It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The winter holidays are months away, it’s almost officially summer and that means one thing: farmers’ markets! If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market, now is the perfect time to go. Local farmers bring their homegrown fruits and vegetables to virtually every neighborhood in town. Visiting a farmers’ market to take advantage of fresh, locally grown goodies is not only healthy and delicious, it’s also fun!
Today’s farmers’ markets have taken the simple farm stand concept to a whole new level. Modern farmers’ markets still serve the purpose of bringing freshly grown produce closer to us city folk, but many markets offer baked goods, prepared foods, fish, meat, eggs, soups, sandwiches and more. At the bigger farmers’ markets you might find stands that sell fresh juices and smoothies, artisans selling crafts and jewelry, sometimes you can enjoy live music, games for kids, and oh, did we mention baked goods?
A visit to a farmers’ market is a delightful way to spend a sunny Milwaukee day and here are a few tips to make the most of your visit:
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes-you’ll be walking around from seller to seller so leave the nice duds and heels in the closet
- Take cash-many sellers do not take credit cards so be prepared.
- Take your own bags-sellers don’t always have plastic bags and you don’t want to have to stuff tomatoes and cucumbers in your purse!
- Take an exploratory lap to get your bearings and check out the goods before you buy anything then circle back to pick up what you want to purchase.
Read more ideas on the best ways to make the most of your visit to the farmers market approaches in this article: Shop the Farmers’ Market from the website TheKitchn.com.
When tomatoes are in season, you might want to grab a bunch but then you might get home and wonder, what can I do with all these tomatoes? (or onions or cucumbers). Here are a few recipes to help you use your farmers’ market purchases. Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based soup that combines tomatoes with and other vegetables in a delicious and easy way. Fresh tomatoes and basil from the farmers’ market complement mozzarella cheese in the best Caprese from Rachel Ray.
Where are the best farmers’ markets in town? Check out this article and plan your visit. On Milwaukee’s Farmers’ Market Guide
There’s even a Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Plan from the US government to make farmers market purchases more affordable for seniors on fixed incomes.
We’ve put together links to some of our favorite local farmers markets that are close to Eastcastle. Check out the South Milwaukee Farmers’ Market and the Shorewood Farmers’ Market. Feeling like making a day trip out of a farmers’ market? Don’t miss the biggest one in the state, check out the Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison.
While it’s not a farmers’ market, Eastcastle Place has its own, resident-run garden that produces tomatoes and herbs which are graciously shared among its residents. Even our executive chef will grab a handful or two.
So meet up with a few of your Eastcastle friends and get ready to have some farmers’ market fun! Happy shopping!!