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On the Table

Melon season has begun with red and yellow watermelons now available from Flyte Family Farms


On the Table

Every market season there comes a time when you simply go all out and indulge in the bounty of the harvest.

It's a day's worth or more of labor, well spent, in crafting the perfect meal full of your favorites. The kind of meal that has you tossing the napkin at the end, looking upon your accomplishment and thinking "well done" and "is there still room for dessert?"

This week we endeavored upon a huge Mediterranean-themed feast. One that spread itself over so many distinct dishes that we lost count of what all sat upon the table, content that simply everything out there was delicious.

First we started by making a marvelous and classic pesto recipe, made easy with the pesto special (pictured) currently on offer from Blue Moon Community Farm. This will make an enticing appetizer served atop slices of semolina bread from Honey Bee Bakery.

We toasted the extra semolina for homemade bread crumbs for the spicy and indulgent muhammara dip recipe, made with roasted red peppers, and walnuts that we toasted from Bonde Bee.

Next to prepare was a classic Baba Ganoush dip recipe made with charred eggplants from Sai's Garden and given a tasty kick with fresh garlic from Ka Vang Thao.

For a grain, we whipped together a yummy orzo pasta salad with fresh yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from Flyte Family Farms. Topping the salad with salty and irresistible feta (pictured) from Landmark Creamery brought the whole dish together.

Rounding out our feast, we made a batch of fresh falafel for the veggie-friendly option and some juicy marinaded grilled chicken with pastured boneless-skinless chicken breasts from Bryant Family Farms, and dressed on the grill with some of that tempting Landmark Creamery butter.

A chopped salad with Happy Valley Farm cabbage, sumac onions and Perez Produce carrots provided an extra bit of roughage, while some hummus and pita tied everything together. Homemade hummus worked fine, but we were craving the Spicy Hummus from Savory Accents, so flavorful with that nice kick of heat.

With barely any room left at the end we managed to share of pint of sweet and fragrant red raspberries from Yang Family Produce while we considered what culinary adventure would consume us next week. Perhaps on the horizon, homemade enchiladas with salsa verde made from tomatillos from Emerald Meadows Family Farm (pictured).

That does sound delicious, but first there's dishes to be done...

See you at the market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

As a reminder to everyone, dogs are prohibited within the market area, though we welcome service animals at all times.

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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 this Saturday at the Info Tent. The books sells for $35 and can be purchased with cash, check or Venmo.

You may also preorder a copy by emailing us at:


Market Science Returns August 5th

The great folks from Allen Centennial Garden return to market this weekend for another Market Science day. Read more below for the programming description:

Come learn about plant breeding and genetics at Market Science! This week we are partnering with scientists from the Krysan lab who are working on improving breeding through gene editing. Participates will simulate gene editing by creating a "DNA" beaded bracelet to take home. There will also be a display of petri dishes showing how a whole plant can be grown from just one cell - take a closer look through our microscopes. Bring your curiosity and questions!


Vendor Notices - August 5

Madison Sourdough will be absent for a second week this Saturday, August 5th. They will return the following week.

Daily Vendors:

Atoms to Apples

Alice Good Coffee

Country Bloomer's Greenhouse

Steppin' Out Foods

Steppin' Out Foods will be leaving the market at 11:30am on August 5th & 12th as they make their way to the Wisconsin State Fair, so be sure to stop by early these weeks to load up on crunchy pickled asparagus, yummy jams and more.

Chris & Lori's Bakehouse will finish vending for the 2023 on August 26th and will not return for the 2024 season as they work on restructuring their business. They hope to return to the market the following season. In the meantime you can stockpile and freeze their scones, which hold up great in the deep freeze.


From birthdays to anniversaries to just because, Lor Farm has your floral bouquet needs covered


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.


Our many thanks to Snaggle Tooth Arts of Wayward Tattoo for the market rabbit graphic!


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