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Madison eats agenda: Farm Fresh Atlas, Eating Alaska, Spring Brunch

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This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.


Wednesday, April 20

The tenth anniversary edition of the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas was just released last week, and once again offers consumers a wide-ranging guide to finding local foods throughout the region. Organizations listed in the atlas make a sustainability pledge that covers their ownership model, environmental and labor policies, and dedication to the local economy. This year, it features 103 farms, 67 farmers' markets, 36 restaurants, and 34 other businesses and non-profits. Printed copies of the atlas are distributed at farmers' markets, libraries, and various other locations, and a digital version is available online.

Thursday, April 21

Was Alaska cute and quirky before Northern Exposure started airing on CBS? Fans of the early '90s television show may find some parallels in the film Eating Alaska, about a vegetarian who moves to Alaska and marries a commercial fisherman and deer hunter. Except Eating Alaska is a documentary, about eating sustainably, healthily and ethically. Filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein, a "former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska," will be on hand at the screening. Much better than Madison's last visitor from Alaska. Science Hall, Rm. 180, 6:30 p.m., free. Email here for more info.

Sunday, April 24

The Goodman Community Center is hosting a Spring Brunch this Sunday, prepared by chefs from the Ironworks Cafe. Though it's not called an Easter brunch, there is an egg hunt for the kids, and it's on the bunny-branded holiday, as chance would have it. On the buffet table: eggs benedict, waffles and pancakes, fruit and cheese, smoked salmon, bagels, granola, roasted potatoes, plus an omelet station, meat carving station, desserts and pastries. If the weather is bad, the not-Easter egg hunt will be held inside. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $15 adults and $7 kids 3-18. Call 241-1574 for more info.

More events this week

Wednesday, April 20

Dane County Farmers' Market, in operation just off the Capitol Square, commencing its weekday edition for the 2011 growing season. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 455-1999 for more info.

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, a fifth annual symposium titled "Pursuing a More Sustainable Wisconsin: Innovations in Building, Energy and Food Systems" and featuring speakers, breakout sessions, exhibits, and entertainment. Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $25. Call 263-3063 for more info.

Earth Week Celebration, a gathering featuring a local food potluck, live music, and a screening of The Lorax. Just Coffee, 1129 E. Wilson St., 6 p.m., please bring a dish to pass. Call 262-9036 for more info.

Thursday, April 21

Green Thursdays, a film and lecture series organized by The Natural Step Monona featuring screenings of the environmental documentaries Big River, King Corn, and An End to Slim Pickings, followed by discussion. Mount Horeb United Methodist Churc, 9542 Hwy. S , Mount Horeb, 6:30 p.m., free. Call 608-437-7811 for more info.

Puttin' on the Fritz, a spring kick-off talk about the Fritz Food Pantry and its work to provide meals to the indigent and elderly in the face of ongoing budget cuts. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7-8:30 p.m., free. Call 241-1574 for more info.

Saturday, April 23

Hilldale Farmers' Market, ending its indoor winter season in the former Pucci Gallery location. Hilldale Shopping Center, 702 N. Midvale Blvd., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 717-729-4381 for more info.

Mad City Chickens screening, featuring the documentary about raising backyard chickens in Madison and a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., 2 p.m., free. Call 224-7100 for more info.

Sunday, April 24

REAP snack prep, with volunteers needed to prepare and package fresh, healthy, and locally-grown treats for kids at 14 elementary schools around Madison. RP's Pasta, 1133 E. Wilson St., 9 a.m.-noon. Call 310-7836 for more info.

South Madison Farmers' Market, commencing its Sunday edition for the 2011 growing season. Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 446-1411 for more info.

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