TCD’s 2013 Farmers Market Guide

Farmers markets are sprouting up all over southeastern Wisconsin, and TCD has your comprehensive guide to a season of healthful, flavorful, local eating.
May 26th, 2013 |
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Fresh produce at Mitchell Street Farmers Market. Photo taken by Madeline Pieschel.

It’s finally summer – although Wisconsin weather remains as unstable as ever – and that means it’s time for a new crop of farmers markets in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. For those of you who seek to add some fresh produce to your healthy living routine, TCD’s Gene Cawley and Madeline Pieschel have compiled this farmers market guide, to provide you with options for all the delicious fruits, veggies and more that your local farmers have in store for the coming months.

We’ll keep this guide up to date in the weeks to come, but if there’s anything you see we’ve missed, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

Brown Deer Farmers Market
6700 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., May 29 – October
Find annuals and perennials, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
414-354-6923; Rose Dolan

Brookfield Farmers Market
2000 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., May – October
Get your choice of annuals, perennials, fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, maple syrup, yogurt, mushrooms, Elk and other meats, chickens, eggs, baked goods, dried floral, garden art, crafts and much more. Enjoy weekly entertainment, demonstrations and hand-crafted items. Market & More handmade craft sale is held on the plaza on the third Saturday of each month.
262-784-7804

Cedarburg Farmers Market
Corner of Mill St. and Washington St., Cedarburg (grass lot across from Tri-City Bank)
Fridays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 3 – October 28
262-377-9620

East Side Green Market
Parking lot of Beans & Barley, Southeast corner of North and Oakland avenues.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 15 – October 2nd.
Featuring locally grown produce from right here in Milwaukee, local artists, designers & craftspeople, sustainable living/growing demonstrations, delicious local food & drinks and great local entertainment.
414-502-9489; OnlyOnTheEastSide@gmail.com

East Town Market
Cathedral Square Park; 1901 E. North Ave., Milwaukee (in the parking lot of Beans & Barley)
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, June 1 – October 5 (Market closed for Bastille Days July 13)
Stop by Cathedral Square Park on Saturday mornings for fresh produce, locally made crafts, prepared food and great programming. Schedule includes: FREE yoga presented by the Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) every week from 9 am – 10am, FREE Dance performances and workshops presented by Danceworks from 10 am – 11 am, June 1 – Aug 24, and Sept 7 and at 8:15 a.m. July 20 & 27, and LIVE music every week from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.!
elinn@easttown.com

Fondy Farmers Market
2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee (one block north of North Ave.)
Open Saturdays all season (9 a.m. – noon), May 11 – November 16
Open 4 days/week, (Sat, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun, Tues, Thurs, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) June 22 – November 2; Saturday (7 am  3 pm) Sunday (8 am – 2 pm) November 2 – 16
Farmers offer locally grown fruits and veggies, including a wide variety of greens and Asian produce. Stay for cooking demos, live entertainment, festivals, and made-from-scratch foods.
414-933-8121; info@fondymarket.org

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Photo taken by Madeline Pieschel.

Fox Point Farmers Market
Stormonth School; 7300 N. Lombardy Rd., Fox Point (west parking lot at Mall and Lombardy Rd.)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., June 16 – October 13
Find produce, honey, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, mushrooms, native plants, flowers, maple syrup, herbs, cheese, bakery, chocolate truffles, Mexican bakery and tamales, Greek pastry, coffee, and artisanal soap at this producers-only market. Events each week include chef demos, kids activities, and music.
414-352-0555; mj8049@sbcglobal.net

Garden District Farmers Market
6th St. and Howard Ave. on Milwaukee’s South Side (across from the Water Tower)
. Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., June 15 – October 12 (Grand Opening is July 6th)
. Located on Milwaukee’s Green Corridor, this market transforms an underutilized stretch of land into a beautiful, environmentally-friendly community asset. Along the brick-paved farmer’s market are community garden plots, a public composting area, a rainwater harvested stream and more developments to come. Anchor vendors include Growing Power and Apple Holler. Fitness offerings will be featured this summer from Noon – 1 and other entertainment and education will be offered.
414-430-4711; stiegs@gmail.com

