BEETS, BASIL AND bitter lemon. Cabbage, cantaloups and carrots. Seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients are one of the short-lived gifts of summer – blink and they’re gone. Don’t let the weeks race by without exploring a local farmers market, which isn’t just a shopping experience but a cultural celebration.
JUNE 21-OCT. 11, 9 A.M.-2 P.M. | VILLAGE PARK, 251 ELM ST.
Come for: The gorgeous setting on the Milwaukee River, well-equipped playground (if you’ve got littles) and wide selection of items like meat, eggs, honey and bread.
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JUNE 1-OCT. 12, 2-6 P.M. | VILLAGE PARK, N87 W16749 GARFIELD DR.
Come for: The arts and craft vendors, along with specialty food items such as fresh cheese curds, microgreens and elk meat in every cut.
THROUGH NOV. 26,* NOON-6 P.M. | 6501 W. NATIONAL AVE.
Come for: A market hyper-focused on fresh Wisconsin produce, from summer squash to antique apples. Covered stalls also make it a great rainy-day option.
Other days: Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m., Saturdays, 1-6 p.m.
*Closed Thanksgiving Day
JUNE 10-OCT. 28, 3-6 P.M. | PRESERVATION PARK, 925 W. JUNEAU AVE.
Come for: Refreshment from local breweries, like Central Waters, at the on-site beer garden. Plus, produce, food truck fare and works by artists and makers.
JUNE 18-OCT. 29, 8 A.M.-NOON | SOUTH SHORE PARK, 2900 S. SHORE DR.
Come for: The terrific selection of prepared food such as breakfast sandwiches and made-to-order pad thai.
JUNE 4-OCT. 16, 8 A.M.-NOON | WAUWATOSA VILLAGE, 7720 HARWOOD AVE.
Come for: Fresh foraged mushrooms and loads of fresh herbs. And the Hatched hand pies are delectable!
JUNE 19-OCT. 30, 9:30 A.M.-1 P.M. | ESTABROOK PARK, ACCESS FROM SOUTH END (4100 ESTABROOK PKWY.)
Come for: French baked goods, bountiful bouquets and Brute pizza. Also, get your knives sharpened!
JULY 10-OCT. 30, 9 A.M.-2 P.M. | 2200 W. FOND DU LAC AVE.
Come for: Specialty produce including harder-to-procure native Asian ingredients.
Other days: Early season markets run Saturdays through July 2, 9 a.m.-noon; regular season markets also run Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. From Nov. 5-19, a Saturday late-season market runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m.