Exploring Milwaukee’s Fabulous Farmers’ Markets

Milwaukee Area Farmers Markets

June. Its the start of 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 its even better when you buy. Because 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). Its 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 are 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 5 tips:

  1. Shop around. Walk the market and check out all the produce, comparing the prices and quality before making a purchase.
  2. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample of something if its a vegetable you’ve never seen. Or ask the farmer how its used/what to use it in. Typically, if they grow it, they eat it.
  3. Carry cash. Not all vendors accept credit cards.
  4. Bring your own bags.
  5. 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
June 6-Oct 17
12:00p – 6:00p

St. Martin’s Fair
St. Martin’s Rd. + Church St, Franklin
May 2-Nov 7, First Monday of every month
6:00p-2:00p
 

TUESDAY

Fondy Market at Schlitz Park
Schlitz Park, Downtown Milwaukee
June 28-October 4
11:00a-2:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Th, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 18-Oct 30
8:00a-2:00p

Thiensville Village Market
Village Park, Thiensville
June 14-Oct 25
9:00a-3:00p
Food trucks, live music, and more. The Weyenburg Library also holds a story time on given Tuesdays in the park.

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Thursday)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
June 4-Oct 29
12:00p-6:00p

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WEDNESDAY

Brown Deer Farmers’ Market
Marketplace Shopping Center
9078 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer
June 15-Oct 26
9:00a-6:00p

Cudahy Farmers’ Market
3500 Library Dr, Cudahy
June 15-Oct 12
3:00p-7:00p

Elm Grove Village Market
parking lot of Ray’s Auto Service
13230 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove
Jun 8-Oct 19
5:00p-8:00p

Hartung Park Farmers’ Market
Hartung Park, W Keefe Ave + Menomonee River Pkwy, Wauwatosa
June 15-Sept 28
4:00p-7:00p
A Maker’s Market is held once a month.

Oconomowoc Midweek Marketplace
Village Green- Downtown Oconomowoc
July 13-Aug 31
4:00p-7:00p

Pewaukee Farmers’ Market
Spring Creek Church parking lot on N. Capitol Dr, Pewaukee
May 25-Aug 31
3:30p-7:00p

Westown Farmers’ Market
Zeidler Union Square, Downtown Milwaukee
June 1-Oct 26
10:00a-2:00p
Aug. 10 is Children’s Day, offering free activities and entertainment for kids. 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 2-Oct 6
3:00p-7:00p

CORE/El Centro Rooftop Market
130 W Bruce St, Milwaukee
Third Thursday of the Month, June-Sept
4:00p-8:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 18-Oct 30
8:00a-2:00p

Jackson Park Farmers’ Market
Jackson Park, 3500 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee
June 9-Sept 29
3:30p-7:00p

Muskego Green Market
Muskego Public Library, S. Janesville Rd, Muskego
May 26-Oct 29
3:00p-7:00p

South Milwaukee Downtown Market
S. 13th St + Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee
June 2-Oct 13
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 Tuesday)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
June 4-Oct 29
12:00p-6:00p
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FRIDAY

Farmers Market Fridays
3329 W Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee
Mid June- Mid Oct
4:00p-8:00p

 

SATURDAY

Brookfield Farmers’ Market
2000 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield
May-October
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 4-Oct 1
9:00a-1:00p
Enjoy free yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. at the park’s main stage. Through September 7th there are dance classes from 10 to 11 a.m

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
May 7-June 11
9:00a-12:00p
June 18-Oct 30
7:00a-3:00p

Fox Point Farmers’ Market
Stormonth School, 7300 N Lombardy Rd, Fox Point
June 18-Oct 15
8:00a-12:00p

Garden District Farmers’ Market
Garden District Community Gardens, 6th + Howard Ave
June 11-Oct 15
1:00p-5:00p

Greendale Open Market
Village Center, Broad Street, Greendale
Select Saturdays, June 27-Oct 10
10:00a-2:00p

New Berlin Farmers’ Market
16300 W National Ave, New Berlin
May 7-Oct 29
8:00a-12:00p

Oconomowoc Farmers’ Market
South Municipal Parking Lot, Oconomowoc
May 7-Oct 29
7:30a-12:00p

Outdoor Urban Market
Milwaukee Public Market, Third Ward, Downtown Milwaukee
June 4-Sept 24
10:00a-3:00p

South Shore Farmers’ Market
South Shore Park, Bayview
June 18-Oct 15
8:00a-12:00p
Featuring live music and entertainment every week.

Tosa Farmers’ Market
Harts Mills Parking Lot, Village of Wauwatosa
June 4-Oct 15
8:00a-12:00p
The first Saturday of each month will features 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
313 Bank St, Downtown Waukesha
May 7-Oct 29
8:00a-12:00p

West Bend Farmers’ Market
Main St, Downtown West Bend
May 21-Oct 29
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 9-Oct 1
8:00a-12:00p
Featuring kids crafts, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and more.

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SUNDAY

Enderis Park Farmers’ Market
Enderis Park, Milwaukee
June 19-Sept 25
10:00a-2:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sat)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 18-Oct 30
8:00a-3:00p

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Konkel Park, Greenfield
May 8-Oct 30
10:00a-2:00p
Local artisans sell their work at the market the first Sunday of every month.

Riverwest Gardeners Market
Garden Park, Riverwest, Milwaukee
June 19-Oct 16
10:00a-2:00p
Live music every week.

Shorewood Farmers’ Market
Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd, Shorewood
June 19-Oct 23
9:30a-1:00p
Live entertainment and family events throughout the season.

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, its the largest producer-only farmers market in the country, with over 300 vendors throughout the year. The Saturday summer market runs April 15- Nov 5, from 6:00a-2:00p.

What is your favorite farmers’ market to visit?

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