Taste of the Market Breakfast – 3/1

DSC02030Saturday’s “Taste of the Market Breakfast” at the Dane County Farmers’ Market (now at the Madison Senior Center) was led by Chef Dan Fox of Heritage Tavern—which I haven’t been to yet, but was widely heralded as the most anticipated Madison restaurant opening of 2013. In honor of “National Pig Day,” Fox prepared “Pigs in a Blanket” with Boudin blanc et noir (French sausage) in pastry served with a fried poached egg, hollandaise sauce and pickled beet potato salad. Which is all very appropriate considering Fox raises heritage breed pigs and founded SloPig, the annual local celebration of heritage pigs. The providers for this week’s meal included Pecatonica Valley Farm, Jordandal Farm, Crossroads Community Farm, Pleasant Springs Orchard, Butter Mountain Farm, Snug Haven Farm, Hooks Cheese and Brantmeier Farm.

The meal was good. I was especially impressed by the fried poached egg in a pastry crust. I can barely poach an egg, so it’s hard to imagine taking it one step further. The small sausages (one tasted like blood sausage, and the other like chicken) were tasty, but disappointingly cold. I’m not a big fan of potato salad, so that part of the meal (though I did enjoy the beets) didn’t do much for me. And since most of the other farmers’ market breakfasts I’ve been to have included something sweet, even a tiny croissant or cookie, I found myself missing some sweet to balance out the savory during this meal. Overall, it was a solid breakfast for sure, but I enjoyed it less than the three other farmers’ market breakfasts I’ve been to recently.

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