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Friday, May 28, 2010

Week 5 - May 29, 2010

A big weekend ahead for all. Graduations and the Memorial Day Holiday. Both are celebrated with parties and back yard cookouts. Loved ones and military veterans are remembered with flowers, flags, parades and ceremonies. Reminder - it is a time for all ages to take care of each other resulting in great memories built through a safe and happy weekend celebration.

The first Market Basket winner of 2010 is Beth Wagner of Dodgeville. Congratulations Beth - we will see you at market this weekend to pick up your winnings!

Driftless Ridge Farm

One of the most popular vendors at the Mineral Point Market returns this week for the first time this season. Cara Mesman of Driftless Ridge Farm will bring her beautiful fresh cut Sunflowers and stocks. Stop by and welcome Cara back to market.

Following is the list of who's who for this week's market - hope to see you there!

Alpacas of Prairie Station
Shannon will be at the Market with Alpacas of Prairie Station products.

Bures Berry Patch
Bures Berry Patch will be at market this weekend with logs of asparagus, rhubarb and maple syrup. This past week has been nice and warm and the asparagus is growing fast, however it is getting near the end of our asparagus picking season so be sure to pick some up this week. If you have not heard of us before we are famous for our strawberries which will be coming on sometime around June 10th. At the patch you are able to pick your own berries or we can pick them for you, nothing tastes better than a juicy, warm strawberry. Later in the season we offer raspberries, which are another delicious treat from the patch. Then we will have sweet corn that is perfect for the summer cookout. Fall raspberries will also come out around this time which make this crop doubly-good since we can offer them for an extended period of time. In October, we finish our season at the patch with a fantastic selection of pumpkins of all different shapes and colors as well as gourds, squash and Indian corn. If you would like to learn more about Bures Berry Patch please introduce yourself to Ed and Kathy at the market or feel free to give us a call at 608-924-1404, or visit our website at www.buresberrypatch.com.

Cafe' 4
Scott Spilger from Cafe' 4 and Randy Tilk from Alley Stage will be at market with hot coffee, rhubarb lemonade (version 2!) and new bakery items including butter brioche and the debut of the chocolate sand cookie!

Chestnut Hill Studio
I'm returning to market with cards, prints, trivets, tiles, t-shirts and market bags featuring fruits, veggies, flowers and an occasional critter. Stop by and check out my new designs.

David Hall Raw Honey

I have two bee yards, 25 hives each. The one is north of Dodgeville which is on an organic farm. The bees roam between clover, sweet clover, yellow rod, basswood, wild black berries and red and black caps. The other bee yard is east of Dodgeville. There they roam clover, sweet clover, wild flowers and plants. The trees are basswood, weeping willow, cherry, pear and apple. David lives in Dodgeville. You can contact David at 608-553-0951 or 608-937-0808.

Herbs, Spices and More

Bob and Mike will be back with their full line of breads, and more. With the new layout you will find Bob and Mike under the shelter where Shooting Star Farm used to be.

Kings Hill Farm
Kings Hill Farm is a certified organic farm located south of Mineral Point and inspired by permaculture (permanent agriculture) ideas. We are a small family farm providing your family with a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits, herbs, mushrooms and flowers. This week we will have rhubarb, chive flowers, lovage, Yukon potatoes, celeriac, yellow onions, green onions, green garlic, shiitakes, baby spinach and head lettuce. Joel and Jai Kellum.

Lacey's Lathers Goat Milk Soap
Hi! I will be back to market this week with lotion bars and soap! I am not quite sure what lotion scents I will have, we will see what I make up! I won't be at market on June 5th so make sure to stock up this week. See you Saturday! Be sure to add Lacey's Lathers on Facebook! Clare Wiesbrook.

Magic Light Photography
I won't be at market this week but I hope you will come see me at future markets. I have added several new prints to my collection. I will also have a large selection of hand made greeting cards featuring many of my favorite images. All of my cards are blank inside and are great for any occasion. I also have a selection of bookmarks designed using many of my photos. You can also view my work at
www.magiclightphotography.com. Thanks, Mike.

Mark and Jennifer Bendorf
Mark and Jennifer will be at market with their full line of baked goods - nummy cinnamon rolls, croissants, pecan rolls and more. The return of Mark's famous breakfast omelet garlic croissant sandwiches was a bit of a challenge last week with the windy but it all worked out. Make sure to stop by this week and try one.

