Food: it's something we all have in common, seeing as everyone needs to eat. Luckily, we have a plethora of Farmers Markets to get fresh, local food all over Ozaukee County; and, if you do it right, you can hit one almost every day of the week! Here are the details:
Port Washington Port's Farmers Market will be the first to open for the season on Saturday, June 3rd, during the annual Pirate Festival. Main Street is closed between Franklin and Wisconsin Streets from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday from June 3rd through October 28th, with fresh produce, honey, soaps, bakery, live music, and more.
Saukville Located at Veterans Park in the center of downtown, Saukville's Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on June 25th and going through October (except September 3rd), with fresh produce, flowers, and arts and crafts.
Thiensville Thiensville's Village Market opens Tuesday, June 13th at Village Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will continue every Tuesday, except for July 4th, through October 24th. Live music and The Best "Dam" Chef Competition are some of the highlights of this market, aside from fresh food, flowers, and more.
Cedarburg New this year, the Cedarburg Farmers Market will be located at Firemen's Park on Wednesday afternoons from 3-7 p.m. beginning June 21st and through October 25th. Find fresh produce, cheese curds, honey, breads, handmade soaps, meats, and more. Note that there will be no market July 5th or August 2nd.
There is also the Cedarburg Makers & Growers Market, which features a variety of artisans and locally grown produce, happening every Friday from June 16th through October 27th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Cedarburg Cultural Center parking lot.
Fredonia A relative newbie on the Farmers Market scene, the Fredonia Farmers Market takes place at the Fredonia Government Center from 2-6 p.m. every Wednesday from June 14th through November 8th.
Grafton Grafton is also trying out a new location for their market this year, which will open on Thursday, July 6th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, along the river, and will continue through September.
If you just can't make it to the market, there are other ways to get your local food! Outpost in Mequon is committed to local and regional produce and products, with several of their items coming from producers within 100 miles of the co-op. There are also a number of farms in Oz that sell directly to consumers, including Witte's Vegetable Farm and Kay's Home Farm (which has pasture-raised beef) in Cedarburg, Rare Earth Farm in Belgium (which is a CSA, but also has an online store), Polzin Farms in Grafton (which has pick your own strawberries, and more!), The Victory Garden Farm (which is hoping to add CSA shares soon) and Willoway Farm CSA (which even has flower shares) in Fredonia, and Wellspring CSA in Newburg.