The Dane County Farmers' Market is America's largest producers-only farmers' market. It is held from April to November on Saturday mornings on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin and on Wednesday mornings on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. From November to December, it is held indoors at the Monona Terrace. Starting in January 2020, it is held at the Garver Feed Mill in Monona through early April, when the outdoor market starts (previously the late winter market was held at the Senior Center on Mifflin St). Throughout the year, a pool of about 275 vendors of agriculturally-related products from Wisconsin, including farmers, food trucks, artists, and more sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, meats, cheeses, nuts, and specialty products. During the summer, the market hosts 150 vendors who completely encircle the state capitol. USA Today listed it as the top-rated market in the state and it placed fifth for the country in a reader's poll. Fox News said the Farmers' Market was one of the reasons why Madison is a top foodie paradise.Plan to visit Dane County Farmers Market and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madison attractions using our Madison tour app.
The farmers' market was founded in 1972 by Madison Mayor Bill Dyke, who sought to unite Dane County's urban and rural cultures. It is currently managed by the Dane County Farmers' Market co-op.
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Lots of vendors and a great assortment of products. Vendors are nice. There are fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, prepared food, meats and miscellaneous farm goods. The prices are very...
Lots of vendors and a great assortment of products. Vendors are nice. There are fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, prepared food, meats and miscellaneous farm goods. The prices are very... more »
Went to the market on opening day. It was huge with lots of great options. They have the flow going one way, and tthe first leg was definitely the most crowded. As you keep going it's less crowded...
Went to the market on opening day. It was huge with lots of great options. They have the flow going one way, and tthe first leg was definitely the most crowded. As you keep going it's less crowded... more »
A lot of vendors still filled the square, with some gaps though. Apple vendors, vegetable farmers, dairy and bakeries prevail. I picked up some wonderful tomatoes, snow apples, dill cheese curds, and frosted pumpkin cookies. We started with a bakery. They had started stacks of boxed cookies. By the time we returned, the cookie table was empty! The Capitol Building is closed on weekends.
Best farmers' market in the country: stands from local farms, butchers, cheeseries, and bakers surround the capital with regular attendance in the thousands of customers. The perfect way to start the weekend. Friends and family make a point of heading to the farmers' market when they are in town.
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