The Farmer-Consumer Connection
Farmers markets are local venues where people can purchase directly from local growers, moving fresh food quickly from farm to their tables. These events can also feature live entertainment for shoppers. There are seven farmers markets in La Crosse County, including four in the city of La Crosse. For a list of Farmers Markets, visit our Farmers Markets resource page.
The Cameron Park Market Association was formed in 2003 by a core group of farmers and interested consumers in the La Crosse region. It was founded as a 501(c)3 in order to advocate for the re-creation of Market Square, a historic farmers market in La Crosse’s downtown from 1868 to 1957, and to prioritize the role of the region’s farmers in the La Crosse lifestyle. The Cameron Park Farmers Market is the only vendor-run farmers market in the La Crosse area, with approximately 55 vendors selling locally raised and grown produce, meats and dairy as well as arts and crafts.
Cameron Park Market manager Nell Saunders-Scott stands by the Get Active La Crosse display with information on using FoodShare* (EBT/Quest) and debit cards. Nell has been the CPM manager since 2012. To receive weekly electronic Cameron Park Market newsletters during the farmers market season, email Nell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*FoodShare is part of La Crosse County Health Department’s Get Active La Crosse program and was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health for those with limited means.
The Onalaska farmers market, held on Sundays, is located in the Festival Foods parking lot at Crossing Meadows. Approximately 35 vendors sell fruits, vegetables, artisan cheese, honey, herbs, flowers, and an ever-changing array of other seasonal products. The farmers market is run by Onalaska Festival Foods.
Since spring 2014, La Crosse’s farmers market, previously held in the parking lot south of the Law Enforcement Center, has been held at Riverside Park. Approximately 50 vendors sell fresh produce, bedding plants, perennials, flowers, herbs, honey, houseplants, and crafts. The farmers market is run by La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry department.