By Sarah Hall
Sheboygan County farmers markets are offering a visual feast of fresh selections and color lately, and late-summer blooms are among the most sought-after items. Who knew that so many talented floral designers could be found plying their trade under awnings, with bouquets selling for as little as $6?
Currently, at least three farmers markets in Sheboygan County – in Plymouth, Elkhart Lake and downtown Sheboygan – remain open this summer and continue to thrive. Fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheese, herbs, bakery items and many other products are among those offered for sale.
“We are very fortunate to be able to have the markets this year, given the pandemic,” said Maria Camara, farmers market coordinator for the Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization, which sponsors the markets in Plymouth and Sheboygan. “Farmers markets were determined to be an essential food resource by the state.”
“Turnout has been great. We have a lot of happy customers,” she added, noting that sales are up and two programs that increase customers’ buying power have proven very popular. Sheboygan County residents age 60 and over can come to the information booth at the SCIO markets, fill out a simple application and receive a voucher for $25 worth of fresh produce through the statewide Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program if they meet income guidelines. Food Share recipients can also bring their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to the information booth and receive tokens to spend at the market. In addition, Food Share recipients can receive up to $10 in fresh produce vouchers through the St. Nicholas Hospital Double Your Bucks Program. For more information, visit https://www.sheboygancountyinterfaith.org/farmers-market/.
At the SCIO markets, vendors are required and customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Hand-washing stations are available. Hours have been somewhat reduced since last year.
Here is a summary of local farmers market times and locations:
Plymouth Farmers Market
Dairy Queen parking lot
3101 Eastern Avenue
Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.
Sheboygan Farmers Market
Fountain Park at 8th Street and Erie Avenue
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Through the end of October
Elkhart Lake Farmer and Artisan Market
Downtown Elkhart Lake
Sponsored by the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Capelle’s Farm Market at 2236 Eastern Avenue in Plymouth also offers fresh, native produce from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.