Meet Local Suppliers in our Community at These Area Markets
Throughout the year (when there’s not a global pandemic happening, of course), we host lots of in-person sampling events so you can meet our local suppliers and try their incredible products. If you can’t make those events though, another great way to get face time with the folks who grow and make food and other products in our community is visiting local farmer’s markets—of which the Chippewa Valley has a plethora! Here’s a list of a few that host the most of our local growers and producers:
Menomonie Farmer’s Market at Wilson Park
Local suppliers who sell products at our co-op and are usually in attendance at this market include Blaeser Farms (Chippewa Falls), AVEnue Orchard (Eau Claire), Eat My Fish at Jeremiah’s Bullfrog Fish Farm (Menomonie), Beloved Sisters (Menomonie), and Montebelo Brazilian Cheese Bread (Eau Claire).
Address: 800 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie, WI 54751
Dates: Mid-May through Mid-October
Hours: Wednesdays from 10:00am-6:00pm & Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm
Menomonie Winter Market at Raw Deal
Address: 603 South Broadway Street, Menomonie, WI 54751
Dates: Mid-November through Mid-April
Hours: Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm
Eau Claire County
Eau Claire Downtown Farmer’s Market at Phoenix Park
Local suppliers who sell products at our co-op and are usually in attendance at this market include Wheatfield Hill Organics (Durand), Eat My Fish at Jeremiah’s Bullfrog Fish Farm (Menomonie), Harvest Moon Organics (Cadott), Red Cedar Produce (Menomonie), Water Street Deli (Eau Claire), and Deutsch Family Farm (Osseo). And this season, you can also meet 2021 Fund Our Foodshed Grant Winner Farm Doc Microgreens (Strum) there as well.
Address: 300 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Dates: Early May through Late October
Hours: Saturdays in May from 7:30am-1:00pm, Wednesdays & Saturdays in June through October from 7:30am-1:00pm, & Thursdays in June through October from 12:00pm-5:00pm
In addition to these larger farmer’s markets in downtown Menomonie and Eau Claire, there are lots of other small to mid-sized markets in the surrounding areas. Some include the Elk Mound Farmer’s Market open 8:00am-6:00pm Thursdays and Fridays from mid-June through early November, the Chippewa Falls Farmer’s Market open 12:00pm-6:00pm Thursdays from mid-June through late October, and the Eau Claire Farmer’s Market at the Government Center open 11:30am-3:30pm Tuesdays from late June through late September. Find a full list of local markets at WIFARMERSMARKETS.ORG.
This article was originally published in the July/August 2021 issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Morsel. If you’d like to read more stories like this one and stay up to date on the latest co-op news and events, pick up a print copy in-store on your next grocery run or find more news on our website here.