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A cool spring has meant a slow start for farmers in Door County, but the bounty is finally coming to fruition! That means you’ll be able to benefit from the summer harvest this month as farm stands begin to look a lot more colorful and diverse. Support local growers and artisans at one of the many farmers markets throughout the peninsula—there is a farmers market nearly every day of the week!
Here’s your guide to Door County’s farmers markets.
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.
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.
Going into its second season, the Maplewood Farmers 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
There are other ways to get goodies straight from the source: at the various farm and orchard markets. Plenty of the cherry orchards and produce farms operate their own markets, making it easy for you to both pick up farm-fresh goods and get a peek at the day-to-day operations. Not all markets are attached to the growing operation, but you’ll find something unique and memorable at each one.
Here are the orchards that offer fresh-picked cherries and often allow you to pick-your-own cherries (when in season). You can see the acres of beautiful orchards surrounding the market.
For over 100 years, Seaquist Orchards has been raising and harvesting cherries in Door County. What variety of cherries? 99.9% of the cherries are the Montmorency variety, which are known as tart cherries. They have 950 acres of tart cherries, 15 acres of sweet cherries, and 30 acres of apples and pears. You can also view the Seaquist Production facility next door, where they make 72 flavors of jam, jelly, pie fillings, and salsas.
Since 1955, the Lautenbachs have been producing quality fruit products in Door County. The 100 acre family estate is home to a winery, cider mill and market. The winery resides in a restored dairy barn, producing most of its award-winning wines from fruits grown on the property. Estate-grown fruits include cherries, apples, grapes, raspberries, and pears. Bring the whole family and enjoy pick-your-own cherries, free samples, and more.
Located on the bay side of the peninsula, Choice Orchards have been growing apples and cherries since 1984 and currently have 150 acres of orchards. The orchard market is open July 1st through October 31st, 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. Stop in and browse through the market for fabulous items for your own enjoyment or perhaps pick your own cherries or apples in our orchards when in season.
This farm market features strawberries, sweet and tart cherries, and apples. Located halfway between Sturgeon Bay and Algoma, they welcome all generations to learn about food! Bring the kids or grandkids or extended family to pick strawberries or cherries in season. Call our phone to get updates on what’s available and hours.
Meleddy Cherry Farm is a one stop shop for picking and pitting your tart cherries. Located 15 minutes southwest of Sturgeon Bay and 2 miles south of highway 57. Visit the website to learn more and to find their out-of-this world Door County Cherry Muffin Recipe.
These markets have become family traditions for generations of Door County visitors. Take a drive and spend an afternoon exploring all the market has to offer! Sample fresh fruit, dips, jams, and sauces and take home cider, tart cherry juice, and cherry pies.
Koepsel’s farm market is a “must stop” for all Door County visitors. They are the oldest farm market in Door County and the recipes used to make our jams, jellies, and canned goods date back even earlier than the year they opened for business in 1958. Item selection includes home-made jams, jellies, fruit butters, canned goods, as well as fresh bakery items, meats, smoked fish, cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits, Door County wines, Door County maple syrups, antiques, and souvenirs.
Family owned and operated for over 40 years, Wienke’s Market offers fresh in-season produce, homemade pickles, jams, pie filling, and fresh bakery. Enjoy Door County cherry pies, homemade fudge, and Norwegian lefse. There’s something for everyone! Conveniently located six miles north of Algoma and nine miles south of Sturgeon Bay on County Road S.
Wood Orchard Market is a third generation fruit farm in Door County, growing strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and apples on 200 acres. Just north of Egg Harbor on Hwy 42, pick up honeycrisp and the new Sweetango Apples. Find gifts, specialty foods and bakery items too. It is a truly unique, totally delicious and very Door County experience! Open May through October.
Grandma Tommy’s has all of your Door County specialty foods and micro brews. Plus homemade fudge, pies, cookies, hand-dipped ice cream, and cherry or root beer floats. Locally grown apples, cherries, and berries available in season. Also cheese and sausage. Grandma’s also has cherry or apple cider, maple syrup, salsas, mustards, and pie fillings. You can't miss it!
Whether you’re looking for locally grown lavender products or organic cuts of beef or poultry, these markets have one-of-a-kind offerings you won’t want to miss.
Offering more than 150 products made from lavender that is grown on acreage surrounding the historic Island Dairy on Washington Island. The shop sells lavender food products as well as products for bath, shower, body, and pets. Lavender products are beneficial because lavender has a distinct natural aroma that leaves you relaxed and refreshed. Customers can see how lavender is harvested, processed and distilled, and how products are made. Visitors can sample handmade bath and beauty products, taste lavender ice cream, chocolates and jams, and enjoy artisan candles and home goods.
Washington Island is home to Fragrant Isle, which, with 20,000 lavender plants, is "The Midwest’s Largest Lavender Farm" and Washington Island’s first. This season Fragrant Isle’s 20,000 lavender plants will all be in bloom. Visitors will be able to stroll through the lush lavender fields and enjoy the phenomenal aroma. A feast for all the senses! Pick your own lavender bouquet in the U Pick Field during blooming season. Purchase lavender plants for your own garden from the nursery during spring to early summer. Visit the Production Barn to see and learn how the lavender is distilled to the pure lavender essential oil and its many uses in daily life and products. See the working copper stills and learn first hand from expert staff late July through August.
Waseda is a Certified Organic farm located in Baileys Harbor, on the west side of Kangaroo Lake. They raise organic beef, pork, and poultry and have almost 2 acres of produce in the summer. The humanely raised, hormone-free animals enjoy over 300 acres of beautiful Door County farmland. The Market Store is open year round, selling all the farm products, and many other Wisconsin culinary delights.
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