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Lesser-known Madison farmers’ markets


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Mark-et in your calendar. It’s hard to miss the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square every Saturday, but did you know Madison has markets every day of the week?

For anyone unable to turn-ip at the Saturday festivities, we’ve pro-duced a roundup of other outdoor shopping venues available all season long.

Monroe Street Farmers Market | Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St.

Opening day: Sun., May 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The market is located in the parking lot of Edgewood High, just a few blocks off of the southwest commuter path. MSFM looks to connect local producers with the city’s consumers, creating a bond from farm-to-table. Shop a mix of fresh produce, meats + cheeses, plus specialty gifts and other retail goodies.

Pro tip: While some vendors accept credit cards + digital payment, this is a cash market.

East Side Farmers’ Market | McPike Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St.

Opening day: Tues., April 26, 4-7 p.m.

This market — located off the East Washington corridor and the east side bike path — wants you to know your family farmer. Delivering locally grown produce to the heart of the east side, ESFM offers natural meats, mixed baked treats, floral goods + CSA farm offerings.

Pro tip: Set down the produce for a minute and check out Holistic Medicinals for locally grown, herb-based healing products.

Northside Farmers’ Market | Northside TownCenter, 1865 Northport Dr.

Opening day: Sun., May 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Located in Sherman Plaza, parking is accessible through TownCenter lots + bike racks can be found near the Lakeview branch of MPL. The market prides itself on helping create accessibility to unique, nutritious foods for all Madisonians — its slogan, shop often and eat well. For best practices while shopping, NSFM’s lending a hand on finding in season produce.

Pro tip: This market accepts Quest/FoodShare/SNAP benefit cards. More information here.

Hilldale Farmers’ Market | Hilldale, 726 N. Midvale Blvd.

Opening day: Sat., May 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The shopping center’s market is located behind L.L. Bean, off of Segoe Road. Open on both Saturday + Wednesday, the market features fresh breads, Wisconsin cheeses, beautiful floral arrangements, plus take home meal kits. Looking to get in on the action? Submit an application to become a vendor.

Pro tip: This market is four-legged friendly, so leash up the pup and head out to shop.

Linden Cohousing Farmers Market | Linden Cohousing, 2082 Winnebago St.

Opening day: Thurs., May 26, 3-6 p.m.

Linden’s market can be found in the parking lot of the Cohousing space. The Groundswell-sponsored east side market connects growers of color with residents of Linden Cohousing + neighborhood residents to provide fresh produce — supporting members of the community who have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.

South Madison Farmers Market | Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St.

Opening day: Tues., May 24, 2-6 p.m.

The South Madison Farmers’ Market is hosted multiple times every week, located at Madison Labor Temple, Novation Center + Villager Mall. Shop Sun.-Tues. plus Fridays beginning in April and available all the way through November. Peruse hanging baskets, organic and free-range meats alongside locally crafted arts and crafts.

Pro tip: SMFM is offering CSA shares for 2022. Learn more about the crops here.

West Side Farmers’ Market | UW Health Digestive Health Center, 750 University Row

Opening day: Sat., April 16, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Located in the parking lot of the UW Health Center, come out for a morning of music and shopping. Hear tunes from the Market Ramblers and shop a selection of local syrups, honeys, fresh fruits and vegetables from 45+ vendors.