On the Road to Madison, Wisconsin and The Dane County Farmers’ Market
Roger and I went on a bit of a different adventure this past weekend to spend some time with family in Madison, Wisconsin. We left town with no computer and were only equipped with an iPad, phones and cameras. We decided it was time to unwind a bit and just take in the local scenery and visit with my stepdaughter and her husband who are in graduate programs at The University of Wisconsin.
I had never been to Wisconsin and was pleasantly surprised at what a beautiful place it is. Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” and it most definitely lived up to that name considering all the dairy farms and cheese we
ate saw! Some of the local specialties include cheese curds and fried cheese…it’s a cheese lover’s paradise! The people there even call themselves Cheeseheads…but I won’t go there. 😉
Of course, Wisconsin is also known for its beer and brats and we had our share of both of those along with the cheese. I will have several posts this week on the sights of Madison to share with you. We had such a great time and can’t wait to return.
The weather was spectacular during our visit and a nice break from the 100 degree days we have experienced in Atlanta this summer.
Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is overflowing with lots of local color, beautiful farms and scenery, especially at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. This Farmers Market is the largest producer-only Farmers’ Market in the country. It takes place every Saturday morning and wraps around the entire Capitol Square. Now, of course, you knew we had to go there!
The market is year-round and will move indoors from November to April. Thousands of people show up every weekend, so you need to get there early if you are going to go and you most certainly should go if you are visiting the area. It was the most incredible market we have ever seen!
Beautiful photos! I’m originally from Wisconsin so it is so fun to see all these familiar sites! There is no place like Wisconsin in the summer – winter is a bit of a different story though! Thanks for sharing , Chris
I confess to intense cherry envy!!!
I also adore the pictures of the heirloom tomatoes and root vegetables: didn’t those turn out nicely!
Glad you guys had a good time! That looks like a wonderful Farmers’ Market -I need another garlic braid for my kitchen, but haven’t see those at our Market. And those jams, oyster mushroom, tomatoes, and sour cherries look gorgeous! I’ll have some of our Farmers’ Market photos on my Concert post this week.
I’m dying for some sour cherries, they make the best jam! When we did summer vacations in Michigan, I always brought back a couple of frozen bags. Unfortunately no one around here sees the point in growing them (I have a small Montmorency tree, but the birds beat me to it this year). Since you preserve so much–do yourself a favor and bring some back, they freeze beautifully and when you are ready to preserve them, they make the best jam or cherry pie filling. Am totally envious.
Wow! These pictures are amazing. Wish I could have been at the Farmers Market! Great Job! You guys capture it all!
Enjoy indeed! All of that bright color was especially needed on this dry Texas day. Thank you for sharing this market with me. This was perfect lunch-reading-material. I only wish I could have had a bite of some of those market goodies! I hope you have a lovely evening.
I totally agree with everyone about the sour cherries. I brought some back to Texas from Michigan. I’ve already made pie and wish I had more. There’s nothing like great sweet corn. The corn looks incredible and super delicious.
What a wonderful farmer’s market! We used to live in San Luis Obispo Ca. years ago and they had a lovely farmer’s market each Thursday, your photos remind so much of that one. Have fun 🙂
I think I would spend a week at that market… you showed me more in one day’s worth than we get at our local downtown square market in one season – what a pity for us and a blessing for the folks in Wisconsin …. thanks for taking us along
Wow this is so my kind of market! Gorgeous! Beautiful weather and stunning products: I love the vibrant colors and the freshness of all the products. And freshmade kettle korn? This is the kind of place my husband and I would just spend the entire weekend if we could! The cherries, the jams, the cheese, it all looks amazing! Lucky you!
I love seeing how your market differs from here: mainly the products: I don’t get so many different types of beetroots, corn???? not that easy to find here…pink mushrooms I have never seen…It surprised me the guy that sells garlic? he is wearing a beautiful Argentina T-shirt !! (I want that T-shirt too) maybe he was Argentinian, our country is exporting a lot of garlic nowadays (who would have thought?) And the cheese?? I would LOVE to try all that…
How was the corn different than here in NC???? How fun did the Farmer’s Market look…? So happy for you!
The corn was very good in Wisconsin, but much of it that we saw was yellow and there was the yellow and white (candy corn) variety. The white corn was not Silver Queen (as we have here in NC and I grew up on in PA) and the kernels were much smaller. That is what I noticed at the Farmer’s Market. I am sure there are many varieties of corn grown in that area since we saw a large number of corn fields (as you would expect in the Midwest).
Those beautiful photos just made you feel like running to the nearest farmer’s market and start cooking up a storm!
I’ve never been to Wisconsin but if you can buy bee hive hats there, it’s definitely on the list!