We crested the seasonal hill this Saturday with the passage of the fifteenth market of the 2017 season. Halfway we sit, indulging in the glut of summer's harvest, perched atop a peak of ripeness.
It's a long road down the second half the market season, filled with good food, beautiful flowers and no shortage of good times to be had.
Joining us just in time for our mid-season, we welcomed back Vivian Green of Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard with tasty apples & Meteor tart cherries. We're looking forward to an ever expanding selection of apples from the Green's and our other orchard growers.
Sweet corn made its first appearance this weekend, with Flyte Family Farm bringing in the kernels to be boiled, grilled or eaten fresh. We're looking forward to more this next weekend!
The storms last week had knocked out power at Cress Spring Bakery, preventing them from baking their full selection of breads. They'll be back in force this...
A sunny view of the market from inside UW Health Digestive Health Center
The weather cycles over the past few weeks have had their ups and downs.
For some of our farmers, the precious rain has been pushing it, with soggy days keeping some out of fields and adding a little too much at times.
We've been blessed to get the sunny and clear days for market though and even with a soggy season, the bounty is as beautiful as ever.
Blueberries are in! Both JenEhr Family Farm & Flyte Family Farm have some tasty berries to be found, adding to the good crop of red raspberries we've seen this season. The first Door County sweet cherries came in this week too from Door County Fruit Market.
Beyond fruit, more summer produce has been popping up as well. Black Earth Valleybrought us yellow & red sweet peppers and large sweet candy onions. Fennel, cauliflower, & green cabbage can be found, along with an abundant selection of head lettuces and hearty greens.
Always something good to be found at Jordandal Farms!
There is something special in the air when the market first "opens its doors" each week.
Maybe it's the smell of the fresh herbs from Ka Vang Thao, with the aroma of fresh dill spreading out in all directions. Or it's seeing all the bouquets of flowers from Country Bloomers Greenhouse before they're sold and leave the market to bring beauty to a new home.
The early hour is the time when the steam is still rising off those loaves of Stella's Bakery spicy cheese bread. It's the time when you catch the most limited offerings, like the first few available pints of blueberries of the year from Flyte Family Farm.
For those frazzled by the busyness and parking of the later morning, the early morning market time is best time with lower traffic to deal with, both in the market aisle and in the parking lots.
That peaceful time transitions into the bustling market you can find closer to 10:00am. By that time...