Local Farmers Markets To Visit This Summer

Stroll, shop and nosh almost every day of the week.


This story is part of our Summer Guide from the June Issue of Milwaukee Magazine. To read our full guide to summer fun, order your copy today!


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. 

Tuesday

Thiensville Village Market

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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Wednesday

Menomonee Falls

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.

Photo courtesy of The Menomonee Falls Farmer’s Market

Thursday

West Allis 

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

Friday

Brewery District

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.

Saturday

South Shore 

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. 

Tosa

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!

South Shore Farmers Market; Photo by Aliza Baran

Sunday

Shorewood 

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!

Fondy

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.

Photo courtesy of Fondy Farmer’s Market

 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s June Summer Guide issue.

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Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.