West Allis Farmers Market: West Allis, WI

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The West Allis Farmers Market is fortunate to have a location with a permanent structure for the farmers.
The West Allis Farmers Market is fortunate to have a location with a permanent structure for the farmers. | Source

West Allis Farmers Market: Location, Dates, Hours

Where: 6501 W. National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214

When: First Saturday of May through the Saturday after Thanksgiving
Tuesday noon to 6:00 p.m., Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

In past years, this location has also held a weekly flea market. I have not been able to verify any information about 2015 flea market dates. If this changes at any point, I will update the information.

[All dates, times, and locations verified August 2015. Information is subject to change at any time without notice.]

History of the West Allis Farmers Market

The West Allis Farmers Market was established in 1919. It is well known across southeast Wisconsin as one of the oldest and largest farmers markets in the region.

[Source: West Allis, WI - Official Website - Farmers Market]

A markerWest Allis Farmers Market -
6501 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214, USA
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This is the parking lot on the west side of the farmers market.There is ample, free street parking around the West Allis Farmers market. It will be crowded most Saturdays, but you will be able to find a spot.
This is the parking lot on the west side of the farmers market.
This is the parking lot on the west side of the farmers market. | Source
There is ample, free street parking around the West Allis Farmers market. It will be crowded most Saturdays, but you will be able to find a spot.
There is ample, free street parking around the West Allis Farmers market. It will be crowded most Saturdays, but you will be able to find a spot. | Source

Parking Options

There are designated farmers market parking lots on the west and north sides of the farmers market. There is also ample, free street parking on every side of the farmers market. On Saturdays, the market does get busy, and street parking can be a good option. If you have large loads and don't want to haul your food several blocks, consider going with someone else and have one person bring the car up when you're ready to leave.

How To Shop At a Farmers Market

Quick Tip Recipe: A Guide to Farmers Market Shopping

Why shop at farmers markets?

  • Support local farmers. It's always frustrating to drive by fields of fresh, in season food in the area and then see the same products in the grocery store that are being shipped in from another location. Support the farmers in your particular region by purchasing from farmers markets.
  • Get produce and herbs that are very fresh. The West Allis Farmers Markets boosts afternoon hours so that farmers can offer produce that they picked that morning.
  • You know exactly what you're getting. Many farmers use organic farming methods and are more than happy to tell you exactly how they tend their crops. There is no mystery about the fertilizers, pesticides, etc. that were used.
  • Purchase bulk fresh produce and herbs at competitive prices for canning and freezing. If you're interested in canning and/or freezing large quantities of food, farmers markets are a great option for purchasing fresh food in bulk at reasonable rates.

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Tip: Bring your own reusable produce bags to avoid accumulating plastic bags.

Produce

The farmers market has a wide variety of produce throughout the entire growing season. Seasonal highlights are as follows:

  • Early season (late spring): radishes, rhubarb, asparagus, plants that can be bedded.
  • June: raspberries, strawberries, squash, peas, zucchini, snap beans.
  • Mid-July: corn, herb plants, additional squash.
  • Late season (late summer/early fall): Apples, cider.

[Source: West Allis, WI - Official Website - Farmers Market]

This may look like a lot of produce to use all at once, but it is perfect for canning or freezing projects.
This may look like a lot of produce to use all at once, but it is perfect for canning or freezing projects. | Source

Purchase in Bulk for Canning and Freezing

As previously mentioned, farmers markets are a great place to pick up bulk quantities of produce and herbs for canning and freezing. When you're purchasing in these quantities, you can often find better deals and selections at farmers markets than grocery stores. Many farmers package popular bulk items, such as cucumbers, in large bags as pictured on the right for easy transport.

Look at those prices! Herbs at farmers markets can be a great deal.
Look at those prices! Herbs at farmers markets can be a great deal. | Source

Herbs

If you enjoy cooking with herbs, stock up during the months that the farmers markets are open and freeze them so you can enjoy fresh herbs all year round. Fresh herbs are also wonderful for making fresh dips, dressings, and sauces, such as pesto.

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Flowers

The West Allis Farmers Market offers a wide variety of flowers throughout the summer months. Instead of purchasing flowers for a special occasion or cheerful dining room or kitchen d├ęcor from the grocery store or a florist, consider getting them from the farmers market.

If you've never had farmers market cider, you don't know what you're missing.
If you've never had farmers market cider, you don't know what you're missing. | Source

Cider

One of my personal favorite items to purchase from the farmers market is cider. There are several farmers at the West Allis Farmers Market who offer it. You will pay for more for this cider than most of the varieties that you can purchase at the grocery store, but it is well worth it. Usually cider is available from the end of August through November.

Make sure to check out Fer-li Grass Fed Beef and other meat products at the West Allis Farmers Market.
Make sure to check out Fer-li Grass Fed Beef and other meat products at the West Allis Farmers Market. | Source

Meat, Baked Goods, Other Prepared Foods

On Saturdays, there are several vendors who offer baked goods, such as breads and pastries, as well as a selection of other prepared foods. The farmers market is a great place to go for a late lunch on Saturdays. You also have to check out Fer-li Grass Fed BEEF at the West Allis market. They are there Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and offer burgers, steaks, roasts, and other cuts, such as short ribs and brisket. Additionally, they offer a selection of pork and chicken. Pick up a complete product list at the market or contact them via their web site.

