Average blueberries won't be in full swing until later in the month but the overachievers are out on a few farms.
What, you didn't know flowers were grown commercially in Wisconsin? A number of farmers take full advantage of their greenhouses and trot out an impressive variety of flowers, but none stood out like these Calla Lilies.
Hot and Spicy Cheese Bread
Stella's Bakery sells a variety of baked goods, but it's the Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread that is the clear star of the show. The loaf is packed with provolone and Monterey Jack cheese and just enough hot bits of pepper to give a little kick. There's also a decent amount of butter in these ridiculously soft and addictive loaves. Stella's claims to sell 2,000 loaves at $7 apiece every Saturday and I believe it.
There's no truth to the rumor that Wisconsin state law requires all dairies to sell fresh cheese curds, but everyone selling cheese at the market was selling bags of squeaky curds. Bleu Mont Dairy, makers of one of the best cheddars I've ever had, also joined in the cheese curd fun.
These cherries won't be confused with their first cousins in Washington, but these juicy beauties made a welcome addition to my belly.
I have nothing exciting to say about green beans. There were also some yellow green beans, but I kind of felt bad for them; they should be called yellow beans. Calling them yellow green beans has to give them some kind of inferiority complex.
There will be a lot more fruit later in the summer, but for now veggies are the stars in Wisconsin. Sweet carrots, beets, squash, zucchini and cucumbers were all over the market.
Sugar Snap Peas
The surprise star of the market were the Sugar Ann snap peas that I could not stop eating. They also confused me; I didn't know anything so green could be so sweet.
Potato season is winding down in Wisconsin but these ones tell me the crop is going out with a bang.
Non hothouse tomato season is just getting started and Tomato Mountain brought a variety to the market along with the array of organic sauces, salsas and tomato-based mixes.
Wisconsin is pretty early in its raspberry season, but multiple farmers were ready to go with both red and black raspberries.