Dining With Denise Neil

New at the Old Town Farmers’ Market: A farm-to-table cafe with burgers, burritos

When the Old Town Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Saturday, it’ll have a tasty new feature.

The market, which is open Saturday mornings through October, is adding its own cafe that will allow shoppers to sit down and enjoy a meal made primarily from ingredients sourced at the market.

They’re calling it In Season Bistro, said the market’s manager, Luke Snow, who described it as an “unassuming pop-up farm-to-table eatery.” It will be staffed by a chef, who every week will prepare a breakfast burrito, a grass-fed burger and a couple of other “hyper-seasonal” dishes, Snow said.

“Every week, we highlight the freshest ingredients and artisan foods that we source primarily from market producers,” Snow said. “Outside of that, we reach out to some other Kansas farms, and then we fill all of our ingredient gaps with certified organic ingredients.”

The eatery will be set up in the center of the market. People will order then pay at the information booth and either stroll and dine or choose a table set up nearby.

Snow said he started experimenting with the bistro to see if it would work during the final weeks of the outdoor market last fall. He continued it when the Old Town Farmers’ Market started an indoor winter market at Distillery 244 in November.

The cafe was a hit, especially during the winter, Snow said. Among its more popular dishes were a tamale waffle smothered in house-made chorizo, and green chile topped with a farm-fresh egg.

He decided to make the bistro a permanent addition to this year’s outdoor market.

The In Season Bistro also will do catering, and its chef will put on occasional charity events as well as farm-to-table dinners at area farms.

The bistro will launch on Saturday with the first outdoor Old Town Farmers’ Market of the year, Snow said. The market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings through the end of October in the Farm and Art Market Plaza, First and Mosley in Old Town.

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