The curbside apothecary that is San-Kor-Tea Herbs has been a fixture at the Dane County Farmers' Market since 1974. Owners Francisco and Kilsa Dremsa grow and tend a vast array of organic products, including astrologically mixed herbal teas, cooking and medicinal herbs, catnip, smudge sticks, cut flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, gathered wild items like nuts and berries, bee pollen, propolis, and sweeteners like maple syrup, sorghum, and honey.Based on their farm near Bascobel in Crawford County, the herbalists set up shop every Saturday at their booth on North Carroll Street. They do not work any other markets, and their offerings change regularly through the season. Currently, these include parsley, kale, sweet basil, dill, spearmint, and peppermint. Kilsa is also a painter, with some of her works displayed online by the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin.
She spoke to The Daily Page about San-Kor-Tea Herbs and the market.
The Daily Page: How did you become a farmers' market vendor?
I am a third generation farmer, and I began by traveling with other farmers to Dane County to sell our products.
What else do you offer through the summer season?
Mulberries, both red and black raspberries, blackberries, cherries, tomatoes, peppers and corn.
What's your most popular product?
What's your favorite product elsewhere at the market?
What's your pre-packaged, supermarket-shelved guilty pleasure?
Sugar-free Red Bull.
If you were to make a dish incorporating your products, what would you make?
My sweet and sour sauce.
The recipe is:
1 Tbsp. sorghum
1 Tbsp. miso
Mix well and apply to ribs or wings at the end of grilling, or on tempeh or tofu cooked in olive oil.