The weekly Saturday market on the Capital Square is a Madison institution. As the largest temporary farmers market in the Unites States, there is something for everyone. Sellers run the gamut from traditional farmers market fair (locally grown produce, cheeses, plants, meat and honey), to more unique items like empandas, alpaca wool, gourds, jewelry and food carts. The market circles the entirety of the capital square and spills down the side streets. The crowds can be intense during peak hours (10ish-to 12:30ish). Get their early, or plan to saunter at a leisurely pace. The market is also an ideal place to people watch. Get a coffee and some hot-n-spicy cheesy bread, then settle yourself on the lawn to listen the marimba busker or the Forward! Marching Band. The market runs from April to October on the square, then runs most of the cold months at the Monona Terrace or Garver’s Feedmill.
Note: the farmers market does not allow dogs. We’ve seen folks get ticketed for having their pups, so be forewarned.
Dane County Farmers Market
Capital Square, Madison