Category: Buy Local

  • Seven Farmers Markets Ready to Go

    Season opens May 7 Farmers markets, those dependable signs that summer is on its way in Door County, will soon be popping up in all the usual places.  Surprisingly, almost everyone who was in charge of a market last year said that – even with the changes that were required because of COVID-19 – business […]

  • Harvesting Maple Syrup With Louis Sohns

    Louis Sohns, nearly 85, has been tapping trees since he was six years old As farmers prepare their fields for a new season of growing, the harvest for another season has recently concluded: maple-syrup making.  Hard at the classic tree-tapping business this year, as he has been in one way or another for more than […]

  • Door County Coffee Remained Perked Up in 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on many retail sectors, but Doug Wilson doesn’t think it has curbed the desire for coffee. “Since they can’t get it at work, they’re ordering it from here,” said Wilson, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Door County Coffee and Tea, a coffee-serving and coffee-roasting business. […]

  • Know Your Fisherman: Henriksen Fisheries

    This week we pivot our Know Your Grower series away from harvesting produce to harvesting whitefish. The bountiful waters of Lake Michigan surround Door County, making it home to a vibrant fishing community that dates back to the mid-1800s. That community today includes several larger commercial fishing operations, including Henriksen Fisheries. The fishermen: Charlie and […]

  • Pop-up Markets Popping Up for Fall

    Outdoor farmers’ markets have ended as the harvest season concludes and chilly weather moves in, but some vendors are keeping options open for shoppers in northern Door County. Starting last week, two pop-up markets are taking place weekly, providing great opportunities to visit some local vendors and artisans. Masks and social distancing are required. Pop-up […]

  • GHA Sells Holiday Greenery, More

    Ring in the holiday season with fresh wreaths, swags and kissing balls from the Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA, Lush Wisconsin greens are freshly cut, and made-to-order creations arrive days later. Along with your greenery order, pick up a few extra holiday gifts: wooden street signs, books, DVDs or note cards. To order, email us […]

  • Know Your Grower: Door County Wildwood Market

    Location: On the corner of Highway 42 and Wildwood Road in Sister Bay Acreage: 27 acres Meet Your Growers: Mary Pat and Mark Carlson; their daughter, Anna; and her fiancé, Scott What is known today as Door County Wildwood Market, was once – technically – an Illinois family homestead. That’s because the ancestors of the […]

  • Settlement Farmers’ Market Extended to Oct. 21

    The Settlement Farmers’ Market will extend its market dates to Oct. 21, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, weather permitting. The market offers fresh whitefish fillets, farm-grown veggies, organics, artisanal bread and more. Stroll the market (wearing a mask and in a socially distanced fashion) to enjoy the lovely autumn.

  • DENN Creative Market Opens South of Sturgeon Bay

    A store built from shipping containers has opened in Door County! DENN ( is a creative market for all things local, artistic, reclaimed and antique. The owners did all the construction and artwork themselves to create an eclectic, inspiring atmosphere where visitors can find antiques, DIY supplies and items made by artisans from around the […]

  • New Fall Art and Craft Fair

    Select Door County artists and artisans will sell their products, art and provisions at the first annual Door County Wildflower Candles & More Fall Art and Craft Fair on Oct. 17, 9 am – 2 pm; and Oct. 18, 9 am – 12 pm, at 11576 Beach Road in Sister Bay. Some of the offerings […]

  • Know Your Grower: Hyline Orchard Farm Market

    Location: 8240 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek Acreage: 150 acres of apple and cherry orchards, plus fruit and vegetable gardens around the farm Your growers: Marvin and Loretta Robertoy with their grandchildren Tracy Robertoy, Paul Robertoy, Justin Enigl and Nathan Delsart Currently selling: Just-harvested apples and pumpkins, fresh cider and juices, and a wide variety […]

  • Fall Art and Craft Fair Oct. 17-18

    Select Door County artists and artisans will sell their products, art and provisions at the first annual Door County Wildflower Candles & More Fall Art and Craft Fair on Oct. 17, 9 am – 2 pm; and Oct. 18, 9 am – 12 pm, at 11576 Beach Road in Sister Bay. Some of the offerings […]

  • Know Your Grower: Schartner’s Farm Market

    Location: 6476 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor Acreage: 220 acres Your growers: Dave and Karen Schartner Currently selling: Lots of things, but apples, pears, plums, pumpkins, squash and other autumn-themed fruits are front and center.  Specialty items: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are always available, but don’t forget the home-tapped maple syrup and home-baked pies. In March […]

  • Know Your Grower: Malvitz Bay Farms

    Location: 8678 Cty C in Sturgeon Bay Acreage: Five acres of strawberries, one hoop house and many acres of sweet corn! Meet your growers: Fred and Mary Malvitz Located in Sturgeon Bay, just south of Little Sturgeon Bay on County C, is Malvitz Bay Farms, owned by Fred and Mary Malvitz.  Both came from farming […]

  • Parallel 44 to Host Harvest Fest Sept. 12

    Parallel 44 (, N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road in Kewaunee, will host Harvest Fest on Sept. 12, 12-6 pm. Enjoy live music by Talk of the Town, pizza from Wild Fire Pizza, wine tastings, discounts and prize giveaways. There will be no tours or grape stomping this year.

  • Know Your Grower: Fruit Forward: Soren’s Valhalla Orchards

    Location: 2600 Idlewild Road, Sturgeon Bay – follow the signs! Acreage: Two acres of strawberries, 100 acres of cherries, 2,500 apple trees and 100 acres of additional crops (corn, soybean, wheat, green beans and alfalfa) Meet your growers: The Sorensen family: Terry, Toni and their three young sons Terry and Toni both have farming in […]

  • Know Your Grower: Egg Harbor Natural Gardens

    Myles and Mary Dannhausen started their garden on the corner of Maple Tree Road and Heritage Lake Road in Egg Harbor out of necessity. With six kids to feed and money scarce when they moved to the property in 1983, they began growing their own food and raising animals long before it was hip.  The […]

  • Know Your Grower: Waseda Farms Garden

    Photos by Maddy Schierl Location: 7281 Logerquist Road, Jacksonport Acreage: Two acres, situated on Waseda’s 500 acres  Meet your grower: Dave Seabright, Waseda Farms’ garden manager  The garden at Waseda Farms looks like a lush wave, with colorful tomato trellises at its crest, and neat, green rows dipping gently toward the garden’s entrance. Grassy pathways […]

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl Goes Virtual on May 16

    For more than 15 years, Ellison Bay Arts (EBA) has hosted a Spring Art Crawl, but this year, in light of the Safer at Home order, EBA will host virtual tours of studios, galleries, a school and handcrafted food and drink on the EBA Facebook page on May 16. These businesses will be participating: Clay […]

  • Manners Matter: Prefer to Shop Local

    Dear Mary Pat, We have been staying at home for a month and a half now and go out only when absolutely necessary – so really just to get groceries and supplies and to get some exercise with a quick walk around our neighborhood.  Our adult children live six hours away and are so worried about […]