Don’t Miss the Winter Farmers’ Market! | Whole Green Love

24 Feb

I love Wisconsin. But it’s still winter. Barf. Someone make it end, please? Obviously, with my earlier talk of vegetable gardens, you know that I’m eager for the temps to warm and the green stuff to blossom. But don’t forget about the lovely little gem of the winter farmers’ market! It won’t last forever this season. Is that the only thing keeping me from going nuts during the frigid and sunless time of year? Probably.

I might sound depressed today about the wintery weather, but spending time at the winter farmers’ market last weekend got me in such a great mood! While you won’t find the same fresh produce you look for at the summer farmers’ market, there are some delightful purchases to be made.

It’s February and I bought some great looking and tasting apples. I also stocked up on a couple dozen eggs, and a bag of coffee for my hubs. Other great stands included a variety of meat products (free range! Yay!), savory smelling homemade soaps, amazing cheese, melt in your mouth caramels, nutty granola, beautiful mushrooms, colorfully canned veggies and sauces, out of this world chocolate milk, succulent honey, and a fabulous local Italian restaurant selling their pasta to make at home. I could have spent a small roll of dough, but no need. It’s just a wonderful place to talk to your local farmers and food suppliers and even make some friends. After all, the people there are all supporting what you love too: fresh, local, know-where-it-came-from FOOD. The real stuff. Plus, there are so many samples; you won’t know what to do with yourself!

The place was a packed house, so it was a bit difficult to take pictures. If you live in Milwaukee, please please please check out the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market. It’s located in the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park. Free parking and it’s indoors, so no need to freeze your booty.

If you aren’t from the area, check out LocalHarvest to search your area for a similar offering in the winter. Just because you can’t attend your beloved outdoor farmers’ market, doesn’t mean you need to stop supporting the local farmer.

Do you have a winter farmers’ market near you that you love? If so, what’s your favorite stand?

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