INTERVIEWING AND NOTE-TAKING
saw a guy from a restaurant called the Opera House. He was buying stuff
like peppers, cauliflower, and onions for the restaurant. He said that
he always gets the stuff that is in season. He makes soup with the stuff
At the Farmers' Market our group saw a chef that worked
at the Opera House. He buys vegetables and fruit. He buys as much as he
can for soups. -- Emma
Evelyn Acker has been making jam for the Farmers' Market for 30 years.
felt great when I was talking to the Hmong lady. She said that she gets
all of her vegetables from her garden. She is my cousin. -- Mark
We all were so interested that we couldn't stop asking
questions such as: How did you start your business? How many years have
you been working here? What products are the hardest to grow? And our
most popular question was "What's your most popular product to sell?"
And "What is your personal favorite product you have here?"
the Farmers' Market I talked to two Hmong ladies. They sold vegetables.
I felt fun and happy and [I] really enjoyed it. -- Pakou
At all of the stands we asked the questions, "How
long have you been coming?" And "Why did you come?" A lot
of the answers were about the same, like "I came because I had an
overload of crops" or "it was business." -- Lowell
liked interviewing the people and I learned a lot about the different
foods they sell at the Farmers' Market and the different customers that
Most people there only sold their produce at the Farmers' Market. Selling
at the Farmers' Market is their full time job - or at least when it's
the season of the thing or food they sell. Some people have part time
jobs in the winter when they aren't able to work in their garden
or sell their produce.
For the bakeries, most people got their recipes from their relatives
or ancestors. But some people got theirs from cookbooks and added their
own little twists to it. -- MacKenzie
Some of the questions that we mostly asked the vendors
are: How long have you been working at the farmers' market? Where did
you come from? Most of them came from very far places in Wisconsin. Where
did you get the food? Most of them said off a farm and others said "we
have a store, business." Where did you get the idea to have a vendor
stand here on the square? Most of them said they like to see the capitol
when they come. -- Marcus