The warmer weather not only means tripling my weekly investment in sunblock, it also means the arrival of our local Farmers’ Markets. Whether you are interested in purchasing local produce for your favorite recipes, perusing art by regional artists, listening to LIVE music in the great outdoors, sampling non-traditional culinary treats, or simply appreciating the social aspect, Farmers’ Markets have a little something for everyone.
Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
The Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from May 28 – through October 29 from 7 a.m. – Noon. The market features 75% produce/processed food, 15% prepared food and 10% arts/crafts. Over 150 local food and craft vendors participate throughout the season with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, breads, prepared foods and more. Located on South Washington Street from Walnut to Stuart (and parts of Doty), the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market is an easy stroll from City Deck or the Fox River Trail. Not only does the market feature some amazing fresh food options, each market also includes:
- FREE Live Music
- Yoga @ Market Square: Take a FREE yoga class by Grace Yoga at Market Square, Saturdays May 28 – August 27 at 8 a.m.
- EBT will be available on site for select vendors
Plus, many of the downtown businesses are open early to accommodate the morning crowd. Click here for full details on the market and schedule of musicians.
On Broadway Farmers’ Market
A great way to spend a Wednesday evening, the On Broadway Farmer’s Market is a site to behold as the street is jam packed with vendors and patrons. Starting June 1st and running from 3:00 to 8:00 pm, this market also features well over a hundred area vendors with a pleasant mix of fresh produce, art, prepared food items, crafts, and more. However, one element that really stands out to me (and please note, this is just my personal opinion) is the social nature of the On Broadway Farmers’ Market. Each Wednesday carries almost a festival like atmosphere and you are sure to run into a few friends while down there. I am very excited to see what new OBI Director Brian Johnson has in store for this year’s market. Some other features include:
- FREE Live Music
- Beverage Tent
- Entertainment Square (please note this is not the official name, but in the middle of the market they usually have some unique acts or performances on display)
Also, if you are interested in volunteering with Brian Danzinger, Jill Gray, and Hannah Slye, please click here to see some of the volunteer openings that they are trying to fill. Click here for full market details.
Thursday Night Farmers’ Market on Military Avenue
I am very excited to share that Military Avenue will be adding a third market to the Green Bay community starting June 23rd. The Thursday night markets will probably start out a little smaller than the Saturday Morning and On Broadway Markets, but I am always pleased to see additional opportunities to support our local growers and bring more fresh food options to dinner plates. The Military Avenue Farmers’ Market will be held in the Green Bay Plaza and will be sponsored by the Military Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). While on the City Council, I had high hopes (and still do) for the BID and am happy to see them bringing some additional activity to the district. I am still learning more about the total number of vendors and entertainment, but will provide an update once it becomes available. In the meantime, click here to see the latest update from the Military Ave BID.
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Posted by: Brian Danzinger