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To Market, To Market…Seattle

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!!
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Jul. 31, 2009 1:32 pm
I agree! The Madison farmer's market has got to be one of the BEST in the country!
Aug. 1, 2009 6:20 am
I love farmer's markets and this sure is beautiful!
Aug. 3, 2009 10:34 am
I just want to visit Wisconsin....and I want to know more about your filled Croissants. I LOVE THOSE!!! What do you fill yours with?
Aug. 4, 2009 9:17 am
Oh my goodness, you have to visit Wisconsin. It really is a wonderful place. And the filled croissants ARE amazing. We would make so many flavors. Fresh chevre with herbs and sundried tomatoes, lamb with mint and feta, chocolate (of course), chocolate cherry, marzipan with toasted almonds, and the list goes on!! My favorite was always the plain chocolate with coffee. But, it was really fun to learn how to make them all.
Apr. 9, 2010 1:22 pm
I was living in Madison when the market first opened. I didn't have a car and, after a long, cold winter, I was ecstatic that I could walk five blocks to buy fresh-from-the-farm produce. I live in the greater Seattle area now, in Lake Forest Park, where the best from our local farmers and producers is available to me, less than a mile from my house. I eat and cook more mindfully during the market season because I know who caught and smoked my fish, picked the peaches I'm putting in a tart, gathered the honey I drizzle on my toast. I savor the season and my connection with our market's wonderful farmers and producers.
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I started cooking at a young age and have had great experiences travelling and studying food around the world. I enjoy searching out new things and trying to find the "best of" my family and friends' favorite foods.
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I try to shop as much as I can at farmers markets. I really enjoy cooking with fresh, wholesome, local ingredients and I love exploring the products made by specialty meat, cheese, oil, vinegar, and wine producers both locally and from farther afield.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has solid German and Scottish roots. The traditions coming out of my grandmother's kitchen are for hearty, frugal dishes: pot roasts, chicken and dumplings, rouladen, and Friday fish dinners are what I remember most.
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My mother was very sick one Christmas when I was still in gradeschool, probably 12 years old or so. We had the whole family (about 45 relatives) coming over for dinner and I told my Mom I would take care of it. For two days, I worked and cooked - running upstairs to ask Mom what to do next, then coming down to whip potatoes, make stuffing, prepare the molded salad, and dress the crown roast of pork for the holiday dinner. It all came out right, nothing was ruined and everyone ate well. I will always remember how good it felt to make my Mom and family so happy and proud. That is what really hooked me on cooking.
My cooking tragedies
As a young cook, I often would try to make things before I read a recipe or really understood the chemistry of the cooking or baking task. I once made the most wretched pot pie - a lard crust, undercooked gravy instead of white sauce, frozen peas as the only vegetable, turkey from a holiday that was probably a few days too old to eat. I served it to my sisters - it tasted horrible and gave us all upset stomachs. Thankfully, they have forgiven me and continue to support my cooking adventures.
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