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When Are Milwaukee’s Farmers Markets Closing for the Season?

The last days to peruse outdoor farmers markets are fast approaching. Don’t delay; we’re going to have to start shoveling soon.

1. Brown Deer Farmers Market

9078 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer
Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 31

Brown Deer’s farmers market covers all the essentials, displaying as much farm produce as it does artisan wares: think soaps, spices and coffee. 

2. Cathedral Square Market

520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 6

Serving East Town, Cathedral Square becomes a bustling marketplace. More than just farmers, gardeners and growers selling their fresh fruits and veggies, there’s also free weekly yoga from 9-10 a.m. on the grass. From June until the beginning of September, Danceworks Inc. hosted free dance workshops in the mornings as well.

3. Fondy Market at Schlitz Park

1543 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee
Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last day: Sept. 25

The Fondy Market is one of the oldest in the state. Its roots extend back a full century. Today, it is largely sustained by lower-income consumers on Milwaukee’s north side thanks to more than $125,000 being spent there every year through incentive programs. In 2016, it was estimated that Fondy was responsible for $1 million in revenue for the North Side community.  

4. Fox Point Farmers Market

7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-Noon
Last day: Oct. 13

Not only can you find fresh-grown crops at Fox Point Farmers Market, but there’s also a substantial array of meats for sale every week. 

5. Garden District Farmers Market

6th St. and Howard Ave., Milwaukee
Saturdays: 12-4 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 20

Perhaps the most-aptly named appearance on this list, the Garden District Farmers Market has been bringing fresh fruits and veggies to MKE’s south side for five years. It’s run entirely by volunteers, occupying the distinctly-Milwaukee area in the shadow of Lake Water Tower. 

6. Greenfield Farmers Market

5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
Sundays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 28

Greenfield has the explicit goal of helping small businesses in the area gain a foothold through the use of its farmers market. By inviting the community to gather every Sunday, the organizers hope that shoppers will become more aware of their local growers, as well as the delight of simple, organic living.

7. Hartung Park Farmers Market

Keefe St. and Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee
Wednesdays: 4-7 p.m.
Last day: Sept. 26

This market has a small-town feel, even though it’s only about 15 minutes away from downtown Milwaukee. If the more expansive farmers markets feel overwhelming, the peace of Hartung will be a welcome return to traditionality. 

8. Jackson Park Farmers Market

3500 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee
Thursdays: 3:30-7 p.m.
Last day: Sept. 27

As one of the earliest closings amongst MKE’s farmers markets, there isn’t much time left to visit Jackson Park’s farmers market. A food stamp-friendly market, Jackson Park looks to unite the Milwaukee community, irrespective of economic barriers. 

9. Menomonee Falls Downtown Market

Mill Street Parking Lot (on Mill Street), behind AJ O’Brady’s Irish Pub
Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 31

Does your farmers market have hand-painted lawn décor? Menomonee Falls’ does, courtesy of local artist Joyce Gollakner, along with 20-plus other vendors, covering the basics of what you’d expect from a modern market. 

Photo via Getty Images.

10. South Milwaukee Downtown Market

11th Ave. and Milwaukee Ave., Milwaukee
Thursdays: 3-7 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 11

The diversity of Cream City comes together for the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. This farmers market’s central location allows merchants of varied fields comingle in a single marketplace. There are usually more than 50 stands open every Thursday, making South Milwaukee’s selection one of the grandest in the state. 

11. Shorewood Farmers Market

1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd., Shorewood
Sundays: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 28

Not every farmers market can say it hosts both a popsicle stand and kombucha vendor, but Shorewood is able to. There’s also specialty jams from 5 lilies and plenty of Latino cuisine provided by vendors like Lopez Bakery and Olano’s Empanadas.

12. South Shore Farmers Market

2900 S. Shore Dr. Bay View
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-Noon
Last day: Oct. 13

Weekly music highlights the South Shore Farmers Market, serenading shoppers as they peruse the dozens of stands, vending a mix of fresh produce, ethnic flavors and several caffeinated specialties.

13. St. Martins Market Fair

11230 W. Franklin St., Franklin
First Monday of each month: 3-7 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 1

One of the few farmers markets open on Mondays near Milwaukee, St. Martins is open at the end of the workday, the perfect time for southsiders to pick up fresh produce for the rest of the week.

14. Tosa Farmers Market

7720 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-Noon
Last day: Oct. 13

The 40-plus vendors give Wauwatosa enough flavor in terms of produce alone. On the first Saturday of every month (of which there’s only one left!), Tosa hosts Makers Market, where local artists and craftspeople can display and sell their wares. 

15. Walker Square Farmers Market

1021 9th St., Milwaukee
Sundays and Thursdays: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 21

Walker Square is close enough to the city that it can still serve the downtown crowd, but is just far enough south and west that it avoids some of the city’s frantic hustle and bustle. It’s ample-size (20-plus farmers) and nearby playground makes it a pleasant family excursion on Sundays or after school on Thursdays.

16. West Allis Farmers Market

6501 W. National Ave., West Allis
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Noon-6 p.m.
Saturdays: 1-6 p.m.
Last day: Nov. 24

Few markets have sustained as long as West Allis’. The market been around since 1919, the year that World War I officially ended. It’s also the largest open-air market in MKE, which is probably had a hand in what’s brought people back for generations. 

17. Westown Farmers Market

301 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last day: Oct. 31

By catering to a lunch crowd, the Westown Farmers Market has found its niche by offering live music every Wednesday at midday. More than just food, there are also flowers, jewelry and artwork for sale each week.

18. Whitefish Bay Farmers Market

325 Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon
Last day: Oct. 27

An incredibly wide variety of common and atypical wares are all for sale in one place. On any given Saturday, you may find truffles from The Mushroom Lady, peppers courtesy of That Salsa Lady, and plenty of Pine Hill Orchard’s apple cider to wash it down.



Adam is a journalist who recently returned to his Wisconsin home after graduating from Drake University in December 2017. He interned with MilMag in the summer of 2015 and has been a continual contributor ever since. Follow him on social media @Could_Be_Rogan