Port farmers market to open for season

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington’s farmers market will open for the season on Saturday, June 8.

The market, held on East Main Street between Franklin and Wisconsin streets, runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 26 — except on July 20, Fish Day.

Nineteen vendors have signed up for the first market, said Melissa Alexander, executive director of Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the market.

In addition to produce, the market will feature honey, bakery, crafts and art, Alexander said. There will also be booths run by 4-H and Possibility Playground.

“We have a lot of different things,” she said. “There’s a wide array and I’m hoping to expand that and bring in more types of things as the season goes on.”

A band will play at some of this year’s markets, Alexander said, but that won’t begin until next month.

Port Washington is home to one of the area’s oldest farmers markets. It began about 30 years ago when a small group of downtown merchants decided to hold a one-day harvest festival to bring more people to the shopping district and has grown since then.

Today, it remains a popular place for residents to not only buy farm-fresh produce but other handmade items as well, including herbal soaps and salves, fruit jellies and jams and dog treats.

But Port isn’t the only area community to host a weekly farmers market.

In Saukville, the market is held  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays from June 23 to Oct. 27 in Veterans Park. 

Grafton’s market, held at Veterans Park, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays from July 6 through September.

Fredonia’s market is held at the Government Center, 242 Fredonia Ave. from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays from June 12 through Oct. 30.

Cedarburg residents enjoy the Makers and Growers market in the parking lot at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays from June 14 through mid-October.

And in Thiensville, a market is held at Village Park, 250 Elm St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from June 11 to Oct. 15.

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