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The inaugural Racine HarborMarket on Thursday evening was truly a foodie paradise!

Folks from all over crammed into Downtown Racine’s Monument Square to shop for fresh baked goods, produce, artisan cheeses, honey, hand-made soaps, flowers, plants and more.

The first-ever Racine HarborMarket ran from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Monument Square. – Credit: Paul Holley

There were also plenty of summertime food options, including barbecue, sweet corn, fried fish and tacos.

Mean Jake kept the Racine HarborMarket rocking Thursday evening. – Credit: Paul Holley

Local blues-rock favorite Mean Jake provided the music.

Racine HarborMarket is a brand-new collaboration between the Downtown Racine Corp. and Kenosha’s HarborMarket. Upcoming market dates this year are Thursdays, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

Racine HarborMarket goods and goers

A selection of succulent plants. – Credit: Paul Holley
These fresh beets were among the available produce. – Credit: Paul Holley
Unique sweet treats. – Credit: Paul Holley
The seating area at Monument Square quickly filled with folks who stopped at the Market for a bite to eat. – Credit: Paul Holley
Paula Heimerl, a cheesemaker from Oak Creek, explains how her artisan cheese is best served. – Credit: Paul Holley

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Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...