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Something Sweet & Special


Last week's produce offerings from JenEhr Family Farm

Something Sweet & Special

For those of us missing out on the many special things things a normal summer has to offer, the market has been a blessing. Whether it's the vacation spot that's out of reach or your go-to date night restaurant being closed, we're missing a lot of the summer-specific favorites this year due to COVID-19.

The market has become a great release for us in the absence of these normal routes for summer adventure. Can't take your loved one to your favorite "night on the town" spot? A home cooked meal with fresh market produce, followed by an indulgence of delicious Honey Bee Bakery sweets (pictured) will surely satisfy.

The summer adventures have been penned in closer to home this year, but many of you have put your adventurous spirit into gardening and food preservation. A fun quick adventure can be had in making a batch of refrigerator pickles with some of that fresh market produce. Whether you grab some Happy Valley Farm cucumbers or fresh okra (pictured) from Lor Farm, fridge pickles are a simple and tasty treat to make at home. Others of us have been taking advantage of this extra time on our hands to step up our grilling skills. ParKelm Farm has something new for you to try with their amazing lamb brats, which will taste great with that fresh Alsum Sweet Corn. The after work craft cocktail is more than likely to be made at home this summer, but fear not, Mad Maiden Shrub has you covered with their selection of shrubs, or drinking vinegars, that make amazing cocktails. The market provides many great ways to fill your summertime with fun and flavor, even amidst a pandemic. We may not be making it to the water parks any time soon, but a backyard pool and a slice of fresh Flyte Family Farms' watermelon sounds pretty good to us! See you at market! Ben Zimmerman Market Manager P.S. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on the market as the season kicks off!

Double Dollars Extended Thru October!

FoodShare shoppers can get up to $25 matched each market. Swing by the Information Tent with your FoodShare card and our market staff can assist you. This season the Double Dollars are in the form of green plastic tokens. If you still have a few white paper Double Dollars, you can still spend those with our vendors. The Double Dollars program has wonderfully been extended to run thru October. After the Double Dollars program ends, the market will still accept FoodShare Dollars.

Master Gardeners Helpline

We wanted to pass along a great resource from our friends the Master Gardeners. While they can't come out to table at the market this season, UW Dane County Extension is maintaining its Horticulture Helpline with Master Gardener volunteers daily 5 days a week, 9am-12 noon. You can reach them by answering machine (608-224-3721) or by emailing your questions and your photographs to horticulture@countyofdane.com.

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 ask 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. Chris & Lori's Bakehouse is offering the following for this weekend: * Flower and Cow Cutout Cookies * Chocolate Chip Sconuts * Espresso Dark Chocolate Scones * Coconut Dark Chocolate Scones * White Chocolate Raspberry Scones * Vanilla Almond Scones * Cinnamon Oat Scones * Blueberry Scones * Cranberry Oat Scones * Banana Chocolate Scones * Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones * Whole Grain Raspberry Scones * Whole Grain Blueberry Oat Scones * Whole Grain Cranberry Orange Scones * Whole Grain Carrot Raisin Scones * GF Vegan Mocha Scones * GF Vegan Raspberry Scones * GF Vegan Banana Blueberry Scones * Keto Peanut Butter Cookies * Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies

All scones are $18/ Half Doz one flavor Or $30/ Doz one flavor

Email your order at CLBakehouse@gmail.com 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. Door County Fruit Markets will not be joining the market for the 2020 season, but you can find their fresh Door County fruit at the Willy Street Co-op Grocery Stores. Dreamfarm is offering pre-orders for market pick-up by calling (608) 767-3442 or emailing diana@dreamfarm.biz 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 deal on tomatoes this week: 20lb case for $40 (That's just $2/lb for certified organic tomatoes!) Get your order in for Saturday pickup at JenEhr.com Mad Maiden Shrub will be at market this weekend with their hand crafted shrubs (drinking vinegar). McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms is offering pre-ordering on their website. Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse will be offering a weekly veggie box, available at the market, off the farm or for delivery. Each $25 box is packed with their great fresh produce. This weeks selection includes: Green Peppers, Muskmelon, Sweet Corn, Slicing Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cucumber, and Sweet Candy Onions! Check out their website for more information and to place your order. 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.

Black walnuts from Bonde Bee

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. Vendor Purchasing Alternatives (PDF)

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