Farmers markets start cropping up

June 18, 2014

Thiensville — With the arrival of warmer temperatures, farmers markets are starting to heat up in the North Shore.

The Thiensville Village Market, for example, kicked off Tuesday, June 17 with several new features. The market will offer free Pilates in the Park, tennis lessons and other weekly activities that promote healthy lifestyles. The market will also offer a children's program that includes a weekly story time at the Weyenberg Library.

The Thiensville Village Farmers Market is one of the larger farmers market in the North Shore area, with more than 80 local vendors, including a food court with eight hot food vendors in and around the pavilions in the park. More than 2,000 shoppers visit the market each week to purchase fresh produce, flowers, meat, grains and artisanal goods while enjoying live music. The Thiensville market runs every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Thiensville Village Park, which is a relocation from last year's location in the parking lot.

"I am particularly excited about the new layout for the vendors this year," said market manager Jesse Daily. "We have moved our all-day vendors into the grass and have strategically placed our half-day vendors in the south parking lot for easy exit at 2 p.m. We feel that this will give us ample parking for our customers who come in the later afternoon."

The market runs through Oct. 28. A special Children's Day on Aug. 12 will include performances by children's entertainers, visits from local mascots, a scavenger hunt at the market, and more. A Best 'Dam' Junior Chef competition will highlight the event.

The Thiensville market is just one of four farmers markets in the North Shore area. Check out these weekly markets near your community:

■The Fox Point Farmers Market kicks off Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon the Stormonth Elementary School parking lot at 7300 Lombardy Road. The market runs until Oct. 18.

■The Brown Deer Farmers Market, which started at the end of May, is held on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the former American TV and Appliance parking lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road. The market runs through October.

■The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market starts on July 12 and runs through Oct. 4. The market is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon on Berkeley Boulevard at Silver Spring Drive. This is the market's fifth year selling fresh and organic produce, meats, eggs and honey. The market has a new theme every week with educational activities, kids crafts, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.

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