Sliced & whole loaves of Stella's Bakery Sourdough
Hopping. That's the best way to describe market last Saturday, just plain hopping all day long.
Part of it was that summertime produce, with nearly everything one could desire from the garden in season. From aronia berries at Yang Family Produce to zucchini at Happy Valley Farm, if it grows in Wisconsin, it's probably in season now.
Speaking of zucchini, we had a blast at the 5th annual Zucchini Car Races with well over 100 zucchini cars that were constructed, then raced down our custom Zucchini Speedway during the day. It's so much fun to send off the summer with the races and the big turnout was a great affirmation of a healthy sense of play in our market community.
Pushing on into September and the final ten week session of market, we're expecting more hopping days with plenty of summer favorites on the tables, with some fall flavors coming in. One such fall favorite expected this weekend is the first apple cider...
Prickly Pear Sage, one of the flavors of the day from NessAlla Kombucha
Oh the last weekend in August is upon us. Time enough to cram in a little more summer fun, but regardless of our joyful endeavors, we know one simple truth: fall is not far away.
We love the progressions of all seasons at the market, bringing us in new produce and faces. Before we head down that leaf-strewn road however, we've still got one more weekend to make the most of it.
Gladly do we embrace this summer crest before the fall, for it brings us some really tasty goods, like the first watermelon of the season from Flyte Family Farm. We also saw the first ground cherries from Sai's Garden and the first spaghetti squash from Don's Produce.
With lots of options to choose from, it's hard to narrow down what recipes can be made week to week with all that fresh goodness. Refrigerator pickles with those tasty cucumbers from Bonde Bee or sweet pepper relish with those Sweet Carmen peppers from Crossroads C...
This past Saturday morning was something of a special moment. The sun rose across another lovely summer day here in southern Wisconsin, illuminating our little corner of the world just as the tables at market were fully loaded and shoppers began to arrive.
It's a simple time, with a bustle in some steps, sleepiness in others. Some rushing to get those tasty blackberries from Yang Family Produce, others simply strolling the aisle and letting their eyes fall on the new apple varieties in from Atoms to Apples.
Back up the market aisle, the Starr Grass Band played us all some of their music before heading off to the hospital to play for others in need of some uplifting tunes.
Neighbors chat over a scone from Chris & Lori's Bakehouse, talking about school returning soon, what they're getting from the market this weekend or what final fun endeavors wait for them before the end of summer.
What a great week to celebrate National Farmers' Market Week!
Tomatoes, melons, sweet corn and many more summertime staples have been coming in force, giving us plenty of tasty options to indulge in during our celebration.
That enjoyment of the first melon from Green's Pleasant Spring Orchard represents the kind of celebration that can be had all season long at the farmers' market. We wait with anticipation for our favorites, be they spring morels or fall apples. Waiting for the locally grown, in-season produce always pays off at market, with flavor matching the quality we've come to expect from our local growers.
We celebrate because the magic of the market is not replicable. Where else can you get freshly made curds from McCluskey Brothers Shillelagh Glen Farms or fresh loaves of naturally leavened bread from Cress Spring Bakery in one place?
Not only is the market experience a fresh one, but a personal one as well. It's where you have the ch...
The market time smile is one not easily mollified. If you've spent any amount of time at the market these past few weeks, it's easy to understand why.
Perfect weather, beautiful flowers, fresh produce and other happy faces, all work to keep our smiles well fixed to those Saturday morning faces.
Plenty of happy faces made a visit to Alsum Sweet Corn this last Saturday, as they made their return to the market with sweet corn that sold out well before the end of the day. The same could be said down at Stella's Bakery, where the line of customers waiting for their bread and pastries was full of glowing faces.
Many of our younger market goers were happy to see the Science is Fun crew back at the market with their fun, interactive science demos. We look forward to seeing them again later in the fall.
Speaking of looking forward, Country Bloomers Greenhouse now has broccoli and kale starts for your fall planting, a...