It’s that time again! As the ground finally starts to thaw, and we pack away our winter gear, farmers markets are gearing up for summer. We can now look forward to walking to the market on lazy Saturday mornings, filling up on tasty free samples and of course coming home with local goodies. Whether you’re looking for warm kettle corn, juicy tomatoes or sweet jams, you’ll find what you’re looking for at your local market.

The Waukesha area has seen an explosion of farmers markets of all different sizes. No matter where you live, there’s one nearby. So grab your canvas tote and some cash, and check out some of your local farmers markets!

Brookfield Farmers Market

The Brookfield Farmers’ Market has been around for 27 years, so they know a thing or two about local favorites. The market opens in May and features a huge variety, from fresh produce to maple syrup to ready-to-eat treats. And if you’re one of those people (like me) who never has cash, no worries! Just head to the information booth to buy “market cash” with your debit card.

Location: 2000 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI

Hours: Saturdays from 7:30 am to noon, May through October

Delafield Farmers Market

Featuring a wide variety of goods and live music every Saturday morning, the Delafield Farmers Market is a favorite among locals. In addition to the usual food products, be on the lookout for local photographers, knitters and jewelry makers selling their art.

Location: Main St & Dopkins St, one block west of Hwy C on Main Street in Downtown Delafield

Hours: Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, May through October

Dousman Farmers Market

Wednesday afternoons in Dousman are the perfect time to swing by the farmers market after work. Take a stroll as you browse the fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats and other treats.

Location: Dousman Village Hall parking lot, 118 S. Main Street, Dousman (across from the fire station near the ball diamond)

Hours: Wednesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm (with extended hour June through August 2pm to 7pm), May through October

Menomonee Falls Farmers Market

Menomonee Falls residents have their pick of farmers markets with Wednesday or Sunday options. Both markets feature colorful flowers, seasonal produce and unique crafts.

Location: One block west of the corner of Appleton & Main In the North Junior High Campus parking lot, Menomonee Falls

Midweek hours: Wednesdays from 9 am to 2 pm, May through October

Weekend hours: Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, August through October

Mukwonago Area Farmers Market

Every Wednesday afternoon, check out the market featuring “seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, eggs, bakery, jellies, jams, fresh salsa, kettle corn, and annual, perennial, and even fresh-cut flowers, and much more.”

Location: Field Park, 933 North Rochester Street, Mukwonago

Hours: Wednesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm, May through October

Muskego Green Market

With all of the options for Saturday morning farmers markets, it can be hard to hit all of them. Fortunately, Muskego residents have another option. On Thursday evenings you can head to the Green Market for homegrown produce, local art and fresh flowers.

Location: Muskego Public Library parking lot, W16663 Janesville Road
Hours: Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm, May through September

New Berlin Farmers Market

The New Berlin Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning and features fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, homemade bakery, salsas and more.

Location: 16300 West National Avenue, New Berlin
Hours: Saturdays from 8 am to noon, May through October

Oconomowoc Farmers Market

The Oconomowoc Farmers Market has seen significant growth in recent years. With an increase in vendors, the market has moved to a new location in 2017. However, due to construction at Village Green, there will not be a Wednesday market like there was in 2016.

Location: Campus Parking Lot at First Bank Financial Centre, 155 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc

Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, May through October

Waukesha Farmers Market

If one of your friends from yoga class recently talked you into doing a juice cleanse, be sure to hit up the Waukesha farmers market. The market has a huge selection of in-season fruits and vegetables. They also feature gorgeous fresh flowers.

Location: 313 Bank St., Waukesha

Hours: Saturdays from 8 am to noon, May through October

Carrie Madormo writes the "Cooking with Carrie" recipes for MetroParent

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