I’m a sucker for a farmer’s market, stemming way before it ever became cool to go to one. I certainly appreciate local, sustainable food, but I like going to them for a different reason – everything tastes a heck of a lot better. Throw down an apple from the Pick N’ Save against one from a local orchard… actually, don’t even bother. You know that whatever you buy at a farmer’s market will be the best you can buy.
I also love the fact that you can talk one-on-one to the growers/makers/producers themselves, which is awesome because they have a plethora of information (and a lot of times offer free samples).
During the summer, I love to hit up the Westown Farmer’s Market in Zeidler Union Square in downtown Milwaukee. Milwaukee County also holds a great winter market at State Fair Park (Visit their Web site here).
I went for the first time this season last week and had a great time.
This is the building it’s in and the parking lot was packed.
Our first stop was Aleka’s Kitchen, a hot spot for all things Greek, like baklava, homemade pita chips, and feta spread.
We bought the feta cheese spread, garlic walnut spread and pita chips (shown on the right). They were delicious, and I would definitely recommend snagging some if you go here.
More from Aleka’s Kitchen, reasonable prices, too.
Several bakeries were also at the market. This is the Amaranth Bakery and Cafe, but we didn’t buy anything from here.
Wisconsin Soup Company is my new favorite place. They had samples of the artichoke bisque and it was delicious. I also would love to get my hands on these pots.
So many choices, but we went with the Wisconsin Beer Cheese. Although we ate it last week with those grocery store/frozen pretzels , I am still thinking about that soup.
Water House Foods Cafe and Bakehouse. We bought a salted sourdough bread that had whole cloves of garlic tucked it. They also had samples of almost everything they sold.
Fresh apples in January? Sign me up.
You can also find a wide selection of winter vegetables, from leeks to spinach.
This pan of tri-pepper enchiladas stopped me dead in my tracks. They’re from Cocina DeLeon in Brookfield. I bought a pan of two spinach/bean enchiladas for $6.50. They are still in my freezer, but I can’t wait to try them.
The Milwaukee County Winter Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday until April 30. Although they’re open from 8 a.m. to noon, get there early for the best selection.