Travel Photos: Madison Farmers’ Market
This is not exactly a travel post, since going to Madison is not “travel” for me; it’s going home.
And this is not exactly a food photo post either, at least not a post about cooked food, that is.
This is simply a post about the greatest farmers’ market in the country.
(Ok, fine, my favorite farmers’ market in the country.)
But don’t just take my gushing words for it. Other sources all seem to name it as one of their top 10 farmers’ markets.
Maybe because it’s the biggest (“the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the U.S.,” according to the market’s website), or because of its support for organic farmers (like Harmony Valley Farm), though I think it could be because of the cheese.
Squeaky Fresh Cheese Curds! If you’ve never tried cheese curds, you need to book a trip to the Midwest. It couldn’t cost that much more than paying for cheese curds in a non-dairy-state Whole Foods…
You’ll know the cheese curds are at their freshest when they squeak between your teeth as you chew them. Cheese curds are the perfect size and shape for some serious cheese snacking. They are just a little salty and addictive and so so fresh. They are everything that cheese should be. (Seriously, visit the Midwest.)
The cheese is one thing that makes the Madison farmers’ market unique.
That and the uni-directionally-(counterclockwise)-moving crowds.
The market also boasts plenty of non-produce baked goods, such as Stella’s “Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread” (not pictured), these monstrous 4 lb. country loaves (Cress Spring Bakery), and goat cheese croissants (from L’Etoile Restaurant).
Besides cheese, breads, and pastries, you can also find local honey, jam, pickles, garlic braids, flowers, potted herbs, nuts, mushrooms, smoked fish, grass-fed meats, organic eggs, and scrumptious pesto.
And there’s plenty of room to sit in the shade. (Although considering the temperatures so far this summer, even the shady spots probably sweltered with at least 90 degrees plus humidity…)
Luckily the market runs through the last brisk days of October.
Enough talking, though… I’ll leave you with a few more photos of the market’s offerings.
And just several of the reasons why I love my hometown, Madison:
If you are lucky enough to be reading this before a trip Madison, the market is held on summer Saturday mornings around the Wisconsin Capitol Square. (The market’s website is here.)