Now that the snow has melted (mostly), there are so many exciting activities springing into action. With temperatures rising and the sun staying out longer each day, people are itching to get outdoors, and so are our beloved farmers’ markets! There’s nothing better. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of those local goodies you’ve been waiting for, all while enjoying the beautiful fresh air! Here are some farmers’ markets and local goods you can’t miss in Wisconsin, courtesy of Something Special from Wisconsin™.
Janesville Farmers’ Market
Photo by Emily Arthur
Janesville is home to Rock County’s largest vendor-grown market. The famers’ market brings the community together over the love of locally-grown food and homemade products. It’s the perfect place to do your weekly grocery shopping while also stocking up on soaps and lotions, and unique homemade art or jewelry. Stop by on Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May through October!
Brookfield Farmers’ Market
Mark your calendars for May 5th, the first day of the 2018 Brookfield Farmers’ Market season! Find your favorite products sourced locally from Wisconsin. They promise freshness and flavor, locally purchased, and promoting community growth. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays from May through October, so get ready to stroll on down!
Minocqua Farmers’ Market In beautiful Northern Wisconsin comes the 7th annual Minocqua Farmers’ Market. If you want locally grown or produced high-quality goods, then it’s the perfect place for you. Not only do they have a great variety of food, but also have local artisans who bring unique homemade finds that are only available right here in Minocqua.
Uncle Mike’s Maple Syrup, Stevens Point
Photo from Uncle Mike’s Maple Syrup
No matter where you come from, real quality maple syrup is always a treat. And here in Wisconsin, we have the luxury of having our own sugar maple trees tapped to produce the finest tasting maple syrup you ever did have! Uncle Mike’s Maple Syrup has done just that. They were awarded the Blue Ribbon in 2017 for taste, color, and clarity by the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer’s Association. And lucky for us they sell throughout Wisconsin at different farmers’ markets, so be ready to keep an open eye!
Country Kettle Corn, Portage
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Portage is home for Country Kettle Corn, but they travel to different festivals and farmers’ markets throughout the state. They serve up freshly-popped sweet and salty kettle corn for all to enjoy. If kettle corn isn’t your thing, then don’t you worry because they also dish up deep-fried gooey cheese curds, funnel cakes, butterfly fries, and doughnut holes. And once you get a taste of one of their delicious treats they have fresh squeezed lemonade to cool you off!
The Looking Glass Bakery, Madison
Photo from The Looking Glass Bakery
Every Saturday during the Dane County Farmers’ Market, The Looking Glass Bakery food cart will be there serving up fresh mini cheesecakes, brownie cookies, cupcakes, and many other tasty treats. They also have a gluten-free menu to accommodate everyone and use locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss out on your chance to indulge!
What are your must-haves at the local farmers’ market? Share with us on social media using #DiscoverWisconsin.
Something Special from Wisconsin™ is a trademarked program administered by the Division of Agricultural Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since 1983. Every dollar spent on Something Special from Wisconsin™ products and services supports local farmers, food processors, entrepreneurs, our communities and livelihood, as well as the Wisconsin way of life. Something Special from Wisconsin™ products are unique and of the highest quality, making them perfect for gift-giving, special occasions and every day!
Maddi George is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Growing up in Dubuque, IA Wisconsin had always been like a second home to her. She is junior at Edgewood College in Madison for marketing and photography. Nothing gets her more excited then exploring everything Wisconsin has to offer. Tune into Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)
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