Marr's Valley View Farms

At Market this week: Pork-Beef blend and All Beef Bratwurst are here in all their glory. We have ample supply of Bulk Ground Beef. Our Patties are unfortunately temporarily sold out. We suggest some Beef Short Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, Hot Dogs and Steaks for your holiday weekend and graduation parties. It's amazing how great these products taste off the grill. You know you are eating naturally lean meats - fresh beef and pork products direct from a local farm to you. The only stop in-between is a State or USDA inspected processing facility. No gassing or carbon monoxide irradiation necessary. If you need a large quantity - send an e-mail to federman@charter.net or call 608-574-2899 by Friday evening and we will have your order ready for pick-up at the market. See you Saturday! Doral-Lois-Mike.

Meadow View Greenhouse
Ben Allgyer with Meadow View Greenhouses returned this past Saturday with their beautiful annual flowers, plants and and hanging baskets. I purchased baskets from Ben at the market last season and they stayed beautiful until the frost. This is a first for me as typically my baskets are done in August so I was quite pleased. Ben plans to be at market for the next few weeks.

P & M Gardens
P & M Gardens will be back at Market this week. Pat and Cecil Borcherding.

Pine Valley Farm

Mary Jean will be at Market this week with her chicken, eggs and cheese offerings.

Ranum's 1887 Brand Honey
Mark or Annie will return this week with their Honey, handmade soaps and beeswax products. www.1887brand.com

River Valley Seed and Grain
River Valley Seed and Grain offers locally grown and processed grain products. Lonesome Stone Pancake Mix - a whole grain mix of all Iowa County grown wheat and rye; Lonesome Stone Organic Whole Wheat Flour - ground from Iowa County hard red winter wheat; Lonesome Stone Rye Flour - ground from Iowa County winter rye. These products are processed under license from WI DATCP and organic certification by MOSA. They also have seed samples available and are looking to sell farm quantities in organic medium red clover, buckwheat and food grade soybeans, IA 1008. River Valley Seed and Grain is headquartered out of Lone Rock, Wisconsin. Contact Gilbert at rivervalleyseed@verizon.net or 608-574-6656.

Sandy's Palette
Hi - I'll be away doing shows for a few weekends. I look forward to being back at the Mineral Point Market on June 19th with some fun jewelry, tie dyed clothes and yarn. Looking forward to seeing you all! Sandy. Sandy Jones, Owner, Sandy's Palette, LLC; 305 Maiden Street, Mineral Point, WI 53565, 608/987-1346, sandy@sandyspalette.com. www.sandyspalette.com

Shooting Star Farm

We've been busy hoeing and seeding just before the rains hit. Given the warm April, it was tempting to star putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground, but I am sure glad we came to our senses. A few frosty nights and cold rain would have wiped them out. Not to mention the recent winds...but spring veggies are doing fine. At market this week we will continue to have big, beautiful heads of lettuce from our hoophouse: red leaf, green leaf, and green bibb. We will have lots of gorgeous salad turnips, Italian chard, bunched Asian greens, and heads of bok choy. salad mix from the fields is definitely ready, along with baby arugula, French breakfast radishes and possibly a few red radishes. We will have rhubarb too. Our outdoor spinach crop may be another week away. Saturday should be sunny and nice. See you then! Rink, Jenny and Charlie.

Wyman Produce and Supreme Seafood

Liz Wyman and Molly Parker are a mother daughter team bringing a wide variety of products to the Mineral Point Market. We will have Beefsteak tomatoes and Cherry tomatoes at the market in June. Along with our cucumbers, the tomatoes are all homegrown by us in our greenhouses in Potosi. Through the summer we will have seafood from Supreme Seafood including shrimp, talapia, salmon, cod, frog legs, lobster, crab legs, scallops and many more. The scallops, cod, crab and salmon are from Alaska. The lobster and reef shark are from the Caribbean. The shrimp is from the Gulf. The perch, bluegill and walleye are from Canada. Most all other are farm raised in Louisiana and Florida. We will be running a different special each week.



New vendors are always welcome although if we have a limited amount of spaces for each product category so some may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. If you know anyone that might enjoy selling at the market or perhaps you yourself would, please contact Jenny Bonde at starfarm@mhtc.net or call 608-967-2319, or myself, Lois Federman, at federman@charter.net or call 608-987-2097.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday morning at Water Tower Park, Business Hwy 151 at Madison Street, Mineral Point, WI. 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine!

