Kenosha Public Market (KPM) was started in April 2020 and was created to provide a collaborative, organized and educational marketing alternative for small scale agricultural and specialty products; to educate the public in the value of these products and activities. KPM is a catalyst and incubator for micro-enterprises, entrepreneurship, small farming enterprises and community supported agriculture through the operation of year-round community markets, with an online presence.
KPM was initially started as an online market due to the COVID-19 pandemic as area physical markets where closing. This directly affected the livelihood of local producers. Our online store strengthens our local food systems by providing a flexible alternative to the physical market.
Our vendors who sell full time at our market receive the online service free. KPM2GO also caters to SNAP/EBT customers who receive a $20 match for each purchase.
Our volunteer board of directors is committed to ensuring its business, programs, and market activities are accountable and transparent, vendor and customer centric, innovative and community oriented. The KPM engages in over 100 vendors who provide the food and products that are sold to consumers of the virtual and physical markets.
The intent of KPM and KPM2GO is to ensure a place where entrepreneurs can test their skills, services, and products while minimizing their risk in time and capital.
The KPM BOD provide financial and management oversight, with the executive committee providing more direct oversight of operations and programming. This group is made up of experienced people in the food industry, individuals with knowledge of food safety regulations, and individuals active in the wider food community.