Cel­e­brat­ing 50-plus years of one of the country’s most renowned farm­ers mar­ket with recipes that fea­ture local ingre­di­ents with an inter­na­tion­al spin, it’s also a gor­geous, warm-heart­ed salute to the ven­dors, shop­pers and chefs who make the mar­ket a com­mu­ni­ty. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the DCFM.


Get the Cookbook

Purchase it at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturday or Wednesday at the info booth.

To order for shipment from Little Creek Press, click here.

To order for shipment from Amazon, click here.

You can also find the cookbook at many bookstores, gift shops, and other retail outlets—scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of locations and upcoming author events.

For wholesale orders, contact Little Creek Press at 608.987.3370 or info@littlecreekpress.com.

For questions or inquiries, contact cookbook@DCFM.org.

Click on the book cover to take a look inside the cookbook.


About the Book

Hundreds of Wisconsin growers and thousands of shoppers gathering weekly around the white-domed State Capitol in Madison. Heartfelt stories and dishes from the people who build cultural and community bonds at the largest producers-only farmers market in the nation. An ever-growing diversity of farm-fresh crops, world-class cheeses, pastured meats and specialty products. It all comes together in this collection by veteran cookbook author Terese Allen. 

Build your pantry contents and recipe repertoire with everything from purple daikon radishes and harissa paste to bandaged cheddar and black currants. Prepare both contemporary and heritage dishes such as Hungarian Tomato and Pepper Stew, Tacos de Carnitas, Garlic Scape Feta Pesto Salad, and Red Kabocha Squash Soup with Ginger, Lemongrass, and Thai Eggplant.

In addition to some 125 recipes that give a global spin to local ingredients, the cookbook includes a history of the DCFM, a foreword by award-winning chef Tory Miller of L’Etoile, and many pages of colorful market shots by photo editor Bill Lubing, his team of talented photographers and others from the DCFM community.

The book “shines as a beacon for those wishing to experience Wisconsin's nuanced agricultural heritage, our culinary prowess and our diversity,” says Luke Zahm, host of PBS’s “Wisconsin Foodie.” Author and editor Lindsay Christians writes, “The recipes are surprising and accessible, sourced from vendors, chefs and market-goers alike. For anyone who wants to cook more seasonally, this book is a treasure—and a vivid love letter to Madison, too.”

The hardcover, full-color, 258-page cookbook was published by Little Creek Press (Mineral Point, WI). For inquiries or more information, write to cookbook@DCFM.org.

About the Author

Terese Allen has been called Wisconsin’s “premier food writer” and “the keeper of its culinary heritage.” Her columns have run in Edible Madison, Edible Door, Isthmus, Wisconsin Trails, and elsewhere, and her books include The Flavor of WisconsinThe Flavor of Wisconsin for KidsFresh Market WisconsinWisconsin Local Foods Journal, and The Ovens of Brittany Cookbook. Terese is a co-founder and longtime leader of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) and past president of REAP Food Group.

Terese Allen at an event at Verona Public Library in Verona, WI (on 11/7/23).

Upcoming Book Events

  • Thursday, April 4th, 7 p.m. Author Terese Allen in conversation with Holly de Ruyter of PBS Wisconsin, plus book signing. Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison Public Library, Central Library (Madison, WI)
  • Saturday, April 6th, 1 p.m. Author talk & book signing. Jefferson Library (Jefferson, WI).
  • Saturday, April 20th, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Author signing at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square (Madison, WI)
  • Thursday, April 25th, 6:30 p.m. Author talk & book signing. Sun Prairie Public Library(Sun Prairie, WI).
  • Saturday, May 4th, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Author signing at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square (Madison, WI)
  • Saturday, May 25th, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Author Terese Allen, book discussion and signing. Lion’s Mouth Bookstore (Green Bay, WI).
  • Saturday, June 1st, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Author signing at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square (Madison, WI)
  • Thursday, June 6th, 6:30 p.m. Author Terese Allen in conversation with Milwaukee food writer Lori Fredrich; book signing to follow. Free event, pre-register here. Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI) 

Check back again for more upcoming events.

Photo credits: Book cover, Lucinda Ranney; author, Jeannie Kokes; rice dish, Jesse Brookstein; cucumbers and man with mushrooms William C. Lubing.

Find the Cookbook at These Locations (and More!)

In Madison:

  • Bandit Tacos and Coffee
  • Fromagination
  • Lake City Books
  • Leopold’s Book Bar and Caffe
  • Little Luxuries
  • Monona Terrace Convention Center Gift Shop
  • Mystery to Me
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens Gift Shop
  • Orange Tree Imports
  • Room of One’s Own
  • Stella's Bakery
  • University Bookstore


  • Arcadia Books (Spring Green, WI)
  • Books and Company (Oconomowoc, WI)
  • Books on FIrst (Dixon, IL)
  • Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Branch and Daughter (Windsor, WI)
  • Cathryn’s Market (Dodgeville, WI)
  • Cheesers (Stoughton, WI)
  • Cornucopia Kitchen Corner (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
  • Driftless Chocolates (Mount Horeb, WI)
  • Fair Isle Books (Washington Island, WI)
  • Flyte Family Farm Store (Coloma, WI)
  • Gathering Ground (Washington Island, WI)
  • Kismet Books (Verona, WI)
  • Landmark Creamery (Paoli, WI)
  • The Local Store (Eau Claire, WI)
  • Martha Merrell’s Books (Waukesha, WI)
  • Novel Bay Booksellers (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Reader’s Realm Books (Montello, WI)
  • Republic of Letters (Mineral Point, WI)
  • River Valley Ranch (Burlington, WI)
  • Seven Acre Dairy (Paoli, WI)
  • Village Booksmith (Baraboo, WI)
  • Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Yardstick Books (Algoma, WI)

Ask for it at your local library, too. Or place a hold on it at https://www.linkcat.info/.