Port Washington Winter Market

Spring comes late along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the harbor community of Port Washington. In fact, there are still a few patches of snow lingering in sheltered areas. Although we’ve had temps in the 50s and even pushing 60, we’re supposed to get some accumulating April snow by mid-week. The lawns are just beginning to green up, but there are no signs of buds on the trees yet. At least all the ice is gone off of Lake Michigan, and a few hardy boaters and fishermen are beginning to emerge from winter hibernation.

Veteran's Memorial Park, Port Washington
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Port Washington

On this cool, foggy April morning many of the stalwart residents of this small community turned out to attend another Winter Market, held indoors at the American Legion building across the street from Veteran’s Park. The Legion building is also home to the newly-established Inventor’s Brewpub. This popular establishment is rapidly becoming a favorite community gathering place.

Inventor's Brewpub and American Legion
Inventor’s Brewpub and American Legion

It’s been a long, boring winter and I felt overdue to get out and do some photography. The Winter Market seemed like just the place to go on this dreary Saturday. It promised a wide variety of interesting subject matter, and it didn’t disappoint.

Today’s crop of photos is not meant to depict fine art photography. Mostly snapshots, these pictures reveal the bounty and creativity of area farmers, artists, bakers, canners, musicians, confectioners, and skilled craftspeople. Join me for a quick tour of all the Winter Market had to offer in the gallery below.


  • Pauline Beck

    Really interesting — such a variety! I liked the patterns in the first 3 photos. And I’ll bet the sellers didn’t charge you for the opportunity to take their photo. Michael & Karren said they were to the Madison farmers’ market last year, and people wouldn’t let them take photos of their produce, unless they paid them.

  • Janet Wagner

    Nice pics of the Winter Market!

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