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West Allis Farmers Market: West Allis, WI
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.
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
Bring your own shopping and produce bags to farmers markets.
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.
Tip: Bring your own reusable produce bags to avoid accumulating plastic bags.
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.
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.
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.
- Freezing Herbs
Learn which herbs are great for freezing and how best to freeze them.
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 décor from the grocery store or a florist, consider getting them from the farmers market.
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.
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.
- Cathedral Square Market. Cathedral Square Park, downtown Milwaukee, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Early June through early October.
- 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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