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Dane County Farmer’s Market Soon To Begin

April 10, 2009

farmers-marketAs one of the usual signs that winter has passed and we’re out of the snow and cold of  Wisconsin winter, the Dane County Farmer’s Market will resume on the capitol square next Saturday, April 18.

The Summer market runs every Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until 2 p.m.  For best selection and lowest crowds to deal with, come early.

Here are some does and don’t’s.

Do:  Bring your own bag and help save on waste

Don’t:  Bring your dog(unless it’s a service dog), they are not allowed on the square during Farmer’s Market.

Do:  Bring a laid back attitude.  It can get very crowded.  Chill and enjoy the people, the produce and the views.

Don’t: Get hooked on a cell phone conversation and continue to walk amidst the crowd while engrossed in conversation.  We don’t care to hear who did what with whom last night.

Do:  Stop and ask the vendor questions.  I’ve learned a lot about how to cook with some of the produce that I never would have imagined had I not asked. 

Don’t:  Stop in the middle of the sidewalk and visit with friends you met at the market.  Be courteous and step to the side of the sidewalk away from the vendor booth to visit.  Notice I said away from the vendor booth.  They are there to sell products, don’t hinder that by blocking their stand.

Do:  Be adventurous in what you buy to eat.  I discovered a vegetable I never imagined last year and now it’s a staple in our kitchen.  Fennel bulbs are awesome and can be found by mid-summer at the market. 

Don’t:  Chain smoke while in the middle of the crowd.  OK this is my own private don’t but please be courteous.  I’m a guy who bartended in smokey bars for 10 years in Chicago.  Now a cigarette bothers me outside when in a crowd.

I hope that doesn’t come down too heavy handed.  I just love the market and want to make sure everyone can enjoy this great Madison tradition.

Visit their website for even more information.  You can find that by clicking here.

I’ll see you at the market!

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