Christmas Market Starts Tonight!

The West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe hosts the first annual West Allis Christmas Market tonight and tomorrow at the West Allis Farmers Market! The Christmas Market is open from 4:30 – 9 p.m. tonight and 1 – 9 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is free.

Vendor list:
The Spice House
Freese’s Candy Shoppe & Heavenly Roasted Nuts
Indulgence Chocolatiers
B & E’s Trees: Forest Foraged Foods & Farm
Aggie’s Bakery and Cake Shop
Milwaukee Pretzel Company
Usinger’s Famous Sausage
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats
Underground Meats
Kettle Range Meat Co.
Madam J’s Jam’s
5 Lilies
Savory Accents
Deer Creek Cheese
SA Braai
StoneCreek Coffee
ORO di Oliva – Your Oil & Vinegar Source
Carrie’s Crispies
Dave’s famous pickles,peppers and jams
Annie’s Bone Appetit
Simma’s Bakery
The Trout House – Rushing Waters Fishery
Maple Hollow
Honey Bee Artisans
Denny’s Honey
Great Lakes Distillery
Corvina Wine Company
Cream City Caramels & Confections
Bittercube
Oly’s Oats
The Soup Market
Scratch Ice Cream
Double B’s BBQ
Westallion
Pilcrow Coffee
Colonel Pabst
Saxon Creamery
beer Me
Small Shops United
Cream City Clay
Santa’s Collectibles 
Hyde Park MKE
Soap Passion
Gebhardt Trading Company
Rivolt Accessories
Willow Candle Co.
Double B’s BBQ
Al Pastor Mexican Food
Glen Davidson’s Santa Collectibles 
Mandel Group, Inc.
Urbal Tea
Home Tree Wood Design
Mittens by Carol
Wisconsin Humane Society
Tall Guy and a Grill Catering

The Farmers Market is all decked out for the Christmas Market!

Visit the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe’s Facebook page for more information. See you at the Market! 

Thank You for a Fantastic 2017 Season!

Saturday, Nov. 25 is the last day of the West Allis Farmers Market’s 2017 season. We want to thank all of the vendors and shoppers that joined us this year and made the Market a success!

2017 was a fantastic year for the West Allis Farmers Market and we welcomed some great events this year. Highlights of our 2017 season include:

CurdsandKegs West AllisCurds & Kegs, June 8: The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe hosted its first Curds & Kegs, a tasting event of artisan cheese and craft spirits. Live music, delicious food, a large crowd, and beautiful weather made the first Curds & Kegs a success!

The MilwaukeeFood.com Traveling Food Truck Tour: The Food Truck Tour visited the Market through the summer this year, bringing dozens of different food truck vendors, music, craft beer, and kids’ games to the Market.

National Night Out, July 24: National Night Out was a great success! Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, health fair participants, vendors and the City of West Allis community. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better turn out this year. It was West Allis National Night Out 2017wonderful to see so many of our community members enjoying the event.

We went through:

  • 1200 hot dogs
  • 720 slices of pizza
  • 660 ears of corn
  • 125 lbs of nacho cheese
  •  51 lbs of tortilla chips
  • 1200 lbs of ice
  • 575 candy bars
  • 2600 cans of soda, lemonade and bottled water

The BIG Latch On, August 4: The Global BIG Latch On celebrated the health benefits of breast feeding as over 30 mothers and infants came together at the Market to enjoy education and peer support for breast feeding.

National Farmers Market Week, August 6 – 12: Members of the West Allis Health Department were on hand at the Market this week with temporary tattoos, free giveaways, and other fun ways to celebrate the Market during National Farmers Market Week.

West Allis PorktoberfestPorktoberfest, Oct. 5: The West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Shepherd Express hosted the first annual Porktoberfest, a celebration of pork and local cuisine. Milwaukee-area restaurants and caterers offered a tasting menu of sweet and savory pork inspired dishes.

Christmas Market, Dec. 1 & 2: The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe hosts the first annual Christmas Market. Inspired by open-air European markets, the Christmas Market offers over 60 specialty food retailers, hot prepared foods, beer, mulled wine, and hot chocolate, and live music. 

We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you again when the Market opens for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Follow us on Facebook until then, where we’ll continue to share recipes and other fun stuff!

Thank you for your support of the West Allis Farmers Market.

