By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Sep 02, 2020 at 9:01 AM

There's simply nothing better than a farmers market in Wisconsin. And now – more than ever – is the perfect time for you to show support to local farmers and food vendors. 

Before you plan your next trip to the farmer's market, please take note of the following guidelines to maintain your own safety and that of others (including the vendors). 

Shopper Guidelines

  • Do not visit the farmers’ market if you are sick or a member of a high-risk group.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to protect both yourself and others.
  • Do not shop in groups. It’s best to send one person to the market to shop for your entire household.
  • Make a shopping list to increase the speed and efficiency of your trip. As pleasant as it might seem, now is not the time to linger at the market. Write your list down on paper so that you can throw the list away after you are done shopping.
  • Avoid using your cell phone at the market (this increases your safety by ensuring you are not transferring germs from the market onto your phone).
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Always maintain a social distance of at least six feet while shopping and waiting in line.
  • Follow instructions and rules set up by individual markets to maintain distancing and traffic flow.
  • Do not touch produce. Most markets will likely require vendors to fulfill orders, so verbalize your request and they will pack up items for you.
  • When exchanging money with a vendor, place money directly on the counter when paying rather than handing it to the vendor. Do not touch your face after a monetary transaction. Wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • Be patient. Be kind. Relax and wait your turn. 

Cleaning fruits & vegetables

When you return home with your produce, follow the FDA’s guidelines for washing produce and fruit.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after handling fresh produce.
  • To clean produce, rub gently while holding under plain running water (soap is not needed).
  • Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce like melons, cucumbers and squash.
  • Always rinse produce before peeling (to prevent dirt and bacteria from transferring from your knife to the fruit or vegetable flesh).
  • Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
  • Remove the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage and discard them.
  • Be sure to cut away any damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.

SNAP, WIC & Senior vouchers

A growing number of farmers markets across Milwaukee accept federal nutrition benefits such as SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. The Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition, facilitated by Fondy Food Center and FoodWIse, publishes a printable list of markets that accept benefits (updates are available in June each year), as well as an interactive map of locations.

At participating markets, customers with SNAP can swipe their Quest cards at the market info booth to receive farmers market currency that can be spent at individual vendor stands. The WIC and Senior vouchers can be used directly at vendor stands for Wisconsin grown produce.

Area Markets to Support

We will update this listing of area markets as information becomes available. If you manage a farmer's market and have updates, or would like to add your farmer's market to this list, please email all necessary details (including operational dates and hours) to

Due to COVID-19, opening dates are subject to change without notice, so please double check market details before attending.

Brookfield Farmers Market
Brookfield Central High School, 16900 Gebhardt Rd., (262) 784-7804
May 16 through October, no market July 4
Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to noon (rain or shine)

Burlington Farmers Market
Wehmhoff Square, next to The Burlington Library (262) 210-6360
May 28 through October
Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. 
Burlington Market operations are likely to include online ordering and pick-up. View their web site and social media for details.

Delafield Farmers Market
Main & Dopkins Streets, (262) 719-3848
May 2 through October 24
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dousman Farmers Market
Dousman Village Hall
118 S. Main St. (262) 968-4566
May 20 through Oct. 21
Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m.

Fondy Farmers Market
2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., (414) 933-8121
May 9 to June 20: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon
June 27 to Nov. 1: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
AND Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 7 to Nov. 21: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fox Point Farmers Market
North Shore Congregational Church
7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd., (414) 352-0555
June 20 through Oct. 24
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon (no market on July 4)

Fort Atkinson Farmers Market
24 E. Milwaukee St., (920) 563-3210
May 9 through October
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

Germantown Farmers Market
Germantown Village Hall
N112 W17001 Mequon Rd., (262) 250-4710
May 16 through Oct. 24
Saturday  8 a.m. to noon

Greenfield Farmers Market
Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.
June 7 through October
Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kenosha Harbor Market
2nd Avenue Between 54th & 56th Streets, (262) 914-1252
May 16 through mid-October
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menomonee Falls Farmers Market
Village Park tennis court parking lot on Garfield Street
June 10 through Oct 28
Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Milaeger's Great Lakes Farmer's Market
4838 Douglas Ave., Racine, (262) 639-2040
May 3 through October
Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The market is currently accepting pre-orders for products from participating vendors, which can be picked up during market hours. Visit the Milaeger's website and scroll down to farmers market information to access vendor ordering information.

New Berlin Farmers Market
15055 W. National Ave. (262) 786-5380
May 2 through Oct. 24
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

Oak Creek Farmers Market
Main Street, Drexel Town Square
June 6 through Oct 24
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Online ordering and pick-up available; view the web site and social media for details.

Oconomowoc Farmers Market
Bank Five Nine Campus Lot, 155 W. Wisconsin Ave., (262) 567-2666
May 23 through October 31
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Port Washington Farmers Market
East Main Street, between Franklin and Wisconsin Streets, (262) 305-4220
June 20 through Oct. 24 (closed July 4)
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riverwest Gardeners Market
Pierce and Center Streets (414) 367-9389
June 7 through Oct. 25
Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shorewood Farmers Market
Estabrook Park, 4100 Estabrook Parkway
June 28 through Oct. 25
Sundays, 9:30 to 1 p.m.

Saukville Farmers Market
Veterans Park, 639 E Green Bay Ave., (262) 284-9423
June 23 through Oct. 27
Sundays except Labor Day weekend, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

South Milwaukee Downtown Market
11th and Milwaukee Avenues, (414) 499-1568
May 28 through Oct. 18
Thursday 3 to 7 p.m.

South Shore Farmers Market
2900 S. Shore Dr.
June 20 through Oct. 24 
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

Sussex Farmers Market
Sussex Civic Center, N64W23760 Main St.
July 12 throug Oct. 25 
Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thiensville Farmers Market
Thiensville Village Park, (262) 512-1790
June 23 through Oct. 13
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tosa Farmers Market
7720 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa
May 30 through Oct 17
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
No market July 4th

Waukesha Farmers Market
Downtown, St. Paul & Madison St, North of Fox River (262) 549-6154
May 2 through Oct. 31 (open July 4)
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

Waupaca Farmers Market
Library and City Hall square, 100-198 S. Main St., Waupaca
May 16 to October 31
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West Allis Farmers Market
6501 W. National Ave., (414) 302-8600
May 9 through Nov. 28
Tuesday and Thursday noon to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 1 to 6 p.m. 
High risk shoppers and seniors are invited to shop the market during special shopping hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. Other shoppers should avoid shopping during this time.

West Bend Farmers Market
Old Settler's Park, Main Street and Cedar, (262) 338-3909
May 30 through Oct. 31
Saturdays 7:30 to 11 a.m.
No market on July 4

Whitefish Bay Farmers Market
Aurora Parking Lot, 324 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 962-6690
July 11 through Oct. 19
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.