Fruit, Flower, Flavor
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Fruit, Flower, Flavor
To some market season begins day one with perhaps cold, but eager faces ready to get out and scoop up the first of the seasons' finds. To others, it's Mother's Day weekend when early flowers blend with asparagus and maybe the chance of morels.
Whenever one marks their "start" of the season, we know the indicator to the mid-summer peak begins with the arrival of fresh sweet corn and thanks to Alsum Sweet Corn and Emerald Meadows Family Farm, that joyous day was last Saturday.
Beyond the thrill of spotting the season's first ear, other sights indicated that we're on the climb to peak market time, like baskets of baby cucumbers perfect for pickling up with dill seed from Live Jewelry Farm (pictured).
An abundance of fresh fruit, now including currants, apricots, blueberries, raspberries and more, mean there are many options for fresh eating or baking up. Try this tasty blueberry muffin recipe, that can be sweetened with maple syrup from Open Kettle Farms or honey from B's Honey (pictured).
Soon enough we will be keeping our eyes peeled for large sunflower bouquets, then gladiolas to follow. While we wait, Country Bloomer's Greenhouse returns this Saturday with their always stunning arrangements to bring some summer right into your home.
Other treasures to enjoy this time of year are sweet onions (pictured), arriving by the bushel load from Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse, great in a classic French onion soup or in a tasty sweet onion quiche made with Bryant Family Farms' eggs.
If, like many of us, you find yourself overwhelmed with kitchen scraps from all the great produce, but lack a good option for disposing them responsibly, stop by the Green Box Compost booth and learn about their home pick-up compost service. They can help you save those scraps from the landfill, and turn them into something beneficial for area growers.
We're onto week fifteen this Saturday, with just over half of the market season remaining and so much more hill to climb and the load only gets heavier. Sweet corn leads to melons, then melons to field tomatoes, then tomatoes onto apples, and on and on until we're full to the gills. When it all tastes this good, it's worth every ounce of effort.
See you at the market!
As a reminder to everyone, dogs are prohibited within the market area, though we welcome service animals at all times.
Dane County Farmers' Market Cookbooks Now for Sale!
We are very happy to announce the brand new "The Dane County Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Local Foods, Global Flavors" by amazing food writer Terese Allen will now be available for purchase at the Info Tent.
The book is bursting with great stories and recipes built around the unique and vibrant farmers market scene Madison has to offer. Find new and delicious ways to utilize your market finds, while supporting the market.
Copies will be available starting this Saturday at the Info Tent. The books sells for $35 and can be purchased with cash or check.
You may also preorder a copy by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Market Science Returns this Weekend!
Our friends from Allen Centennial Garden return this Saturday, July 22nd for another round of Market Science, from 9am - 12:00pm. This week they will be bringing live cockroaches and many other insects preserved in resin. These materials belong to Insect Ambassadors, a UW affiliate that does outreach work with insects. They will have many bugs to look at and do some general exploring activities to get kids exposed to the diversity of insects.
Vendor Notices - July 22
B's Honey & Rude Brew Kombucha will both be absent from the market this Saturday, July 22nd. They will return the following week.
Alice Good Coffee
Country Bloomer's Greenhouse
JenEhr Family Farm
Steppin' Out Foods
Blue Moon Community Farm are currently on their early-summer market hiatus. They will return to vend with their tasty certified organic produce in August.
Dreamfarm never disappoints with their seasonally flavored goat cheese
North, south, east or west; it's a breeze to get to our new market location
with easy access off of both Whitney Way and Mineral Point Road.