The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is located on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in downtown Madison, WI. This area of downtown is also known as “the square” and is a great location to visit in general. The square also has a lot of great restaurants and coffee shops nearby or walk down State Street.
The Farmer’s Market is a staple event in Madison it occurs Saturdays from April to November. If you are visiting Wisconsin or the Madison area, consider checking it out! Here’s three reasons why you should go if you’ve never been before!
Tradition: The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a Madison Tradition. This is something you should experience at least once. It does get busy because it is such a popular event. However, I love going in the spring and fall when it’s not quite as crowded. The canopies lining the sidewalks, the flowers at the Capitol building, and all the bright colors are something to look forward to. There’s just something indescribable about being at the farmers’ market on Saturday morning.
Support local growers and producers: The vendors change week to week, though there are a few staples and booths you cannot pass up. This is a “producers-only farmers’ market” meaning vendors can only sell what they produce and can at times sell out. This is a great way to start off your week by getting fresh produce and other goods for meals.
A great way to spend time with people: Going to the farmers’ market is a great way to get out the house bright and early on Saturday morning. You could go with your family and kids to get flowers, produce, and a donut and coffee. Or, you could go with a friend to get breakfast and then walk the square.
Pictured is one of the best breakfasts in Madison. Marigold Kitchen is located right off the square on Pinckney Street. I cannot go to the farmers market without going to Marigold Kitchen for their famous breakfast sandwich and potatoes. The kids love their pancakes too!
There is great people watching and you are allowed to go on the grass of the Capitol building to take a seat and eat your morning snack.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Dane County Farmers Market, check out their website here: Dane County Farmers Market
*parking can be a little tricky, check out the website for tips on parking*