For more than a century, farmers’ markets have popped up under awnings and umbrellas in communities throughout Wisconsin, offering foodies a chance to taste the state’s freshest fruits and vegetables without having to pull a single weed. Partake in this tradition throughout the growing season in spring, summer and fall—here are a few of our favorite Wisconsin markets.
The Rhinelander Area in Wisconsin’s Northwoods is home to the legendary Hodag and so much more. Rhinelander has great hiking trails, fishing and boating lakes and lively attractions. On Saturdays in Pioneer Park, you’ll find the Hodag Farmers’ Market. It runs from late May/early June through mid-October and features a variety of delicious items produced by local vendors.
This picturesque county in northwestern Wisconsin is for people who love the outdoors. Rusk County has four picturesque rivers (the Flambeau, Jump, Chippewa and Thornapple), and it’s home to the scenic Blue Hills, the remnants of an ancient mountain range that’s heavily forested and can be explored by hiking, biking and ATV trails. Not far from the Blue Hills you’ll find the village of Bruce, which hosts a great community market on Friday afternoons from June through October. Purchase local produce, baked goods, meats and much more. On Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, vendors converge in Ladysmith for the Rusk County Farmers’ Market.
A short drive from Milwaukee, West Bend is an easy and attractive getaway destination. It’s the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™, boasting over 1,600 caches within a 10-mile radius, and it’s home to some great art and history museums. Every Saturday, from late May until late October, a farmer’s market draws food lovers to Old Settlers Park in downtown West Bend. Shoppers browse stands loaded with fresh produce from local farms and orchards.
In this charming central Wisconsin community, there’s a lot to explore. There’s a zoo that has two rare twin Kodiak bears, a collection of creatures from the “iron age,” and the world’s largest round barn. These attractions are enough to make you hungry—head to the Pick N’ Save on Central Avenue on Tuesday mornings for local produce, flowers, baked goods, artisan crafts, and more.