First market of the outdoor season
This Saturday's Dane County Farmers' Market is the first of the outdoor season. Located on the Capitol Square, there is ample parking in the area and a plethora of shopping, dining, cultural, and natural attractions within easy walking distance.
There is also one of the finest lawns in the State of Wisconsin for kicking back, people watching, reading, playing with the kids, or digging into to your farmers' market bags for an impromptu picnic.
There are two outdoor markets, both of them "Producer Only"
The Dane County Farmers' Market is the largest "Producer Only" market in the country. Those folks with products for sale are the ones who raised, grew, made, or gathered what they're offering. The DCFM follows a strict inspection protocol to maintain producer integrity. So, if you want to talk to the person who raised those bedding plants, simply talk to the one who is selling them.
For the uninitiated, it's good to know that there are actually two outdoor markets held under the auspices of the DCFM.
When: Saturday, April 17 through November 6, 2010 (July 10 market held from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm on Wilson St. at Martin Luther King Blvd.)
Hours: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Capitol Square, Madison, WI
When:Wednesday, April 21 through November 3, 2010
Hours: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location:200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
The markets are held rain or shine. The Dane County Farmer's Market web site is a great resource for locating a vendor or product, buying gift certificates, checking the schedule, along with other useful information.
While DCFM vendors are happy to provide plastic shopping bags for your purchases, it's strongly encouraged that you bring reusable shopping bags.
A friendly reminder: Dogs are not allowed at the market.
The weather forecast for this Saturday is bright and sunny. DCFM Market Manager Larry Johnson says to expect well over 100 producers offering the best in what's fresh, local, and raised with their own hands.
We're pumped, got the canvas bags at the ready, the shopping list filling up fast.
We'll see you at the market!
At Market This Week
We strive to keep this list as accurate as possible. We probably missed an item or two that is at the market or listed an item as available when it is not. Chances are not all items mentioned or listed below will be at each market. If you'd like to check with your favorite vendor about product availability, go here, then do a search for contact information.
Last week we mentioned the wonderful spring garlic from Tom Brantmeier. He'll have plenty more this week, while there will be plenty of other fresh green produce for this opening Outdoor DCFM market from a multitude of vendors. JenEhr Family Farm will be bringing sorrel, micro greens, and "lots of bunches of greens" that include mizuna, komatsuna, and red frilly and ruby streaks mustard. They'll even have some overwintered leeks.
Don's Produceis now offering sunflower sprouts. These hearty greens are wonderful in salads or sauteed in sunflower oil with cubed chicken and garlic greens. You should also expect to find spring ramps(only available for a few weeks), water cress, overwintered parsnips, onions, and shallots.
For locally grown dry beans (great for soup!) and English cucumbers, check out Flyte Family Farm.
Now is the time to pick out your spring bedding plants. There will be plenty to choose from at this week's market along with cut, hanging, and potted flowers.