What’s at the Market: Nov. 17, 2017

Thanksgiving is just under a week away! Like many people, you may be behind on your shopping. Do not worry, though: the West Allis Farmers Market has as all the fresh fruits, veggies, desserts, and meats you are looking for to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

brussels sprouts west allis farmers market
Brussels sprouts are nutritious and delicious! If you’ve only had them steamed or boiled and didn’t care for them, try roasting or sauteing them for best flavor.

The Market’s selection of Brussels sprouts, squash, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes can create a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Roast all of the veggies together to make a classic mixed dish or serve them on their own. Brussels sprouts with bacon, sweet glazed carrots and turnips, or caramelized butternut squash are just a few of the countless dish ideas you can create through shopping at the Market.

Looking for a different option than turkey this Thanksgiving, or feeding a large crowd? Make sure to check out our family-owned vendor, Fer-Li Farm, from Pickett, Wisconsin. Priding themselves on raising healthy, free-range, hormone and pesticide free animals, Fer-Li offers quality cuts of beef, such as steaks and roasts, as well as cuts of pork, like roasts and ham, and whole or half chickens. Switch up traditions and try something new. Fer-Li’s flavorful, tender meat will add variety to any Thanksgiving meal.

The best- and the sweetest- is always saved for last. Come see what dessert options the Market has to offer for your thanksgiving meal. Pick up tasty apple pies and fritters from Apple Holler, one of our local vendors. If you like to bake, make your own homemade apple goodies with our market’s wide selection of apples. Give a classic apple pie a makeover through unique pie crust designs. Draw inspiration from these 23 crust decoration ideas: pinch, cut, roll, and fold to create a pie which will be sure to wow the crowd. If you’re looking for an alternative to pie, our Market also sells fresh Wisconsin-made honey. Make some chewy honey oatmeal cookies to spread a warm smile across the faces of your guests.

No matter whom you share the holiday with, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all of the wonderful moments of the past year, and within our lives as a greater whole. Here in West Allis, we are thankful for our wonderful vendors, as well as the shoppers who come and support the Market. Make sure to enjoy the holiday and recount something you too are thankful for.

Warm wishes, and see you at the market!

What’s at the Market: Nov. 10, 2017

There are only three weeks left in season for the West Allis Farmers Market! Do not miss out on the wonderful fresh foods and quality products available for purchase from our Wisconsin-based, family-owned, independent farmers and vendors.

The Market offers countless varieties of apples, as well as apple pies, apple fritters, fresh pressed ciders, pears, and plums from vendors like Weston’s Antique Apple Orchards, Nieman Orchards, and Apple Holler.    

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Excellent advice!

Interested in canning? Over the winter months, apples as fresh as these won’t be available anywhere else: make sure to stock up to have plenty to eat, and plenty to can. Use our vendor’s apples throughout the seasons to come by following this recipe on how make the best canned apple pie filling, or how to make and a canned apple butter. Or, if you’re feeling a bit on the sweeter side, consider making some decadent caramel apples or a slow cooker apple crisp to treat yourself, your friends, and your family to! Drizzle, sprinkle, and adorn the sweet dishes with whatever toppings you choose. Fresh cranberries are also available at the West Allis Farmers Market. Make a warm, fruity, slow cooker apple cranberry cider: this recipe takes only minutes to prep.

From fruits, to veggies, to baked goods, syrups, ciders, and honeys, the West Allis Farmers Market has it all. With only three weeks left, your destination for the freshest produce won’t return until the spring: don’t miss out on what the market has to offer!

See you there!

What’s at the Market: Friday, Nov. 3 2017

November has just started! This is the last month the West Allis Farmers Market will be open for the season, so make sure to visit while you can. There are still countless varieties of fresh produce, bakery goods, syrups, honeys, ciders, and meats for you to sample and buy.

carrots and potatoes west allis farmers market
Potatoes and carrots are still available at the Market.

Looking for an easy side dish that will not only enhance every meal, but is affordable, filling, and nutritious? Pick up some fresh, locally grown carrots, potatoes, and garlic at the market this weekend, and make a simple garlic roasted potatoes and carrot side dish. This dish is excellent with steak, but can also accompany chicken or fish dishes as well. Or, for the busier person, follow this recipe to make a delicious slow cooker pot roast: just throw the ingredients in, adjust the heat and time, and it’s good to go. Do errands, chores, or relax while your dinner slowly cooks and fills your home with the aroma of a hearty home-cooked meal.  The best meals are those made with natural, healthy ingredients. The West Allis Farmers Market is your local destination to find the freshest produce.

