I have a favorite season: Farmer's Market. In Madison, it typically stretches from mid-April through the first weekend of November and creates some of the best spring, summer and fall memories. I feel pretty lucky that one of the greatest Farmer's Markets around is only fifteen minutes from my house.
Because my free time is pretty sparse in the summer months, this season at the Market usually results in less produce shopping and more coffee drinking while snacking on hot spicy cheese bread. Even though its a weekly tradition whenever I am in town, it feels like the perfect weekend adventure. Bringing along friends who are new to town for their first FM experience is the absolute best.
While everyone has their favorites, these would be a few of my top suggestions for correctly enjoying the Dane County Farmer's Market. Only eat the hot spicy cheese bread from Stella's; Oakhouse Bakery is the place for the best doughnuts on the square. If you want to walk at a steady pace (faster than a mile per hour), arrive before 8:15am. The Paddle and Portage makes for the best spontaneous weekend spectating. Don't buy heavy produce first; stick to herbs and cheese bread until you at your half way point. Chris and Lori's Bakehouse bakes the best scones around. If you run into friends on the way, make a second loop around.
Enjoy your local market! I'll be back with a fall update later this autumn.