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That Little Extra

Dreamy Watermelons from Flyte Family Farms


That Little Extra

In the peak of the summer market season there's just no way to make all the possibilities in one week. Winnowing down the seemingly endless meal options takes some effort, but oft it's the smallest inspiration that brings things into focus.

A few weeks back we talked about the ever delicious, caprese salad, so easy to make with fresh tomatoes and basil from Blue Moon Community Farm and mozzarella from Farmer Johns' Cheese. This week, we were inspired by the fresh peaches coming in from Door County Fruit Markets (pictured) to go the extra mile and layer in juicy peach slices along our vine ripened tomatoes for a special twist on this summertime favorite.

In another spark, the early season apples coming in from Pleasant Springs Orchard sets our mind on juicy pan-roasted pork chops from ParKelm Farm pared up with homemade applesauce. Early season varieties like Lodi and Transparent make excellent sauce.

Some ideas snowball as you walk the market, seeing one great find, like fresh tomatillos from JenEhr Family Farm (pictured) and then hot peppers from County Line Plants & Produce. Just like that, dreams of fresh salsa verde come to mind with charred peppers giving you that extra kick. Grab a bag of blue corn tortilla chips from Tortillas Los Angeles and you're set for snack time.

Often it's the desire to try something new to us that keeps the menu options fresh and unique. Long beans coming in from Yang Family Produce (pictured) encouraged us to branch out and try this delicious recipe for charred long beans with garlic butter.

So keep those eyes open for the special somethings that inspire you and your summer kitchen. Even beyond the plate, the market can offer something unique, like bouquets of lisianthus flowers coming in from Country Bloomer's Greenhouse this weekend.

Take it all in, be inspired and savor the season.

See you at market!

Ben Zimmerman

Market Manager

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Vendor Notices:

Due to a death in the family Honey Bee Bakery will be absent from the market for the next two weekends. They will return August 28th.

Sai's Garden will be absent from the market this Saturday, August 14th. They will return the following weekend.

Forgotten Valley Cheese will be absent from the market the last two Saturdays in August, the 21st & 28th.


Fresh loaves from Madison Sourdough


August 14th Vendor List:

Alsum Sweet Corn

Black Earth Valley

Blue Moon Community Farm

Bonde Bee

Bryant Family Farms

Campo di Bella

Chris + Lori's Bakehouse

Country Bloomer's Greenhouse

County Line Plants-n-Produce

Don's Produce


Emerald Meadows Family Farm

Farmer Johns Cheese

Flyte Family Farm & Greenhouses

Forgotten Valley Cheese

Fungi Farmers

Happy Valley Farm

Highland Spring Farm

JenEhr Family Farm

Ka Vang Thao

Landmark Creamery

Lor Farm

Madison Sourdough

Mad Maiden Shrub

McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms

Murphy Farms

Natalie's Garden and Greenhouse

Open Kettle Farms

ParKelm Farm

Savory Accents

Shoua L Vang

Stella's Bakery

Steppin' Out Foods

Ten Eyck Orchard

Tortillas Los Angeles

Underground Meats

Urban Gourmet

What Got Gathered

Yang Family Produce

Absent this weekend:

Honey Bee Bakery

Sai's Garden

*Please note this is a tentative list. Last minute cancellations or additions to the vendor list are possible.



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