We hope that each of you here in the States had a wonderful 4th of July. The fourth is over but it’s still a holiday weekend here and that means special times with special foods. Because today is Saturday and we are all too quickly approaching mid-summer, it also means that it is a day of farmer’s markets all across the country.
Farmer’s markets have become a summer rite of passage for many of us in the United States. Here in the mid-west these events are the hallmark of summer Saturday mornings just like today, at towns and cities across the land, particularly here in Wisconsin which touts itself as America’s Dairlyland. A year or so back we visited the Madison farmer’s market, one of the largest and most famous of them all in our state capital. Thankfully you don’t have to travel to Madison or even a big city to find great farmer’s markets.
Indeed, farmer’s markets are popping up on street corners and parking lots all over. Here in the Fox River valley of Wisconsin, the city of Appleton has a phenomenal farmer’s market that draws crowds by the thousands, every Saturday morning during the summer. Just a week ago today, on last Saturday, I was given a directive by Scott to cover this event for Platter Talk. Like all smart husbands who are told to do something by their spouse, I acted without hesitation.
With a population of 70,000, Appleton, Wisconsin is not what I would consider a small town. Yet the Huffington Post recently put this town on its list of 6 Small Towns to Visit this Summer. Perhaps its the town’s Performing Arts Center, it’s minor league baseball team, or its hardworking and well educated populace that has helped Appleton be the recipient of multiple such accolades throughout the years. The farmer’s market in Appleton is only one component of what makes this town a great place to visit and a very nice one to call home.
Still at the beginning of summer here in Wisconsin, this farmer’s market is just truly revving up. Nonetheless, several blocks of College Avenue, the main drag through town, are blocked off to provide a grande promenade for all.
Here there is produce and locally farmed honey, pure maple syrup, Amish baked goods and crafts for all. A few more weeks into the season and gigantic bouquets of fresh cut flower arrangements are sold for pennies on the dollar of what you would expect to pay at a floral shop.
Great food, fresh produce, good music and even a good choice of beverages to wet your whistle – all in the center of a town that has so many other things going. If you live close enough to check out this weekly market or if you are looking for a fun and delicious way to spend your Saturday morning, the farmer’s market in Appleton, Wisconsin is always worth a visit.