All Of Us At The Mineral Point Market.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week 4 - May 22, 2010

What a beautiful day last Saturday and many more since then.

Market Basket Drawing this week! We all were so busy last week we neglected to set up the registration table for the May market basket drawing. Make sure to register when you come to market for a chance to win a broad selection of products donated by the Mineral Point Market vendors in appreciation of the support you, our customers, give the market. No purchase necessary to win.

If you came to last week's market you may have met two of our newest vendors - help us welcome:

David Hall Raw Honey

I have two bee yards, 25 hives each. The one is north of Dodgeville which is on an organic farm. The bees roam between clover, sweet clover, yellow rod, basswood, wild black berries and red and black caps. The other bee yard is east of Dodgeville. There they roam clover, sweet clover, wild flowers and plants. The trees are basswood, weeping willow, cherry, pear and apple. David lives in Dodgeville. You can contact David at 608-553-0951 or 608-937-0808.

River Valley Seed and Grain
River Valley Seed and Grain offers locally grown and processed grain products. Lonesome Stone Pancake Mix - a whole grain mix of all Iowa County grown wheat and rye; Lonesome Stone Organic Whole Wheat Flour - ground from Iowa County hard red winter wheat; Lonesome Stone Rye Flour - ground from Iowa County winter rye. These products are processed under license from WI DATCP and organic certification by MOSA. They also have seed samples available and are looking to sell farm quantities in organic medium red clover, buckwheat and food grade soybeans, IA 1008. River Valley Seed and Grain is headquartered out of Lone Rock, Wisconsin. Contact Gilbert at rivervalleyseed@verizon.net or 608-574-6656.

Following is the list of who's who for this week's market - hope to see you there!

Alpacas of Prairie Station
Shannon will be at the Market with Alpacas of Prairie Station products.

Bures Berry Patch
What a difference a week makes; I can't believe I am saying this two weeks in a row! This past week has been nice and warm and the asparagus has decided to once again grow! For that reason, we will be at market this weekend with lots of asparagus, rhubarb and pure maple syrup. If you have not heard of us before we are famous for our strawberries which will be coming on sometime in early to the middle of June. At the patch you are able to pick your own berries or we can pick them for you, nothing tastes better than a juicy, warm strawberry. Later in the season we offer raspberries, which are another delicious treat from the patch. Then we will have sweet corn that is perfect for the summer cookout. Fall raspberries will also come out around this time which make this crop doubly-good since we can offer them for an extended period of time. In October, we finish our season at the patch with a fantastic selection of pumpkins of all different shapes and colors as well as gourds, squash and Indian corn. If you would like to learn more about Bures Berry Patch please introduce yourself to Ed and Kathy at the market or feel free to give us a call at 608-924-1404, or visit our website at www.buresberrypatch.com.

Cafe' 4
Scott Spilgers from Cafe' 4 and Randy Tilk from Alley Stage will be at market with hot coffee, rhubarb lemonade and new bakery items each week.

Chestnut Hill Studio
I'm returning to market with cards, prints, trivets, tiles, t-shirts and market bags featuring fruits, veggies, flowers and an occasional critter. Stop by and check out my new designs.

Driftless Ridge
I'm excited about the market season, this spring has been so nice. I have been planting Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Basil, Lisianthus, Stocks, Godetia, Statice and Celosia in the hoop house. Outside is Batchlors, Calendula, Scabiosia, Bupleurum, Zinnia and Cosmos so far and all before the 1st of May! My hope is to be at market soon with fresh flowers. Cara.

Herbs, Spices and More

Bob and his son Mike will be back with their full line of breads, and more. With the new layout you will find Bob and Mike under the shelter where Shooting Star Farm used to be.

Kings Hill Farm
Kings Hill Farm is a certified organic farm located south of Mineral Point and inspired by permaculture (permanent agriculture) ideas. We are a small family farm providing your family with a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits, herbs, mushrooms and flowers. We will be selling at the Mineral Point Market every other week so we'll see you on the 15th. Joel and Jai Kellum.

Lacey's Lathers Goat Milk Soap
Hi! I will be back to market this week with lotion bars and soap! I am not quite sure what lotion scents I will have, we will see what I make up! See you Saturday! Be sure to add Lacey's Lathers on Facebook! Clare Wiesbrook.

Liz Wyman - Molly Parker
Through the summer we will have shrimp, talapia, salmon, cod, frog legs, lobster, crab legs, scallops and many more. I will be running a different special each week. Our greenhouse tomatoes will be coming in about the beginning of June along with cherry tomatoes and English cucumbers.

