There's nothing like spending a beautiful day at a Farmers Market, getting to know your local farmers and growers and connecting with community. Ozaukee is home to several great outdoor farmers markets, as well as other ways to get your local food. Supporting local growers helps to strengthen our local food system, which gives our community food independence and security, as we are less dependent on national and global food systems. Not only that, the dollars you spend on local food stay in our community, so try to purchase a portion of your weekly groceries at one of these places!
Port Washington Port's Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 17th and runs every Saturday through October 28th. Main Street is closed between Franklin and Wisconsin Streets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with fresh produce, honey, soaps, bakery, live music, and more.
Saukville Now located at Peninsula Park, the Saukville's Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on June 11th and going through October 29th (except Independence Day and Labor Day weekend), with fresh produce, flowers, and arts and crafts.
Thiensville Thiensville's Village Market opens Tuesday, June 20th at Village Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will continue every Tuesday through October 10th. Live music and The Best "Dam" Chef Competition are some of the highlights of this market, aside from fresh food, flowers, and more.
Cedarburg The Cedarburg Farmers Market, which features a variety of artisans and locally grown produce, has a shorter run, but will be open on Saturdays from 9-1 August 5th through the end of September at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at W76 N627 N Wauwatosa Rd.
Just outside of Oz in West Bend is the amazing West Bend Farmers Market, which is worth a look if you've never been, as it is the largest in the area. Happening every Saturday from 7:30-11 a.m. from May 20th through October 21st, it's an early one, but the Historic District is a sight to see, in itself, plus it puts you in walking distance to the Museum Of Wisconsin Art!
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. The relatively new DreamPort Harvest Market in downtown Port Washington is a sweet little shop that brings some of the area's best local food indoors every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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, Barthel's Fruit Farm in Mequon, Rare Earth Farm in Belgium (which is a CSA, but also has an online store), The Victory Garden Farm, Willoway Farm (which has an amazing flower CSA) and Appleland Farm Market (which is open sporadically for strawberry picking and more until mid-August, when they open for apple season; they have also added a CSA) in Fredonia, and Winterspring Farm CSA in Newburg.
One of the best ways to get local food from a wide variety of local growers is to join the Ozaukee Area REKO Ring on Facebook, which was started by The Victory Garden Farm. Growers post their offerings on the site each week and you can purchase/order direct from them, then pick up your order on Thursdays between 6 and 7 p.m. in Grafton. Many of the farms mentioned here are a part of the REKO Ring.
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