Buy local, eat fresh
Visit your community's farmers' market
A favorite harbinger of the summer season is so delicious that you can quite literally taste it. The farmers' market is a sure sign that winter's nip is just a memory, and fresh produce is now easily accessible. Throughout Lake Country, many local municipalities have scheduled their weekly market that lasts until autumn.
Below is a list of farmers' markets that can be found in Lake Country and comments from the coordinators about their seasons.
On Hampton Ave., between 124th and 125th Streets
Noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, May 16 - Oct. 24
"This is only our second year and we're still trying to find our way," said Susan Hesselgrave.
A product not usually associated with a farmers' market has proven popular at this event.
"We have Martha's Mixers, a low calorie, non-alcoholic margarita mix - they're fabulous," she said.
There is a large variety of produce, plants and herbs to be found at the Butler market.
In addition, Hesselgrave said, customers should come with an appetite beyond what can be satisfied with the free Kettle Corn.
"We have ready food so people can come for lunch," she added.
Municipal parking lot
Main Street, one block west of Hwy C
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May - October
"We have been around for awhile, over 20 years. We have new leadership at the market last year and have seen changes and growth in both customers and vendors," explained Tara Watterson.
"We have kettle corn and are working on getting more produce vendors in," she added.
"We have our smoked pork vendor that comes here and it unique to us. He brings his smoker and has pulled pork, ribs and briskets," for sale, Watterson said.
Also in the works is providing children's activities, slated to run June through August, which will include educational opportunities as well as traditional fun such as face painting.
Located at south end of Cory Park near baseball diamond
Noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, May 16 - Oct. 24
"We have about 35 vendors enrolled," said Ginny Schultz.
She said they have several vendors that grow without chemicals and some that are organic.
"We have two people with eggs, one person with lamb, goat, beef and buffalo. We have a new person with soups, cheesecakes, breads and another with chocolate sauce and mustards," Schultz said.
The market features a number of growers with fresh produce. "We have a great variety of bedding plants and some talented crafters too. Some are precious stones and handmade jewelry," she said.
Schultz also noted they accept food vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children program and senior programs.
Tractor Supply Company parking lot
Bayview Road and Highway 83
Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 1 - Oct. 12
"This is our fifth year," said Karen Broncatti.
"We have everything from plants - perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetable plants to produce, cut and fresh flowers, bird feeders and bird houses," she said.
Specialty vendors are also on hand for the market.
"Wildflower Bakery from Bay View is there with their artisan breads, Coffee Talk Bakery and of course we have apple cider and all the berries," Broncatti said.
"All our vendors' items are locally grown and in season in Wisconsin," she said.
Prepared food vendors have not been confirmed yet.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church parking lot,
201 E. Pleasant St.
7:30 a.m. to Noon, Saturdays, May 14 - Oct. 29
"The Market continues to grow and offers new and exciting opportunities for attendees. Our 2011 Market will bring back your "seasoned" farmer friends as well as new, and a few of the Winter Farmers Market producers and vendors," said Pat Ornberg, Executive Director of the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce.
The market welcomes both new and returning farmers and organic farmers.
Customers will find fresh produce, cut flowers, plants and herbs, fruits (in season), farm fresh meats and dairy products including cheese and eggs, honey butter. Other items include artisan breads, cookies, oats, granola, natural cleaning products, gluten free pasta, fudge and mustard sauces, summer soups, candy, enchiladas and honey
Musical entertainment and food concessions including sandwiches and brick oven pizza are available.
Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center
N68 W37850 Highway K
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month beginning May 29
Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center will hold their summer farmers market that features feature farm-fresh produce, meats, eggs, coffee, pastries, sauces, flowers, plants and more.
Market on the Hill
449 W. Wisconsin Ave.
3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 8 - Oct. 26
A newcomer to the field, this is the first year for Pewaukee's Farmers' Market.
"We have around a dozen to 15 vendors and are still in the process of recruiting," said Linda Reis.
"It is being held on Wednesday nights before the Waterfront Wednesdays, so it's a good opportunity to go to the market before heading down to listen to the free music and other activities," she added.
Tyme Out Youth Center parking lot
W332 N6786 Highway C, Nashotah
3 to 6 p.m. every other Thursday from June 2 - Sept. 22
Stop by for local produce, organic fruit and vegetables and art. Attend various workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. for a cost of $15.
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