Magic Light Photography
I won't be at market this week but I hope you will come see me at future markets. I have added several new prints to my collection. I will also have a large selection of hand made greeting cards featuring many of my favorite images. All of my cards are blank inside and are great for any occasion. I also have a selection of bookmarks designed using many of my photos. You can also view my work at
www.magiclightphotography.com. Thanks, Mike.

Mark and Jennifer Bendorf
Mark and Jennifer will be at market with their full line of baked goods - nummy cinnamon rolls, croissants, pecan rolls and more. The return of Mark's famous breakfast omelet garlic croissant sandwiches was a bit of a challenge last week with the windy but it all worked out. Make sure to stop by this week and try one.

Marr's Valley View Farms

At Market this week: Bratwurst are here in all their glory! We have already put some on the grill - it's amazing how great the first ones of the season taste each year. We are well stocked with Beef Short Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, hamburger patties and steaks for those weekend cookouts - Memorial Day and graduation parties are just around the corner. If you need a large quantity - send an e-mail to federman@charter.net or call 608-574-2899 by Friday evening and we will have your order ready for pick-up at the market. See you Saturday! Doral-Lois-Mike.

Meadow View Greenhouse
Ben Allgyer with Meadow View Greenhouses returned this past Saturday with their beautiful annual flowers, plants and and hanging baskets. I purchased baskets from Ben at the market last season and they stayed beautiful until the frost. This is a first for me as typically my baskets are done in August so I was quite pleased. Ben plans to be at market for the next few weeks.

P & M Gardens
P & M Gardens will be back at Market this week. Pat and Cecil Borcherding.

Pine Valley Farm

Mary Jean will be at Market this week with her chicken, eggs and cheese offerings.

Ranum's 1887 Brand Honey
Mark or Annie will return this week with their Honey, handmade soaps and beeswax products. www.1887brand.com.

Sandy's Palette
I will have some fun jewelry, tie dyed clothes and yarn. Looking forward to seeing you all! Sandy. Sandy Jones, Owner, Sandy's Palette, LLC; 305 Maiden Street, Mineral Point, WI 53565, 608/987-1346, sandy@sandyspalette.com. www.sandyspalette.com

Shooting Star Farm

We've been busy hoeing and seeding just before the rains hit. Given the warm April, it was tempting to star putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground, but I am sure glad we came to our senses. A few frosty nights and cold rain would have wiped them out. Not to mention the recent winds...but spring veggies are doing fine. At market this week we will continue to have big, beautiful heads of lettuce from our hoophouse: red leaf, green leaf, and green bibb. We will have lots of gorgeous salad turnips, Italian chard, bunched Asian greens, and heads of bok choy. salad mix from the fields is definitely ready, along with baby arugula, French breakfast radishes and possibly a few red radishes. We will have rhubarb too. Our outdoor spinach crop may be another week away. Saturday should be sunny and nice. See you then! Rink, Jenny and Charlie.


New vendors are always welcome although if we have a limited amount of spaces for each product category so some may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. If you know anyone that might enjoy selling at the market or perhaps you yourself would, please contact Jenny Bonde at starfarm@mhtc.net or call 608-967-2319, or myself, Lois Federman, at federman@charter.net or call 608-987-2097.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday morning at Water Tower Park, Business Hwy 151 at Madison Street, Mineral Point, WI. 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine!

All Of Us At The Mineral Point Market.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Week 3 - May 15, 2010

Rain and wind....take your pick - we've certainly had more than our share of each lately. Thankfully Mother's Day was beautiful and Mom's were able to enjoy their day outdoors with their families. The good news is it's predicted to be dry and warmer on Saturday.

Market Basket Drawing this week! It is time for the first Market Basket Drawing of the 2010 season. Make sure to register when you come to market for a chance to win a broad selection of products donated by the Mineral Point Market vendors in appreciation of the support you, our customers, give the market. No purchase necessary to win.

Following is the list of who's who for this week's market - hope to see you there!

Alpacas of Prairie Station
Shannon will be at the Market with Alpacas of Prairie Station products including WARM things to wear in this unseasonably cold May weather.


