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To The Markets We Go

9/17/2019 - Denise Bernacki

Farmers Markets in Kenosha, WI
Farmers Markets in Kenosha, WI
Farmers Markets in Kenosha, WI

To market, to market to buy a fat pig…well, I haven’t found a fat pig yet at one of the Kenosha Farmer’s Markets but you really never know what you will find.  If you are anything like me you like to get fresh, local produce whenever you can and finding unexpected goodies wherever they may lie, then you need to check out Kenosha’s many Farmer’s Markets!  Wondering where to go and when?  Look no further because here you will find an exclusive Farmer’s Market schedule complete with what you will find where, whether you are looking for a fat hog, or something else entirely.  Do note though that produce selection and unexpected goody finds may vary!  This schedule is good from June to November.  Even better, download the app and know where to go for everything fresh on-the-go!  Just search in your app store for “Kenosha’s Farmers Market”.

Everyday

To market, to market to buy a plum cake…well, maybe some frosted cookies!  Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm Country Store and their Green Acres farm stand are open 7 days a week.  They offer seasonal fruits and vegetables, honey, berries, sweet corn, tomatoes, lettuces and other greens.  I’ve been finding wonderful green beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, green peppers and melon lately.  In September and October you will start seeing more apples and of course pumpkins and squash!  Unexpected goodies that can be found at the Country Store are caramel apples, popcorn, kettle corn, donuts, frosted cookies and apple cider.  At Green Acres I’ve also found lawn and garden decorations, flowers and lots of plants.  

Pro Tip: I’ll let you in on a little local secret.  Want the best produce deal in town?  Order a Crop Box.  Yep, order a Jerry Smith Crop Box for only $12 (includes up to $18 worth of produce, but in my opinion, much more!) by Sunday each week and pick it up on that following Tuesday!  Each box contains a variety of seasonal produce and can be picked up at the farm or at Green Acres.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.  My last crop box was overflowing with corn, zucchini, cucumbers, pickles, dill, peaches, green beans, jalapeños, Anaheim peppers and green peppers.  Bring your muscles because you’ll need them to carry out your produce to the car!

Tuesdays

To market, to market to buy a plum bun, find yourself at the Pennoyer Park Farmer’s Market (open 6am to 12pm) located on Kenosha’s Pike Bike Trail and adjacent to the bandshell.  Right on the lakefront, make a day out of visiting the Farmer’s Market by walking the trail, frolicking on the beach and have the kiddos climb around on the playground.  At the market I’ve been able to find flowers, candy onions, tomatoes, pickles, pears, apples, jalapeños, green peppers and chili peppers.  Unexpected finds that I’ve run into are hand-made wash cloths and scrubby cloths that I’m finding that you just cannot live without in the kitchen!

Wednesdays from 6am to 12pm and Saturdays from 6am to 1pm

To market, to market to gallup a trot, make your way to Columbus Park where you can enjoy the freshness of the market and your littles can have fun at the playground.  Here, I’ve been able to find tomatoes, red peppers and green peppers.  You may even see some fresh eggs, pickled goods, cut flowers and live plants.

Fridays

Jiggety-jig and jiggety-jog, on Fridays make your way over to Baker Park and look through baskets of red and yellow onions, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, basil and leafy greens like kale and swiss chard.  You will also discover a farmer that boasts Kenosha’s Finest Home Grown tomatoes and tart apples perfect for applesauce.  And bring Junior along too to check out the playground!

Saturdays

Start out your weekend the Kenosha HarborMarket way from 9am to 2pm every Saturday!  This is by far the largest Farmer’s Market in the area - probably your best bet on where to find fat pigs and hogs as well as plum buns and cakes, just saying.  You will even find some Visit Kenosha favorites here like Jerry Smith Farm and Elsie Mae’s.  I love to pick up lettuces, breads, flowers, hot sauces, cheeses and fun pieces of art.  There’s over 150 vendors during the outdoor season that feature lots of vegetables and fruits, meats, eggs, prepared foods and beverages.  You’ll also find bakery goods, soaps, candles, and all sorts of arts and crafts.  There’s even live entertainment, educational booths and so much more - it is ever changing and it is truly different each week.  A MUST-SEE when visiting Kenosha!

Home again, home again, market is done.  Now that you have all of this produce, whatever will you do with it??  Especially after picking up my Crop Box on Tuesdays, I’m always asking myself this question.  Having all of these fresh vegetables so readily available has forced me to become creative when it comes to cooking.  I’ve even found myself canning pickles and making strawberry jam, two things I’ve never thought I’d be doing before.  With that, I highly recommend layering together a zucchini lasagna, sans noodles: replace the lasagna noodles with strips of zucchini.  Mix together some zucchini bread; add some chocolate chips for a new twist on an old favorite.  Shuck some corn, slice off the kernels and cook up some Mexican “Off the Cob” Street Corn.  Sub lettuce in your tacos for cabbage, add some sweetness to your salad with some apples or mash up some cauliflower instead of potatoes for a different kind of side.  

Play around, have some fun with it and discover something new about yourself.  Visit Kenosha, stay for the markets, take home some farm-fresh souvenirs and see what you can create!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.

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