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 been celebrated internationally for Tory & Tracy Miller's commitment to working with sustainable agriculture and locally grown, organic produce. Harvest Restaurant owner Tami Lax shares a similar vision by working exclusively with local and organic vendors and her staff utilizes seasonal ingredients in nationally recognized cuisine. Fresco Chef John Jerabek's local "farm to fork" focus and outstanding Contemporary American cuisine wows his guests while Nostrano employs a philosophy of using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients to create world-inspired dishes crafted with simple pleasure. Lombardino's Italian style restaurant has built relationships with local farmers and uses only the highest quality organic produce, eggs, and meats and assures that the menu reflects the best seasonal entrees.
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.