Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mad City Madness

At 6am this morning 7 women from my church small group left for a 2 hour drive to the Madison, Wisconsin Farmers Market.  Yes, we defected for a day and crossed that Cheddar Curtain to the north. 
Madison’s market is huge,especially by my small town standards, and was voted one of the top 30 markets in the nation.

The Market fills the streets on on all four sides of the Capitol building.  They have everything from fresh produce,
IMG_3969 baked goods, gorgeous fresh flowers,
IMG_3968 herbs and grains,
organic meats but best of all Fresh cheese curds! 
IMG_4003 The ones I bought were just made yesterday.  Nice & Squeaky!  Did you know that the sign of fresh cheese curds is if they squeak on your teeth as you bite into them? 
The sad part is I bought two bags, the plain(above) and dill garlic flavored.  The dill garlic bag is already gone between just DH & I.  Oooops!

I came home with fresh Door County cherries, garlic, green beans, portabella mushrooms, cauliflower, patty pan squash, apples, bread and beautiful red raspberries.

Even the butterflies liked them!

After we tromped around the market for a couple of hours in 90+ degree weather, we were ready for a reprieve from the crowds and a lunch break so we went to the UW-Madison Student Union  We sat under a nice big shade tree on their outside terrace.  (Thanks
Shelly for this suggestion.)  The food was good and very reasonable.  I had a salad with grilled chicken and a drink for $5.00.  That works for me!
IMG_3978 The terrace overlooks Lake Monona.
IMG_3979 It was a beautiful spot to sit and relax after walking all morning.

Of course, we had to take a group picture in the “big chair”.
IMG_3983Being 6 foot tall,  I’ve never sat in a chair where my feet dangled.  I kind of felt like Edith Ann off the old Laugh-in shows.

On the way out of town, we stopped at Whole Foods which was a real treat for us.  Some had never been in one and others had but it’s not something those of who live out here in the sticks, hours from a large city, get the opportunity to do very often.

Today was definitely a “foodie” kind of day.  Isn’t that the best kind of all???

Thanks to all of you ladies... Judy, Ami, Lucinda, Joyce, Sue & Shelly for a great day that seemed to be the break a number of us needed. 

Sorry for any goofy formatting that's coming through on this post but I'm done trying to work with Blogger anymore tonight.  :(


  1. It looks as though it was a great day and tons of fun! Were these blogging ladies or old friends?


  2. Girls gone wild day looked like tons of fun! Cheese curds, never had them until we were on the Iowa-Wisconsin boarder last month for a family reunion. I loved them!

  3. That bag of cheese curds was not that big! (I on the other hand had way too many cherries while watching a stupid movie! But, they were SO good!)

  4. So glad you girls had fun. Loved seeing you all again. Have a great Sunday!

  5. I'm glad you had a great time - it sounds like a wonderful Farmers Market. I've not been able to find a decent one down here at all.

  6. I got garlic cheese curds and should have bought plain. :\ I've had 2. LOL!!

    This was a great trip!! :)

  7. Looks like a fun day. Foodie days are some of my favorite : )

  8. WOW! That farmer's market looks fabulous. Fun pics too. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  9. looks like a fun day...I have that problem with all chairs....being 4 ft you know how us short people feel...

  10. Good to know that they have Door County cherries at the Farmer's Market!