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! 

 

Porktoberfest Vendors Announced

Porktoberfest

We’re getting hungry – Porktoberfest is next week and the list of vendors has just been announced! The West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Shepherd Express host this brand new event on Thursday, Oct. 5. Sample pork dishes from West Allis restaurants and caterers such as Aggie’s Bakery and Cake Shop, Ka-Bobs Bistro, Tall Guy and a Grill Catering, Twisted Bistro, The Farmer’s Wife, West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe, and other Milwaukee restaurants. West Allis’ own Westallion Brewing Co. will provide craft beer. Milwaukee’s own blues-rock trio, Super Custom Deluxe, will entertain guests all evening long. 

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for a pair. Tickets can be ordered here

Porktoberfest will be held from 5 – 9 p.m., and the Farmers Market will be open regular hours, until 6 p.m., so you’ll also be able to do some shopping from our regular vendors before the Porktoberfest fun begins.

See you at the Market, and at Porktoberfest!

What’s at the Market: September 22, 2017

Happy First Day of Fall from the West Allis Farmers Market – although it sure doesn’t feel like it, with temperatures hitting 90 degrees today! It’s going to be a warm weekend, so visit the Market tomorrow to get some veggies, meat, honey, and more for your weekend cookout.

With this late-season gift of warm summer weather, you can still find ripe, juicy, sweet watermelons and muskmelons at the Market. Make a simple salad with cut up melon, fresh mint, a drizzle of olive oil, and garnish with best quality balsamic vinegar and a salty cheese, such as feta. It’s a refreshing light meal or side dish on a warm night, and provides a good dose of vitamins A and C.

carrots West Allis Farmers Market

Keep your eyes peeled for sweet yellow carrots at the Farmers Market. This delicious carrot variety is wonderful roasted. Slice them raw and toss them with orange carrots for a colorful addition to a lettuce salad. Carrots of any variety are also great for quick pickling or canning. For storage, remove any green tops to prevent water loss, and your carrots will keep fresh in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

As September winds down, we want to remind everyone that this is National Honey Month! Fresh, locally produced honey is sold at the West Allis Farmers Market. Honey is a natural sweetener, and according to the Wisconsin Honey Producers, an excellent source of carbohydrates to provide energy. Honey can be added to tea and coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, and add subtle sweetness to baked goods and savory dishes. If your honey crystalizes in its container, don’t throw it away! You can place it in a warm water bath to loosen it once again.

Finally, we have two upcoming events at the Market to look forward to: the MilwaukeeFood.com Traveling Food Truck Tour makes its last stop at the Market next Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 4 – 9 p.m., and the WA/WM Chamber of Commerce’s Porktoberfest is getting ready to pig out on Oct. 5. 

See you at the Market!

Food Truck Tour Makes Last Stop Sept. 27

Milwaukee Food Truck TourThe MilwaukeeFood.com Traveling Food Truck Tour makes its final stop of the season at the West Allis Farmers Market on  Wednesday, Sept. 27. This event has been a fantastic addition to the Market this summer, and we’re sorry to see them go!

Join us from 4 – 9 p.m. to enjoy foods from some of Milwaukee’s best food trucks. BBQ, Cajun food, sushi, tacos and more provide something for everyone. Music, lawn games for the kids, and craft beers make this a wonderful evening out for the whole family.

Visit MilwaukeeFood.com’s Facebook page for details and vendor information. See you at the Market! 

What’s at the Market: September 15, 2017

We hope you’re enjoying the extra bit of summer weather we’ve gotten this week! Saturday is supposed to be 85 and sunny, so it will be a busy and beautiful day at the West Allis Farmers Market.

You’ll still find plenty of summer squashes at the Market but winter squashes are also abundant and very inexpensive. Pick up some tomatoes at the Market to saute with garlic and fresh basil for an easy pasta sauce to top fresh spaghetti squash. Low carb, gluten free, low fat, and so good for you! 

Luscious, dark purple Italian eggplants are at the Market, and you’ll find them in every size and even some unique varieties, like graffiti eggplants, Chinese and Japanese eggplants, and baby eggplants. Eggplants are wonderful sponges for other flavors, and are delicious in lasagnas, grilled for sandwiches, or roasted to bring out their flavor. Try one of these 17 delicious eggplant recipes this weekend! 

westons apple orchard at west allis farmers market
Weston’s Antique Apple Orchard at West Allis Farmers Market

Crisp, fresh apples are sold by several vendors at the Market, as is fresh apple cider. Try a new variety of apple and give them a spin in a savory recipe instead of a baked item. Apples are delicious pared with pork and wonderful in salads. Try a high-protein chicken salad made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, and toss in some diced apples and your favorite nuts for a cool sandwich during this warm weather. 

Don’t forget that maple syrup, honey, eggs, and fresh meats are also for sale, and you’ll also find baked goods, popcorn, and other prepared foods to enjoy. See you at the Market! 

 

Last Chance to Catch MKE Traveling Food Truck Tour at the Market

MKE Food Truck Tour

The MilwaukeeFood.com Traveling Food Truck  Tour has been such a great addition to summer events in the City of West Allis! This touring food festival was organized by MilwaukeeFood.com and has brought dozens of unique, delicious local food trucks to the Market on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The last two chances to experience the Tour are this September.

The Food Truck Tour will visit the Market on Wednesday, September 6 and 23 from 4 – 9 p.m. Admission is free. Purchase items from a variety of food trucks including  Lumpia City, Double B’s Timber’s BBQLittle Havana Express, and much more. In addition to a great variety of food trucks, the Tour offers music, craft beer, and kids’ games. We don’t know which food trucks will visit each time, so follow MilwaukeeFood.com on Facebook for updates.

As with any event held at the West Allis Farmers Market, please leave pets at home for their safety and the comfort of other guests. Service animals are always welcome.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Traveling Food Truck Tour this summer! We look forward to seeing you at the last two visits. 

 

What’s at the Market: September 1

The West Allis Farmers Market will be open this Saturday, September 2 and Market Place will occur as usual on Sunday, September 3. You can stock up for your Labor Day cook out at the Market!

potatoes at farmers market
Potatoes for sale at the West Allis Farmers Market on Thursday, Aug. 31 2017

You’ll still find plenty of sweet corn at the Market, but as the season changes this summer staple is slowly leaving farmers’ stalls. Tasty root vegetables, including exciting varieties of potatoes, are just coming in. Here are some tips from the Wisconsin Farmers Market Association for picking the best spuds and keeping them fresh. Think outside of potato salad and try topping your next pizza with thinly sliced potatoes and savory rosemary for a great treat. 

Tomatoes, including heirloom varieties, are all over the Market this week. Pick up a pint of sweet cherry tomatoes for snacking anytime, or take home a few large, red, ripe tomatoes to slice to top your next burger (or veggie or portobello burger for our vegetarian/vegan friends) .You can even try your tomatoes on a classic, Southern style tomato and mayo sandwich – fresh tomatoes, white bread, mayo, and salt and pepper. Simple and delicious!

We announced this week that the West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first ever Porktoberfest! on October 5. Remember to save the date and order your tickets early for what is sure to be a popular event!

The MilwaukeeFood.com Traveling Food Truck Tour will also be back at the Market next week on September 6. Just two more opportunities to catch the fun and food this event brings to the Market. We hope to see you there!