When my guests at The Speckled Hen Inn ask me what there is to do on Saturday morning in Madison, my automatic response is, “Go to the Farmers Market!” The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. All the items are produced locally by the vendor behind the table. The market is back on the Capitol Square for the summer months and thousands of locals as well as and tourists and market lovers from far and near flock to the brightly colored vendor stands to fill their shopping baskets with the freshest fruits and veggies imaginable. You will also find meats, baked goods, specialty food items like honey and pesto, and, of course, lots of Wisconsin cheese.
If you have ever considered eating seasonally or locally, the farmers market is a great resource. Vendors will often let you sample their products and are eager to share preparation instructions and sometimes even recipes with their customers.
One of the favorite breakfasts served at The Speckled Hen Inn is the Farmer’s Market Strata. It contains sourdough bread, cream and mozarella cheeses, fresh eggs, basil pesto, tomatoes, and smoked ham or turkey. All of the ingredients can be found at the farmer’s market. Please help yourself to the recipe and share the bounty of Wisconsin with friends at breakfast or brunch some beautiful summer morning.