2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
just north of North Ave.
2013 Market Hours & Dates
May 11 - June 15
June 22 - November 2
November 2 - November 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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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Prepare to be WOWed by 100s of jack-o-lanterns tomorrow at Fondy's first ever PumpkinFest. Between 4-7 pm, Fondy Farmers Market will have rows of decorated pumpkins, kids face painting, live music, storytelling (with Jamil Wilson, star forward on Marquette's Golden Eagles basketball team!), and light refreshments - all free!! There is also a pumpkin decorating contest with cash prizes, with winners announced at 6:30 pm. Several farmers will also be at PumpkinFest selling fresh, locally grown produce and some prepared food vendors, such as Alice's Garden who will be selling pumpkin clove lip balm and a hot, pumpkin-spiced herbal tea. (Photo of Jamil Wilson by David Bernacchi, onmilwaukee.com.)
PumpkinFest Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 26
9am - noon: Free pumpkins to first 150 shoppers and decorating help at Fondy Farmers Market (Note: free pumpkins to contest or display entrants ONLY)
Noon: Deadline for submitting pumpkins into the pumpkin decorating contest or for display. (It's OK to bring decorated pumpkins from home to enter into contest or display)
4pm - 6pm: Kids face painting
4:30pm - 5pm: Storytelling with Jamil Wilson, Marquette University Golden Eagle Basketball Senior Forward, and Sally Callan, Fondy Board of Director Vice President.
5pm - 7pm: Music with UWM Student Band
6:30pm: Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners Announced
6:45pm -7pm - Pumpkins can be taken home
Click here for a full schedule and more info.
Be a Part of PumpkinFest!
What makes a great pumpkin display? 100s of pumpkins! We are seeking lots of decorated pumpkins for the event - everything from carved jack-o-lanterns and painted pumpkins to pumpkins with squiggly eyes and Swiss chard ears. Stun us with your originality!
Help us FILL the Market with hundreds of decorated pumpkins for a spectacular evening. If you'd like to help, simply bring your decorated pumpkin to the Market by noon and we'll enter it into the display or contest. Or stop by Saturday morning at the Market between 9am and noon and we'll provide you with a FREE pumpkin, pumpkin tools, and decorating "stuff" like googly eyes and yarn. When you're done, a volunteer will submit your pumpkin to the display. Free pumpkins only to the first 150 people.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
And what's that? You want to win something for your artistic efforts? Certainly! Enter the PumpkinFest Decorating Contest.
The pumpkin decorating contest is free to enter. Fondy is offering 1st & 2nd place cash prizes in two categories: Traditional Carving and Non-Traditional Decoration (e.g. painting, glitter, yarn, etc.). There are four age categories:
After the contest winners have been announced in the evening, you can take your pumpkin home with you (about 6:45 pm).
All decorated pumpkins must be submitted to Fondy staff by noon, October 26th to be entered into the contest or display. Free pumpkin contest entry forms can be picked up at the Fondy Farmers Market Info. Booth or downloaded here.
PumpkinFest 2013 Sponsors
Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for their sponsorship of our first ever 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.
Two More Days to Vote for Fondy for Best of Milwaukee 2013!
Show your Fondy love by voting for Fondy in the Shepherd Express's Best of Milwaukee 2013 contest. Two farmers markets made the cut this year: Fondy Farmers Market and South Shore Market. Vote on-line here until Sunday, October 27th. Winners will be announced at the Best of Milwaukee Party, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Later that week, winners will be published in the November 14th issue of Shepherd Express.
Support Fondy While Exploring the Lowlands with MKEfoodie.com November 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?
Veggies: beans (pinto, pole, jack), beets (red, golden), cabbage (Chinese, green), carrots, cauliflower, sweet corn, cucumbers (pickling, regular), eggplant (purple, Thai), kohlrabi, leeks, sugar snap peas, onions (green, white, red), peppers (hot red, bell), potatoes (white, red, sweet), pumpkins (multiple varieties), tomatoes (limited - green, red, cherry, yellow, Roma), summer squash (limited - zucchini), winter squash (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, pumpkin, and more), turnip
Greens: bok choy, Swiss chard, lettuce (green, red), beet (red, golden), kale, Chinese mustard, collards, curly mustard, slick mustard, redroot pigweed, spinach, Chinese spinach, turnip
Herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, fennel, lovage, catmint, orange mint, chocolate mint, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, pineapple sage, borage, pineapple mint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, rosemary, and lavender
Fruits: apples, pears, melon (Asian), watermelon
Flowers & Plants: cut flowers
Prepared Food Vendors (Saturdays Only)
Egg Roll Lady, Vi Nai Cafe (spicy noodle soup, fruit smoothies), 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), Bees Wax Candle Maker, Katura Jewelry, Handmade Bird Houses, Alice's Garden and the MOVE Crew (More Organic Vegetables for Everyone)
Music at the Market: Lucky Diop
Tomorrow is the last Saturday in Fondy's Music at the Market series. To cap it off, we are bringing back popular Senegalese musician Lucky Diop Saturday, October 26th 10am-noon at Fondy Farmers Market.
Music at the Market is sponsored by WMSE 91.7 FM Frontier Radio and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust. For a schedule of the 2013 Season Music at the Market, click here.
Seasonal Soul: A Celebration of Milwaukee's Food Traditions: Shadesha Thurman
Community cook Shadesha Thurman will be at Fondy Farmers Market this Saturday, October 26th, 10am-noon.
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.