Germantown Farmers Market
Germantown Center Mall, Life Church parking lot, corner of Mequon Road and Squire Drive, Germantown
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 4 – October 26
Offers fresh fruits, vegetables, and eggs.
262-250-4710

Grafton Farmers Market
Twin City Plaza Lot; 1720 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., July – growing season
Get your fresh produce, flowers, and herbs.
262-377-1650; chamber@grafton-wi.org

Greendale Open Market
Greendale Village Center – Broad Street (between Northway and Schoolway)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/3, 8/17, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19
A wide variety of unique vendors and community groups feature their wares from flowers to fresh produce to bakery and arts & crafts. Peruse bakery, honey, crafts, apples, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and bread.
414-423-2790

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Konkel Park (5151 W. Layton Avenue)
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; June 23 – October 27
The Greenfield Farmers Market provides a relaxed, educational and fun community gathering place. It aims to improve access to fresh, healthy foods & locally produced goods.
414.426.5126; farmersmarket@greenfieldwi.us

Hartford Farmers Market
Hartford Parks & Rec Dept.; 147 N. Rural St., Hartford (parking lot, one block north of Hwy. 60 on Rural St.)
Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 4 – November 9
Browse fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade products brought to you by area vendors.
262-673-7193

Historic Horticultural Hall Farmers Market
Horticultural Hall; 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva
Thursday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9th thru Oct. 17th 2013.
847-867-8684; market@horticulturalhall.com

Hales Corners Harvest on the Homestead
Stahl-Conrad Homestead; 9724 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/10, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26.
Harvest at the Homestead farmers’ market recalls the Hales Corners Stock Fair which was held monthly from 1871 to 1958 on Forest Home Ave. north to Grange Ave. Unlike the Stock Fair, however, there won’t be any farm animals for sale! Delight in produce, bakery, arts and crafts. Contact the market manager to get email updates about produce availability and events.
414-425-3845; djbbesson@yahoo.com

Hartung Park Farmers Market
Hartung Park; Menomonee River Parkway and Keefe St., Milwaukee/Wauwatosa
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., June 12 – September 25
Find fresh fruit and vegetables here!
414-535-1392; hpca@hartungpark.com

Kenosha Harbor Market
Kenosha Harbor Park; 2nd Ave. between 55th and 56th St.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 11 – October 12
Kenosha Winter Harbor Market
Rhode Center for the Arts; 514 56th St., KenoshaSaturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., October 19 - May 17 (closed December 28 & January 4 )
Year-round market sets up outdoors May 11 through mid October 12. Find a wide range of natural meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, produce, arts, crafts and activities such as garlic and strawberry contests and live music and chef demonstrations.
262-914-1252; forgianniray@hotmail.com

Lake Geneva Farmers Market
Historic Horticultural Hall at 330 Broad St. in beautiful Lake Geneva.
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 9 – October 17; rain or shine, inside and outdoor spaces.
Every week during the growing season Lake Geneva’s Farmers Market offers fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, bedding plants, perennials and fresh cut flowers that are grown locally and with many being organic. Crafters also offer body botanicals, soaps, bird houses, jewelry, art aprons, knitting, sewing of all kinds and crafts. The local farms and kitchens produce delicious honey, jams, baked goods, sauces, meats, eggs, cheeses, and more.
262 745-9341

Lake Mills Open Market
Commons Park; 200 Water St., Downtown Lake Mills
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., May 8 – October 23
Enjoy a large variety of farm fresh produce, plants, flowers, local area crafts, homemade items such as soaps and candles.  The Main Street grill is available every Wednesday with their brat of the week or you can visit one of the other food vendors.  Many of the local downtown Restaurants and stores offer Farmers Market specials during the market.
920-648-2344

Menomonee Falls Farmers Market
In the North Junior Campus Parking Lot of Menomonee, one block west of the corner of Appleton & Main
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 7 – October 27;  Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 1 – Nov 27;
Vendors offer a variety of produce, home-made bakery, flowers, garden plants, specialty items, and unique arts and crafts.
262-251-8797;  info@menomoneefallsdowntown.com

