In cooperation with the Land Stewardship Project and the USDA, the following markets offer an exciting alternative to the run-of the-mill grocery store produce for the city dweller.
The village of Clayton, pop. 558, well known for the local cheese factory and “Cheese Days” in June, has a new enterprise… a delightful Farmer’s Market. Across from their own quiet Lake Camelia, the farmer’s market lines out along the highway. Quality over quantity holds very true for this smaller of the area’s markets. You will see some of the same vendors from the bigger markets, but at the same time, many nearby smaller vendors. The selection of fruit, fresh veggies, and delightful products will have your mouth watering, and your hands itching to whip up a superb artisan salad, or try out the clever handmade goods. The town also boasts a wonderful greenhouse, Bergmann’s, with complete gift shop and amazing plant selection with many rare and unusual varieties laid out in wondrous rows worth browsing at leisure, trees, shrubs, roses. Bergmann’s usually makes an appearance at the market and proffers their unique flower arrangement planters and a sampling of their plants. The Clayton Farmer’s Market may lack the fancier stalls of the larger farmer’s markets, but more than makes up for it in the friendliness of the town, the welcoming atmosphere, and fine produce. The surrounding area produces some of the best raspberries and rhubarb, nearly every vendor sells one or both. People know each other by name and family farm or business, and are just as glad to make a new aquaintance as to see an old one. The prices are often more reasonable than the larger markets, and you can get closer to the less commercialized side of local markets. If you are the least bit nostalgic, and buy-it-off-the-back-of-truck-bed farm produce is your desire… this is the perfect place.
The location is ideal… pick up some produce on your way to the cabin, or favorite fishing haunt, directly on highway 63, some 5 miles south of Turtle Lake .
The Market is held between the BP gas station and the Feed Mill every Friday afternoon from 3-6 PM , May-October at Clayton, WI
Information about the Farmer’s Market can be obtained via the Village office. 715-948-2460
Held in Soo Line Park, the Amery Farmer’s Market is well known in the area for its abundance and number of vendors. There are many larger produce stands, with great quantities of lettuces, radishes, and the local specialties. The produce is dependably available, and one can even find competitive pricing between vendors. There are often specialty foods offered, cut flowers, home canned goods, honey, maple syrup, and herbs, both fresh and growing. The market is known for their great selection of plants, both herbs and vegetables, so if you’ve ever wanted to get into mini-farm gardening, these are the experts to talk to.The town is larger, and has a fine Mexican restaurant, Garibaldi’s which serves exquisite drinks just perfect for relaxing after a warm trek through the lengthy market in pursuit of the ever enticing fresh veggies, fruits, and berries. Or there is the drug store, ice cream and soda shop, Ellie’s, whose sign proclaims “Ice Cream-Coffee-Conversation” and has been in existence since 1932 if that is more appealing to the palate on a hot summer’s day. The fire station is just across the street from the market, and the lovely old-fashioned glassed in windows on the doors of the station allow a look at Amery’s fine, high tech fire engines… a thrill for children as well as the young at heart. The market has good parking, and open location. The cheery array of vendor’s tents lets you know you’re in the right place. Though there are a few huge shade trees , a good hat and sunscreen is a must. Never seems to affect the produce, cleverly kept cool in many different ways. And it only adds to the allure of the available foods. Ice cold cheese curds are surprisingly refreshing in the heat, like the creaminess of ice cream with a more savory flavor. It makes all the walking to see every vendor worthwhile. For the day, it is a tent city of heavenly farm fresh items. Watermelons never looked so good.
The market is held on Mondays from 4-6PM , June-October at Soo Line Park, Keller Avenue, Amery, WI
For Amery Farmer’s Market information contact:
Larry Reimenschneider 715-268-6151
St Croix Falls
Home to the oldest State Park in Wisconsin , this beautiful city has many attractions, one of which is their artistic and wide reaching farmer’s market. Stroll along the scenic river overlook and view a chef’s demonstration, buy cut flowers, view many varieties of produce and products, and listen to the alluring sound of performers. Learn how to plant and grow perennials, or the best plants for container gardening in confined spaces. Baked goods are in abundance and their aroma in the warm weather while viewing the river is almost more than delicious. The market offers organic milk, cheese, and butter, with free range meats and eggs also readily available. Art for the garden is sold in the market with a host of other handmade items, including hand crafted bath and body products. While you’re there, be sure to stop by and check out the pottery and art gallery at further down the street. Luhrs/Bjornson has such exquisite sets of pottery dishes, cheese plates, and other such useful and cleverly designed items for beauty as well as use, one may actually need a few things to properly exhibit the finds from the farmer’s market, not to mention the vibrant and involved paintings that are displayed throughout. Sketches and glasswork round out this impressive shop overhanging the St Croix, its view from the windows alone gives great scope to the mind. St. Croix Falls has an exciting, and stimulating downtown area, with many eateries and extensive shopping options. The park below on the river is a beautiful spot to enjoy. But the highlight of the main street in summer has to be the shopping that can be found at their elegant and clever farmer’s market.
Widely known, the St Croix Falls Farmer’s market even has a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Croix-Falls-Farmers-Market/116196688392148
The market is held on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm , from mid-June through late October at the Scenic Overlook, Downtown (Washington St), St. Croix Falls, WI
For St. Croix Falls Farmer’s Market information contact:
Sloan Stanze 715-210-8489
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