Have you been to the Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday Market?!?
Jul. 31, 2009 11:57 am
Updated: Apr. 9, 2010 1:22 pm
If you have, then you know, this has to be one of the best farmers' markets in the country. One, for its location on the perimeter of the Capitol Square. Two, because it is producer only, so you know that you are buying the freshest most seasonal products possible. And, Three, for the crowd - the early morning power shoppers, chefs and serious foodies, mid-morning for what my friends call "The Shufflers," the people who are there for the slow walk around the Square and people watching as much as for the shopping, and the late comers looking for bargains and the chance to maybe find a carton of eggs left...somewhere...maybe...
Since being back in Madison during market season is a rare treat, I got there early and stayed late. I lingered over coffee with a great friend, one of my college professors whose passion was for food systems and local/community food projects. We had magic coffee (iced with cinnamon and brown sugar) and filled croissants at Cafe Soleil. I used to make those filled croissants, getting up at 3 in the morning to go in and roll out the swatches of croissant dough and roll and roll and roll until the lines that wound down the street died down and the pastry case was emptied. It was nice to see that they are still making beautiful pastries, and it was even nicer to be on the receiving end! Prof and I had a great time reminiscing and I caught up on the food-lover's happenings around Mad-town.
After breakfast, I walked the market with my Mom and Dad and sister with her two young children. (Just in time to catch the Shufflers' crowd.) We did it all - doughnuts from one of the bakery stands, cheese samples and cheese curds to take home, honey sticks, and drooling over all of the beautiful veggies and fruits I would have loved to purchase. Since I was on vacation, I had to settle with a camera full of shots instead of a bag bursting with greens.
This blog started as a blog about taking min-vacations from my home remodel to visit the different farmers' markets around seattle. So, I thought it only fitting to take you with me on my not so mini-vacation back to Wisconsin. Wish you could have shuffled the Square with me! Now I am back to Seattle and the ALMOST(sigh) finished kitchen. I can't wait to really get cooking again, soon.
Have you been to the Madison market or other great markets of the country or world? I would love to hear about your favorites!!
The Dane County Farmers' Market
The Variety is Amazing.
Dill for Pickling
Baby Squash in All Sizes and Shapes
Corn in July!
Mountain of Broccoli
Piles of Potatoes and Beans