Local farmers' markets provide wonderful summer options

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Jim Baumgart  Sheboygan County Supervisor

There is something special about knowing who and where your food comes from. It’s nice to be able to shake the hand that grows the food we eat. And by purchasing produce from area venders means the majority of the dollars spent here will likely stay in the community. Buying local is a benefit to us all.

Here in our lakeshore area we have a number of farmer’s markets listed in the 2013 Farm Fresh Atlas. The number of items for sale may be somewhat limited to start but will grow throughout the summer and early fall seasons. With these markets beginning to provide the first early products, now is a good opportunity to list the location and times these markets are open. The information provided comes from the publication, 2013 Farm Fresh Atlas

Elkhart Lake: This Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays from June through October at the downtown Train Depot , from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Kiel: They are open Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kiel City Park. Plymouth: Open June 20 through October 17, Thursdays, from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Generations Building, 1500 Douglas Street. Sheboygan: They have two days each week when their Farmer’s Market is open; Wednesdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and is located at Sheboygan’s Fountain Park, corner of 8th Street and Erie Avenue, from June through October.

In addition to the Farmers Markets, the 2013 Farm Fresh Atlas promotes a number of specialty farms and businesses stressing sustainable products. The Atlas list that covers Sheboygan County includes the following places:

- Drewry Farms Maple Syrup: The farm specializes in high quality maple syrup products and has for the past 150 years. They are located in the Plymouth area, W5762 Winooski Road.

- Gobbler Hills Poultry Farm, N7015 Hwy. E, Plymouth: They raise chickens and turkeys and report their animals “have a life running in the great outdoor pastures & county life” with no hormones or antibiotics used. When available, orders for chickens and (mainly prior to Thanksgiving) orders for turkeys are taken. Tel. (920) 893-0421.

- Jeff-Leen Farm, N254 Hwy I, Random Lake. They raise grassfed Piedmontese beef, pastured chickens and (produce) eggs. The family owned farm began in 1868. They provide the healthi- est food products possible, in a sustainable manner, with no hormones, antibiotics or steroids. Tel. (920) 948-9508.

- Bahr Creek Llama & Fiber Studio, N1021 Sauk Trail, Cedar Grove. Tel. ((20) 698-0379. They raise llamas and alpacas and who’s “mission is to educate others about the wonders of fibers” of our animals.

- Goodside Grocery, 810 St. Clair Avenue, Sheboygan. Tele. (920) 694-0053. Goodside Grocery is a cooperatively owned, volunteer run, grocery store located in downtown Sheboygan and carries milk, meat, produce, cheese, bulk goods, dry & canned items, breads and more. They focus on local, sustainable goods and community stewardship. Those who decide to become a member of the cooperative have a full vote in the coop operations.

Summer season is a special time. Local farmer’s markets can be a rewarding, healthy, as well as a wonderful social activity for you and your family. And, as for the coop, markets and specialty farms listed above, they have found an independent path to follow and an option for consumers to consider.


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