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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

Overhead close-up of apples in wooden crate

Photo credit: Katie Wheeler


Madisonians have been eating local long before it was cool. The end of a rich growing season brings a celebration of farm-to-table and other Wisconsin food traditions. Autumn favorites like apple cider donuts and roasted corn on the cob abound. Talented area chefs embrace sustainability and community-supported agriculture while serving up ethnically diverse cuisine.

Long shot of crowd of people attending Dane County Farmers Market on Capitol Square

Photo credit: Richard Hurd

Farmers' Market

The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producer-only market in the country, meaning everything you see there is sold by the growers themselves. More than 160 Wisconsin vendors line the Capitol Square each Saturday, making for a bustling scene in the heart of downtown. Take your pick of the freshest produce; sample homemade jams, artisan cheeses and baked goods.

Farmers’ Market on the Square

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Taste of Madison

Crispy garlic cheese balls. Brisket slider. Salted caramel chocolate cake. Follow your appetite through the Taste of Madison, a Labor Day weekend food-sampling extravaganza, featuring more than 80 local restaurants and their best creations. With dozens of musical acts performing around the Capitol Square all weekend long, this free event is a delicious way to kick off the fall season.

Taste of Madison