Farmer’s Market Round-up 2015

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Dane County Farmer’s Market

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SATURDAY MARKET: April 18 through July 4 and July 18 through November 7, 2015 (6:00am -2:00pm)  – Rain or shine, Location: Capitol Square

WEDNESDAY MARKET: April 22 through November 5, 2015 (8:30am -2:00pm) Rain or shine, Location: 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

One of the largest producer only farmer’s markets in the country the Dane County Farmer’s Market has as many as 150 vendors at the Saturday market selling their Wisconsin grown or made products.  A rule that dates back the start of the market – all products must be grown or made in Wisconsin -hooray for local!

It’s a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.  I have many happy memories lazily going from booth to booth buying items at random when my husband and I were young and kid-free, plus many happy memories with my daughters strapped to me in a carrier taking in all the sights, sounds smells (not to mention dropping fresh baked scone down my bra). An eclectic mix that will please the young and old.

Many special events take place in the spring and summer at the capitol and the market is still almost always open and occurring adjacently.  Here is a list of upcoming events: ps. last year we unknowingly were at the market on world naked bike ride day…my daughters still ask why those people were riding bikes without their clothes.

DOWNTOWN SPECIAL EVENTS

2015

The farmers’ market is ALWAYS OPEN. The following events are adjacent to the market.
April 25 Crazy Legs Race
May 16 Syttende Mai Run
June 6 Cows on the Concourse
 June TBA  Safety Saturday
 June 20  World Naked Bike Ride-11:00 am
July 11 Art Fair on the Square
Farmers’ Market Open but moves to Wilson St. at MLK, Jr. Blvd.

South Market

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Sundays, April 26th -October 25th, 2015 (11:00am-3:00pm), Location: 1602 S. Park Street – Madison Labor Temple.

Mondays, June 1st – October 26th, 2015 (2:00pm-6:00pm), Location: 2500 Rimrock Rd. – Novation Center

Tuesdays, June 9th – October 27th, 2015 (2:00pm – 6:00pm), Location: 1602 S. Park Street – Madison Labor Temple.

Wednesdays, June 17th – October 28th, 2015 (2:00pm – 6:00pm), Location: 202 S. Park Street – Meriter Hospital.

Fridays, June 19th – October, 2015 (2:00pm – 6:00pm), Location: S. Park Street – Villager Mall.

A beautiful and amazing market bringing fresh and organic produce, flower bouquets, meat, and baked goods and more to the community and urban areas of Madison.  A market with a mission that has something for everyone.

Capitol View Market

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Wednesdays, May 27th – October 7th, 2015 (3:00pm -7:00pm), Location: Grandview Commons Neighborhood (off of Cottage Grove road across from the Great Dane East)

A small and cozy market with plenty of produce, dairy products (including Amish grown organic eggs), local meats and baked goods…plus fresh popped popcorn and homemade lemonade.  There is also plenty of green grass for kids to run around and play or you to sit and enjoy your goodies as well as a beautiful water fountain the kids love to splash (i.e. try to swim) in.

 

Westside Community Market

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Saturdays, April 18th – November 7th, 2015 (7:00am -1:00pm), Location: Hill Farms Department of Transportation Building Parking Lot, University Ave. & Segoe Rd.

A great market with over 40 vendors including some of my favorite local organic producers. A vendor run market that prides itself on quality and Wisconsin only vendors.

 

Greenway Station Farmer’s Market

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Thursdays, May 14th – October 8th, 2015 (8:00am – 1:30pm), Location: Greenway Station Shopping Center Parking Lot, Middleton.

A small little market in a convenient location loaded with local goodies including beautiful fresh flowers.

 

Hilldale Farmer’s Market

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Wednesdays & Saturdays, May 2nd – October 31st, 2015 (7:00am -1:00pm), Location: Hilldale Shopping Center, behind Macy’s at the corner of Segoe Road and Heather Crest.

A market loaded with local produce and goodies including salsa and pesto!

 

Eastside Market

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Tuesdays, April 21st – October 13th, 2015 (4:00pm -7:00pm), Location: 953 Jenifer St., Madison.

A wonderful Market sponsored by the Wil-Mar Center and Willy Street Co-op that has a long list of wonderful local vendors plus local food carts on hand so customers can grab a bite, while they shop. The perfect early evening market.

 

Fitchburg Market

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Thursdays, May 7th – October 2015 (3:00pm -6:00pm), Location: Agora Pavilion, 5511 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg.

A great afternoon market with variety of local produce and goods, live music and special family events.

 

Northside Farmer’s Market

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Sundays, May – October 2015 (10:00am -1:00pm), Location: Northside Town Center – Sherman at Northport, Madison.

A market full of locally grown produce, organics, meats, eggs, refreshments, live entertainment and local artists with a mission of expanding the availability fresh, healthy, nutritious and affordable foods to the Northside community.

 

Sun Prairie Farmer’s Market

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Saturdays, April 30th – October 2015 (7:00am – 12:00pm), Location: 300 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie.

A community market loaded with goodies including jams, jellies, produce, meats, handmade soaps, art and more.

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Tips for enjoying the markets with kids:

  • Use a carrier for infants and toddlers or an umbrella stroller…this will make squeezing between people and booths a little easier (bonus babies are able to see and take in the bright colors and patterns – hello brain development!)
  • Older kids will love playing farmer’s market bingo! Print out this Farmer’s Market Bingo and take a crayon – a perfect way to engage children to what they will find at the market.
  • Have snacks with you or pick up some popcorn or baked goods at the start of your day. Kids get hungry fast surrounded by all that food.

 

A few of my favorite recipes to use all the great things you find at the markets:

Farm to Patio Recipes

Rhubarb Coleslaw

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