As I shared on Channeling Contessa earlier this week, the farm-to-table movement has become near and dear to my heart after living in Madison for the last five years. A trip to the farmers’ market is our standard Saturday routine, where we load up on fresh produce, organic meat and eggs, locally-made jams and bread, and cheese (of course)! Not only that, but almost every restaurant in our city celebrates local ingredients too, prominently displaying the farmers they work with–which is why Madison was recently touted as a top “foodie paradise.”
This time of year the market is ripe with an amazing selection that still includes summer favorites like heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and peaches, but also now boasts fall crops like squashes, cauliflower and apples. It’s the time of year when we come home with our bags filled to the brim…To me there’s no better way to celebrate the start of fall and a bountiful season than with a farm-to-table meal, featuring local-only ingredients, a simple table setting, and great friends gathered round.
Fitting the relaxed vibe of a morning at the market and an afternoon in the kitchen, for dinner at home I like to wear simple, pared-down favorites. Navy is my favorite color, and one I often like to wear full-on–in this case in the form of a crepe tank and dark denim, paired with a hint of brass and a fun kilim slipper (just brought these back from our trip to Turkey!) for a little global flair.