From the legacy of Aldo Leopold and John Muir to our famous farmers' markets and restaurants, Madison's green history has been alive for more than one hundred years.
This dedication to sustainable ways of life is captured in many area restaurant philosophies. L'Etoile Restaurant has led the way, and has offered local, naturally-raised ingredients rendered with French technique for close to 40 years, nearly 10 of them under Chef Tory Miller, a James Beard award winner. Harvest, recently recognized by Gourmet Magazine as one of America's Top Farm-to-Table Restaurants, also places primary emphasis on local, organic ingredients raised by our region's farmers. "Gathering what we need from the places we know" (and creating to-die-for desserts!) is the philosophy at Nostrano. And at Lombardino's Italian Restaurant, relationships with local, organic farmers are key to creating dishes with the freshest produce, eggs and meat, all served in the neighborhood eatery that has been a Madison tradition since the '50s.
Madison offers many ways to shop green as well. For over 35 years Willy Street Co-op East and Willy Street Co-op West have been Madison's largest consumer-owned natural food stores. Here you can find locally grown and prepared dishes and hundreds of fresh produce items daily. Of course, the nationally renowned Dane County Farmers' Market is another way to eat green. With multiple locations offering fresh food seven days a week, eating naturally has never been easier.