Despite inclement weather Saturday morning, some vendors and attendees made it to the Capitol
Square for the first Dane County Farmers’ Market of the season.
Saturday marked the beginning of the 47th season, which will feature 18 new vendors.
While 275 vendors were expected, only 35 brave vendors made it out for the first market.
Vendors will be selling everything from vegetables and flowers to meats, cheese and specialty products, including the ever-popular spicy cheese bread.
This time of year, broccoli, radishes, lettuce and spinach are in season. Shoppers could also purchase chicken eggs, honey and maple syrup at Saturday’s market.
“All of our vendors, whether they’re city-licensed vendors or the Dane County-licensed vendors, are businesses, and they’re micro-businesses. And they add so much to our economy,” City of Madison Street Vending Coordinator Meghan Blake Horst said.
“They’re one of the biggest economic drivers in this country. So when you put them all together, that has a huge economic impact.”
Besides new vendors, this year’s market will also introduce new resources to improve the weekly shopping experience for customers. You can now find recipes, suggestions, meals you can make with the products sold and what produce is in season on the market’s website.