With all the farmland and livestock in Wisconsin, we’ve got access to some of the freshest, cleanest foods in the country and boy do we love to take advantage of that. Every town seems to have a farmer’s market these days, allowing us to meet the folks who raise and grow our food and make sure the money we spend goes directly to them. Plus, we get some of the freshest, juiciest, plumpest and most flavorful produce directly from them. It’s a win-win.
Here, in no particular order, are some of our absolute favorite farmers markets from across the state:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Eagle River Farmer's Market - Eagle River
Since 2001, this market has been serving folks up on the northern border some of the freshest ingredients around.
The Summer market is on Michigan St. (Hwy 45) just north of the bridge and runs May - mid-October on Wednesdays from 8:30 am-1 pm and Sundays from 10 am-2 pm. The Winter market is at the VFW on Hwy 70 West and takes place mid-October-April on Wednesdays From 11 am - 5 pm.
2. Beloit Farmer's Market - Beloit
This market has been running for more than 50 years and has more than 85 vendors at its weekly market that runs on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm at 500 Public Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
3. West Bend Farmers Market - West Bend
Set up right on Main Street in downtown West Bend, there are more than 70 vendors selling fresh, in-season vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, cheese, bread, bakery, honey, jams, jelly, eggs, wool and much more. It was even voted a top 10 market in the world by Vogue Magazine in 2014. It runs from May 20th - October 28th, every Saturday from 7:30 am - 11 am. Located at 215 N Main Street, Suite 109, West Bend.
4. Ashland Farmer's Market - Ashland
Set up at the 200 Block of Chapple Ave in Ashland, this market not only offers the freshest fruits and vegetables, but has multiple theme days, including a Blender Bike day and Kids Day. It runs from June through October on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm.
5. Westown Farmer's Market - Milwaukee
What's so great about this market is that it takes place mid-day during the workweek at a small park in downtown Milwaukee, allowing busy business folks to get out of the office, enjoy the fresh air, and pick up some healthy options for lunch or dinner. There's almost always live music and a few food trucks as well as other events. When busy folks can't go to the fresh produce, this market brings it right to them. Located at Zeidler Union Square on Michigan Ave. between 3rd and 4th Street, the market runs Wednesdays from June 7 – October 25 from 10 am – 2 pm.
6. Stevens Point Farmer's Market - Stevens Point
According to their webpage, this market, which takes place in the historic Mathias Mitchell Public Square in Stevens Point, is the longest-running farmers market in the state of Wisconsin. The two square-block marketplace has been the focal point for farmers selling their wares since Mitchell donated it to the town in 1847. Open from June through October, the Market is open daily as available. Hours are officially from about 7 am to 5 pm, though most stalls run out by 2:30 pm. They're open Monday evenings from 3 pm -7pm and have a large market day on Saturday starting at 7 am. Located at corner of Second and Main Street in downtown Stevens Point just east of the Wisconsin River off of Hwy 66.
7. Cameron Park Farmer's Market - LaCrosse
Held at the Hanifl Marketplace in Cameron Park, on King Street between 4th Street and 5th Avenue, the outdoor market will start in May and run into October. It runs on two days - Fridays from 4 pm - dusk and Saturdays from 8 am - 1 pm. In the winter, the market moves to Myrick Park Center 2000 La Crosse St on Saturdays from 10 am - 1 pm.
8. West Allis Farmer's Market - Milwaukee
Open in some form since 1919, this market opens later in the day to not only allow the farmers to do their morning work, but to ensure that the produce that comes is as fresh as possible. There's a permanent set of covered stalls to keep out the elements. The market is open from the first Saturday in May through the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Located at 6501 W. National Ave, West Allis.
9. Oshkosh Farmer's Market - Oshkosh
In the peak of summer, this market has more than 140 vendors. But the market is open practically year-round. From November to April, the market is indoors in the multi-purpose room of Merrill Middle School at 108 W New York Ave on Saturdays from 9:00 am- 12:30 pm. When they move outdoors, it's to the 400 & 500 Blocks of N Main St & 100 Block of Church Ave on Saturdays from 8 am to 12:30 pm. There's also a mid-week market in the warmer months on Wednesdays at South Park Shelter #1 at the corner of W South Park Ave & Georgia St from 3 pm - 7 pm.
10. Kenosha HarborMarket - Kenosha
From May 20 through October 14, this market is in downtown Kenosha along Second Avenue between 54th and 56th Streets and at Place de Douai near the Southport Marina. From October 22 through May 6, the market moves indoors to the Rhode Center for the Arts at 514 56th Street. Either way, it runs on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
11. Eau Claire Downtown Farmer's Market - Eau Claire
Located at 300 Riverfront Terrace by the north portion of Phoenix Park, next to the Madison Street Bridge, this market runs 7:30 am to 1 pm on Saturdays in May. From June to October, the market is open 7:30 am - 1:00 pm on Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Thursday and 7:30 am - 1:00 pm on Saturday. In the winter, a market is held once per month at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center at 1616 Bellinger St.
12. Sparta Farmer's Market - Sparta
This market runs from the third Saturday in May to the third Saturday in October on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm and Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm. It's located on North Main St., in the Beaver Creek Market area.
13. Fondy Farmer's Market - Milwaukee
This urban market works specifically to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to an area of Milwaukee who's residents would not otherwise have access to it. They also work to provide education on how to eat and prepare the produce and work to make fresh, nutritious foods available to all Milwaukee residents. They've also established their own farm just north of Milwaukee to help farmers who would have otherwise have had to change course due to the economic difficulties of farming. The tentative 2017 schedule is Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm May 13 – June 10, Saturdays from 7 am – 3 pm, Sundays from 9 am – 3 pm, Tuesdays from 9 am – 3 pm and Thursdays from 9 am – 3 pm June 17 – Oct 29, and Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm November 4 – 18. Located at 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee.
14. Hodag Farmer's Market - Rhinelander
This market is open every Saturday from May 28th until October 15th from 8 am until 1 pm and is located in Pioneer Park on S. Oneida Ave, Rhinelander.
15. Dane County Farmer's Market - Madison
This market is America's largest producers-only farmers' market. It is held from April to November on Saturday mornings on the Capitol Square in Madison and on Wednesday mornings at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. There are more than 300 vendors that are part of the market and upwards of 160 attend most weeks in the summer. There's also a holiday market at Monona Terrace on from mid-November through mid-December and a winter market complete with market breakfast prepared by guest chefs from January through April at the Madison Senior Center at 330 West Mifflin Street.
16. Milaeger's Great Lakes Farmers Market - Racine
This year round market takes place right at Milaeger's Racine location. It's inside the Expo Greenhouse from July through April and outside during the months of May and June. At least 40 vendors, live music, kids crafts and more bring folks to this great market. Located at 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine.
17. Downtown Appleton Farmer's Market - Appleton
This market takes place in the heart of Appleton and it doesn't really change locations when the cold hits - it just moves inside. The warm weather market is outside on College Ave on Saturdays 8 am to 12:30 pm June -October; In the winter, the market moves indoors to the City Center, at the intersection of Oneida St and College Ave. Open Saturdays from 9 am - 12:30 pm November - May.