Tender Stalks & Resilient Hearts

May 27, 2020

 Fresh spring green onions from Ka Vang Thao

Tender Stalks & Resilient Hearts

What keeps us going? What keeps us growing? 

In these difficult times, a lot of us are asking these kinds of questions. When many of the joys of jumping into summer are subdued, what keeps vibrancy in our lives?

To say we had the answers would be a pile of fertilizer fit for the fields, rather than the market. Yet we see some clues around us each week as we venture out with our masked faces.

Bunches of fresh spring onions and pungent mint cover the table at Ka Vang Thao's booth, tempting the eyes and nose at once. It's something so fresh, that it's worth getting yourself out of the house early on Saturday mornings. 

A few aisles over, a market goer walks away from Emerald Meadows Family Farm with a basil start in hand. That precious little plant baby is off to a new home where a season of tender care will make it grow. It's potential condensed into a three-inch pot, just waiting to prove itself in the garden. 

Down the hill, a shopper grabs a pre-order of tasty scones from Chris & Lori's Bakehouse for their neighbor who can't get out of the house. An act of kindness and care that deliciously lifts the spirit. And just next door, someone volunteers to help carry one of those beautiful hanging baskets from Kopke's Greenhouse back to a customer's car.  

These really aren't answers to the questions we started with this week, but they are signs of life persisting in these times. When so much feels uncertain, we still have the market to bring us joy. Tender stalks of asparagus nourish our resilient hearts. 

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman
Market Manager

P.S. Check us out on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates on the market as the season kicks off!

Shopping Safely This Season

Before you make your first trip to market, we'd like you to know what will be different for this season and we ask for your help in keeping things safe. 

We have an adjusted layout for this season, with single sided vendor aisles spread out with a gap between each vendor. Much like the grocery store, we're asking that foot traffic move in one direction through each market aisle, indicated by our yellow sandwich board signs. We ask you to please follow these directions and be patient as we all adapt to this different flow. 

As you shop the stalls, please mind the six foot spacing lines in front of vendors' tents. Give each other space to shop and don't crowd into vendor booths. While reusable shopping totes are not banned, if you're using your own bags, please do not ask vendors to pack them for you.

Planning your market trip may be the easiest way to get what you need, while keeping the market safe. Many of our vendors will be offering pre-orders that you may place during the week for a quick pick up at their stall on Saturday morning. Below we'll detail what options for pre-order are available this weekend and we'll update that weekly as more vendors add that option. 

For what you can't pre-order, consider making a shopping list by vendor before you get to the market. Having a plan of action will speed things up and help you get what you need as quickly as possible. We know that these methods won't work for everyone, but those of you who can adapt will be helping everyone with your efficiency. 

We're also asking everyone to send just one person per household to the market, which will aid us in lowering the crowd count each week. You can also help out by altering your shopping time, consider coming early in the morning (we open at 7am) or later (open until 12:30pm) to lower the crowd pressure during the peak hours. These little adjustments can really help make things operate smoothly and ensure we don't become too crowded. 

We encourage you all to wear a mask too. Even a bandana is better than nothing and can help lower the risk of transmission. Wash your hands before you come to market, wash them when you get home and with our four handwashing stations set up around the market, you can wash them while you visit too. 

Vendor Updates & Pre-Order Options

Our amazing vendors are providing options for your shopping these season. Find all the latest pre-order options and weekly market offering here. Check back each week for notices about pre-ordering, vendor absences and other special vendor notices. 

Blue Moon Community Farm is offering pre-ordering of their organic vegetable and herb seedlings on their website

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse is offering the following for this weekend: 
Cookie Bundles (12 flowers, 2 cows) $18
Chocolate Chip Sconuts
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones (Slightly Healthy)
Vanilla Almond Scones (Slightly Healthy)
Coconut Dark Chocolate Scones (Slightly Healthy)
Rhubarb Oat Scones (Semi Healthy)
Blueberry Oat Scones (Semi Healthy)
Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones (Very Healthy)
Whole Grain Carrot Raisin Oat Scones (Dairy Free, Ultra Healthy)
Gluten Free Vegan Mocha Scones
Gluten Free Vegan Rhubarb Scones
All scones are $30/ Doz for a single flavor
or $18/Half Doz for a single flavor

Email your order at
Orders due by noon on Thursday.

Don's Produce will be offering bundles of their Arena grown, pesticide free, heirloom cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. They'll also be offering 5lb bags of their sweet potatoes. 

Dreamfarm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up by calling (608) 767-3442 or emailing

Driftless Chocolates is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

Flyte Family Farm is offering pre-orders by calling (715) 228-2304

Fungi Farmers (formerly know as Herb n Oyster) are offering pre-orders through their website.

Highland Spring Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

Honey Bee Bakery will be offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

JenEhr Family Farm will be offering a great array of their farm fresh organic produce, from fresh greens to tasty crisp radishes. They'll also be offering their pasture raised chicken.