More Milwaukee Area Farmers Markets

  • Brookfield. 2000 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon. May through October. Market & More with handmade craft vendors the third Saturday of each month.
  • Clare Oasis Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Marian Center for Nonprofits, 3211 South Lake Drive, Suite 321St. Francis. Tuesday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Early May through early October.
  • Delafield. Main Street in historic downtown Delafield. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May to October.
  • East Town Market. Cathedral Square Park, Milwaukee. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Yoga, live music, vendor demonstrations, kid activities.
  • Fox Point Farmers Market. 7300 N. Lombardy, Fox Point. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon. Mid-June through mid-October. Prepared foods, special events each week.
  • Fondy Farmers Market. 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee. Saturdays with additional hours Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday late June through early November. Early May through mid-November. Hours vary throughout the season. Check the website for up to date information. Live music, kid activities, cooking demonstrations. See web site for additional limited Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday hours.
  • Riverwest Gardeners Market. 821 E Locust St, Milwaukee. Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mid-June through late October.
  • South Milwaukee Downtown Market. Intersection of 11th Ave. and Milwaukee Ave., downtown South Milwaukee. Thursday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Late June through mid-October. Baked goods, handmade items, live music.
  • South Shore Farmers Market. 2900 South Shore Dr., Milwaukee. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon. Mid-June through mid-October. Special events and musical guests each week.
  • Tosa Farmer's Market. 7720 Harwood Ave., Wauwautosa, WI. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon. Beginning of June to mid-October. Makers Market with handmade artisans the first Saturday of each month.
  • Vliet Street Community Green Market. Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., Wauwatosa. Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mid-June through Mid-October.
  • Walker Square Farmers Market. Walker Square Park between 9th and 10th Streets and Washington and Mineral Streets. Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Late June through late October.
  • Westown Farmers Market. Zeidler Union Square on Michigan between 3rd and 4th St., Milwaukee. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early June through late October. Live music, prepared food, handmade items.

[All dates, times, and locations verified August 2013. Information is subject to change at any time without notice.]

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A markerVliet Street Community Green Market -
4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208, USA
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B markerRiverwest Gardeners Market -
821 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212, USA
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C markerFondy Farmers Market -
2200 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53206, USA
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D markerClare Oasis Indoor/Outdoor Market -
3211 S Lake Dr #321, St Francis, WI 53207, USA
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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Fabulous information and a wonderful guide to the benefits of farmers markets, Rose. I know that they really are a foodie's dream come true and I am so ashamed of myself that I have never yet managed to visit the local one ( some overwhelming three or four miles away) since I returned to Scotland. I know English and German ones through and through so have to put that right. Thanks for the wonderful information, great read - and the big nudge in the ribs! :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Gordon! This farmers market is only a mile from my house so I really have no excuse. I don't get there as often as I'd like, but I'm trying to make it a more regular habit. It really is one of the best in the area. That's great that you have some good markets nearby.


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

Thanks for the information. I don't live too far from there so I will pay them a visit.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

What a great farmers market!!! We don't have any around where we live but when we lived in Italy they had these types of markets everywhere! I miss them! Such great deals and the food is a lot fresher then the stores! Voted up and shared :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, I love farmer's markets! They are so wonderful and the produce is so fresh! I wish I lived in Wisconsin to visit this one - though our own local markets are pretty good.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, rjsadowski!

Cassy, that's neat that there are so many markets in Italy. We're fortunate to live in an area with so many of them.

Leah, that's great that you live in an area with a nice selection of markets!


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I agree, buy locally and support your own community! I live in a small rural area, and we try very hard to support the local growers, stores and restaurants. Great information about the benefits of local farmer's markets. Voted up across the board!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, grandmapearl! That's great. :)


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

randomcreative,

You are bringing back some fond memories. I can still remember visiting the West Allis Farmers Market in the early 1950s when my parents and I lived on South 63rd Street off of Greenfield. The market was open almost every day then, and I really remember having a great time there seeing all of the live chickens. My grandmother also lived on 63rd Street at the time and I recall that she raised chickens in a coop in her backyard. Voted up and sharing.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Paul, that's so amazing! Thanks for sharing those memories with all of us.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I just love farmers markets! Something happens to the taste of things once it goes into a store doesn't it? Wonderful and well done hub.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Jackie! That certainly can happen.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Randomcreative, with minimum (or no) roles of the middleman I think this market benefits both farmers and consumers that both can get more ideal prices.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

agusfanani, yes for sure!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love farmer's markets and I really enjoyed all your photos and tips. I feel like I've just strolled by the aisles of produce. I'd buy fresh herbs, cider and grass-fed beef. Thanks for all his useful and interesting information!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, vespawoolf! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Stocking up on herbs and fresh foods - especially when you can't grow them all yourself - is such a great idea!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yes, for sure!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a wonderful hub. I do hope it encourages all who read to visit their local farmer's market.

My favorite one here in southeastern PA, Truck Patch, is open only from July through September, but what great foods and values we get over those months.

Folks in Milwaukee must love this list you've made.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! I hope that it does encourage more people to check out their local farmers markets. It's wonderful that you have a great farmer in your area.

I hope that they do. :)

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