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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Madison Farmer's Market

This weekend, I went to visit my friend Jen in Madison Wisconsin. (Jen just moved there a few days ago to complete her residency in pediatrics). Madison truly has the most wonderful Saturday farmer's market I've ever seen. The market stretches all the way around the very large block containing the state capitol. It features a ridiculous variety of (mostly organic) produce. Jen and I became a little overwhelmed with the bounty. We bought several bags full and spent most of the rest of the long weekend cooking and eating!

Above we have our bounty: strawberries, organic raw milk goat's milk havarti cheese, totsoi, burdock, radishes, rainbow chard, nettles, arugula, lambsquarters, heirloom fingerling potatoes, scapes , jalapeno cheese curd, blue potatoes, cut flowers, red spring onions, black turnip, dill, peas, oyster mushrooms, asparagus! And, believe it or not, we cooked the vast majority of it in the next several days!

Jen very carefully holds the stingy nettles. When you saute them the sting goes away, leaving a light tanginess and bready consistency. We sauteed them with arugula, chard, scape, taragon vinegar and olive oil. While this was a delightful pairing, I think in the future I might make a dish in which nettles were the star.

I'm holding lambsquarters (left) and totsoi (right). Lambsquarters are a delightfuly spicy weed with an exceedingly bready texture. Totsoi is kind of like what would have happend if arugula and bok choy had a child.

Here we have a salad of spinach, arugula, totsoi, lambsquarters, burdock, scape, dill, and radish...dressed with a tarragon, garlic, sesame oil vinaigrette. The salad was accompanied by eggs scrambled with jalapeno cheddar (both local and organic of course).


    This is awesome. I love Madison. Did you go to the co-op too? Yum, yum, yum.

    Also, I find it a little disturbing that Jen moved to Madison "a few days ago" and she already has magnets on the fridge and is unpacked enough to cook in true foodie style. Hmm...these doctor folk must be very organized.

    Let me know if you want to go to Jungle Jim's before I fly across the Atlantic on the 26th.

    Love the photos!

    By Blogger abby, at 2:52 PM  

  • The co-op is is the nepalese restaurant! And, don't worry, Jen still has plenty of unpacked boxes...she just recognizes that the kitchen should always be unpacked first :).

    By Blogger jason, at 7:12 PM  

  • like nettles, do you? wouldn't happen to be related to this guy, huh?

    By Blogger iLLiaC, at 1:12 PM  

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