling their wares.
Jim McKellips brought his one-of-a-kind bird houses to the lot. He spends all winter making them and sells not only in New London, but at the Appleton Farm Market, too. His bird houses sport Packer and Badger colors, plus chalet and whimsical looks from large too small. Houses range from $18 to $45 in price.
Marty Mares is selling his items to benefit the International Children’s Fund, where 98 percent of every dollar goes to the children. The wooden and beaded jewelry he sells is handmade in Africa. One $25 set feeds 100 people for a day. Other items that cost a dollar will feed four people for a day. Mares just returned from a six week mission trip to Liberia, Africa, and is happy to talk about his travels.
Ed Warmbier is a wood worker who fine sands his benches, magazine racks and flower stands. He has a nice variety of sizes, all done in maple and oak. Edges are smooth to the touch and he has a variety of sizes to choose from. Prices range from $20 – $52 for his wood creations. He also has bedding plants for sale at a reasonable price.
Anita Nollenberg and Leona Meyer are busy crafters. They have crocheted baby sets with granny squares for sale, in a variety of colors, from Packer green and gold to pastels for $25. Novelty britches sets are made from washcloths and two scrubbies, appearing on a hangar as a padded bra and britches. They come in all colors for your kitchen. Novelty hats are made from soda and beer cans, another offering of Nollenberg’s. She has small and large painted paver stones with Bulldog themes that are weatherproofed and guaranteed to last. Custom orders with your name on them are available.
Jim Bacco has his produce available, with an abundance of fresh vegetables – tomatoes, small potatoes, onions, and asparagus. As the season progresses, look for strawberries, mid-July sweet corn, cucumbers, kohlrabi, radishes, and green onions. Jim’s son Titus, age 9, is happy to assist you by carrying your bags to your car.
New London wrestling is selling a wide variety of cheeses from 12 different Wisconsin cheese makers. This fundraising cheese is only available through farmer’s markets, to support local growers. Andrew Moser, Brett Handschke, and Amber Postel were running the stand, and explained that the money raised will help defray costs of wrestling camp this summer. They plan to be at the market all summer. Offered are many specialty cheeses, the list is very long.
Dan Radtke sold potted flowers set into cut wood that were perfect for shade gardens. He may be bringing blueberry bushes, maple trees and ferns in future weeks.
Forward New London, organizers of the Marketplace, welcome other vendors and are specifically looking for artisans and musicians to come and enjoy the venue provided on Shawano Street. If interested, call 920-982-4410 to sign up, or come to Wolf River Marketplace anytime through September. The cost for a space is just $5 per Saturday, and helps defray advertising costs. Wolf River Marketplace is open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday, weather permitting.