Yesterday, my mom and I ventured out on a little road trip west of Milwaukee.
Before leaving, I fueled up with a big breakfast of a poached egg on toast, half of a banana and chocolate chip muffin, and some coffee.
First, we headed to the state capital, Madison, for the ever popular and super packed farmers market. Did you know that the market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country?
It was fun to check out what was in season and also to see unusual items like these golden oyster mushrooms.
Or these gourds.
There was a little mini garden in the middle of the market.
Many stands had honey and maple syrup for sale.
We tried fried cheese (mmm) and cheese curds here.
Mom ended up with a huge cheese curd sample on accident!
We saw unusual produce like bittermelon, which we knew nothing about.
These eggplants were so pretty.
So many gorgeous bouquets of flowers too!
And strange, but neat looking trees.
It was pretty hot in the sun yesterday, so we took a little break to walk around the capital building.
Our state animal, the badger.
Until I showed Craig these pictures, I hadn’t noticed that my mom was standing on something about recalling Walker. I won’t get into politics on the blog though and say anything more.
We saw pretty onions.
Instead of buying one of these (I was stuffed from breakfast), I took a picture to remind me to look up a recipe for a rhubarb oatmeal bar.
We sampled some Door County cherries (our favorites).
Mom bought corn, beets, and caraway rye bread from here.
I ended up with two zucchini for $1.00 and three sweet corn for $1.00. Score! Oh and mom shared a part of her caraway rye bread too.
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning! The funniest part of our morning was when a squirrel ran towards a stand and tried grabbing something (it was the stand with the huge kohlrabi) and then everyone in the crowd shrieked and moved away from him. He was acting crazy and was just totally hungry for some good Wisconsin produced food!
We still needed to cool off when we were done perusing and we headed over to the Steep and Brew stand for some iced coffee.
We walked around the gift shop of the contemporary art museum in Madison and I found this funny book, but I didn’t buy it. It was hilarious!
Then, we were off to New Glarus! This post is jam-packed enough with photos, so another post on that destination will have to wait until later!