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I'm from 50 or so miles east of you, and we have a strong contingent of Wisconsinites here so. While we have some pretty good farmers' markets here in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, I am in awe- and very jealous- of your access to the Dane County market on the square around the state capitol. I never seem to get there, even though I live relatively close.
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