Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly brings local food providers even more local this weekend – specifically, right outside their front door. The supermarket is hosting a Local Food Expo on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
“We really just like to promote our local sources and give them a chance to meet the community they’re serving,” said Tegan Krueger, co-owner of Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly.
The event, which will host 10 local food providers, is also a commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Main Street Market, which falls on June 5. Krueger and co-owners Tanya and Bryce Haessly purchased the store, previously D & D Piggly Wiggly, from their parents last year.
Event-goers can look forward to free samples of food, beer, and wine, as well as local food items for purchase. Attendees will also have a chance to talk with local food producers and the owners of Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly. The vendors include Brewhaha Roasters, Cedar Crest Ice Cream and even the Wisconsin Spudmobile of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association. Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly carries food products from all of the vendors coming to the event.
“We try to keep most of our business local,” Krueger said. “We try to show people that we are not just a corporation. We love local.”
Shaun Lapacek, co-owner and winemaker at Rock N Wool Winery of Poynette – another family operation – expressed the benefits of attending the Local Food Expo as a food producer.
“They [Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly] try to support us locally and we try to do it back,” Lapacek said, calling the situation “win-win.”
According to Lapacek, Rock N Wool Winery shares a local consciousness with the supermarket, ensuring that all the grapes that go into their wines are Wisconsin grown.
Lapacek, a member of the Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, sees a benefit specifically in coming to Lodi for the event.
“The people [of Lodi] seem to fit the kinds of wine I’m making,” Lapacek said.
The Local Food Expo will feature live music by local musician Joe Bainbridge, who will be performing a solo acoustic show from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or longer, depending on attendance.
“I’ve got a lot of originals, but I do mix in some covers that people will know,” Bainbridge said.
Bainbridge expressed excitement about playing at the Local Food Expo, especially since he personally has noticed an increase in local and organic products carried by Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly.
“What they’re doing with local sourcing and everything is really great,” Bainbridge said.