Bures Berry Patch

What a difference a week makes, thanks to everyone who came to market last Saturday (burrrrr)! This past week has been so cold that the asparagus thought it was March and has nearly stopped growing! For that reason, we hope to come to market this week but we are still unsure if we will have any asparagus to offer - we will know more as the warm weather arrives. If you have not heard of us before we are famous for our strawberries which will be coming on sometime in June. At the patch you are able to pick your own berries or we can pick them for you, nothing tastes better than a juicy, warm strawberry. Later in the season we offer raspberries, which are another delicious treat from the patch. Then we will have sweet corn that is perfect for the summer cookout. Fall raspberries will also come out around this time which make this crop doubly-good since we can offer them for an extended period of time. In October, we finish our season at the patch with a fantastic selection of pumpkins of all different shapes and colors as well as gourds, squash and Indian corn. If you would like to learn more about Bures Berry Patch please introduce yourself to Ed and Kathy at the market or feel free to give us a call at 608-924-1404, or visit our website at www.buresberrypatch.com.

Cafe' 4
Scott Spilgers from Cafe' 4 and Randy Tilk from Alley Stage will be at market with hot coffee, rhubarb lemonade and new bakery items each week.

Chestnut Hill Studio
I'm returning to market with cards, prints, trivets, tiles, t-shirts and market bags featuring fruits, veggies, flowers and an occasional critter. Stop by and check out my new designs.

Driftless Ridge
I'm excited about the market season, this spring has been so nice. I have been planting Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Basil, Lisianthus, Stocks, Godetia, Statice and Celosia in the hoop house. Outside is Batchlors, Calendula, Scabiosia, Bupleurum, Zinnia and Cosmos so far and all before the 1st of May! My hope is to be at the 3rd or 4th market with fresh flowers. Cara.

Herbs, Spices and More
Bob and his son Mike will be back with their full line of breads, and more. With the new layout you will find Bob and Mike under the shelter where Shooting Star Farm used to be.

Kings Hill Farm
Kings Hill Farm is a certified organic farm located south of Mineral Point and inspired by permaculture (permanent agriculture) ideas. We are a small family farm providing your family with a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits, herbs, mushrooms and flowers. We will be selling at the Mineral Point Market every other week so we'll see you on the 15th. Joel and Jai Kellum.

Lacey's Lathers Goat Milk Soap
Hi! It's so good to be back at the market! I had a busy winter and my does are finally kidding so my spring is on schedule. Over the winter I set up a Facebook page for Lacey's Lathers so check it out and become a fan. You can view the page without being a Facebook member by typing in www.facebook.com/laceyslathers/. I will be bringing some new soap and lotion scents to market this year so look for them in the future. One more week and I will be back at market - the 22nd. In the interim if you need soap you can e-mail me at tncnnbc@mhtc.net. Clare.

Liz Wyman
For those of you that frequented the indoor winter market at The Old Royal Inn you more than likely purchased seafood from Liz. She also was a vendor at the market several years ago with her greenhouse tomatoes. We're pleased that Liz will be rejoining us this season as a vendor. Her tomatoes aren't quite ready but she will have some Bok Choy and Watercress along with a wide variety of seafood. Her selection will include Salmon, Scallops, Tilapia, Lobster, Swordfish, Mahi and Grouper. Liz will be parked on the street down from the visitor center. Make sure to stop by and give Liz a Mineral Point Market welcome!

Meadow View Greenhouse
Ben Allgyer with Meadow View Greenhouses returned this past Saturday with their beautiful annual flowers, plants and and hanging baskets. I purchased baskets from Ben at the market last season and they stayed beautiful until the frost. This is a first for me as typically my baskets are done in August so I was quite pleased. Ben plans to be at market for the next few weeks.

Magic Light Photography
Stop by the market and take a look as some of my work. I have added several new prints to my collection. I will also have a large selection of hand made greeting cards featuring many of my favorite images. All of my cards are blank inside and are great for any occasion. I also have a selection of bookmarks designed using many of my photos. You can also view my work at
www.magiclightphotography.com. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday! Thanks, Mike.

Mark and Jennifer Bendorf

Mark and Jennifer will be at market with their full line of baked goods - nummy cinnamon rolls, croissants, pecan rolls and more. The return of Mark's famous breakfast omelet garlic
croissant sandwiches was a bit of a challenge last week with the windy but it all worked out. Make sure to stop by this week and try one.

