Guide to Milwaukee Area Farmers Markets

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It’s finally here – SPRING! And with it comes the start of the outdoor farmer’s market season here in the Midwest. 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 not just for the food – they 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. Many have live music and entertainment, face painting, crafts and other family friendly activities that all ages will enjoy. 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, compare 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, but can’t afford the certification.
  • Carry cash. Not all vendors accept credit cards (although many do), and cash is quicker.
  • Bring your own bags! It’s better for the environment and the vendors.
  • Not all markets are pet-friendly, so make sure to check before you bring Fido along.

Take note: An increasing number of farmers markets across Milwaukee County accept federal nutrition benefits (i.e.: SNAP, WIC + Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers). The Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition, facilitated by Fondy Food Center, publishes an annual list of markets that accept benefits.

MONDAY

Butler Farmers’ Market
12700 W Hampton, Butler
May 21-Oct 23
12:00p – 6:00p

St. Martin’s Fair
11230 W. Franklin St, Franklin
May 6-Oct 29, First Monday of every month, weather permitting
3:00p-7:00p

TUESDAY

Fondy Market at Schlitz Park
Schlitz Park, Downtown Milwaukee
July 10-October 2
9:00a-3:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Th, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 22-Oct 31
9:00a-3:00p

Thiensville Village Market
Village Park, Thiensville
June 11-Oct 15
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 4-Nov 30
12:00p-6:00p

WEDNESDAY

Brown Deer Farmers’ Market
Marketplace Shopping Center
9078 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer
June 12-Oct 30
9:00a-5:30p

Elm Grove Village Market
Parking lot of Ray’s Auto Service
13230 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove
July 10-Aug 28
5:00p-8:00p

Hartford Farmers’ Night Market
100 Park Ave, Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford
June 5-Sept 25
4:30p-7:30p

Hartung Park Farmers’ Market
Hartung Park, 10298 W Keefe Ave + Menomonee River Pkwy, Wauwatosa
June 26-Oct 2
4:00p-7:00p
A Maker’s Market is held once a month.

Menomonee Falls Farmers Market – New Location!
North Junior High parking lot, N88W16801 Main Street, 1 block west of Appleton Avenue
May 1-Oct. 30
9:00a-2:00p 

Mukwonago Area Farmers’ Market
Field Park on Hwy 83 & Hwy NN
May 15-Oct 9
2:00p-6:00p

Pewaukee Farmers’ Market
Christ Lutheran Church, W240 N3103 Pewaukee Rd
June 12-Aug 28
3:30p-7:00p

West Racine Farmers Market (see also Sat)
3100 Washington Ave., Southwest corner of Washington Ave. and West Blvd, Racine
May 30-Oct. 30
11:00a-4:00p

Westown Farmers’ Market
Zeidler Union Square, Downtown Milwaukee
June 5-Oct 30
10:00a-2:00p
Lawn games and live entertainment throughout the season.

THURSDAY

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Sat, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 22-Oct 31
9:00a-3:00p

Grafton Farmers’ Market
Veterans Memorial Park, Highway 60 and 13th Ave, Grafton
July 11-Sept 26
9:00a-5:00p

Jackson Park Farmers’ Market
Jackson Park, 3500 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee
June 13-Sept 26
3:00p-6:30p

Near West Side Farmers Market – New Location!
Westside Market, 3600 W Juneau, one block north of 35th Street & Highland, on the Harley-Davidson campus
June 20-Sept. 26
3:30p-6:30p

South Milwaukee Downtown Market
S. 11th Ave + Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee
May 30-Oct 10
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 23-Oct. 31
7:00a-3:00p

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Tu & Sat)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
May 4-Nov. 30
12:00p-6:00p

FRIDAY

Cedarburg Makers & Growers Market
Cedarburg Cultural Center parking lot on the corner of Mill St. and Washington Ave., Cedarburg
June 14-Oct. 11 (Closed the week of July 4)
9:00a-2:00p

SATURDAY

Brookfield Farmers’ Market
Civic Center Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield
May 4-Oct. 26
7:30a-12:00p
There is an arts and crafts fair the third Saturday of each month.

East Town Market/Cathedral Square Farmers’ Market
Cathedral Square Park, Downtown Milwaukee
June 15-Oct. 12
9:00a-1:00p
Enjoy free yoga on the main stage from 9-10, zumba, and live music.

