Fresh and Local :: Milwaukee Area Farmers Markets

Milwaukee Farmers Markets

Spring. It’s the start of the outdoor farmer’s market season here in the Midwest. And in the metro Milwaukee area, we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful farmers’ markets literally every day of the week.  Shopping at a farmer’s market is a fun experience for the whole family — it is enjoyable to simply browse the stalls, but it’s even better when you buy. When you make a purchase at a farmers market, you’re buying a fresher, more local product and you’re supporting a local producer. All this while promoting a healthy lifestyle.  It can also be a fabulous learning experience for kids of all ages – a time to teach them where their food comes from and what’s in the foods they eat. They can learn about the differences in farming (“what’s organic mean, mom?”). And it also helps them understand the seasons of food (especially handy when they are hankering for watermelon in January). It’s a win-win situation.

Farmers markets are also a wonderful community experience, where you can meet your neighbors, friends, and farmers, and where more of your dollar will stay in the community.  And while there is no shortage of great markets here in the Milwaukee area, some folks like to make a day trip out of it and explore other markets. So we have a few of those listed as well.  For a full listing, please refer to the Farm Fresh Atlas of SE Wisconsin

To make the most of your farmers’ market trip, I suggest the following tips:

  • Shop around. Walk the market and check out all the produce, comparing the prices and quality before making a purchase.
  • Figure out your strategy: Go early for the best selection. If you’re tight on cash, go later. Many farmers are willing to give bargains in order not to go home with produce.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample of something if it’s a vegetable you’ve never seen. Or ask the farmer how it is used/what to use it in. Typically, if they grow it, they eat it.
  • Looking for organic? Just ask the farmer. Many farmers grow their produce organically and sustainably, but can’t afford the certification.
  • Carry cash. Not all vendors accept credit cards, and cash is quicker.
  • Bring your own bagsIt’sts better for the environment and the vendors.
  • Not all markets are pet-friendly, so make sure to check before you bring Fido along.

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MONDAY

Butler Farmers’ Market
12700 W Hampton, Butler
May 1-Oct 30
12:00p – 6:00p

St. Martin’s Fair
St. Martin’s Rd. + Church St, Franklin
May 1-Nov 6, First Monday of every month, weather permitting
6:00p-2:00p
 

TUESDAY

Fondy Market at Schlitz Park
Schlitz Park, Downtown Milwaukee
July 11-October 3
11:00a-2:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Th, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 17-Oct 29
9:00a-3:00p

Thiensville Village Market
Village Park, Thiensville
June 13-Oct 24
9:00a-3:00p
Food trucks, live music, and more.

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Th & Sat)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
May 6-Nov 25
12:00p-6:00p

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WEDNESDAY

Brown Deer Farmers’ Market
Marketplace Shopping Center
9078 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer
June 14-Oct 25
9:00a-6:00p

Cedarburg Farmers’ Market
Fireman’s Park, Cedarburg
June 21-Oct 25
3:00p-7:00p

Elm Grove Village Market
Parking lot of Ray’s Auto Service
13230 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove
July 5-Sept 27
5:00p-8:00p

Hartung Park Farmers’ Market
Hartung Park, W Keefe Ave + Menomonee River Pkwy, Wauwatosa
June 21-Sept 27
4:00p-7:00p
A Maker’s Market is held once a month.

Menomonee Falls Farmers’ Market (see also Sun)
Main St, one block West of Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls
May 3-Oct 25
9:00a-2:00p

Mukwonago Area Farmers’ Market
Field Park on Hwy 83 & Hwy NN
May 17-Oct 11
2:00p-6:00p

Pewaukee Farmers’ Market
Christ Lutheran Church, W240 N3103 Pewaukee Rd
June 14-Sept 27
3:30p-7:00p

Westown Farmers’ Market
Zeidler Union Square, Downtown Milwaukee
June 7-Oct 25
10:00a-2:00p
Lawn games and live entertainment throughout the season.

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THURSDAY

Brookfield Village Farmers’ Market
Just off Brookfield Rd in Hoffman Ave Parking lot, Brookfield
June 1-Oct 5
3:00p-7:00p

CORE/El Centro Rooftop Market
130 W Bruce St, Milwaukee
Third Thursday of the Month, June 8-Oct 19
3:00p-7:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 17-Oct 29
9:00a-3:00p

Grafton Farmers’ Market
Veterans Memorial Park, Grafton
July 6-Sept
10:00a-6:00p

Jackson Park Farmers’ Market
Jackson Park, 3500 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee
June 8-Sept 28
3:30p-7:00p

South Milwaukee Downtown Market
S. 11th Ave + Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee
June 1-Oct 12
3:00p-7:00p
Live entertainment and special events throughout the season.

