(WAUSAU, WI — November 19, 2018) — The arrival of winter doesn’t mean the end of eating good food fresh from local farms! The Wausau Winter Market is now open every Saturday morning offering great seasonal produce and locally-sourced products in one of Central Wisconsin’s premier indoor farmers markets. In addition to its current and new vendors, the Wausau Winter Market has many family-friendly activities planned for its 2018-2019 season at the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area.
Visitors will find a warm and welcoming mix of vendors and activities at the Wausau Winter Market. Contributing to the already lively atmosphere are music and storybook time for children, a knitters group, and yoga instruction. Local organizations will be featured at the market to educate visitors on related topics such as recycling, composting, gardening, and cooking.
The Wausau area is fortunate to enjoy a vibrant winter farmers market with a variety of exceptional products. Principal vendors of the Wausau Winter Market include grass-fed beef producer NewGrass Farm, organic vegetable growers Stoney Acres Farm and Red Door Family Farm, and sustainably-raised pork, lamb, and chicken producers Ninepatch farm and Lonely Oak Farm. Additional vendors and their products include rainbow trout from Big Springs Fish Company, eggs and meats from Treasure Hill Farm, cheese from Harmony Specialty Dairy Farm, canned goods from Gud Real Food, lettuce from Farm Time Out Aquaponics, chicken and ham products from Stonehouse Farm, bacon and pork chops from Belle Vallee Farm, kombucha from the Garden Crate Co., coffee from Condor Coffee Company, and yogurt and milk from Clover Meadows Family Farm. The market is also fortunate to include two organic apple growers selling seasonal fresh apples, apple cider, applesauce and pies, Grandview Orchard and Silver Creek Orchards, and hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers from Water’s Edge Greenhouse. Finally, the market sells freshly baked offerings such as bread, muffins and pastries from several producers, including Green Apron Bakery, Burich Bunch Bakery, Bakery by the Lake and Rural Uprising Bakery.
The Wausau Winter Market welcomed new vendors this season, many of whom are women-led businesses. New vendor offerings include organic vegetables from Cattail Organics, gourmet mushrooms from Back-Forty Mushrooms, microgreens and salad mix from Open Gate Farm, and maple syrup products from Northwoods Maple Farm. New vendors and seasonal items will enter the market throughout the season. For example, last year, Rendered Soap Co. joined the market with natural soaps, lip balms and body butter, offshoots made with pork lard from Ninepatch farm.
The Wausau Winter Market is a labor of love for those involved. These dedicated farmers arise in the early morning hours in the winter chill to pack their vehicles. Many drive great distances on snowy roads to offer their specialty goods to the public. Vendors are situated throughout the foyer and gymnasium of the Boys & Girls Club and customers can peruse the local stands and visit with the farmers at their leisure. Co-founder and Market President Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm is thrilled with the support from regular customers and would like to improve the impact of the market in the community. According to Tony, “I would like to see an increase in visitors coming to see us every week, especially considering the product capacity we have to reach more customers and introduce them to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food.”
Furthermore, every Saturday the indoor market offers a hot brunch from one of three rotating food vendors. Returning are customer favorite Urban Street Bistro and Old Reliable Food Truck, which offers locally-sourced breakfast sandwiches. The Wausau Winter Market is pleased to introduce Green Apron Bistro, which offers baked goods and breakfast burritos. Customers can also enjoy cups of hot coffee, available every market from Condor Coffee Company.
The Wausau Winter Market is centrally located at the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, at 1710 N. 2nd Street in Wausau. The indoor market is open every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 noon and parking is available. The Wausau Winter Market invites the public to join them every Saturday morning now throughout the winter and spring months to experience the homegrown assortment of the indoor farmer’s market. Additional information and photos, including exact dates and times of upcoming activities, are updated weekly on the Wausau Winter Market Facebook page.
The Wausau Winter Market is an independent cooperative run by local farmers, bakers, and roasters founded in 2013. The market was founded to improve the variety, freshness, taste and nutritional value of produce available in the Wausau-area and to provide a community activity which fosters social gathering and educational opportunities. The Wausau Winter Market is a producer's market and only sells items that are grown or made by the vendors. Throughout the winter season, you will find root vegetables, greens, eggs, sustainably-raised meats, rainbow trout, coffee, honey, maple syrup, apples and cider, canned and baked goods, milk and yogurt and more for sale at the market. The market accepts EBT payments and some vendors accept credit cards. Find them on online at Facebook.com/WausauWinterMarket
Wausau Winter Market