As the temperature drops, cold season begins to dawn on us. Dr. James Steckelberg of the Mayo Clinic claims that honey has natural properties which help to treat colds and their symptoms. Filled with antioxidants, honey is said to cure sore throats and soothe coughs, not to mention it tastes delicious. Several of our vendors sell all natural Wisconsin-made honey- the perfect remedy for those November blues.

Sip some  apple cider as you shop, and maybe bring a gallon or two home with you! The West Allis Farmers Market will be open until Nov. 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 – 6 p.m.

See you at the Market!

New Christmas Market Coming to West Allis Farmers Market

West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe will be hosting West Allis’ first Christmas Market at the West Allis Farmers Market on Friday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 – 9 p.m.

This two day event is not one to miss. Get all of your holiday shopping done early this year as you shop over 60 specialty food retailers, while enjoying live music, Christmas carolers, hot food ready to eat, beer, hot mulled gluhwein, hot chocolate, coffee, and more.

Follow the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe on Facebook for vendor updates and more information!

Christkindlmarkt Vendors (as of Nov. 1):

The Spice House
Freese’s Candy Shoppe & Heavenly Roasted Nuts
Indulgence Chocolatiers
B & E’s Trees: Forest Foraged Foods & Farm
Aggie’s Bakery and Cake Shop
Milwaukee Pretzel Company
Usinger’s Famous Sausage
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats
Underground Meats
Kettle Range Meat Co.
Madam J’s Jam’s
5 Lilies
Savory Accents
Deer Creek Cheese
SA Braai
StoneCreek Coffee
ORO di Oliva – Your Oil & Vinegar Source
Carrie’s Crispies
Dave’s famous pickles,peppers and jams
Annie’s Bone Appetit
Simma’s Bakery
The Trout House – Rushing Waters Fishery
Maple Hollow
Honey Bee Artisans
Denny’s Honey
Great Lakes Distillery
Corvina Wine Company
Cream City Caramels & Confections
Bittercube
Oly’s Oats
The Soup Market
Scratch Ice Cream
Double B’s BBQ
Westallion Brewing Co.

What’s at the Market: Oct. 27

As October comes to a close, make sure to stop by the West Allis Farmers Market to take advantage of the fresh produce, sweet maple syrup, honey, and baked goods offered each week .

west allis farmers marketJust because it’s getting colder out doesn’t mean you can’t come shop at our outdoor market! With Halloween just four days away, pick up some pumpkins to carve for the holiday. Check out these 33 pumpkin carving ideas to get some festive and spooky inspiration. When you finish carving, make sure to not throw the seeds away! Toast the seeds for a tasty, crunchy, fall snack. Low carb and providing a good source of protein, vitamins, and essential minerals, pumpkin seeds are the power snack you’ve been searching for. Learn how to prep and season the seeds to your liking by following one of these recipes: cinnamon maple, honey Sriracha, vanilla nutmeg… the possibilities are endless. The market will have plenty of pumpkins to choose from, so take a few home with you this weekend!

Make sure to check out all of our squash varieties as well. Acorn, banana, butternut, spaghetti, and turban are some of the most popular winter squashes available. Packed with healthy nutrients and fiber, these squashes are an excellent addition to any soup or meal. The Wisconsin Farmers Market Association mentions that when looking for a good squash, be mindful of dull skin, soft spots, cracks, and other blemishes, as these are all distinguishing qualities of a spoiled squash. Make a hearty butternut squash, veggie, bacon, and bean soup to warm your soul as the temperatures drop.

The season of gift giving is just around the corner, too/ Browse the Market’s selection of fresh Wisconsin-made honeys and maple syrups. These are sweet gift that anyone would love to receive!

Characterized by the colorful leaves, chilly temperatures, crisp air, and festive delight, fall is a season beloved by many. Stop by the West Allis Farmers Market this Saturday, between the hours of 1 – 6 p.m. to experience the joys that fall has to offer us.

See you at the Market!

What’s at the Market: Oct. 20, 2017

The first month of the fall season has almost passed; however, the West Allis Farmers Market is still in full swing!

