A Good Market Haul

Decorah has a fantastic Farmers Market (one of the best in the state) and as I’ve lived in Decorah, I found myself enjoying it more and more.  It’s not just the local food, but also the opportunity to get to talk to the people who baked the goods and raised the produce.  I also know that when I hand over the cash, it’s going to the person responsible and stays within the community.

Officially, two Saturdays ago was the last market.  A number of people decided that they needed to have another one right before Thanksgiving so they organized renting out a building on the fairgrounds and had an indoor market this weekend.  Too good of an opportunity to pass up so we stopped in to stock up.


From left to right and front to back:

  • Chickens (4 – 5 pds) from Dale Suhr
  • Kale (excellent fresh or dried and in soup and the Viable Paradise XIII battle cry)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli
  • Celeriac (tastes like celery flavored potatoes)*
  • Homemade Cat Treats
  • Dried Catnip
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate Swirl Cookies
  • Orange Roll (now residing in my stomach)
  • Cinnamon Roll (now residing in Steph’s stomach)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Apricot Cinnamon Roll
  • Egg Noodles
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (not shown)

Everything here cost a little under $50 and came from within about a 30 mile radius.  It will feed us for the better part of a week plus the leftover chicken carcasses will make a good soup stock.

* I’m angling to write an article about this, its history and some recipes.  Anyone know a good food magazine that might be interested?

2 thoughts on “A Good Market Haul

  1. Hi Matt – awesome! I love farmer’s markets. You could try the usual big hitters (Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur), but I’d bet that the Living/Dining section of one of the bigger regional papers might be interested, too.


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