Filled with a variety of unique products, fresh fruits and vegetable, artisan cheeses, and ethnic food products, the Milwaukee Public Market is a great place to grab a snack, or enjoy a full meal. The market has a second floor area for dining called the Palm Garden. Relax and enjoy a cup of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, or cozy up with a cup of hot, homemade soup. Regardless of your taste, you will be able to satisfy it at the market.
Smaller than most city public markets, Milwaukee encourages visitors to engage in classes and cooking demonstrations. Instead of just offering aisles of the same produce, flowers, and deli selections, shoppers can learn from local masters. The Madame Kuony Demonstration Kitchen features classes taught by market vendors and local chefs. There are also book signings by nationally renowned cookbook authors. For those wishing to run their own events and demonstrations, the Palm Garden and Kitchen area features space for team building events, company functions, and parties.
The market is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward neighborhood. Packed with unique shops, exciting nightlife, and a variety of museums and galleries, the market is a great place to shop or enjoy a meal during a harried work-day or exhausting afternoon of shopping. One hour of free parking is available in the market's Water Street lot, and there is also metered parking surrounding the market.
The market is newly renovated, but has been a part of the Milwaukee city landscape for over 100 years. The goal of the museum has always been to preserve and share the agricultural heritage of the state of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee metro area. Each of the stands in the market is merchant owned and operated. Shoppers can be confident they are buying direct from the hands of the one who grew, created, crafted, or baked their item. The vision of the market has remained the same through the years and they seek to promote economic vitality in Milwaukee, support small, local businesses, support local farmers, attract a diverse mix of city dwellers, tourists, and suburbanites, create employment opportunities, and preserve Wisconsin agriculture. They also have a desire to expand food choices of Milwaukee, allowing people to experience a healthy, well-rounded diet with local produce and foods, offer food and nutrition education, and engage the public in hands on cooking and nutrition experience.
The market feature a select group of vendors that are familiar names in the Milwaukee area. There are breads and baked goods, sausage and cheese, coffee roasters, candy counters, fresh produce, spices, bulk foods, meat, poultry and seafood, soup and stock suppliers, wine and spirits, sushi, Taste of Wisconsin, and handcrafted organic and holistic products.
The market is a great place for an individual to grab lunch or a group visit. Guided tours are available and the market provides information about area attractions and accomodations. Holiday parties are also frequently held at the market and feature market treats like wine, appetizers, dinners, buffets, and gifts. Serving guests a variety of fresh fish, ethnic foods, and sweets, your holiday celebration will be the toast of the town. Market fans can also plan "Beginnings and Endings Parties'' which allow guests a chance to same great hors d'ourvres, desserts, and wines from the market. Other thematic events include wine, bread, and cheese parties, as well as parties showcasing the market's comfort food selections.
Visitors and residents of Milwaukee can visit the market for unique products and delicious, fresh, local fare.