Marr's Valley View Farms
Spring is definitely in the air. Just in case we forgot we were in Wisconsin, Mother Nature has abruptly reminded us over the last 10 days. We are looking forward to a beautiful day for market this week and hope you come to see us. Spring is always a busy time of year for farmers with the birth of baby animals and spring crops. It is also a time of new beginnings and renewed aspirations. We are excited that the eldest of our family's 5th generation, Steve Marr, lives closer to home now and will be having a hands-on role in the farm activities this year. Steve is an agronomist and works out of Cuba City consulting with farmers on soil conditions, plant analysis and production practices. We might even be able to get him to Market one Saturday morning in between hay crops.

At Market this week: Bratwurst are here in all their glory! We have already put some on the grill - it's amazing how great the first ones of the season taste each year. We are well stocked with Beef Short Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, hamburger patties and steaks for those weekend cookouts - Memorial Day and graduation parties are just around the corner. If you need a large quantity - send an e-mail to federman@charter.net or call 608-574-2899 by Friday evening and we will have your order ready for pick-up at the market. See you Saturday! Doral-Lois-Mike.

P & M Gardens
We will not be at the Market this week. If there is something you are needing, please give us a call at 608-930-9442 or send an e-mail to patandcecil@mhtc.net.
We will make arrangements to get you what you need. We will be at the Uplands Garden Club plant sale at Harris Park in Dodgeville, It starts at 8:00 a.m., come before or after market. P & M Gardens will be back at Market on the 22nd. Have a great week! Pat and Cecil Borcherding.

Pine Valley Farm
Mary Jean will not be at Market this week as her daughter Becky is graduating from Nursing School. She will be back on the 22nd with her chicken, eggs and cheese offerings.

Ranum's 1887 Brand Honey
Mark or Annie won't be at market this week - they will return on the 22nd with their Honey, handmade soaps and beeswax products. www.1887brand.com

Shooting Star Farm
We've been busy hoeing and seeding just before the rains hit. Given the warm April, it was tempting to star putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground, but I am sure glad we came to our senses. A few frosty nights and cold rain would have wiped them out. Not to mention the recent winds...but spring veggies are doing fine. At market this week we will continue to have big, beautiful heads of lettuce from our hoophouse: red leaf, green leaf, and green bibb. We will have lots of gorgeous salad turnips, Italian chard, bunched Asian greens, and heads of bok choy. salad mix from the fields is definitely ready, along with baby arugula, French breakfast radishes and possibly a few red radishes. We will have rhubarb too. Our outdoor spinach crop may be another week away. Saturday should be sunny and nice. See you then! Rink, Jenny and Charlie.


New vendors are always welcome although if we have a limited amount of spaces for each product category so some may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. If you know anyone that might enjoy selling at the market or perhaps you yourself would, please contact Jenny Bonde at starfarm@mhtc.net or call 608-967-2319, or myself, Lois Federman, at federman@charter.net or call 608-987-2097.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday morning at Water Tower Park, Business Hwy 151 at Madison Street, Mineral Point, WI. 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine!

All Of Us At The Mineral Point Market.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Vendor Profile - Ed and Kathy Bures - Bures Berry Patch

It is the early Spring produce season and asparagus tops my list of favorites. At the Mineral Point Market, vendors Ed and Kathy Bures of Bures Berry Patch start off the season selling their incredible asparagus every year. Bures Berry Patch is nestled in the rolling southern Wisconsin terrain just a short distance off Highway 151 between Ridgeway and Barneveld - 3o minutes west of Madison, Wisconsin. If you haven't been to "the Patch" it is a must trip; not only in the spring but all season long! If you frequent www.buresberrypatch.com or call "the Patch" at 608-924-1404 for picking status, you will note that Kathy is diligent about updating these communication tools on a regular basis. You may hear...."picking berries today"....or words no one wants to hear...."picking in 'the Patch' is closed for the next two days". Whenever I hear that it makes me feel like I did when my parents told me "no more candy"...makes for a sad day....

Here is some more from Ed and Kathy.

"Bures Berry Patch was established by farmers Ed and Kathy Bures in 2001 to provide our neighbors with a family friendly farm at which to gather food. We founded the farm on the idea that it would become a place where families gather to pick the finest produce. We specialize in growing asparagus, rhubarb, sweet corn, pre-picked/u-pick strawberries (our customer's #1 favorite), raspberries and pumpkins. The picking began in 2002 with fresh strawberries and now we offer u-pick strawberries, sugar snap peas, pumpkins and new this year....RED RASPBERRIES! In 2004 we began raising berry pickers (a.k.a.children). So far we have two, a boy and a girl, both of which love being farmers. It brings much joy to our lives to teach both children and others about farming and the food they eat; which is why in the fall we host school tours. It is very important to us that kids learn how the food they eat is grown and how wonderful it tastes when it is picked fresh. Together, Ed and Kathy have over 30 years of experience in the farming industry. Our mission at "the Patch" is customer satisfaction through friendly, helpful service and delicious produce while our goal is generations of Bures produce farmers. We hope to see you in "the Patch" soon!"

