From perusing the vast selection of fresh fruits and organic veggies to taking in the incredible aroma of the various seasonal flowers and pungent herbs, farmers markets are a great alternative to supermarket shopping.
Actually, beginning last summer, I started taking full advantage of the East Town Market and The East Side Open Market almost every Saturday. They are close to my apartment and offer a great variety of produce.
While I’m usually an avid market shopper anyway, there’s another reason to shop there right now: for salmonella-free tomatoes. I’m serious!
Seventeen states including Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, Texas, California, and so on, have experienced salmonella outbreaks linked to three types of raw tomatoes – red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes – and the list of supermarkets and restaurants yanking those varieties off the shelves and menus keeps growing.
Come to think of it, I went to Qdoba the other day and was shocked that they didn’t have any salsa for my nachos. It later donned on me that it was due to the tomato scare.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said to news sources that since mid-April, 167 people have been infected with salmonella of the same “genetic fingerprint” and at least 23 of those people have been hospitalized, and one person has died.
To be safe, the FDA suggests avoiding tomatoes unless they were grown in unaffected states. Additionally, cherry tomatoes and grapes tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes or those sold with the vine still attached are likely not the source of the salmonella outbreak. So, besides those tomatoes grown in your backyard, another place to get some red and raw tomatoes that aren't tainted is at your neighborhood’s farmers market.
Now everyone should be more inclined to visit their local farmers market, no? Not only will you find a fresh, organic and appetizing assortment of fruits and vegetables, you’ll be able to pick up tomatoes of the non-salmonella variety.
Open for the summer and always close to home, the markets give local farmers the chance to display their goods, while giving residents the chance to socialize and browse the homegrown produce lining the aisles in an open-air and inviting setting.
I did a little research online and found a list of Wisconsin farmers markets. I encourage you to take the time to find one in your vicinity. Let’s not fear the tomato anymore!
Beaver Dam Farmers Market
Beaver Dam Mall Parking Lot, 1645 N. Spring St.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October
Beloit Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October
Bradley Road Farmers Market
Bradley Commerce Center, North 43rd Street and Bradley Road
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 17 through Oct. 25
Brookfield Farmers Market
Civic Center Plaza, 2000 N. Calhoun Road
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to noon, May 3 through Oct. 25
Burlington Farmers Market
Veteran's Building parking lot, 588 Milwaukee Ave.
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 3 through Nov. 29
Delafield Farmers Market
City parking lot, at Main Street
Saturdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 3 through Oct. 25
The East Side Open Market
Beans and Barley Parking lot, 1901 E. North Ave.
Thursdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 12 through Oct. 9
East Town Market
Cathedral Square Park, Kilbourn Avenue and Jefferson Street
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 7 through Oct. 25
Fondy Farmers Market
2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
May 10 through June 7 , Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
June 14 through Oct 31, Saturdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Mondays and Fridays
Saturdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 17
Fort Atkinson Farmers Market
Parking lot across from the post office, downtown
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, May 17 through the end of October
Fox Point Farmers Market
Stormonth Grade School west parking lot, 7300 Lombardy Road
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, June 21 through Oct 18
Greendale Open Market
Municipal parking lot, one block west of Village Center
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 12 and 26
Aug. 2, 16 and 23
Sept. 6 and 20
Oct. 4 and 18
Hales Corners Harvest on the Homestead
Stahl-Conrad Homestead, 9724 W. Forest Home Ave.
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 5 and 19
Aug. 9 and 30
Sept. 13 and 27
Oct. 11 and 25
Harbor Marketplace of Kenosha
56th Street and 2nd Avenue
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 24 through Oct. 25
Hartford's Farmers Market
Two blocks north of Highway 60 Rec Center parking lot
Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 3 through Nov. 15
Howell Avenue Farmers Market
US Bank, 4015 S. Howell Ave.
Fourth Saturday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., late July through October
Juneau Farmers Market
127 E. Oak Street
Fridays 8 a.m. to noon, June through Oct. 25
Kenosha Farmers Market
Union Park, 7th Avenue and 45th Street
Tuesdays, 6 a.m. to noon
Columbus Park, 54th Street and 22nd Avenue
Wednesdays 6 a.m. to noon, Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lincoln Park, 68th Street and 18th Avenue
Thursdays 6 a.m. to noon
Baker Park, 66th Street and Sheridan Road
Fridays 6 a.m. to noon June through November
Lake Mills Open Market
Common Park on East Lake Street
Thursdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 30
Dane County Farmers Market
Saturdays 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 19 through November 8
Mayville Downtown Green Market
South Main Street
Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 14 through Oct. 22
Menomonee Falls Farmers Market
North Junior High School parking lot, Main Street (one block west of Appleton Avenue)
Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 7 through Nov. 19
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water Street
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 24 through Oct. 25
New Berlin Farmers Market
New Berlin Plaza, 3600 S. Moorland Road
Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon, May 10 through Oct. 25
New Mitchell Street Farmers Market
1002 W. Maple Street
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June through October
Oconomowoc Farmers Market
St. Paul's Lutheran Church parking lot, 210 E. Pleasant Street
Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon, June 7 through Oct. 25
Port Washington Market
East Main Street, between Franklin and Wisconsin Streets
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 5 through Oct. 25
Racine Downtown Farmers Market
700 State St. in the Case Corp. parking lot, downtown
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, May through Oct. 25
Racine Southside Farmers Market
5538 Durand Avenue, Regency Mall parking lot
Tuesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to noon, May 6 through Oct. 31
Riverwest Gardeners Market
Garden Park, Locust and Bremen Streets
Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 15 through Oct. 26
Sherman Park Farmers Market
Sherman Perk Coffee parking lot, corner of 49th and Roosevelt
Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m., May through Sept. 1
South Milwaukee Green Market
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 13th Avenue
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8 through Oct. 23
South Shore Farmers Market
South Shore Park, Bay View, 2900 S. Shore Drive
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, June 23 through Oct. 25
Thiensville Farmers Market
Main Street and Freistadt Road
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 10 through Oct. 28
Uptown Farmers Market
Lisbon and North Avenues at 49th Street
Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June through October
Walworth County Farmers Market
Elkhorn Town Square, North Wisconsin Street
Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 7 through Oct. 25
Watertown Fair Day
Riverside Park, 812 Labaree Street
Tuesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 6 through Nov. 11
Waukesha Farmers Market
Riverfront Plaza, at the river in downtown
Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon, May 10 through Oct. 25
Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 15 through Oct. 28
West Allis Market
1559 S. 65th Street
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays noon to 6 p.m., May through November
Westown Market on the Park
Zeidler Union Square, 3rd and Michigan Streets
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 7 through Oct. 25
Wills Roadside Farm Market/Silver Spring Farmers Market
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive
Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June through October
Note: This information is subject to change. Also, if I’ve missed any Wisconsin farmers markets, please feel free to leave the market’s information in the comments section and I’ll gladly add it to the list.
So, shop your local farmers market and enjoy tomatoes once again!