Although most Door County restaurants are open for service, many travelers are re-thinking what it means to eat well and eat local while on vacation. And because many lodgings like cabins, campgrounds, cottages, hotel rooms, and houses offer cooking facilities, visitors are looking for local ingredients and flavors that they can cook up by themselves or don’t need cooking at all.
If you’re looking for farmers markets where you can get some of the freshest fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, plants, flowers, and other foods, here’s what you need to know for the 2020 season.
2020 Market Season Updates
Farmers market season is off and running! Each community has adapted its market to accommodate the need for physical distancing a little differently, so please check individual markets’ websites or social media to be sure you’re prepared before arriving.
In general, here are some things to be aware of:
- Some markets will only be selling food products, so arts, crafts, and other non-edible products might not be available.
- Expect to find tasty local ingredients such as cherries, apples, berries, other summer fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, packaged foods, and canned/jarred goods like jam and honey.
- Not all markets will allow food to be cooked or consumed onsite, and many are not offering seating, so plan ahead for eating or enjoying.
- Expect food samples and musical performances to be limited.
- Leave the reusable bags at home.
- Try to limit your party size to 1-2 people and avoid bringing young kids and pets unless necessary.
- And of course: wear a face mask over your nose and mouth at all times and observe the 6-foot physical-distancing guideline.
List of Community Farmers Markets
Check out the markets’ event descriptions for more details.
Tuesdays, 9am-1pm | Through Oct. 20
Jacksonport - Lakeside Park
Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm | Through Oct. 21
Fish Creek - Settlement Shops
Fridays, 9am-1pm | Through Oct. 23
Egg Harbor - Harbor View Park
Saturdays, 8am-12pm | Through Oct. 3
Sister Bay - Corner of the Past Museum
Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm | Through Oct. 31
Sturgeon Bay - Market Square
Sundays, 9am-1pm | Through September 27
Baileys Harbor - Baileys Harbor Town Hall
Where Else to Get the Farm Experience
Visit individual farms to see where they grow or create their food. Check out farms’ onsite markets and gift shops to find sweets and snacks to take home. Find a full list of farm markets here.
During the cherry and apple harvests, visitors can step into the orchard and pick their own fruit, which is a fun and satisfying activity for all ages. The picked fruit can then be washed and eaten as-is or cooked or baked into all kinds of foods, both sweet and savory. Read more about orchards here.
In the Wild
Sometimes the best stops are those you didn’t plan. Whether walking around town or driving through the countryside, you’re likely to spot at least one roadside stand or sidewalk market with someone selling fruit, veggies, or plants.
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