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Midwest Fest

September 22, 2010

~ John ~

Two weekends ago we bolted out of bed, at the crack of dawn, and hit the road to Madison, Wisconsin.  We went to the nation’s largest, all-produce, farmer’s market.  Normally this trek takes about 3 hours, however since we were so excited and early, it only took 2.25 hours.


Even though the weather was a little gray and wet there were several folks walking through the state capital grounds.  The UW Badgers were having a home game and that fed the traffic volume.

The square surrounding the capital building had plenty of Midwest produce, chili peppers, artesian bread and squeaky cheese curds.  It was refreshing to see so many folks carrying bags of fresh produce that would end up at the family table later that day/week.


We bought extra delicious sweet corn and tomatoes and Mary made corn fritters with thick slices of tomatoes and a lime aioli (recipe follows).



Monroe, WI:


After the Madison farmer’s market we headed southwest to Monroe.  Like most people, we cut out articles from the Sunday travel section specific to our geographical area and plan a future trip.  We cut out a section on WI cheese last year and even took out the Rand McNally road atlas map and flagged the towns in the article, then we set it in the idea bin and ……waited.


We stopped in Monroe because of Baumgartner’s cheese deli/bar.  We ate some brats and a reuben sandwich and learned a little local lore from the bartender, but we weren’t daring enough to try the Limburger cheese.  The beer on tap was from the New Glarus Brewery, Spotted Cow.  It has a great crispy lager taste but it’s cloudy due to the fact that they tip their hat to the local farmer by adding corn to the brewing process.  It is only available in WI so if you come across some in your travels through WI, pick-up a six-pack.



Corny Corn Fritters


In large mixing bowl combine:

1/2 Cup Cornmeal

1/2 Cup Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

1 1/2 Cups Fresh Corn Kernels

Stir and set aside.


In another bowl stir to combine:

2 Eggs, beaten

1/2 Cup Buttermilk

Combine both dry and wet ingredients and stir just to combine.  Do not over-mix.


Heat a large non-stick frying pan and drizzle a little oil in and drop fritter batter in by the tablespoon.  Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side or until a nice golden brown.


Lime Aioli


1/3 Cup Light Mayo

2-3 Tbsp Lime Juice

1-2 tsp minced Garlic

Whisk and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Serve fritters stacked with thick slices of tomato and some fresh basil leaves, then top each stack with the Lime Aioli.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:15 pm

    What a FUN sojourn! Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL!
    I absolutely LOVE corn fritters.
    Zetta used to make them many long years ago.
    I’ll be trying these with corn meal AND fresh corn. (Great new snack idea!)

  2. September 22, 2010 8:46 pm

    Oh Wisconsin my LOVE! I love love love it there — and I also love love love a Spotted Cow. I hope your trip was wonderful!

  3. September 22, 2010 9:59 pm

    Sounds like fun! And corn fritters…heaven!

  4. September 22, 2010 10:00 pm

    great trip,the picture are so beautiful!and the corn fritters are delicious!

  5. September 22, 2010 11:37 pm

    Love corn, love beer, love cheese, love lime – time to drive to Wisconsin!

  6. September 23, 2010 1:46 am

    Great fritters! The market photos are lovely.

  7. September 23, 2010 8:02 am

    Love the corn fritters…I want some! That looks like a fantastic farmer’s market also…beautiful pictures.

  8. September 23, 2010 9:27 am

    ooooooh! I want to go! I am always jealous ofthe farmer’s markets in the rest of the country, so jealous!

  9. September 23, 2010 10:27 am

    Oh, this looks like so much fun! I would love to go to something like this and stroll around. What a great day. And corn fritters 🙂

  10. September 23, 2010 11:19 am

    I don’t think you can go wrong withe corn fritters and beer, ever! Looks like a glorious day!

  11. September 23, 2010 6:27 pm

    Believe it or not… I have not had any corn fritters! They sound tasty. I also love the lime take on Aioli.

  12. September 24, 2010 9:31 am

    Yes please! I would so love to try one of these!

  13. September 24, 2010 6:08 pm

    Great photos!
    Congrats on advancing to the next round in PFB!
    Good luck…

  14. September 25, 2010 9:25 pm

    Sounds like you guys had fun! I love the pic with all the chili peppers.

  15. September 27, 2010 9:26 am

    I love how cheese curds squeak on your teeth when you eat them. I was in Portage, WI in January but just drove through Madison without stopping. Thanks for the reminder of a great area of the country.

  16. November 2, 2010 5:54 am

    Your corn fritters look fantastic.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian dishes and recipes on the web.

  17. November 2, 2010 6:42 am

    What a delicious sounding snack! This mini road trip sounded like a great journey! I love road trips… I may need to take one here soon!

  18. rachael permalink
    November 2, 2010 6:27 pm

    New Glarus makes many delicious beverages. I am particularly fond on their cherry and raspberry lambics. It is a must buy item when I cross into WI or when any family and friends do!

    • foododelmundo permalink
      November 2, 2010 6:51 pm

      I didn’t know that! John has an account in WI, next time he’s picking up some Spotted Cow I’ll have him pick some up. Thank you for the suggestion Rachael!

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