by Holly on June 5, 2013

in farmer's market,giveaway,recipes,vegetarian,Wisconsin

Growing up, I was lucky enough to have cultivated an appreciation for local foods.

I loved Peanut Butter Parfaits from my local Dairy Queen (ahem, still do). I adored the greasy thin crust cheese pizza from my local Carbone’s (MN friends – you know what I’m talking about). I grew a special affliction for the free peanut butter cookies at my local Cub Foods grocer. And I simply could not have lived without the dessert pizza from my local Godfather’s Pizza, which looking back, was nothing more than crust topped with canned cherry pie filling, streusal and icing.


Somewhere in the midst of my 28 years, I grew up and realized that I, in fact, had no idea what it meant to eat locally. Thankfully, I also realized that my metabolism would no longer keep up with my insanely lustful appetite for pizza + sweets. And right there, is where these two realizations crossed: I began shopping more locally and as a result, eating a lot more seasonal vegetables.

I could probably tell you about the benefits of buying / eating / shopping locally, but let’s be real – you know already know them all. Instead, I am going to tell you that I live in a place that makes all of this locally-minded lifestyle extremely easy: the little big town of Madison, Wisconsin.


While I am forced to bear the frigid Wisconsin winters, living in Madison makes it all worth it. It’s a total hippie, liberal town where hipsters AND their grandpas commute by bike and if you’re driving a gas-guzzling SUV, you’ll definitely be honked at by a Prius driver drinking kombucha and smoking an herbal cigarette. We’re also home to the Dane County Farmer’s Market – the largest producer-only farmer’s market in the nation, which is just a small indication of our large love for local food.

We like to spread that love too.

The FairShare CSA Coalition is a local non-profit organization in Madison that works to support community supported agriculture (CSA) and recently came out with a brand new cookbook, “Farm-Fresh and Fast: Easy Recipes and Tips For Making the Most of Fresh, Seasonal Foods.” It’s brimming with vegetable storage + usage tips, menus and resources for making the most of your seasonal produce as well as beautifully designed (that’s the graphic designer-in-training talking).


Plus, it has more than 300 recipes, including Cherry Tofu Breakfast Bread, Rhubarb Coffee Cake, Fennel + Feta Burgers, Bacon + Ramp Skillet Cornbread (hurry before ramps go out of season!), Guatamalan Tomato Chilaquiles, Twice Maple Cheesecake and these Corn + Kale Fritters.

Need I say more?

Supporting your local farmer can be a tasty, tasty thing my friends (see below).


The FairShare CSA Coalition sent me this cookbook for free, but I want to pass it on and give away my copy of the book to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me what your favorite seasonal vegetable / fruit is and how you like to eat it. For example, I love garlic scapes and have major plans to whip up this salad as soon as I get my hands on some.

I’ll pick a winner Monday night and contact them via email (***update: GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED).

P.S. I already bought myself a 2nd copy of the cookbook, because I love it that much. And if you don’t win, you should go buy it here ($25 plus S+H) or at the very least, head to your local farmer’s market this week and pick up some gorgeous local produce to eat. Not sure where one is? Check out this handy farmer’s market locator from LocalHarvest.

P.P.S. These fritters are also delicious for breakfast with a Spiced Almond Breeze Au Lait. I speak from experience on this.


Slightly adapted + reprinted with permission from Farm-Fresh and Fast
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 t paprika
2 t salt
2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen and thawed)**
2 cups firmly packed finely chopped kale
2 large eggs
2 T butter, melted
2 cups milk
1 T olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 cup chopped onion

**As a lovely reader reminded me on my Facebook page, use GMO-free corn if possible. Corn is heavily genetically modified with nasty chemicals, so keep on the lookout for a GMO-free label or buy organic corn (since certified organic farmers aren’t knowingly allowed to plant GMO seed).

Mix the flours, cornmeal, spices, corn and kale in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, melted butter and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring gently until just mixed and set aside. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet, add the onion and saute 3 minutes. Add to batter.

Cover the bottom of a skillet with a thin layer of olive oil (I used butter), and heat it over medium heat. Drop 1/4-cupfuls of batter into the hot pan and flatten them evenly into approximately 1/2-inch patties. Add more oil / butter as needed to prevent sticking. Cook each fritter until it begins to bubble, then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes more until golden.