Walker Square Farmers’ Market (see also Sunday)
Walker Square Park, 1031 S 9th St, Milwaukee
June 4-Oct 29
7:00a-3:00p

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Tu & Sat)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
May 6-Nov 25
12:00p-6:00p
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SATURDAY

Brookfield Farmers’ Market
2000 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield
May 6-October 28
7:30a-12:00p
There is an arts and crafts fair the third Saturday of each month.

Cathedral Square Farmers’ Market
Cathedral Square Park, Downtown Milwaukee
June 3-Oct 7
9:00a-1:00p
Enjoy free yoga, zumba, and live music.

Delafield Farmers’ Market
Main St & Dopkins St, one Bbock West of Hwy C on Main Street, Downtown Delafield
May 13-Oct 14
8:00a-1:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
May 13-June 10
9:00a-12:00p
June 17-Oct 29
7:00a-3:00p

Fox Point Farmers’ Market
Stormonth School, 7300 N Lombardy Rd, Fox Point
June 17-Oct 14
8:00a-12:00p

Garden District Farmers’ Market
Garden District Community Gardens, 6th + Howard Ave
June 10-Oct 14
1:00p-5:00p

Germantown Farmers’ Market
Germantown Village Hall
May 6-Oct 28
8:00a-12:00p

Greendale Open Market
Village Center, Broad Street, Greendale
Select Saturdays, June 17-Oct 7
8:00a-12:00p

Hartford Farmers’ Market
147 N. Rural St, Hartford
May 20-Nov 4
7:00a-12:00p

New Berlin Farmers’ Market
16300 W National Ave, New Berlin
May 6-Oct 28
8:00a-12:00p

Oconomowoc Farmers’ Market
Campus parking lot at First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowoc
May 6-Oct 28
8:00a-12:00p

Outdoor Urban Market
Milwaukee Public Market, Third Ward, Downtown Milwaukee
June 3-Sept 30
10:00a-3:00p

Port Washington Farmers’ Market
Main Street, between Franklin St and Wisconsin St
June 3-Oct 28
8:00a-12:30p

South Shore Farmers’ Market
South Shore Park, Bayview
June 17-Oct 14
8:00a-12:00p
Featuring live music and entertainment every week.

Tosa Farmers’ Market
Harts Mills Parking Lot, Village of Wauwatosa
June 3-Oct 14
8:00a-12:00p
The first Saturday of each month will feature a Maker’s Market. Fresh cooking demonstrations and kids crafts on select Saturdays. Free yoga at 8:30a and live music every week.

Waukesha Farmers’ Market
The corner of St. Paul Ave + Madison St, along the Fox River, Downtown Waukesha
May 6-Oct 28
8:00a-12:00p

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Tu & Th)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
May 6-Nov 25
12:00p-6:00p

West Bend Farmers’ Market
Old Settlers Park, Main St, Downtown West Bend
May 20-Oct 28
7:30a-11:00a
One of Wisconsin’s largest farmers markets. Features live music and entertainment weekly.

Whitefish Bay Farmers’ Market
N. Silver Spring and N. Berkeley Dr, Whitefish Bay
July 8-Oct 7
8:00a-12:00p

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SUNDAY

Enderis Park Farmers’ Market
Enderis Park, Milwaukee
June 11-Sept 24
9:30a-1:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sat)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 17-Oct 29
9:00a-3:00p

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Konkel Park, Greenfield
May 7-Oct 29
10:00a-2:00p
Local artisans sell their work at the market the first Sunday of every month.

Menomonee Falls Farmers’ Market (see also Wed)
Main St, one block West of Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls
Aug 6-Oct 29
9:00a-2:00p

Riverwest Gardeners Market
Garden Park, Riverwest, Milwaukee
June 18-Oct 15
10:00a-3:00p
Live music every week.

Shorewood Farmers’ Market
Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd, Shorewood
June 18-Oct 29
9:30a-1:00p
Live entertainment and family events throughout the season.

Sussex Farmers’ Market
Sussex Civic Center Campus
June 4-Oct 15
9:30a-1:00p

Walker Square Farmers’ Market (see also Thursday)
1031 S. 9th St, Milwaukee
June 4-Oct 29
7:00a-3:00p

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During the summer in Milwaukee, you really can eat fresh and local 7 days a week! 

Up for a field trip? Hop in the car and spend a Saturday at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. Truly the best market in the state – not only is it located on Capitol Square, it’s the largest producer-only farmers market in the country, with over 300 vendors throughout the year. The Saturday summer market runs April 15- Nov 11, from 6:15a-1:45p. It also runs on Wednesdays, April 19-Nov 1, from 8:30am-1:45pm.

What is your favorite farmers’ market to visit?

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