Friday was the last day of the summer farmers’ market in Minocqua. But Minocqua and several other communities will be hosting winter farmers markets.
It’s sunny and cold, and customers are loading up on squashes, vegetables, and meats. Typically this would be their last chance to load up on local produce, but this year is different.
“The Woodruff winter market will be started next Friday at the Lakeland Senior Center….It’ll be inside in the multi-purpose room, and I think we’ll have 6, 7, maybe 8 of these vendors will be there all winter long.”
Eagle River is on the front end of a trend that’s becoming more popular across Wisconsin: winter farmers markets. The new effort could make local food available all year round, even in a cold Northwoods climate.
When Al Pittelko, executive director of the Eagle River Revitalization Program, was approached about holding a winter farmers’ market, he hesitated.
“I said how can we when we don’t have any farmers’ stuff," he said, "but they do.”