With farmers market season upon us, there is no shortage of fresh produce sources in the Milwaukee area. Here are 10 to hit up this summer.
Customers come to Brookfield Farmers Market from several surrounding communities to purchase Wisconsin-grown products at reasonable prices. In 2005, the market introduced “Market and More,” an arts and crafts event held on each third Saturday of the month. Throughout the season, over 100 different vendors offer a wide variety of goods, from dog accessories to mosaic jewelry. Bonus: With a frequent shopper card, 12 punches will earn you $5 in market money. The market opens for the season on May 6 and runs Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon through October.
Civic Plaza, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield
The largest open-air market in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area, West Allis Farmers Market was established in 1919 and has provided high-quality fresh produce for generations of families. Chickens and fresh eggs are always available, and a wide variety of produce is offered at different times based on seasonality. During the early season, asparagus, bedding plants, radishes and rhubarb are available. In June, you’ll find peas, raspberries, snap beans, strawberries, squash and zucchini. The West Allis Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting on May 6 and running through Nov. 25.
6501 W. National Ave., West Allis
Fondy Farmers Market converges food and community, bringing together farmers and local residents in a celebratory atmosphere. Offering more than just good food, the market often provides customers with live entertainment and music while they shop. Each week, Fondy’s “Seasonal Soul” Cooking Demonstrations showcase area chefs as they cook healthy dishes from different cultural food traditions. The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from May 13 through June 10, and from June 17 through Oct. 29 it will be open Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Nov. 4 through Nov. 18, the market will be open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
South Milwaukee Downtown Market often has more than 50 vendors in a week, and they offer far more than just produce. Browse beautiful fresh flowers, fuel your shopping trip with freshly made Chinese food, or purchase soy candles and other handcrafted goods from natural product vendors. Local music acts perform each week. South Milwaukee Downtown Market is open Thursdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning June 1 and runs through Oct. 12.
S. 11th Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.
Cathedral Square Market makes Saturday mornings worth waking up for. There is no shortage of eat-now and take-home foods to suit any taste, from vegetarian options to high-quality seafood. Beyond the Wisconsin-grown and -made produce, crafts and prepared food, the market also provides chef demos, dance workshops, local music acts and free outdoor yoga sessions. Cathedral Square Market is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 3 to October 7.
Cathedral Square Park, 825 N. Jefferson St.
Tosa Farmers Market is run by Wauwatosa residents who volunteer their time and effort in order to provide their neighborhoods with access to fresh produce and locally made goods. On the first Saturday of each month, customers can purchase goods made by local artists and artisans at the Makers Market. At the end of each week, vendors are given the opportunity to donate excess food to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Beginning June 3, Tosa Farmers Market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through October 14.
7720 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa
Walker Square Park functions as the perfect location for a farmers market, with bike racks, easy parking and restrooms. The produce sold at Walker Square Farmers Market is grown on one- to four-acre plots at organic, local family farms in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to standard farmers market produce (like apples and onions), Walker Square Farmers Market offers specialty crops such as lemon grass and squash blossoms. The market is open Sundays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 4 through Oct. 29 (depending on produce availability).
Walker Square Park, 1029 S. 9th St.
Located in Zeidler Union Square, Westown Farmers Market is the perfect downtown destination to grab freshly prepared food from area restaurants on your lunch break. Enjoy live music performances in the park’s gazebo while you browse handmade art and locally grown produce. On Aug. 16, bring the kids along for Children’s Day, where they can enjoy free entertainment and activities. From June 7 through Oct. 25, the market will be open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
301 W. Michigan St.
Only in its second year, the Jackson Park Farmers Market is small, but bustling. Despite its young age, the market offers much more than just fresh produce. Local craft items, baked goods, flowers and more are offered at this Thursday evening community gathering. Food truck vendors provide tasty treats while live music creates an air of celebration. You’ll find the market adjacent to the Jackson Park Boat House, just north of the pond, on Thursdays from June 8 through Sept. 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
3500 W. Forest Home Ave.
Located in the west parking lot of Stormonth School, Fox Point Farmers Market boasts an impressive selection of freshly prepared food. In addition to picking up locally grown produce and Wisconsin-raised meats, you can munch on breakfast burritos, Greek pastries, egg rolls and a long list of other ethnic foods. Open June 17 through Oct. 14 on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon, you can catch live music every week at 10 a.m.
7300 N. Lombardy Rd., Fox Point
Connecting Bay View residents with fresh, local produce, South Shore Market is a community gathering place to shop for food, enjoy live performances and make the most of the beautiful Wisconsin weather. In addition to fresh produce, there are vendors selling baked goods, coffee, eggs, flour and meat. Live musical performances fall under a wide array of musical genres, including Americana, bluegrass, folk, Irish, neo-folk, polka, pop, jazz, R&B and tango. South Shore Farmers Market operates on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning June 17 and running through Oct. 14.
South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Dr.