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2012 Farmers' Market Guide

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Area farmers' markets are one of the best perks of Milwaukee's mild, sweet summers. These grassroots outdoor markets feature the area's freshest local produce along with artisan meats and cheeses, delicious prepared foods, locally roasted coffees and crafts by local artists. They also foster strong communities and educate patrons about health, nutrition and sustainability.

Below is a list of 12 farmers' markets within a 10-mile radius of Downtown Milwaukee. If you plan on visiting one, you might want to phone first or check the market's website to learn about what produce is in season and what's on the market's agenda that week.

East Side Green Market

1901 E. North Ave. (Beans & Barley parking lot)

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 16-Oct. 13

414-502-9489

www.theeastside.org/categories/10-green-market

New this year, ESGM will feature more ready-to-eat foods, including popcorn and gourmet sliders. Many artist vendors will change from week to week, making for a fresh selection of crafts, clothing and one-of-a-kind pieces.

East Town Market

Corner of Kilbourn & Jefferson (Cathedral Square Park)

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

June 2-Oct. 6

414-271-1416

www.easttown.com

Vendors galore come to this large Downtown market. Weekly entertainment includes free yoga and live music.

Fondy Farmers' Market


2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Open four days a week from July to October and on Saturdays in May, June and November (see website for specific hours)

414-933-8121

www.fondymarket.org

Fondy offers a range of Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables from as many as 30 vendors, as well as prepared foods, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's activities and entertainment on Saturdays. FFM accepts SNAP Cards, WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program vouchers for all of its products, including starter plants.

Fox Point Farmers' Market

7300 N. Lombardy Road (Stormonth School)

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

June 16-Oct. 13

414-352-0555

In addition to weekly entertainment and chef demos, the market will feature special giveaways and events throughout the summer.

Garden District Farmers' Market

Sixth Street and Norwich Avenue

Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

June 23-Oct. 20

market@milwaukeegdna.com

At the northern entrance to Milwaukee's newly designated "Green Corridor" on South Sixth Street, this market is part of a larger project to transform an underutilized stretch of land into a beautiful, environmentally friendly community asset with vegetable garden plots, a public composting area, a green-roofed amphitheater for community events, and a brick-paved farmers' market.

Hartung Park Farmers' Market


Hartung Park (Menomonee River Parkway and Keefe Street)

Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.

June 13-Sept. 19

414-535-1392

www.hartungpark.com

The HPFM was founded in 2010. Each week, four to five family farmers sell vegetables, fruits and cut flowers. There is also weekly music and a nearby playground for kids. This year the market will add a chair-massage booth and a soap maker.

Riverwest Gardeners' Market

Garden Park (Bremen and Locust streets) 

Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 17-Oct. 28

414-367-9389

www.riverwestmarket.com

The people of Riverwest have been running their own farmers' market for almost 20 years. The market offers live music in addition to produce and handicrafts.

South Shore Farmers' Market


2900 S. Shore Drive (South Shore Park)

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

June 16-Oct. 13 (no market July 14)

414-640-4411

www.southshorefarmersmarket.com

Bay View's popular farmers' market includes roughly 40 vendors. The market also features community demonstrations and local music.

Tosa Farmers' Market

7720 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa (Wauwatosa Village)

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

June 2-Oct. 13

www.tosafarmersmarket.com

This growing market's aim is to promote local food, community health and environmental sustainability. New this year is the monthly "Makers Market," featuring the work of local artists on the first Saturday of each month.

Vliet Street Community Green Market

4420 W. Vliet St. (in front of the Washington Park Senior Center)

Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 17-Oct. 14

414-344-1818

patatvlietstreet@gmail.com

Located in the Martin Drive neighborhood of western Milwaukee, Vliet Street Community Green Market has been open since 2007. New this year, kids can enjoy weekly arts and crafts activities at the market.

West Allis Farmers' Market

6501 W. National Ave., West Allis

Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-6 p.m.

Saturdays, 1-6 p.m.

May 5-Nov. 24

414-302-8600

www.ci.west-allis.wi.us/health

West Allis' long-running producer-only farmers' market is one of the biggest in the area, operating three afternoons a week. The season opens with the sale of annuals, vegetable seedlings, herbs and spring fruits and vegetables. Offerings expand as a greater variety of produce comes into season.

Westown Farmers' Market


Zeidler Union Square (Michigan Street between Third and Fourth streets)

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (no market July 4)

June 6-Oct. 31

414-276-6696

www.westown.org

Downtown Milwaukee's largest and oldest outdoor market has been operating for more than 25 years. The market typically features 50-75 vendors each week.

Other Milwaukee County farmers' markets operate in Cudahy, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Greendale, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, Franklin and South Milwaukee. For more information about local farmers' markets throughout the state, go to www.farmfreshatlas.org. And when our winds blow cold, don't forget about Milwaukee's winter markets, including Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market at State Fair Park  (www.mcwfm.org), St. Ann Center Indoor Farmers' Market in Milwaukee (www.stanncenter.org/Farmersmarket) and Westown Winter Market (www.westown.org).