Onions at West Allis Farmers MarketTemperatures have dropped, but you can still find delicious produce options at the Market this weekend. Red, yellow, and white onions are still available to purchase from our farmers. They are low in calories, fat, and are said to even help prevent heart disease. Make a savory French onion soup to keep you warm on these cold October nights by following this simple recipe. Take some fresh onions home with you during your next trip to the Market!

Along with onions, you’ll also find a variety of green and red cabbages in season at the Market. Use cabbage to make homemade sauerkraut, coleslaw, stir fry, or salads. Cabbage can be stored for up to two weeks in the refrigerator; just make sure to loosely cover it with a plastic bag. The Wisconsin Farmers Market Association notes that Wisconsin is a significant producer of the versatile vegetable, so make sure to try some from the Market while it’s still in season.

In the spirit of the fall season, indulge in some sweet baked goods from Apple Holler, one of our vendors from Sturtevant, WI. Not only do they provide the market with fresh and delicious apples, but they also make homemade apple pies, fritters, and cider donuts, perfect for a morning treat.

With temperatures reaching into the 70’s, this may be one of the last warm weekends of the fleeting fall season. Enjoy the weekend and soak in the fall spirit at the West Allis Farmers Market!

What’s at the Market: Oct. 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! We hope to see you at the West Allis Farmers Market this week.

maple syrup at west allis farmers market

Whatever your favorite apple, you’ll find it at the Market this weekend. Sweet apples, tart apples, apples for baking, apples for sauce-making, apples for just plain eating – there are so many varieties sold at the Market in autumn. Many farmers will gladly let you sample a new apple to see if you like it – just ask! You can also sip a cold cup of cider while you shop, or pick up a half gallon or gallon of cider to take home with you.

You’ll also find delicious maple syrup at the Market, and if the only syrup you’ve ever tasted is the grocery-store variety, try the simple pleasure of real maple syrup. The Wisconsin Farmers Market Association notes that Wisconsin rates eighth in the nation for maple syrup product, and you’ll find local syrup right here in West Allis. 

Maple syrup is marvelous on waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal, but can also sweeten tea and coffee for a different spin on your favorite hot drinks. Try maple syrup on ice cream, or swirled into Greek yogurt. Syrup is also delicious in savory dishes, like these Brussels sprouts with bacon, beer,  maple syrup, and mustard – a hearty taste of autumn in Wisconsin! 

There are many varieties of squash at the Market right now, including the popular spaghetti squash. This mild squash is a favorite, even among people who think they don’t like squash (whether they be adults or kids!). Once cooked, spaghetti squash can be pulled from its shell with a fork, creating noodle-like ribbons of squash that are wonderful topped with your favorite pasta sauce. It’s a low-carb, gluten-free way to enjoy all the goodness of pasta! Some farmers sell spaghetti squash for as little as $1, making it an economical inspiration for any meal. Here are 50 healthy spaghetti squash recipes to inspire your Market shopping this weekend.

See you at the Market!

 

 

What’s at the Market: Oct. 6, 2017

West Allis Farmers Market
West Allis Farmers Market, Sept. 28 2017

Fall weather is back this weekend, and if you’re craving crisp autumn apples, spicy cider, and savory squash, get to the West Allis Farmers Market this weekend!

Our Market is open through November 25, so you have plenty of time to enjoy delicious late-season produce. 

Pumpkins are now at the Market and while it may be a bit early to carve those Halloween jack o’lanterns, you can enjoy these beauties in your fall decorating. White pumpkins, small gourds, and pumpkins ideal for using in baking and cooking are in. Try stuffing small pumpkins with savory fillings; here are some recipes to get you started.

It’s a pepper lovers paradise at the Market right now, too. Peppers of all shapes and sizes are available, and larger bell peppers, ideal for stuffing West Allis Farmers Marketwith your favorite meat, grain, or cheese filling, are available. The Wisconsin Farmers Market Association advises picking peppers that “are firm, glossy, and well-shaped.” Peppers will continue pouring into the Market until first frost.

Apples are the hot item at the Market right now, with countless varieties of familiar and unique apples to try. Find a copy of the current Edible Milwaukee to learn more about Weston Antique Apples, a long time Farmers Market vendor with a fascinating family history. While at the Market, pick up large bags of “seconds” from our apple vendors to use for making homemade apple sauce. Try this timeless recipe from Bon Appetit.

Whatever your fall favorites are, you’ll find them at the Market!