Milwaukee Public Market Outdoor Urban Market
400 N. Water St., On St. Paul Ave. side of Public Market
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; June 1 – October 19
In addition to the fresh seasonal produce, the outdoor market experience is complemented by some of the best artists in the region, with hand crafted items and art vendors.
414-336-1111; ryan@milwaukeepublicmarket.org

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Corner of Mitchell St. & Muskego Avenue, Milwaukee
Sundays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; April 2 – October 31
Stop by to purchase fresh, healthy, affordable, locally-grown fruits & vegetables from Milwaukee area farmers.
262-439-6144; staff@growingpower.org

Muskego Green Market
S73W16663 Janesville Rd, Muskego
Northwest corner of the parking lot, Muskego Public Library
Thursdays, 3-7 pm, beginning May 30.

New Berlin Farmers Market
New Berlin Safety Building, 16300 W National Ave
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon; May 4 – October 26
Shop jewelry and spring plants early in the season, and apples, sweet corn, fresh vegetables, and homemade baked goods and produce and more as the season progresses.
(262)-786-5280; office@newberlinchamber.org

Oconomowoc Farmers Market
South Municipal Parking Lot behind 175 E WIsconsin Avenue
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. – noon; May 18 – October 26;
This market offers produce, flowers, arts and crafts, music, chefs, education booths, natural cleaning products, honey, fresh meats, bakery, music and entertainment. Starting June 8, the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month  will offer ‘Artisan Row’ days –  local creative artists that will showcase and sell their wares.
262-567-2666joellen@oconomowoc.org 

Port Washington Farmers Market
Located at fellowship hall of the 1st Congregational Church at 135 North Webster Street,  just northwest of the Niederkorn Library.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; June 1 – October 26
Patrons have the opportunity to purchase vegetables, fruit, meat, baked goods, herbs, locally produced sorghum, maple syrup and honey, as well as other locally produced health and household products straight from area farmers and artisans.
(414) 202-7840; portwinter@portfish.org

Richfield Market
Parking lot of Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub (Corner of Holy Hill Road and HWY 164)
Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. June 8th through Labor Day Weekend.

Riverwest Gardeners Market
Located in Garden Park corner of Locust St and Bremen St, 821 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; June 16 – October 27
A neighborhood farmers market with a wonderfully diverse selection of locally grown produce, prepared foods, and crafts, along with great music from local musicians.  Parking available in public lot across Locust St.
414-491-3838; info@riverwestmarket.com

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Photo taken by Madeline Pieschel.

South Shore Farmers Market
South Shore Park, 2900 South Shore Drive, Bay View
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon; June 15 – October 12; (excluding weekend of South Shore Frolic, July 13).
Fresh Wisconsin produce, brought directly from the farmers themselves! Enjoy coffee, meat, egg, flour, and baked goods vendors.
visit http://southshorefarmersmarket.com/info/ for more info

South Milwaukee Downtown Market
11th Ave. & Milwaukee Ave. in downtown South Milwaukee
Every Thursday from 3pm-7pm
a place to buy fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, jewelry and everything in between.
(414) 758-3155

Thiensville Farmers Market
Located in the South parking lot of the scenic Village Park on the Milwaukee River (299 Elm St. – right across from Thiensville Village Hall).  Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; June 11 – October 29;
A wide variety of coffees, cooked-food, annuals, perennials, produce, meats, bakery, eggs, art, crafts and more can be found at the market each week. As the seasons change, an abundance of Wisconsin grown fruits, vegetables and flower bouquets will be harvested and brought to the market.
414-241-1013; ThiensvilleFM@gmail.com

Tosa Farmers Market
Located in city parking lot near Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon; June 1 – October 12
Over 3o vendors featuring fruits and veggies, annuals and perennials, meats and cheeses, baked goods, specialty items and much more.  The market also offers yoga in the park on various Saturday mornings.  Check http://www.tosafarmersmarket.com/ for further info.
(414) 875-0883; tosamarket@gmail.com

Watson Street Farmers Market
Located at the Village Green, at the intersection of Watson and Seward Street in downtown Ripon.
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m; Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.; June – October
Customers can expect to find farm fresh produce, baked goods, poultry, meats, eggs, honey, and plants.
920-748-7466; craig@riponmainst.com

