Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter Farmers Market

The market is a busy place!
Missing your summer fix of veggies direct from the farm?  There's still a pretty wonderful place to find everything you need, and it's indoors every Saturday morning at the Domes through April 11.  Called the Milwaukee County Winter Farmer's Market, it is stocked full of vendors, music, gift ideas, and people.  There is definitely something for every taste and it won't break your weekly budget.

Parking is available in the front lot, where you'd normally park when you visit Mitchell Park Domes, but there is also plenty of overflow parking at the rear of the newly built greenhouses.  Traffic assistants are usually at the entrances and can direct you to parking.  Of course, if you need to do a drop off with someone who shouldn't be walking on ice or snow, just speak to one of the friendly assistants and they will allow you to do a drop off in the front of the building.
Park behind the Greenhouses and Domes where you'll find a paved walkway to the front door
The market has recently moved to one of the greenhouses, which makes it wonderful and warm.  Seven new greenhouses were built to grow the county's plants used for the Domes and other parks.  It's great to have all the space for planting and growing at one location. You can read more about the construction at Hunzinger Construction's web page.

As you enter, you'll find food samples, fresh vegetables, canned goods, coffee, and even items from the Friends of the Domes gift shop.  You can come hungry because there are pancakes with maple syrup, sandwiches, and other freshly made food, which you can eat at tables provided at the rear of the greenhouse.  I'll leave you with some photos of the people and goods we enjoyed.  Bags are provided by the vendors, but bring your own reusable bag, if you prefer. We ended up buying more than I expected.  Credit cards are welcome, but cash is preferred.

Be sure to check this out before the snow melts.  While you're there, pop in to the exhibit featuring trains through March 15.  Or wait until the spring floral show, That's Amore, begins March 28.   You will have to pay admission to enter the Domes unless you are already a member of the Domes Friends group, but the Farmer's Market entry is free.
These lovely ladies greet people with samples

Jams, pickles, and even pickled peppers

My son, Omar, always loves the lady musicians

A variety of potatoes

Winter veggies are available

You'll find a variety of mushrooms

An unusual looking mushroom- I picked up a basket to cook with some garlic chicken

They smell heavenly and look so pretty

Quite a variety of cookies- we tried the chocolate chip pistachio

One of our local Valentine baristas will fix you a great cup of coffee

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