Dane County Report: Fungi Edition, With a Side of Ramps
One way to watch the seasons up in Wisconsin is to keep track of the mushrooms at the farmers markets. Morels in the spring, Hen of the Woods in the fall, and buttons and cremini filling in between. This past weekend? Morels, morels, morels. Everywhere I looked, morels!
I’ve been going up to the Dane County Farmers’ Market for a number of years now, and the supply of morels was as plentiful as I’ve ever seen. Farmers tell me that they will still be around this Saturday.
Not to be outdone, though, were the oyster, shiitake, lion’s mane, and a new one to me – nameko mushrooms. The nameko mushrooms have a mild flavor that nicely compliment the shiitake mushrooms.
Ramp season is winding down; I’m not sure that we will see displays like this again this year:
But rhubarb season is in full swing, and will be around for a while yet:
Notice the jars in the picture. Many farmers have prepared offerings on their tables, ranging from the rhubarb jam seen here, to pestos, flavored vinegars and oils, meat pies, soups, last year’s frozen corn and berries, and fresh pressed apple cider later in the summer. It’s pretty easy to put together a complete meal that can be eaten as soon as one returns home from the market!
The outdoor Market runs on Saturdays from from 6:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. through November 6th at the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, an easy & well worth your time day trip from Chicago. Check here, here and here for my previous reports on the Market.