Serve warm with salsa, sour cream, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or any condiment you desire. Plain is delightfully delicious too.

Serves 4 to 6 (about 12 fritters)


amanda s June 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I love ramps! I like to grill them and add them to a pizza made with ramp pesto and sauteed morels (but I’m lazy and buy the pizza dough in a bag from Trader Joe’s).

dana June 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

my fave seasonal produce item is no doubt corn! I love grilling it and eating it with butter, salt and pepper! awesome giveaway // I need those fritters in my life

Kris June 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I have so many favourite seasonal vegetables that it’s hard to pick! But I do love it the most in August when it’s tomato season here. The markets are brimming with so many colours, shapes, and sizes. It’s just amazing to witness. Eating them straight up with some salt and pepper is all I really need (maybe a little cheese and some fresh herbs if I’m feeling fancy). The book sounds fantastic. Great giveaway.

Shanna June 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Tomato season is definitely my favorite time to eat local vegetables. Can’t wait to make caprese salads with ingredients from my garden this summer!

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 6, 2013 at 4:29 am

I’ve finally discovered a love for eggplant after making eggplant pomodoro, stuffed eggplant, Mama Pea’s eggplant burgers, and baba ganoush. No more eggplant parmesan for this girl. I can’t wait to find one at the Farmer’s Market!

Christine June 6, 2013 at 6:24 am

Only one favorite? That’s tough… I’d probably have to say zucchini. I love them marinaded in soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and olive oil, then kabobed and thrown on the grill. Or just sliced down the middle, spread with butter and garlic, sprinkled with parm, and stuck under the broiler for a minute or two. Or- well, I could go on like this for awhile! Can’t wait to try these fritters, either. I was just wondering what to do with the last bit of kale I had sitting in my fridge!

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

The fritters sound great! We love our weekly Farmers’ Market trips. Right now my favorite fruit are cherries! I LOVE cherry season! And I simply eat them as is! :)

Heather ODonnell June 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

This would be wonderful! I’m always trying to get my husband and kids to try new things and this would certainly fit the bill!!

Laura Rieckmann June 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Those fritters look delicious. I’ve never really been brave enough to try kale, but your recipe makes it look very tempting. I have two favorites: asparagus and strawberries. I roast asparagus spears with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic, then I sprinkle them with a few panko bread crumbs and roast at 425 for 12 mins. And strawberries I love to eat plain or put them in smoothies. LOVE all of the fresh produce this time of year!!!

Lauren June 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

I lived for DQ’s PB Parfaits!! Gosh, it has been ages since I last had one and now I’m suddenly craving one. :)

These do look quite delicious though!

Esther June 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

Fresh corn on the cob, grilled with just a little butter. Perfection.

Amy @ CookingScraps June 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

roasted artichokes with a fried egg, Parmesan and black pepper, so I can dip the leaves in the runny yolk and cheese… if only they were plentiful in the Maine woods!

Heather June 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

I can’t choose just one! Morels & asparagus in spring, tomatoes & sweet corn in summer, pumpkins & apples in fall. There’s a ton more, and I am grateful as well to live here in Madison, where it is so easy to enjoy them all. This book looks lovely!

Lauren C June 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

Strawberry season is THE BEST! I love them chopped up in salads with chickpeas, carrots, cast iron tempeh, and pecans.

Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats June 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m a big fan of huge, mouth watering summer tomatoes. Sliced, put on homemade toasted bread, some lettuce, local bacon, mayo – YUM.

Emily June 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

I love summer squash and zucchini from my back yard. I simply saute it in a little olive oil with salt & pepper. I love when the edges get a little brown!

Erin S. June 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

My favorite seasonal vegetable is definitely sweet corn. Here in the Midwest, we have some good sweet corn. My favorite way to eat it is elote- covered in mayo and cheese. I have push-cart elote men in my neighborhood that sell it door to door in the summer.

Eileen June 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Ooh, these fritters sound so good! Who doesn’t want a stack of beautiful summer veg for dinner? My favorite seasonal produce is hard to nail down? Maybe sweet cherries? But I have to say that new season asparagus and zucchini (yes, the most abundant veg of them all) are pretty exciting too. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Angharad June 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

This books sounds so wonderful! And those fritters look amazing! I do believe my favorite seasonal vegetable is corn. Can’t beat grilling corn on the cob or making a corn salsa. Although I’ll throw in my fave seasonal fruit for balance: without doubt the blood orange. That blast of color, flavor and sweetness in the depths of winter is a true pick-me-up.

