farmers' market season has begun!

By Tuesday, April 20, 2010 , , , ,

Well, I couldn't be more excited about this post since it marks the beginning of farmers' market season (my favorite time of year) in Madison. My boys and I hit two markets on Saturday morning. First was the Dane County Farmers' Market that encompasses all four sides of our beautiful state Capitol. It was the perfect spring day: the sun was shining, the air was cool, the tulips' jaunty little heads swayed gently in the breeze, the stacks of vegetables at each table were green, green, green and people were especially happy to be out at 8 a.m. hunting for ingredients for their meals. After our circuit at the DCFM, we headed to the Westside Farmers' Market. It was our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the stands. And since it is within walking distance of our house, we will definitely be hitting this one when time is a factor. Pickle was a big fan, since we picked up delicious treats from Madison Sourdough Co. for our post-market snack. All and all, a very good day.

At the Market:
Chinese broccoli
Crimini mushrooms
A French baguette from Madison Sourdough Co.
Baby new potatoes

Menu: Week of 18 April 2010
Dinner group: ragout of morels with creme fraiche on toasted brioche; creamy pea and asparagus soup with poached eggs on a crouton; four-cheese lasagne with grilled romaine salad; Barefoot Contessa's strawberry cake; to drink: pomelo mojitos and lots of wine. Yum!
Sunday: Creamed scallions with spaghettini
Monday: Sautéed Chinese broccoli on fresh ricotta bruschetta
Tuesday: Spicy Italian sausage and arugula pizza
Wednesday: Roasted baby new potatoes with smoked paprika mayo and sautéed spinach
Thursday: herbed scrambled eggs with crostini of radishes, butter and sea salt.
Friday: Take-out

Happy eating! -s

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