Instructions for Visiting the Farmers' Market

Dane County Farmer's Market

Purpose & Selected Vendors | Farmers' Market Goals | Farmers' Market Directors | Sugar River Bakery
Stella's Bakery | Bleu Mont Dairy | Cut-n-Dried
Ebert's Greenhouse Village | The Ackers
Hampton's Produce | Marsden's Pure Honey
Don's Produce

Purpose & Selected Vendors

The Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square is a Saturday and Wednesday tradition in Madison, Wisconsin where you'll find the season's best bounty of vegetables and homemade, home-grown Wisconsin products, from over 300 participants.

This year, the Market starts on April 28, 2001 and ends November 3, 2001. During that time, on Saturdays you'll find the Market on the Capitol Square--downtown in the center of things. On Saturdays, the Market is held from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from the last Saturday in April until the first Saturday in November. On Wednesdays, the Market is held from 8:00 am to 2:00 PM on the 100 and 200 blocks of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (between the Capitol and the Monona Terrace) from the first Wednesday in May until the last Wednesday in October.†

The Dane County Farmers' Market, Inc. is an organization founded to pursue the following goals:

To give growers and producers of Wisconsin agricultural commodities and other farm-related products alternative marketing opportunities.

To promote the sale of Wisconsin-grown farm products.

To improve the variety, freshness, taste and nutritional value of produce available in the Madison area.

To provide an opportunity for farmers and people from urban communities to deal directly with each other rather than through third parties, and to thereby get to know and learn from one another.

To provide an educational forum for consumers to learn the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared food products.

To provide educational opportunities for producers to test and refine their products and marketing skills.

To enhance the quality of life in the Greater Madison area by providing a community activity which fosters social gathering and interaction.

To preserve Wisconsin's unique agricultural heritage and the historical role which farmers' markets have played in it.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for the directors of the Farmersí Market;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about the Farmersí Market that will show the goals of the market;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about the Farmersí Market that will show the goals of the market.

Sugar River Country Bakery

Glenn and Kathy Clark

N7919 Sandy Hook Rd

Brooklyn, WI 53521

Sugar River is a small, family-run bakery. Everything they produce is made "from scratch" in small batches, using only high quality ingredients and heirloom recipes. They offer an assortment of baked goods that includes scones, muffins, tea breads, fudge bars, a chocolate lover's brownie, cookies and fruit bars.

Scones are their specialty; each recipe is unique and was carefully developed by the Clarks over time. They offer five different varieties, including two that are sugar-free, and their customers get "gourmet quality" bakery goods at reasonable rates.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Sugar River Country Bakery;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Sugar River Country Bakery;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Sugar River Country Bakery.

Stella's Bakery

Max Harn

6644 Odana Road

Madison, WI 53719

Fresh breads, pastries, cookies, bars and empanadas are what Stella's Bakery has sold at the Farmers' Market since 1988. But most people know Stella's for that hot and spicy cheese bread. Max Harn, who manages the bakery, hollers to the crowd on Saturdays, "Who's the hungriest?"

Max Harn was once a truck farmer in Berlin, Wis., who came to the Market to sell his fresh produce. He began introducing bakery products from family recipes, especially his Jamaican grandmother, Stella.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Stella's Bakery;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Stella's Bakery;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Stella's Bakery.

Bleu Mont Dairy

Willi Lehner

302 Tredt Drive

Mount Horeb, WI

Swiss-trained cheesemaker Willi Lehner has been selling at the Farmers' Market since 1988. He says he is personally dedicated to making and selling his favorite quality cheeses.

Lehner's specialty cheese is an organic cheddar, which he makes late September to early October, "when the milk is the best, resulting in superb flavor."

In addition, Lehner sells a variety of low salt and low fat cheeses, like farmer and tomato-basil cheddar. He also makes sweet cream cultured butter.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Bleu Mont Dairy;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Bleu Mont Dairy;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Bleu Mont Dairy.

Cut-N-Dried

Maryellen Gillingham

N5088 Gillingham Rd.

Pardeeville, WI 53954

Maryellen Gillingham began her business several years ago, after her daughter convinced her to take her love of flowers to a new level. She prides herself in having some of the best flowers at the Market. Her secret is never allowing cut flowers out of water. She uses no sprays and gardens completely organically.

Cut-N-Dried sells plants, cut flowers, gourds, grapevine wreaths, also asparagus and rhubarb in season. She specializes in grapevine art and birdhouse gourds.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Cut-N-Dried;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Cut-N-Dried;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Cut-N-Dried.

Ebert's Greenhouse Village

Ron & Mark Ebert

W1795 Fox Road

Milton Ebert, Ron and Mark's father, started a small truck farm business in 1975 because of his love of the land. He grew about 30 acres of vegetables throughout the 1980's and sold them at the Market. Today they grow flowers under 85,000 square feet of greenhouses. They take pride in the quality of all of their flowers and plants.

They sell beautiful and unusual hanging baskets and flowers in spring and summer, perennials in summer and early fall, and large colorful garden mums in fall.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Ebert's Greenhouse Village;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Ebert's Greenhouse ;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Ebert's Greenhouse Village

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The Ackers

Jerome and Evelyn Acker

6891 Meffert Road

Waunakee, WI 53597

An apple overload brought the Ackers to the Farmers' Market 24 years ago, but now they offer an abundance of products: red beets, carrots, green onions, radishes, squash, cucumbers and gourds.

Specialty products from the Ackers include homemade jams and jellies and pickles. Customers can choose from over 25 varieties of Evelyn's jams and jellies. She also makes sweet chunk pickles, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, pickled beets and pickle relish. Jerome makes a tangy, tasty horseradish, too.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for The Ackers;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about The Ackers;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about The Ackers.†

Hampton's Produce

W9264 Iron Road

Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Hampton's Produce has been a mainstay at the Farmers' Market for over 20 years. With the help of their children and others, this family produces nearly every vegetable you could want, but they specialize also. They have recently expanded to a greenhouse business and sell bedding plants and perennials.

The Hamptons sell a variety of tomatoes like Early Girl and Big Boy, but their favorite is the steak tomato because of its sheer beauty. This hearty type is one of their best sellers and can be found at the Market from early August until the first hard freeze. Early Girl is available earlier in the Summer. Look for Big Boys shortly after that.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Hampton's Produce;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Hampton's Produce;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Hampton's Produce.†

Marsden's Pure Honey

Dale Marsden

2614 Riverholm Rd

McFarland, WI 53558

Dale Marsden, owner of Marsden's Pure Honey, began beekeeping at age 16. It started as a 4-H project on his father's farm in 1963. Today, Dale produces over 8,000 pounds of honey a year. Dale sells pure extracted honey, beeswax and candles, and also fresh pollen at the Market.

Dale extracts and bottles honey in small batches to preserve the delicate flavors of several different floral types.

Marsden's Pure Honey is also well-known for its spun or creamed honey. Spun honey is made from finely crystallized honey that is rapidly mixed or blended and put in refrigeration, and it spreads without dripping. He also specializes in comb honey and peaches.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Marsden's Pure Honey;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Marsden's Pure Honey;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Marsden's Pure Honey.

Don's Produce

6799 Demby Road

Arena, WI 53503

Don's parents began operating a roadside market in the Arena area in the early 1960s. Don then followed suit and began his own business in 1971, while he was still in high school.

Don's Produce operates a hydroponic greenhouse that grows a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, radishes, spinach and onions.

In Kid-to-Kid Notebook:

Write at least one interview question for Don's Produce;

Write at least one thing to observe and write about Don's Produce;

Write at least one photo/drawing to make/take about Don's Produce.

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