Hearts, love. xo

Megan (Braise The Roof) June 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Cherries, straight up! I’m loving watermelon at the moment, too. There’s nothing that tastes better when I’ve come back from a hot, sweaty run. I like to think that we ate locally when I came to visit you…I mean, cheese curds and WI totally count, right?

emily (a nutritionist eats) June 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I’m convinced that anything in fritter-form is amazing.

Angela June 7, 2013 at 5:58 am

Berries!!! Blackberries, strawberries, raspberry, blueberries…I LOVE them all! Wow- I sound like I am Bubba Gumption of berries! I love them in yogurt, plain, in breads, in salads…

Angela June 7, 2013 at 5:59 am

*Bubba Gump- damn autocorrect.

Amy June 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

Asparagus in early June in Wisconsin is delicious! The stalks you get from local farms are HUGE too! So they are perfect for grilling with just a little salt, pepper, and garlic to enhance their natural flavors!

Also about the corn and GMOs, search for the recently released article “Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops” yikes!

Hillary June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I think watermelon is my favorite seasonal food—last year, I tried it with feta and mint for the first time and could not BELIEVE I had gone so long without ever having tried that heavenly combo!

Amanda Johnson June 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

My favorite seasonal fruit is blackberries. Fresh and impossibly juicy, they make the ones in the plastic containers at the grocery store taste like garbage.

Clair June 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

SUGAR SNAP PEAS. I know I can get them at the store year round, but they aren’t nearly as good, and it’s so satisfying to go all year without them, and then bring home that first bag from the farmers market, warm from sitting in the sun all day.

I eat them plain and raw. People have suggested so many recipes, but I never use them. I just love the taste of them too much.

Lauren June 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I love asparagus for the sheer reason that it is the start of everything. It pushes out of the ground and that means it’s finally spring. It also tastes delicious a million different ways. Gotta love versatility. P.S. Don’t let me win the cookbook though, I already happily own it :)

Stacey June 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

What a wonderful cookbook. I live outside of madison and really need to make a trip to the farmers market. I feel blessed to be so close!

Trish June 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

I just joined a CSA in northern Wisconsin and am very much looking forward to when the sugar snap peas begin arriving. I love them raw, but am looking for more ways to use them :)

Danielle June 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

The CSAs in Paris seem to be even more competitive than those in New York, but I do predominately by produce at my neighborhood market. Would love to win this cookbook!

Mary June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

Would love this cookbook – my friends and I split a CSA share and get together weekly to make CSA dinners together. We’re always looking for tasty recipes for our veggies. My favorite seasonal vegetable is lettuce. I wait all winter for that first fresh salad. Nothing like it!

Jennifer June 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I love to get garlic scapes in my CSA share. I make them into a pesto that when frozen and stored for 6 weeks (the amount of time it takes for tomatoes to be ready) is delicious in a tomato bruschetta!

Lauren June 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Sugar snap peas!! They are my favorite snack to buy and eat raw while walking around the market :D

Agnes June 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

My favourite seasonal fruit is definitely our local peaches (I’m in Vancouver, BC)! I love to make pies or crumbles with them. They just go well with so many desserts!

angela @ another bite please June 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

i didn’t realize you live in madison, wi…i am just north of you…Baraboo :-) how I LOVE LOVE our local farmer markets…i can not wait to pick up bunches of asparagus tomorrow…and I just saw this cookbook over the weekend and want to get myself a copy…thanks for sharing yours!!!

Julia June 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

When blueberry season comes around I go visit the local farms and just load up on them! I put them in virtually everything from breakfast to dessert. Whatever I don’t end up using fresh, I just throw into the freezer to use later. They’re also wonderful in smoothies!

Bohemian Valhalla June 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Yum! And they look so appetizing too! We are trying to eat a lot of fresher Seasonal Foods as well… mostly because after Menopause began I had weight gain that didn’t necessarily come from Lifestyle or Menu choices… and it seems that diet can be beneficial to hormonal weight gain so I’m trying to lose weight being more conscious of the combinations of foods that could have become more of an issue at this Season of Life. Will have to try these fritters!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

Julie June 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

Sungold tomatoes are my favorite. I can’t wait for them to be in season again!

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