While summer days may be a thing of the past, fresh Wisconsin produce during the winter months doesn’t have to be. Thanks to season extension techniques like hoophouses (think unheated greenhouses), cold storage and root cellars, farmers are able to keep producing and store produce for long periods even after the first frost.
pples • Arugula • Beets • Broccoli • Brussels sprouts • Cabbage • Canned produce (pickles, jams, fermented goods) • Carrots • Cauliflower • Celeriac Celery • Fennel • Garlic • Herbs • Jerusalem artichokes (Sunchokes) • Kale • Leeks • Lettuces • Micro greens • Mizuna • Mushrooms • Onions • Parsnips • Potatoes • Radishes • Rutabagas • Shallots • Spinach • Sweet potatoes • Turnips • Winter squashes
We’re thankful here in southeastern Wisconsin to also have wonderful winter farmers markets that give producers an outlet for their produce and community members a way to eat local longer.
While some of the items listed can continue to be grown during the winter months, farmers have a finite supply of storage crops like apples, cabbage, garlic and squash, so shop the winter farmer’s markets early and often!
Great Lakes Farmers Market in Racine, year round on Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM
Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market at the Domes, Saturdays from Nov. 7-April 9, 9 AM-12:30 PM
Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market at the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center Sundays, from Nov. 8-March 20, 9:30 AM-1 PM
Port Washington Winter Farmers Market at the First Congregational Church
Saturdays, 9 AM-1 PM