Market FAQ – Your Insider’s Guide
When is the market open?
The West Allis Farmers Market is open from the first Saturday in May through the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hours are:
Tuesday & Thursday – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The market is closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.
What do all vendors sell at the market?
A variety of local farmers and food vendors are at the market offering produce, herbs, fresh flowers, seasonal plants, fresh meats and eggs, cheeses, and honey. Prepared foods such as baked goods, pickles and preserves, and more are also sold at the market.
How can I know what vendors are coming each week, and what they will bring?
That’s the fun of visiting a farmer’s market! We don’t know what our vendors will bring to the market and we invite you to come explore. Check out this guideline to the seasonal availability of Wisconsin fruits and vegetables to give you an idea of when your favorite items may be available. You can also subscribe to receive notifications of market news and events.
Are all Farmers Market products certified organic?
No. Different vendors choose different production methods. Talk to the vendors to learn more about their products.
What is the SNAP program?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as FoodShare, is in place at the Farmers Market.
The Market’s goal is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low income families and to provide an additional value-added revenue source for our vendors.
Persons eligible for FoodShare benefits are able to purchase tokens with their benefits card at the Market and utilize the Market to purchase fresh items that are nutritious for them and their families. Learn more about the SNAP program.
Can I bring my dog?
While service animals are welcome at the Farmers Market, pets are not. Please leave pets at home for their safety and that of other Farmers Market shoppers.
Where can I find parking?
In addition to street parking, a parking lot is available at the market off of 66th & Lapham St.
Who runs the market?
The City of West Allis Department of Communications is responsible for overseeing the operations of the market. The grounds are owned by the City and maintained by the City’s Department of Public Works. Our Tourism & Event Coordinator serves as the point person for the market and market vendors.
I am interested in hosting a public event at the Farmer’s Market. Who should I contact?
Do vendors accept credit cards, or is the Market cash only?
Vendors determine what payment types they choose to accept, but generally, cash is preferred. An ATM is available on-site for your convenience.
Any other insider tips I need to know?
Talk to the vendors and other shoppers. If you see a vegetable you’ve never tried, don’t be afraid to ask the vendor or the shopper next to you for tips on storing or preparing it.
Come often – the selection at the Market is different each day!
Come early – vendors are not required to stay until close of the Market. Some may leave early if they sell out of items or choose to close their booths earlier in the day.
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