Contact information:

Ed and Kathy Bures
Bures Berry Patch
3760 W. Brigham Rd.
Barneveld, WI 53507
608-924-1404
www.buresberrypatch.com


Thanks to the Bures family for all they do to bring the best produce and fruits to the Mineral Point Market every Saturday morning. Contact Ed and Kathy to learn more.


Lois Federman
Co-Manager
Mineral Point Market

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Week 2 - May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all! Make sure to make it special for all of the Mothers in your world.

Thank you for the great support you showed us on opening day!
What did you think? Do you like the new market layout? We heard many of you comment that you did and how much the market has grown. For those unable to make opening day we have a new look due to the increased interest in vending. Several vendors now line the sidewalk that crosses the park in addition to the normal setup under and around the shelter. We are growing and spreading our wings. We invite you to take a walk through the park and see what everyone has to offer!

All of the "old faithfuls" are back plus you will see some friendly new faces adding even greater diversity to the products you can purchase on Saturdays at the market. Why not make it a habit to read the weekly market news and write out your shopping list based on who will be vending and what products they will have.

New this year - the market news will feature vendor profiles to help you as our customers get to know more about who we are and the stories behind what we do. Each story will be posted on www.mineralpointmarket.com separate of the weekly news.

Alpacas of Prairie Station
Alpacas of Prairie Station will not be attending the market this week. Shannon and Barbe are taking a Mothers' Day trip baby Noah to Shepherd's Harvest in Lake Elmo, MN. We are looking forward to checking out this major fiber event. Happy Mother's Day!


Bures Berry Patch

With the warm nights the asparagus is really growing well. We are picking asparagus every day now! Bures Berry Patch will be at market this week with asparagus, rhubarb and pure maple syrup! Now is the time to stock up and put some in the freezer. I have included some easy recipes at the bottom. If you would like to learn more about Bures Berry Patch please introduce yourself to Ed and Kathy at the market, or feel free to give us a call at 608-924-1404, or visit our website at www.buresberrypatch.com.

Freezing Asparagus
Asparagus can be frozen for up to one year. Simply wash and slice. Next blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and place in ice water to cool. Package in freezer bags.

Cream of Asparagus Soup
1 lb. of fresh asparagus
1 cup of chicken broth
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cup milk
1 small onion, quartered
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sweet basil
1/2 cup cream

Clean the asparagus, slice it and set aside tips. Combine stalks with onion, broth, salt, pepper and basil in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Empty vegetable and cooking liquid into a blender and process on high, or puree using a submersible blender. Remove lid and add 1/2 cup milk and cream. Heat, stirring occasionally.

To freeze the soup after you have simmered the mixture, stop and let it cool. Next, puree in a blender and place in freezer bags to be taken out and used later. When you take the bags out later all you will need to do is add the milk and the cream and warm up. Super easy and super yummy!

Cafe' 4
Scott Spilgers will be at market with coffee drinks including iced coffee and other cold beverages once we get into June, July and August. Cafe' 4 will also offer retail-packaged coffee and two "to be determined" bakery items each market.

Chestnut Hill Studio
I'm returning to market with cards, prints, trivets, tiles, t-shirts and market bags featuring fruits, veggies, flowers and an occasional critter. Stop by and check out my new designs.

Driftless Ridge
I'm excited about the market season, this spring has been so nice. I have been planting Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Basil, Lisianthus, Stocks, Godetia, Statice and Celosia in the hoop house. Outside is Batchlors, Calendula, Scabiosia, Bupleurum, Zinnia and Cosmos so far and all before the 1st of May! My hope is to be at the 3rd or 4th market with fresh flowers. Cara.

Herbs, Spices and More
Bob and his son Mike will be back with their full line of breads, and more. With the new layout you will find Bob and Mike under the shelter where Shooting Star Farm used to be.

Kings Hill Farm
Kings Hill Farm is a certified organic farm located south of Mineral Point and inspired by permaculture (permanent agriculture) ideas. We are a small family farm providing your family with a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits, herbs, mushrooms and flowers. We will be selling at the Mineral Point Market every other week so we'll see you on the 15th. Joel and Jai Kellum.

