Start the day off right with rolled oats from Meadowlark Organics
Speeding Down the Summer Track
Here we stand at the finish line of our summer session, culminating with a bustling Labor Day weekend market this Saturday and our favorite market event of the year, the Zucchini Car Races (pictured).
Before we cross the finish line and head into the fall series, we've got one more August market to soak up the fun and sun.
Many of you are likely to spend the long weekend with the grill going and the market is the place to start loading up on your grillables. Alsum's Sweet Corn is still bringing us plenty of their tasty fresh ears to throw in the pot while you grill up some tasty pastured pork chops from ParKelm Farm or a fat t-bone steak from Highland Springs Farm.
If you're a classic burger fan, don't forget to stop by Farmer Johns' Cheese for your favorite cheese to top it off with.
Bring some market beauty home with sunflowers
from Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse
Amber & Gold in August
The riches of your farmers' market plunder may not be enough to buy that private island in the tropics or rocket you to fame, but they'll keep you happier than anything that could.
Market amber is Bonde Bee honey (pictured), where comb-in isn't a reference to a high end beauty product.
Gold is the yolk of a Pecatonica Valley Farm egg or the first organic sweet corn arriving from JenEhr Family Farm this coming weekend.
Our treasure chests are the ground cherries and tomatillos from Shoua Vang& Flyte Family Farms, their riches wrapped up waiting to be cracked open.
Bringing home some serious green from the market is to be raking in the kale, lettuces and fresh herbs from Emerald Meadows Family Farm. And the old adage of diamonds are a girl's best friend is out the door as fresh Wisconsin cheese curds from Murphy Farms will open mo...
Given it's mid-August we shouldn't be surprised to find ourselves surrounded by the bounty of summer, but when everything ripe is coming at you in five directions, it's hard not to be overwhelmed.
From fresh melons to apples to sweet corn to eggplant, the summer harvest is plentiful at market and the options seem endless.
The return of Happy Valley Farm with their amazing bell peppers (pictured) played right into that sentiment this past weekend. Like many farmers, Kate and Kevin of Happy Valley Farm have been dealing with too much water in their fields this season. We're happy they're back and we wish them some dry ground going forward.
Another perk this last weekend was a pop-in vendor, Phil Friedl, who brought out some amazingly huge cacti to add to your houseplant collection. We hope to see Phil later this month with more!
Moving on through August, we're excited to welcome back Atoms to...
Celebrating National Farmers' Market Week doesn't take too much effort beyond our regular trips to market to load up on our favorites from our farmers and food producers.
We celebrate with a bag of the first apples of the season in from Ten Eyck Orchards. We share the celebration with loves ones by giving them a bouquet of Lisianthus flowers (pictured) from County Line Plants & Produce. We celebrate by stocking up on grass-fed beef from Highland Spring Farm for big family meals.
Perhaps that's the best thing about National Farmers' Market Week, that we get to celebrate both at the market and at home as we enjoy our market bounty.
This weekend we're gonna be doing something a little extra special. We'll be giving out free "I ❤️ Farmers' Markets" temporary tattoos. Plus, anyone who lets us get a photo of their tattoo will be entered in a special National Farmers' Market Week drawing f...
Getting to the halfway point in the market season, as we did last Saturday, feels more like shifting to a higher gear than reaching a peak. Instead of cooling down, we're revving up to next level as we have more and more to pick from in the coming weeks.
It started with the first sweet corn of the season in from Alsum's Sweet Corn (pictured) and Flyte Family Farms. The first tart cherries and red currants from Door County Fruit Market were the next new things. Then it was the first long beans and bitter melons coming to us from Sai's Garden. We don't get the opportunity to tell the summer harvest to slow down, so we might as well start bringing more shopping totes!
All the new produce pushes us to try new recipes and bring out our old favorites. The first eggplants from Emerald Meadows Family Farm looked amazing and had us asking if it's more of an eggplant parmesan or babaganoush kind...