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Winter Won't Stop the Dane County Farmers' Market

Eating local does not stop when the snow falls and temperatures drop. Find this season's bounty of produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, preservations and more at the Dane County Farmers' Market (DCFM) every Saturday through April 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street. Access adjacent parking in the Overture ramp and metered street parking. SNAP/EBT services are also available.

With the DCFM late winter market comes the popular Taste of the Market Breakfast, prepared on site with seating right in the middle of the market. Each week a different local chef or food-related organization serves up their creative style of menu, with inspiration and the week's ingredients sourced directly from DCFM farmers and producers.

Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m., or when the food runs out. A full breakfast costs $8.50, which includes juice and bottomless coffee or tea. There is the option of a half meal for $5 or $2 for a cup of bottomless coffee or tea.

dcfm.pngNew this year, the DCFM offers free recipe cards at each market. A variety of seasonal ingredients from the market are featured along with helpful cooking tips and buying guides on the back of each card.

This winter's series of recipes range from simple dishes with few ingredients, creative ideas for those with limited kitchens, to more involved recipes for canning, soups, and tarts. Recipe cards are available at the information booth next to the EBT/SNAP station with a limited selection on each dining table.

The Dane County Farmers' Market has long been praised as the largest producer-only market in the country, offering the highest quality products of Wisconsin. The DCFM received a recent nod from Andrew Zimmern in Food & Wine as one of the World's Best Food Markets. The DCFM late winter market is no different.

Local farmers are able to extend the growing season by utilizing greenhouses and hoop houses, proper storage techniques, and preservation. These innovations help fuel growth for farmers, diversifying their crop offerings and helping increase revenue. Winter markets provide access to locally grown and raised products and the opportunity to connect local farmers with customers. From root vegetables to microgreens, storage crops to pressed apple cider, canned preserves to fresh eggs, all are available at the DCFM during this winter.

For more information about the DCFM late winter market or upcoming Taste of the Market Breakfast menus, please visit or follow DCFM social media campaigns:

* DCFM eNewsletter.

* Facebook.

* Twitter.

* Instagram.


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 8, 2015

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