With so many Farmers’ markets in southeastern Wisconsin, you could probably hit a different market every week for the whole season without repeating one.
This week, we decided to switch it up and visit the West Allis Farmers’ Market. I’ve heard so many good things about it:
“It’s THE best. Seriously. Go. Take extra money. Go.”
This comment from @stacygrows not only made me laugh, but made me want to go even more.
And I made sure to take her advice about the money – we loaded our pockets with about $60 (we probably spent $35, which is actually a lot for farmers’ market standards).
This is what we bought:
- 9 lbs. of Viking and Pristine apples from Nieman Orchards in Cedarburg, WI ($11)
- A watermelon ($4)
- 1 lb. grass-fed ground round from a local farm ($6)
- 2 giant eggplants ($1)
- A small bag of carrots ($1)
- 3 bags of popcorn, blue, red and white kernels, from a farm in Cedarburg ($6.75)
- 2 purple sweet peppers ($1)
- A pint of cherry tomatoes ($2)
I can certainly understand the hype of the West Allis Farmers’ Market. This place was huge. They had a ton of produce and even some varieties I never see at other markets – like ghost chilis and these cute mini Japanese eggplants. However, the Appleton Farmers’ Market still has my vote for the best market. Not only do they have a great variety of produce, but meat, cheese, maple syrup, honey, canned products, crafts, art, etc. I feel like the West Allis market is about 90 % produce, 10 % other stuff (they do have some meat, maybe one cheese stand and grilled food tents).
Here are some more pictures from the day.
Question: What have you been buying at the farmers’ market lately?