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,
baked goods, gorgeous fresh flowers,
herbs and grains,
organic meats but best of all Fresh cheese curds!
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!
The terrace overlooks Lake Monona.
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”.
Being 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. :(