After months of frigid cold temperatures and never ending snowfalls, farmers’ market season is finally back in action! While I had lofty intentions of starting a garden this year, we decided it would probably be easier (and let’s be honest, tastier!) to take advantage of what’s starting to grow in our neighbor’s beautiful front yard garden (see pic below). I’ve also been out and about enjoying fresh produce from several different markets around Madison—they’re all over!
In fact, there are actually TONS of different markets in our area, besides the big one down at the capitol. If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the smaller ones around town, I would highly encourage you to do so! Many of them go until 6 or 7 p.m. so they are perfect for a quick stop on your way home from work. They also offer the ability to get lots of fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more on a smaller scale if you find the crowds or downtown parking to be a bit overwhelming.
We’ve put together a few handouts I hope you’ll find useful for navigating the various markets in our area. To view a handout that lists them by day/location, click here. The same information is also available in this spreadsheet so you can scale it down to size and keep it in your purse or wallet.
Live outside the Madison area? Check out these helpful websites that will either locate nearby markets or allow you to buy from various vendors online!
Local Harvest: This organization focuses on local and organic food. Their listings are given alphabetically, but you can also search by zip code or state if you do not know the exact name of a farmers’ market. Local Harvest also lists small farms and general local food sources as well.
Dept of Agriculture: The USDA keeps a self-reported, searchable database of farmers’ markets that allows you to search by zip code or state, products available, payment accepted, and type of area.
Farmers’ Market Online: This website is structured similar to an open-air market for the Internet where real vendors list their food, products, and other crafts available for sale.