One of the many gratifying things about living or spending time on the peninsula is the easy access to bountiful produce during the spring, summer and fall seasons. There’s a farmers’ market somewhere nearly every day, along with farm stands, CSA programs and seasonal markets. Now that June has arrived, we can change our routines a bit to eat more seasonally and take advantage of all the county has to offer. Here’s your guide to Door County’s farmers’ markets.
Sturgeon Bay Farmers’ Market
Market Square parking lot, between Michigan and Nebraska streets
Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12 pm, June 1 – Oct. 26
The Sturgeon Bay Farmers’ Market is the largest in Door County, with 70 consistent vendors selling. All items are handmade or homegrown, and they vary with the seasons. You’ll find food and produce, baked goods, cheese, jam, fish, meat, interesting crafts and beautiful flowers. Craftspeople sell Adirondack chairs, homemade brooms, wooden bowls and more. Munch on popcorn, egg rolls, jerky, crêpes and brats from the food stands. For dessert, you might even find a Belgian pie! Market starts at 8:30, but most vendors are selling by 8 am.
Sister Bay Farmers’ Market
Corner of the Past Museum, 10310 Fieldcrest Road
Saturdays, 8 am – 12 pm, May 25 – Oct. 5
Since 2002, the Sister Bay Historical Society has hosted a Saturday farmers’ market for Northern Door residents and visitors at the Corner of the Past Museum, where the farmyard around the historical buildings provides an ideal setting. The market opened originally to support local farmers who provide fresh, healthful and wholesome produce, but today, produce vendors are joined by sellers of creative sauces, honey, meat, eggs, flowers, bakery and artistic items such as jewelry, wood products and photography. Plus, you can enjoy live music by groups and artists who perform in the Koessl barn.
Maplewood Farmer’s Market
S1867 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay
Saturdays, 2 pm – 6 pm, June 15 – September
Going into it’s second season, the Maplewood Farmer’s Market offers a selection of local goods and food from the grill for an afternoon snack. You’ll find arts, crafts and produce vendors along with a relaxing atmosphere and occasional live music.
Baileys Harbor Farmers’ Market
Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F
Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm, May 19 – Sept. 29
A Sunday morning at the Baileys Harbor farmers’ market is a Sunday well spent. You’ll find 35-plus vendors on the lawn of the town hall, on Highway 57 at County F. Pat’s Patch Organic Produce and Flying Tractor Farms sell a plethora of produce, and vendors such as Door County Kraut Company, Later Gator Vintage Prints and Cards, Door County Alpacas and John Leiberg Pressed Flower Art go beyond food. Look for handmade jewelry, freshly cut flowers, artwork, shrubs and trees, bakery, fresh cheese and more. Satisfy your appetite with great food from the Egg Roll Lady, Totally Bueno Burritos or Papa Pete’s Italian Beef.
Jacksonport Farmers’ Market
Lakeside Park, Hwy 57 in downtown Jacksonport
Tuesdays, 9 am – 1 pm, May 21 – Oct. 15
Spend your morning near the lakeshore browsing the 30-plus booths of produce growers and craftspeople who are all Door County residents. Fruits and vegetables vary with the season, but you’ll always find a good mix: the market is 70 percent farm products and 30 percent craft goods. Select locally raised beef and lamb; stock up on eggs and honey; take home locally made breads, sweet rolls, pies and other tasty desserts; and be wowed by crafted gifts, clothing and accessories, plus a great variety of jam, jelly, cut flowers, handmade soaps, plants and items for the home.
Fish Creek Farmers’ Market
Settlement Shops, 9106 Hwy 42
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, June 5 – Oct. 16
This will be the 16th season for the farmers’ market, and some vendors have hosted booths every year! What started as a strictly plant-based market – with fresh produce, food and plants – now includes handmade crafts and live music. The market is set up along a meandering path surrounded by the Settlement Shops, a group of stores that opened in 1975. This year, Beth Chafey Hahn will return to play her “exquisite rockin’ violin,” and – new this year – the Windriven Irish Group will perform every other week. Hungry? Totally Bueno Burritos and Tapuat Brewing Company will be there to provide hunger-busting snacks. Look for Sully’s Produce, Pat’s Patch Organics, Linda Duke Plants and more.
Door County Brewing Co. Farmers’ Market
8099 Hwy 57
Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, June 20 – September
Going into its second year, this pop-up market outside the beer hall is the perfect place to grab your produce before the weekend while enjoying a cold pint from Door County Brewing /Hacienda or a tasty latte from Bearded Heart Coffee. You can expect to visit Cold Climate Farms and Hidden Acres Farm for produce; Manges Family Farms for heirloom veggies, honey and wax products; Bill’s Blueberry Corner for eggs and blueberries; January King for fermented veggies, berries and fruit; Periwinkle Moon Farm and White Barn Gallery and Gardens.
Egg Harbor Farmers’ Market
Harbor View Park, 7809 Hwy 42
Fridays, 9 am – 1 pm, May 24 – Oct. 25
Now in its third season, the Egg Harbor Farmers’ Market is still a newer addition to the farmers’ market schedule. Located in beautiful Harbor View Park, it offers vendors and visitors great views of the bay. The vendor list is at 10 and grows each year. Current vendors include Carmon’s Gardens, Sully’s Produce and Flying Tractor Farm. Jeanne Kuhns will provide live music on June 14, July 19, Aug. 15 and Sept. 6.