Wisconsin farmers markets offer more than the best of the state’s fresh produce and artisanal offerings. The markets are brimming with the spirit of coming together and supporting the local community. This summer, check out these five Wisconsin farmers markets.
Dane County Farmer’s Market
The largest producer-only farmers market in America, Dane County Farmer’s Market is uniquely open year-round, offering Madison locals the highest quality produce from each season’s bounty. The market features vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses and specialty products from approximately 275 vendors throughout the space. On Saturday, visitors can find the market at the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Downtown Madison while on Wednesdays, the market moves to the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in between the Madison Municipal Building and the City-County Building. The Wednesday market is open weekly from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. until Nov. 1, and the Saturday market is open from 6:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. until Nov. 11. To ensure every community member has access to fresh, locally grown ingredients, the Wisconsin farmers market participates in the EBT/FoodShare program. For more information, visit dcfm.org.
Oshkosh Farmers Market
Only open during the warmer months, Oshkosh Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The seasonal market is open now through Oct. 28, with over 140 vendors to peruse. The community event encourages visitors to come early, as specialty produce and handcrafted items are limited. Attendees can expect to find in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams, fresh-cut flowers and more when visiting. In addition to shopping for goods, Oshkosh Farmers Market features live music, family-friendly activities and pop-up events on select market days. For more information, visit osfmi.com.
The West Allis Farmers Market
Uniquely open later in the day to allow farmers to pick the freshest crops in the morning, The West Allis Farmers Market truly embodies its mission of providing its community with the freshest produce available. The Wisconsin farmers market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m., from May until Nov. 25. Though a vibrant array of goods can be found at the market, visitors can anticipate enjoying corn, squashes and herbs during July and fresh apples, squash and root vegetables in August and September. In addition to seasonal produce, honey, eggs, fresh meat, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers and seasonal plants are always readily available. New this year, live music stylings will play through the market from local artists until Sept. 30. For more information, visit thatswhywestallis.com.
Oconomowoc Summer Farmers’ Market
A seasonal tradition since 1980, Oconomowoc Summer Farmers’ Market has been a staple for the Oconomowoc community for over 40 years, occurring every Saturday, early May through Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon, in Bank Five Nine Campus Lot. Market-goers can find homemade arts and crafts, baked goods, plants and fresh produce. In addition to some of your favorite vendors, the market houses new additions each week and encourages visitors to check their website before attending to discover new options. For more information, visit oconomowoc.org.
Greenfield Farmers Market
Greenfield Farmers Market is one of the largest vibrant community hubs celebrating local agriculture, food and artisans. The open-air market has been serving its community since 2013 and boasts over 60 vendors to explore. Greenfield Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May to October, at Konkel Park. In addition to enjoying fresh and baked goods, market-goers can anticipate live music performances, educational recourses and ready-to-eat foods from their favorite food trucks and stands. For more information, visit greenfieldwifarmersmarket.com.