Delafield Farmers’ Market
Main St & Dopkins St, one Block West of Hwy C on Main Street, Downtown Delafield
May 4-Oct. 26
8:00a-1:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sun)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
May 11 – June 15
9:00a-12:00p
June 22-Oct. 31
7:00a-3:00p

Fox Point Farmers’ Market
North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point
June 15-Oct. 12
8:00a-12:00p

Garden District Farmers’ Market
Garden District Community Gardens, 6th + Howard Ave
June 22-Oct. 26
1:00p-4:00p

Germantown Farmers’ Market
Village Hall, N112W17001 Mequon Rd, Germantown
May 4-Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p

Greendale Open Market
Village Center, Broad Street, Greendale
June 22-Oct. 5
8:00a-12:00p

Hartford Farmers’ Market
Hartford Recreation Center parking lot, 125 N. Rural St, Hartford
May 18-Oct. 26
7:00a-12:00p

New Berlin Farmers’ Market
16300 W National Ave, New Berlin
May 4 – Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p

Oak Creek Farmers Market
Drexel Town Square, 361 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek
June 1-Oct. 19
9:00a-1:00p

Oconomowoc Farmers’ Market
First Bank Financial Centre, 155 W. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc
May 4-Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p

Outdoor Urban Market
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, Third Ward, Downtown Milwaukee
June 1-Aug. 31
10:00a-2:00p

Port Washington Farmers’ Market
Main Street, between Franklin St and Wisconsin St
June 8-Oct. 26 (Closed July 20 for Port Fish Days)
8:00a-12:30p

West Racine Farmers Market (see also Weds)
3100 Washington Ave., Southwest corner of Washington Ave. and West Blvd, Racine
May 18-Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p

South Shore Farmers’ Market
South Shore Park, 2900 South Shore Dr., Bayview
June 15-Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p
Featuring live music and entertainment every week.

Tosa Farmers’ Market
7720 Harwood Ave., Village of Wauwatosa
June 1-Oct. 12
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. Live music every week.

Waukesha Farmers’ Market
The corner of St. Paul Ave + Madison St, along the Fox River, Downtown Waukesha
May 4-Oct. 26
8:00a-12:00p

West Allis Farmers’ Market (see also Tu & Th)
6501 W National Avenue, West Allis
May 4-Nov. 30
1:00p-6:00p

West Bend Farmers’ Market
Old Settlers Park, Main St and Cedar, Downtown West Bend
May 18-Oct. 26
7:30a-11:00a
One of Wisconsin’s largest farmers markets. Features live music and entertainment weekly.

Whitefish Bay Farmers’ Market
Aurora Parking Lot, 324 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay
July 6-Oct. 19
8:00a-12:00p

SUNDAY

Enderis Park Farmers’ Market
Enderis Park, 72nd St. and Locust St., Milwaukee
June 16 -Sept. 15
9:00a-1:00p

Fondy Farmers’ Market (see also Tu, Th, Sat)
2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
June 22-Oct. 31
9:00a-3:00p

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Konkel Park, 5151 W Layton Ave, Greenfield
May 5-Oct. 27 (Closed Memorial Day weekend)
10:00a-2:00p
Local artisans sell their work at the market the first Sunday of every month.

Milaeger’s Great Lakes Farmers Market
4838 Douglas Ave., Racine.
year-round
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Riverwest Gardeners Market
Garden Park, Riverwest, Milwaukee
June 2-Oct. 27 (Closed June 9 for Locust Street Festival)
10:00a-3:00p
Live music every week.

Shorewood Farmers’ Market
Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd, Shorewood
June 16-Oct. 27
9:30a-1:00p
Live entertainment and family events throughout the season.

Sussex Farmers’ Market
Sussex Civic Center Campus, N64-W23760 Main St., Sussex
June 2-Oct. 13 
9:30a-1:00p

Walker Square Farmers’ Market (see also Thursday)
1031 S. 9th St, Milwaukee
June 23-Oct. 31
7:00a-3:00p

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 13-Nov. 16, from 6:15a-1:45p. It also runs on Wednesdays, April 13-Nov. 6, from 8:30am-1:45pm.

What is your favorite farmers’ market to visit?

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