It was a real fun day down at market this last weekend. Great food, the beautiful sights of flowers and fresh produce, friendly faces and lots of music to enjoy.
A big thank you to our two music acts of this past weekend, Moldy Jam & Front Porch String Band. It's hard to beat a nice morning with farm fresh produce and live music amongst your friends and neighbors.
The big hit of the day belonged to the arrival of the first sweet corn of the season (pictured) from Alsum's Sweet Corn, Flyte Family Farm & Crossroads Community Farm.
Check out this week's Recipe Corner for some great corn recipes. We hope you give them a try, you're sure to be rewarded. Of course, there's nothing wrong with the classic corn boil or throwing a few ears on the grill.
Pickling season is rapidly approaching, giving you some time to try out new recipes before the big efforts of late summer. We put u...
Flowers ready to be transformed into bouquets at Shoua Vang's booth
A Little Dose of Beauty
In the heat of the market season, it's easy to overlook the simple beauty of the mid-summer. It's not from carelessness or a willing disregard, but rather a simple case of being overwhelmed by it all.
New produce pops in every week, as hard to keep up with as the mowing and gardening around our homes. Our plans for vacation overlap with our plans to get things done around the house, which overlap with all the fun things going on in Madison every summer.
We want to specially recognize Kristen at Blue Moon Community Farm for a simple and wonderful little offering (pictured) for kids at market last weekend. A quaint old watering can with stems of flowers for kids to take along and enjoy.
Maybe it's easier for little ones to make that connection to the small joys and beauties summer has to offer. A moment to stick a nose into a bright blooming flower, and come away with a li...
July is such a great month in the long arc of the market season with the onslaught of summer produce that comes in.
Keeping up with what's available starts to be a challenge, in a good way! You want to try a bit of everything, especially when it's all looking so good. The stack of JenEhr Family Farm broccoli (pictured) has to be tried, but don't forget to save room for those big zucchini from Don's Produce and the early leeks from Ka Vang Thao. Let's face it, July is screaming for a second market basket.
Fresh produce certainly is to be fully enjoyed in the peak of market season, but with so many other great things to find at the market, it's hardly the only show to see.
Last Saturday, Bryant Family Farms was leaving quite the impression with an assortment of fresh chicken products, including packs of fresh chicken wings. We're hoping to get treated again with more fresh chicken later in the...
Tasty chocolate scones from Chris & Lori's Bakehouse
Triple Cherry Jackpot
All this summer heat takes a toll on the weary, but it does come with its rewards as well. The market might be the best place to see the benefits of that balmy weather as tables of fresh ripe produce can show.
It's seen in the first blueberries of the season, spotted at market last week down from Flyte Family Farm. It's the great news that sweet cherries (pictured) are coming in this weekend from our friends at Door County Fruit Market. It's seen with the unique and flavorful white & black mulberries from Urban Gourmet. Everywhere you look at market this time of year, we can see the rewards of the heat of summer.
Of course they're plenty of ways to stay cool while you enjoy these rewards. One way to take the edge off is with a nice cold glass of NessAlla Kombucha, with their tasty seasonal flavors. For others, the secret to refreshment is homemade raspberry lemonade with fresh red or black raspberries...