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Riverfront Plaza off Barstow (between Barstow and Broadway, south of the Fox River)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon; May 4 – October 26;
Patrons can expect in-season fresh vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, annuals and perennials, dried flowers, baked goods, oils, herbs, jams, salad dressings, cheeses, locally raised me ants including lamb, beef and pork, and locally made art and craft items. In an effort to provide a wider variety of community involvement, entertainment, and family oriented events, this year there will be events that include music, a kids stage with projects and arts & crafts, and an “Ask Art” stage which will provide handyman/fix-it presentations.
262-547-2354

West Allis Farmers Market
West National Avenue & South 68th Street
Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays, noon – 6 p.m.; May 2 – November 30
A wide range of produce arrives at the market throughout the year. The early season brings bedding plants, radishes, asparagus, and rhubarb. Strawberries and raspberries arrive in June as well as zucchini, squash, peas, snap beans. Corn arrives about a week after July 4 along with many other squashes and herb plants. The late season brings fresh apples and cider. Chickens and fresh eggs are always available.
(414) 302-8600

West Bend Farmers Market
Downtown West Bend
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.; June 1 – October 6
The West Bend Farmers’ Market is one of the largest in the area with over 65 regular and seasonal vendors selling the freshest locally grown produce, flowers, bakery, frozen meats and poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and so much more. The North Main Expansion is home to more specialty vendors selling organic produce, doggy bakery items, handmade oils and personal care items and much, much more. Stop by Old Settler’s Park for live entertainment. There’s also a new Chef’s Tour on the first Saturday of each month.
(262) 338-3909; josie@downtownwestbend.com

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Photo taken by Madeline Pieschel.

West Town Farmers Market
Zeidler Union Square
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; June 5 – October 30
The Westown Farmers’ Market features more than 60 vendors selling Wisconsin-grown produce and flowers, delicious prepared food items, handcrafted art and jewelry, lunch from area restaurants and livemusic in the park’s gazebo.  Many Wednesday’s at the market also include live music, chef demonstrations, or other special events.

Whitefish Bay Farmers Market
Located on Berkeley Blvd. at Silver Spring Drive
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon; August 3 – September 28
Find organic produce, meats, bread, flowers, honey, and more.  This market welcomes people of all ages with weekly themes, educational activities, kids crafts, cooking demonstrations,and live entertainment, including music and dancing.
(414) 964-1400; marketing@shopwhitefishbay.com

Vliet Street Community Green Market
Washington Park Senior Center at 4420 West Vliet Street
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; June 17- October 14
Vliet Street Community Green Market offers locally grown produce, delicious food, artisan crafts, cooking demonstrations and free local entertainment. June 17th, July 15th and August 19th the farmers market will be hosting a flea market.
(414) 344-1818; patatvlietstreet@gmail.com

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6 Responses to “TCD’s 2013 Farmers Market Guide”

  1. jeating says:

    Tried Cathedral Square, West Allis, and South Shore so far. All would shame a farm-state city half this size. Go to Michigan or Illinois, and learn.

    Weird that we have good restaurants in Milwaukee but such poor markets.

    I understand that Madison is good, but a three-hour round-trip isn’t doable every Saturday.

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  2. CORRECTION: The East Side Green Market is held in the parking lot of Beans & Barley, at the southeast corner of North and Oakland avenues. Thx!

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  3. Anna says:

    We are changing the time of the Richfield Market to 9-Noon. Thanks!

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  4. Anna says:

    There will be a new market in Richfield in the parking lot of Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub (Corner of Holy Hill Road and HWY 164). Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. June 8th through Labor Day Weekend. Join us!

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  5. Patricia Nakamura says:

    A new one: MUSKEGO GREEN MARKET, Thursdays, 3-7 pm, beginning May 30. In the northwest corner of the parking lot., Muskego Public Library.

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  6. Mary Holtz says:

    Great listing! Would like to add the South Milwaukee Downtown Market every Thursday from 3pm-7pm on 11th & Milwaukee.

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