Bristol Village Board approves site plan for new market on Highway 50

A proposal for an outdoor mixed-market won site plan approval from the Bristol Village Board Monday night.

The plan was developed by Kenosha Common Markets, Inc., which operates Kenosha HarborMarket in Kenosha.

The market is to operate this year from July through August on the site of the former Farmer Brown’s Nursery and Haunted Barn property on Highway 50, just west of Highway 45. Opening day will be July 4. After that, the market will be open on Wednesdays.

Approval of the site plan by the Village Board was unanimous. The Plan Commission had earlier approved the plan.

Ray Forgianni, chairman of the board for Kenosha Common Markets, Inc., characterized the Westosha Market as not strictly a farmers market, but rather a mixed market offering crafts, prepared foods and music in addition to produce.

The market will seek to attract local and regional vendors, Forgianni said.

In answer to a question from the audience, no sale of live animals is planned, Forgianni said.

Village President Mike Farrell said the Westosha Market will absorb the village’s farmers market, which had been held on Wednesdays in the Village Hall parking lot.

The new market is in the process of signing up vendors. Melanie Holvey of Kenosha Common Markets said she would be pleased with ultimately signing up 30 vendors.

The current owner of the property operates a fish farm on the property and will continue to do so.

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