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Locally Grown at the Dane County Farmers Market

Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol

Nearly every Saturday, also Wednesdays in the summer

Wisconsin is becoming well known for it huge Farmers Market on Saturdays from April until November. After that it moves inside for the winter.  The variety is incredible in all seasons.  The rules for members is very strict, all produce must be grown by the vendors and and everything else must be made by them.  Enjoy some scenes from the market.   If you come, go COUNTERCLOCKWISE around the Capitol Square, an unwritten rule 🙂

One of my favorites vendors, Dale Marsden. He makes the most delicious honey and is known for his famous beehive hat. He will be happy to pose for a picture for you, do him a favor though and buy some honey 🙂

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Locally produced food is very popular in Madison, and there are many restaurants downtown that buy food at the market.  Here is a chef pulling a wagon to load up on local produce.   One of the flower beds around the square has been converted into a garden in recent years.

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Capitol Garden 8-25-12

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Morel Mushrooms 4-21-12

Morel Mushrooms

In the fall, it’s really pretty. I just showed you spring and summer. On 10-8-11 we went to the capitol Observation deck and got great views of the market from the below. Also a great view of Lake Mendota around fall color peak time.

10-8 441Lake mendota

10-8 093Pumpkins and Gourds

Another favorite vendor is Stella’s Bakery. They make the best spicy cheese bread around. In fact, they are able to bake it right there and sell it hot. Yum!


That about wraps it up. If you get to come to the market, come hungry!


Hike Around Devil’s Lake

Welcome to Devil’s Lake State Park! We have enjoyed coming here since 1997 when we met and got married here in 1999.

Al and Laurie Kutil vows


On the way there are the Baraboo Narrows, essentially the outside of the “bowl” that Devil’s lake is inside.

Lower Narrows

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Now we are headed to Devil’s Lake for to hike all the way around.  It’s beautiful any time of year that you go.

Devils Lake sign

Here is a map of the park.

Devil's LakeMap

We are heading the concession area first on the north end of the lake. It was especially beautiful there this October.


Here is a rainbow sailboat in the summer.

Devils Lake sailboat

Devils Lake 10-2-12

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Now we begin our hike around the lake beginning on the East Bluff Trail. Plan to take the day to do this. First Al and I pose for a self-portrait.

Al and Laurie10-2-12

East Bluff Trail sign

On the way up we first encounter Elephant Cave and rock.

Elephant Cave 2

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At the top of the bluff trail was a spectacular view of the whole lake, especially the north shore where the concession building is. This picture was taken in Fall 2010.

Devils Lake Fall 2010

Further down the path near the south end are three interesting natural rock structures. The first one is Devil’s Doorway.

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Another one is Balanced Rock.  That day there were lots of people getting their picture with the rock. We did too with a new friend we met on the trail.

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Also a great view of a rock face.


We went down the CCC Trail back behind the lake. There is an interesting history behind that as well.

CCC Trail Map



CCC statue plaque

Working our way back to the south end of the lake, there is a smaller concession building and another beach. You can see the north end of the lake.

South Concession


Now we will follow the path next to the road on the south end of the lake.


Here is the trail head for the Tumbled Rock Trail, leading us back to the north end of the lake.



We work our way back to our starting point, we pass several cabins that have been there a long time.  Here is one of them.

West Cabin 4-12-11

We pass a couple kayaking and a dad and young daughter fishing.

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Now SOMETIMES, we take the West Bluff Trail that is high like the East Bluff Trail.  They have a lookout station in about the middle of the trail looking towards the East Bluff and north end.



Almost back, we see 3 people in kayaks, each a different color.

3 Kayakers

We make our way back to the north beach area and find someone doing a painting of the lake.


Al and painter 2005

We are back in the parking lot. I hope you enjoyed walking around Devil’s lake.

North Parking lot