Today is my first Dane County Farmer’s Market of the season. As many Madisonites know, the farmer’s market is a Madison staple. It is the largest producer-only farmer’s market in the country. People drive into the city for this every weekend, because it has almost 100 vendors with everything from cheese & meat, to plants, to fresh fruits & veggies. It is simply the best.
It’s still pretty early in the season, so there wasn’t a ton of selection just yet. But we made sure to stop at Farmer John’s stand to pick up the freshest & squekiest cheese curds. Sam always jokes because every week, we get a new flavor, and I always say “This one is my favorite!”. This week, we got the garlic & herb curds. But the cajun are also a crowd favorite!
Even though there isn’t much to choose from yet, its still so fun to walk around and look. I love seeing all the colors of the market and the amazing freshness of the produce selection. Some of them were literally picked hours before you buy them. This time of year, you see lots of greens, root veggies, greenhouse tomatoes, asparagus (my personal favorite!!!) and morel mushrooms. Within the next few weeks, there will be lots more things to choose from and my diet will go back to a healthy selection of local and fresh produce. Bring it on!
Sam & I also made a stop at our favorite coffee shop for a mid-morning pick me up. Collectivo Coffee (formerly Alterra) is my favorite spot on the square. The decor is so warm & inviting and their staff is so friendly. Sam goes there so often, he’s one of the regulars! Since I’m not much of a coffee person, I got a delicious green tea to enjoy whiling circling the capital square.