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The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a treasured Wednesday and Saturday morning tradition in Madison. The lure of Stella’s Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread, Gentle Breeze Honey, a variety of cheese curd stands, and fresh produce tempt market-goers weekly.
For seasoned farmers’ shoppers looking to switch it up, the Madison area has many additional options. These local markets all have their own flair and spread the farmers’ market love beyond the Capitol Square.
Hilldale Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays & Saturdays through Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The parking lot behind L.L. Bean is transformed every Wednesday and Saturday for this market, where vendors like Hound it Down Bakery and Live Jewelry Farm sell their goods. This market is a perfect option for those looking to get away from the bustle of the Dane County Farmers’ Market, with some open space to breathe and relax. 702 N Midvale Blvd., hilldale.com
Greenway Station Farmers’ Market
Thursdays through Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
In Middleton, vendors set up in the heart of Greenway Station to offer locally-grown and made goods. Try some cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest Bread or muffins from Murphy Farms, and afterwards enjoy some Mexican food at Ancho & Agave or browse the aisles at Home Goods or Marshalls. 1650 Deming Way, Middleton, greenwayshopping.com
Fitchburg Center Farmers’ Market
Thursdays through Oct. 26, 3-6 p.m.
This market has been around for nearly three decades, and along with freshly-baked goods and flowers, it boasts special events on the third Thursday of each month. Upcoming events include the Market Pig Roast on Aug. 17 and a Fall Fest on Sept. 21. 550 E Cheryl Pkwy., Fitchburg, fitchburgmarket.wordpress.com
Sun Prairie Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through Oct. 28, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sun Prairie’s outdoor market is located in its charming downtown. Vendors sell everything from kombucha to soap, and these goods can even be purchased year-round — the market moves indoors during the winter months at 804 Liberty Blvd. Cannery Square and Market Street, Sun Prairie, cityofsunprairie.com
El Mercadito de Centro
Thursdays through Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m.
The Mercadito is held at Centro Hispano on the south side of Madison and celebrates Latinx culture. Customers can try Colombian barista coffee, as well as purchase traditional handicrafts and listen to music. 810 W Badger Rd., micentro.org
Oregon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays through Oct. 31, 2-6 p.m.
The produce selection varies weekly at this farmers’ market, but customers aren’t limited in their choices. Find an enormous variety of fresh produce, as well as meat, eggs, dairy, handmade jewelry and other goods. 131 W Richards St., Oregon, facebook.com/oregonfm
South Madison Farmers’ Market
The South Madison Farmers’ Market has four locations, and all of these markets go through the end of October. Their tagline is “every community deserves good food,” and they promise a diversity in products that serves their diverse population. Multiple locations and times, southmadisonfarmersmarket.com
Eastside Farmers’ Market
Thursdays through Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.
This market in McPike Park (right off the bike path!) offers an assortment of farm-fresh goods from local vendors to the east side community. McPike Park, 202 S. Ingersoll Dr., eastsidefarmersmarket.org
Monroe Street Farmers’ Market
Sundays through Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Located at Edgewood High School, this farmers’ market caters to the near west side of Madison and beyond and features some of the same vendors as the Dane County Farmers’ Market as well. 2219 Monroe St., monroestreetfarmersmarket.com
Capitol View Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays through Oct. 11, 3-7 p.m.
This market has more than just produce and flowers — it hosts live music and other fun events. 5901 Sharpsburg Dr., capitolviewfarmersmarket.com