2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
just north of North Ave.
2013 Market Hours & Dates
May 11 - June 15
June 22 - November 2
Nov. 2 - Nov. 16
*Weather permitting. Please call Market office.
Beginning Saturday, June 22, the Market is open 4 days a week.
The Market's last day of the 2013 season is Saturday, November 16.
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Thursday, 10/31 is Last Day to Use WIC and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers
The last day to use your WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or Senior Farmers Market vouchers at area farmers markets is Thursday, October 31st. Be sure to stock up now on your fall favorites - potatoes, squash, pie pumpkins, greens, and more - at Fondy Farmers Market this Thursday, October 31 8am-2pm. For more information on available produce, please call the Market office at 414-933-8121.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!
(Photos above: L-R: Pumpkin staging area, MU Golden Eagle Jamil Wilson reading to kids, tree pumpkin carved by son of Fondy farmer).
Fondy's first ever PumpkinFest was a great success last Saturday. Folks from throughout the community - young and old - came to Fondy Farmers Market to carve pumpkins and marvel at the incredible creativity of the Fondy community. The weather was a little nippy, but with hot chocolate, coffee, and spiced cider (generously donated by Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Outpost Natural Foods), everyone stayed warm.
Volunteers Made All the Difference
A special thanks goes to the huge team of volunteers who carved pumpkins, assisted kids with pumpkin decorating, set up and decorated the Market for the event, face painted, helped with the pumpkin decorating contest, and handed out refreshments. (Did we mention the yummy pumpkin and banana bread from Outpost Natural Foods and homemade [yes!] sugar cookies from Fondy supporter Meg Bruzan of Milwaukee Web Designs?)
A large group of volunteers from UW-Milwaukee came as part of their Live United commitment to United Way of Greater Milwaukee. We also had a very talented and hard-working groups of teens from First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, a powerhouse of university students (from Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee), and several community volunteers on hand throughout the day. Thank you all so much!
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
What an amazing collection of pumpkins! There are some truly great artists of all ages amongst Fondy shoppers. Local artists Della Wells and Sonji and Townsend Hunt, plus Glorious Malone's president Daphne Jones and Yelp Milwaukee Marketing Director Rachel Fell had the difficult task of judging the pumpkins. The winners for the first ever PumpkinFest decorating contest were:
Adults: Jackim Credit, Paul Peck, Sharbonde Credit,
Kids 13-17: Joshua Williams, Mikiyah Cramer
Kids 7-12 (our biggest entrant category!): Demetrius Brown, Jr.; Azia Vang, Tamel Nelson, Gregorie Cole
Kids 1-6: Jayda Cole, Kenji Yang, Bashar Zaal, Ivhana Weatherson
Congratulations to all contestants and winners!
Stay Tuned for More Photos
We're still going through the photos and will post them on Facebook and Flickr as soon as we're ready!
Thank You to PumpkinFest 2013 Sponsors and In-Kind Donors
Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for sponsoring Fondy's PumpkinFest.
In-Kind Donors for PumpkinFest
Thank you to Outpost Natural Foods, Colectivo Coffee Roasters, and Milwaukee Web Design for their in-kind donation of refreshments.
Support Fondy While Exploring the Lowlands with MKEfoodie.com Nov. 5th
Belgian food and bier (yes, bier!) is the highlight of MKEfoodie.com's next community event 5:30-7:30 pm Tuesday, November 5 at Cafe Centraal (located at the corner of Lincoln and Kinnickinnic in Bay View). The public is welcome to join MKEfoodie.com and event host The Lowlands Group in this grand tour of all four European-style cafes run by the Lowlands Group. A portion of the event's proceeds supports Fondy Food Center.
The event includes a Belgian bier tasting (pairings with each of the foods offered), food stations, and plenty of mingling space. Tickets are $10 each. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
What’s in Season?
There are only three more weeks left at Fondy Farmers Market. The Market will convert to Saturdays and Sundays* only beginning November 2. The last day to use WIC and Senior Farmers Market nutrition vouchers is Thursday, October 31. Food stamps (QUEST cards) will continue to be accepted until the Market's last day, Saturday, November 16.
*Sunday hours are 8am-2pm and is weather dependent. Please call Market office at 414-933-8121 to see if the Market is open on Sunday.
Plentiful (weather willing)
Veggies: cranberry shelling beans, beets, bell peppers (green, orange, purple, red, yellow), broccoli, cabbage, cabbage sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers (Banana, Cayenne, Cherry Bombs, Habanero, Hungarian Wax, Jalapeno), Hmong cucumber, Asian bitter eggplant (Hmong red, Thai pea), Thai ball eggplant, Italian eggplant, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes, jicama, leeks, lettuce, onions (red, white, yellow), scallions, baby potatoes (red, white, yellow), waxy potatoes (red, white, yellow, Yukon Gold), Kennebec storage potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes, Asian winter melon, winter squash (acorn, sweet dumpling, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, pumpkin, spaghetti, speckled hound), tomatoes (cherry, green, red slicing), turnips
Greens: Chinese mustard, collards, kale, curly mustard, slick mustard, redroot pigweed, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens
Fruits: apples, watermelon
Herbs/Aromatics: basil, cilantro, dill, garlic, lemongrass, sage, thyme, oregano, pineapple sage, borage, rosemary
Value-added Products: apple cider, honey, popping corn
Flowers: beautiful fresh-cut flower bouquets
Seasonal Decorations: Indian corn, decorative gourds, carving pumpkins
Limited Supply (get to the market early!)
Veggies: Brussels sprouts, sorghum cane, yellow summer squash, zucchini
Fruits: pears, strawberries
Meat/Poultry: chicken, eggs
Prepared Food Vendors (Saturdays Only)
Cheesecake Lady (cheesecake), Avia's Cakes, Debbie Jo's BBQ (rib dinners, smoked turkey greens, cornbread), Alice's Garden (hot herbal tea: Chocolate Mint and Lemon Balm)
Craft & Specialty Vendors (Saturdays Only)
Miss Rose’s Watkins & More, Walnut Way Conservation Corp (honey, coffee, herbal teas and other herbal products), Craigland Farms (vegetables, frozen whole chicken, eggs, popping corn), Alice's Garden and the MOVE Crew (More Organic Vegetables for Everyone)
Thank you to our 2013 Fondy Farmers Market Season Sponsors :
Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust
And thank you to our Community Partners
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For a general overview of local produce availability and to better plan your season, check out our Seasonal Food Guide.