Lacey's Lathers Goat Milk Soap
Hi! It's so good to be back at the market! I had a busy winter and my does are finally kidding so my spring is on schedule. Over the winter I set up a Facebook page for Lacey's Lathers so check it out and become a fan. You can view the page without being a Facebook member by typing in www.facebook.com/lacey'slathers/. I will be bringing some new soap and lotion scents to market this year so look for them in the future. I won't be at market the next two weeks but if you need soap you can e-mail me at tncnnbc@mhtc.net. See you in two weeks! Clare.

Liz Wyman
For those of you that frequented the indoor winter market at The Old Royal Inn you more than likely purchased seafood from Liz. She also was a vendor at the market several years ago with her greenhouse tomatoes. We're pleased that Liz will be rejoining us this season as a vendor. Her tomatoes aren't quite ready but she will have some Bok Choy and Watercress along with a wide variety of seafood. Her selection will include Salmon, Scallops, Tilapia, Lobster, Swordfish, Mahi and Grouper. Liz will be parked on the street down from the visitor center. Make sure to stop by and give Liz a Mineral Point Market welcome!

Meadow View Greenhouse
Ben Allgyer with Meadow View Greenhouses returned this past Saturday with their beautiful annual flowers, plants and and hanging baskets. I purchased baskets from Ben at the market last season and they stayed beautiful until the frost. This is a first for me as typically my baskets are done in August so I was quite pleased. Stop by this week and pick out something for those Mother's Day gifts. Ben plans to be at market for the next few weeks, possibly longer.

Magic Light Photography
Stop by the market and take a look as some of my work. I have added several new prints to my collection. I will also have a large selection of hand made greeting cards featuring many of my favorite images. All of my cards are blank inside and are great for any occasion. I also have a selection of bookmarks designed using many of my photos. You can also view my work at
www.magiclightphotography.com. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday! Thanks, Mike.

Mark and Jennifer Bendorf

Mark and Jennifer will be back at market with their cinnamon rolls, croissants, pecan rolls and more. Mark's famous breakfast omelet garlic
croissant sandwiches make their season debut this week. You won't want to miss out.

Marr's Valley View Farms
Thank you for your support of our business and the market last week.....what fun to see everyone again. In addition to our complete line of nutritional Pork and Black Angus beef products we will be offering Big Butz BBQ Sauce and our own Meatball and Meatloaf seasoning mix as a compliment to our meats at the market. See you Saturday! Doral-Lois-Mike.

P & M Gardens Our first week was great. It was so good to see everyone come to the market. We will be at the market this week with Hostas, Daylilies and Peonies. We will bring a few different varieties this week plus some of what we had last week. If there is something you would like us to bring to the market give Pat a call at 608-930-9442 or send an e-mail to patandcecil@mhtc.net. We will do our best to bring whatever you request to the market. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Pine Valley Farm
Mary Jean will have cheese and eggs this week.

Ranum's 1887 Brand Honey
Annie will be at market with honey, handmade soaps and beeswax products.
www.1887brand.com

Shooting Star Farm
What a great opening week! Thanks to everyone who came for getting our market season off to a fantastic start. The weather will be cooler this Saturday, but our produce selection is bigger than last week. Items from our unheated hoophouse will include red and green leaf and bibb lettuces, bunched Asian greens (similar to bok choy but more tender and delicious), red radishes, salad turnips and a gorgeous yellow Italian chard. The chard has small leaves - perfect for cooking the stem and all. From the field we will have rhubarb, baby arugula, herbs, and the greens that are found in our salad mix (a mixture of arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, purple mustard and cress). It will be another week before the baby lettuces for salad mix are ready, so enjoy the mild, flavorful greens on their own or mixed with some of our hoophouse lettuce. Due to the record warm spring, our overwintered spinach won't be available (we've been eating it since early April!), but we have a fresh spinach crop coming along in another week or so. See you Saturday! Rink, Jenny and Charlie.


New vendors are always welcome although if we have a limited amount of spaces for each product category so some may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. If you know anyone that might enjoy selling at the market or perhaps you yourself would, please contact Jenny Bonde at starfarm@mhtc.net or call 608-967-2319, or myself, Lois Federman, at federman@charter.net or call 608-987-2097.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday morning at Water Tower Park, Business Hwy 151 at Madison Street, Mineral Point, WI. 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine!

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