March 2004

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Readers’ Write!

GM Report

Board Report

A Brief History of Irish Cuisine

Farmer Appreciation Dinner Wrap-up

Book & General Merchandise News

Juice Bar News

Cinematic Cuisine

Specials Information

Producer Profile: The Igl Family

Ask the Midwife: Starting Your Baby on Solid Food

Herbal Corner: Spring Equinox Bloomers

Recipes & Drink Recommendations

For the Vegetable Less Traveled... Buy Local!

Community Calendar


Community Calendar
We welcome your submissions to the Community Calendar. Please send via mail or by email to . Submissions must be received by the 8th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newspaper. If space is constrained, priority will be given to those pertaining to food and farming, health and wellness, environmental, and neighborhood events.

Dane County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8am to noon. Continuing indoors for the rest of the winter, the Winter Market is held at the Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin) through April 17, 2004. A parking ramp is available adjacent to the building at the corner of Mifflin and Henry. Breakfast is planned for every Saturday featuring a variety of products from the vendors. Get to know your favorite vendors and try their great products. The breakfast, prepared on-site by local chefs, will cost only $5 and will be served from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

Round the Bend
Friday, March 5th, 8:00pm. Join Wild Hog in the Woods at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center for a concert from this band formerly known as Free Range Pickin’. Admission: $2 for members, $2.50 for non-members. For more information log onto:

Energy Efficient Construction
Saturday, March 6th, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Midwest Renewable Energy Association presents another in a series of sustainable building practices workshop. This course will cover the topics of: passive solar design, active solar heating systems, integrating renewables into design and superinsulation techniques. Cost course is $75.00 and is at MREA, 7558 Deer Rd., Custer, WI. For more information contact MREA directly at (715) 592-6595.

Intro to Alternative Construction
Sunday, March 7th, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Midwest Renewable Energy Association hosts this one-day workshop to address the following alternative building sources: Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cordwood and Cobb. Cost is $75.00 and will be conducted at WREA, 7558 Deer Rd., Custer, WI. For more information contact MREA directly at (715) 592-6595.

Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition ‘s 11th Annual Open House
Saturday, March 13th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave. A free, family-friendly event that offers information on CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. See the article on page 26 for complete information on this event as well as CSAs in general. For more information, call 226-0300.

Maple Syrup Fest

Sunday, March 14, 1:00-3:00pm. at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive in Monona. Visitors will participate in hands-on activities and see demonstrations of various methods by which Native Americans, pioneers, and people today tap trees for the production of maple syrup and sugar. Cost is $6 per person or $20 per family. Call 221-4038 to preregister or visit for more information.

Lower Mud Lake Ecology
Sunday, March 28th. A joint workshop/field trip between Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Madison Audubon Society. For more information log onto or call 250-9971 for details.