January 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

As winter finally settles in upon Wisconsin, some of us may be preparing to stock up at the supermarket and put our taste buds down to hibernate until it is harvest season again in the Midwest. Thankfully, we don’t have to! Although there is snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there are still plenty of local options for delicious ingredients and meals in the Madison area.

Winter Markets in the Madison Area

The Dane County and South Madison Farmer’s Markets may be less visible indoors, but they are still a great source of local ingredients and foods. Stop by the Madison Senior Center on Saturday mornings for the Dane County Farmer’s Market through April 9th, or the Novation Campus on Rimrock on Sunday afternoons for the South Madison Farmer’s Market.

Community Supported Agriculture

You can still receive produce from farms in the region through CSA baskets. These baskets are a great way to support local farmers, get fresh produce, and try vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses that you might not otherwise be exposed to. Many CSA operations offer week by week or long term purchasing options.  Growing Power has a Market Basket Program that runs year round that you can sign up for through Growing Power or through Slow Food UW’s Market Basket partnership. Other CSA options in the Madison area include the Madison Area CSA Coalition and Harmony Valley Farm. If you think Winter CSA baskets will be boring, then you haven’t tried winter spinach yet!

Local, Sustainable Food Events

Slow Food UW and Slow Food Madison are two organizations that focus on promoting “good, clean, fair food” in the Madison area. For five dollars, families and individuals can stop by 1127 University Avenue on Monday nights for Family Dinner Nights, a delicious, locally sourced meal hosted by Slow Food UW and prepared by a guest chef. Slow Food UW also hosts a Wednesday Cafe during the lunch hour with a menu of local and creative entrees to choose from.

January 22nd though the 27th is Madison Magazine Resturant Week. Area resturants put together special three course menus for this six day event and resturant goers can choose a combination of courses for a set price of either $25 or $15. This is a great opportunity to try a new Madison resturant or revisit an old favorite. For a list of participating resturants and menus, click here.

~Sustainability Intern

Joe Shook

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