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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Stella’s Bakery, local farmers and vendors look forward to Farmers’ Market

Farmers and vendors from around Wisconsin will sell local produce and handcrafted goods at this season’s first Farmers’ Market on Capitol Square Saturday.

Two new part-time vendors will sell produce at this year’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, including University of Wisconsin-Madison student Derek Morrick, who will sell vegetables, according to Farmers’ Market manager Larry Johnson.

Stella’s Bakery, another of the vendors on the square, is known for the work of its previous owner, who accidentally created the iconic hot and spicy cheese bread.

Brian Winzenried, the current owner and son-in-law of Stella’s original owner, said his in-laws substituted bread, which his mother-in-law accidentally baked cheese into, for their traditional produce selection after they faced a drought in 1988.

Customers consistently returned to Stella’s Bakery asking for the bread, and the family decided to continue to bake their now-signature product, Winzenried said.

Stella’s Bakery plans to honor Winzenried’s father-in law and loyal customers for its 25th anniversary this year, according to Winzenried.

He also said he plans to carry on the fun, friendly environment his father-in law developed at the bakery’s booth when it opened at the market in 1988, which he carried on until he passed away last summer.

“He had his vision of the market [and that] was kind of creating this sort of circus atmosphere,” Winzenreid said. “We really want to continue bringing that sort of energy to the market.”

The Farmers’ Market will be open “rain or shine” during its usual hours of 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, according to Johnson, until Nov. 6.

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