Madison Sourdough will be doing pre-orders only this weekend. Get your order in by Wednesday evening on their website.

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms is offering pre-ordering on their website.

Open Kettle Farms is offering pre-orders of their maple syrup. Contact them on their Facebook page to order.

ParKelm Farm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up on their website.

 First morels of the season from Murphy Farms

No FoodShare Processing This Weekend

Unfortunately, due to issues with our card processor, we will be unable to help FoodShare customers get money off of their account this weekend. We're in the processing of getting this fixed and anticipate being able to help FoodShare shoppers by the end of the month. If you still have green FoodShare dollars from last season, you are welcome to spend them this weekend. The white Double Dollars will not return until July and cannot be accepted by our vendors until that time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

 Tender stalks of fresh asparagus from Sai's Garden

Connect with our Vendors!

This list of alternative means to get our vendors' products will grow as new offerings roll in. Please check back regularly and feel free to email Market Manager Ben if you're looking to connect with any vendor not listed.

Alsum Sweet Corn:
Frozen sweet corn available at Metcalfe's Hilldale and West.
Check their website for more information:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Black Earth Valley:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Blue Moon Community Farm:
Online ordering now available for their organic seedlings, on farm pick up Wednesday evening for pre-orders. Check their online store for more:

Bryant Family Farms: 
Eggs also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse:
Weekly pick up orders available in Madison on Saturdays. Check their Facebook page for updates and email to inquire about available selections. Check their website for more information:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Don's Produce: 
Offering deliveries of their produce to the downtown Madison area. To inquire, call or text: 608-574-0294
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Some products available at Willy Street Co-op and Metcalfe's locations. Contact via phone or email for more ordering options: (608) 767-3442 or

Driftless Chocolates (New 2020 vendor):
Online ordering available via:

Emerald Meadows Family Farm:
Check their Facebook page for details.

Farmer Johns' Cheese:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Flyte Family Farm:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up (Wednesday only)

Forgotten Valley Cheese (New 2020 vendor):
Online ordering available, check their website:

Fungi Farmers (Formerly known as Herb N Oyster):
Offering Saturday delivery to the Madison area. Details and limited online ordering:
Participant in the Madison Farmers Unite pickup program.

Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard:
Varieties of head lettuce available for on-farm pickup north of Stoughton. Call 608-852-4165 to pre-order for Wednesday or Saturday afternoon pickup.

Highland Spring Farm:
Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning farm stand sales at their farm just south of Madison. Check their webstore to order:
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:


Honey Bee Bakery:
Delivery & pickup options available, check website for details:
Participant in the Madison Farmers Unite pickup program.
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:


JenEhr Family Farm: 
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's
Local Food Pick Up (Wednesdays only)


Kopke's Greenhouse:
Greenhouse is open, with 8:00am-9:30am reserved for senior shoppers.
Pre-orders via email, 608-835-7569 or, for pick up or delivery with small fee. 
Check their website for more details:

Mad Maiden Shrub:
Online ordering available:
Products also available at the following retail locations: Fromagination, Willy Street Coop, Jenifer Street Market, Hyvee (Whitney Way and Fitchburg), Orange Tree Imports, Metcalfe’s Market  (West and Hilldale), and  Regent Street Market

Madison Sourdough:
Online pre-order for Friday or Sunday pick on Williamson Street. Check their website for more:

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms:
Online ordering available on their website:
Beef available at Willy Street East, cheese available at Willy East and West, maple syrup available at Metcalfe's Hilldale.

Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse:
Online ordering now available for curbside greenhouse pick up, open daily 8am - 6pm and 9am - 5pm Sundays; delivery also available in the Madison area with a small fee. 

Open Kettle Farms:
No-contact pickup being offered for their maple syrup. Check their Facebook page for details.

ParKelm Farm:
Shop online via:
Saturday delivery to the Madison area also being offered:

Savory Accents:
Online ordering available on their website: 
Phone/email orders accepted for on-farm pickup, 608-848-4938 or
Products also offered through Landmark Creamery's Special Local Delivery service:
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Stella's Bakery:
The bakery on Syene Road is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7am - 2pm, for curbside pre-ordered pickup. Preorder on their website:
Check their Facebook page for updates.
Participant in Dane County Farmers' Market's Local Food Pick Up

Steppin' Out Foods (New 2020 vendor): 
Check their Facebook page for updates.

Tortillas Los Angeles:
Delivery available via partnership with Christine's Kitchen. Check out the website to order:

Underground Meats:
Online store and limited local delivery:

Urban Gourmet:
Check their website: or Facebook page for future updates.

West Star Organics:
Online ordering available for pick up at their greenhouse south of Cottage Grove. Check their website for details and to place your order:

Wetherby Cranberry Co.:
Check out their web store here:

Didn't see who you're looking for? Not all of our vendors have product yet available or are offering purchasing alternatives at this time. We'll keep updating this list as new venues for connecting customers to vendors arise. 



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