Thursday, October 22, 2009

Winter Farmer's Market -- in Milwaukee!

Eating locally in Wisconsin can be a challenge -- particularly during the winter months. But, a new development will make it easier for a great many of us. Milwaukee has decided to sponsor a winter farmers' market!

I caught wind of the market a few weeks ago; but, at that point the listing of vendors had not yet been released. This morning, I was excited to find an announcement in my inbox indicating that the market will feature locally grown produce, meats, and other food products from a whole host of vendors that we absolutely LOVE.

Some of the familiar favorites include:
  • Bolzano Artisan Meats Wisconsin’s first (and only) purveyor of dry-cured meats (located right here in Milwaukee)
  • JenEhr Family Farm Our favorite organic farm, located in Sun Prairie, WI.
  • Jeff-Leen Farm Awesome fresh eggs and pastured beef from Random Lake, WI.
  • Oly’s Oats Wisconsin-milled oats and grains.
  • Pinehold Gardens Another lovely organic farm, located in Oak Creek, WI. These guys not only grow great veg, but they sponsor the annual pig roast we attend every year.
A couple of other vendors we're excited about include:
The market will be held on Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm from November 7, 2009 thru April 24, 2010 at the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Building at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

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  1. Oooh, jealous of the winter market...possibly because of the elk as much as anything! I love wild game meats despite the fact that I'd be a rubbish hunter.

  2. YAY! I love having access to year round farmers markets. YAY for you all in WI!

  3. This is wonderful! I'm thrilled to see farmer's markets succeed and continue to expand. I'm sure the local cheeses and cured meats will be amazing!

  4. Fantastic! This year was the first year that our local CSAs are able to go year-round. I'd love to have a winter market here, but snow that reaches head-high and no indoor venue, it'll be a long time coming.

  5. Very nice...I'm pretty certain you'd kick my butt if you could for not taking advantage of living in FL and all the farmer's markets in the area. In my defense my three children just have me crazy busy!

  6. AHH! YAY!! And I am so thrilled that it is at State Fair Park, so people like me who live in New Berlin don't have to go far.

  7. We've been thinking a lot about where we are going to be getting our stuff in the winter here in Mpls

  8. This sounds sooo awesome! I wish I could get local elk. That would just totally make my life! :) Have a great time shopping, Lo! Can't wait to see what you make!

  9. Yeah, I think this market has the potential to be really great. I'm looking forward to going the inaugural day.

  10. I'm a big honey fan. I would love to learn about this vendor. I'm heading to check them out.

  11. What fun to have a winter market! I'm hoping maybe I'll recognize you, and say hello!

  12. O lovely....I think farmer's markets are just fantastic.

  13. I'm so jealous of your winter farmers market - and the wonderful choices you have there. My local market has decided to stay open until Thanksgiving for the first time, but it's pretty slender pickings because of all the rules.

    They can't sell meat (except for the doctor who is also an organic farmer and sells it all secretive like a drug dealer the second the market officially closes).

  14. We've got a winter market going here in Mineral Point, WI (at least through December). It's so great to have it. I wish we lived closer to Milwaukke so we could check this one out, it sounds great!

  15. How cool! Thanks for posting this :)

    Don't know if you got my email about the Pioneer Woman book signing in Old Orchard/Skokie Thursday evening? If you didn't get it, email me amanda @


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