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Discovering Fresh Produce and Goods in Pepin County
With the warmer weather comes the farmers markets in Pepin County. Fresh produce, goods, and handmade items of all kinds can be found at these pop-up shops throughout the area. If you’re looking for an easy way to support local farmers, businesses, and communities head out to any of these markets this summer and fall.
The Country Stop of Pepin
Located in Pepin, WI, The Country Stop of Pepin is a bustling market with more to offer than the average farmers market. Market shoppers are met with locally grown seasonal produce and homemade goods such as honey, jams, and syrups. However, The Country Stop of Pepin also has a large selection of unique yard art, outdoor furniture, home decor, yard sheds, antiques, and more. You can stock up on fresh produce, refresh your home with unique indoor and outdoor decor, and find great gifts all in one place. The market is also open every day of the week, unlike most farmers markets, making it a convenient stop.
Sam’s Produce can be found on the Sam family farm in Arkansaw, WI featuring fresh summer and fall produce grown right on the property from June through October. If you’re interested in a true farmer to consumer experience, Sam’s Produce is one farmers market you might not want to miss. As the seasons change, so does the available produce, including strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, muskmelons, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, winter squash, and pumpkins. Sam’s also offers opportunities to pick your own produce with You-Pick strawberries and peas. To stay up to date with what produce and events are available, you can visit their website for their Daily Update before stopping in.
Stockholm Farmers Market
The Stockholm Farmers Market at Twin Bluffs Farm is the most traditional farmers market in Pepin County with monthly markets all year long and weekend hours. Located in Stockholm, WI, the Stockholm Farmers Market provides a variety of products and produce depending on the month and the vendors. It is best to check their Facebook page for updates and messages from the vendors to stay informed about each monthly market. Market shoppers will also be treated to breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin, as Twin Bluff Farms sits on the river bluffs overlooking the valley.
A to Z Produce
Also located in Stockholm, A to Z Produce and Bakery is another option for fresh, local produce. Being community-supported agriculture (CSA), A to Z Produce works a little differently than a farmers market. CSA is a system meant to connect farmers or producers to consumers more closely within the food system by requiring consumers to subscribe to a certain farm or group of farm’s harvest. This is a great option for people who regularly buy fresh, locally grown produce because members can come to A to Z any day each week and pick up that week’s produce harvest out of their walk-in cooler. There are also different subscription options, so you can choose how much produce you’ll get each week depending on your needs