Dane County Farmers Market


It’s truly one of the most interesting things I’ve witnessed while traveling around the country.  The Dane County Farmers’ Market that completely surrounds the Wisconsin state capital here is one of those things that you just have to see to believe.  That’s where I come in.

One Saturday morning in June, I got up early and made my way to the capital building and witnessed a massive yet organized gathering of sellers (and buyers) rotating around the government building.   The organization is two-fold:  1) The sellers are there and ready to roll by 6am – they pick their spots (those with seniority get the same place along the sidewalk) and 2) the customers all walk around the state capital in one direction.   Want to look like a tourist and annoy thousands of people?  Walk against the crowd or bring a dog.

All of the items for purchase are grown by the person that is selling them to you.  That’s pretty incredible in 2014.  What’s more incredible is that there’s actually a 5 year waiting list to become part of the market.

Watch this episode of Bill On The Road where we give you a sneak peek into the biggest farmers market in the country, in beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  

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Bill is a travel journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bill travels all across the country doing positive stories, highlighting people and places making America great. He's the host of the weekly Rediscover America podcast and author of the new book 100 Things To Do In America Before You Die! Bill enjoys parks, talking to strangers, eating medium-rare steaks, playing Pickleball and telling good jokes.