1. Come prepared with tote bags and cash.
Although many vendors accept card payment, to ensure that you can purchase every tasty looking radish or block of cheese, bring cash. Bring tote bags and any reusable produce bags you may have as well to help reduce the plastic use of your trip.
2. Navigate to Garver and park with ease.
Check out the market page for itemized directions or click this link to queue up directions from your point of departure. For those who enjoy a winter stroll or bike ride, Garver Feed Mill is conveniently located just off the Capital City Trail and the new Garver Bike Trail . There is very limited parking available on-site at Garver, so we highly encourage patrons to park at any of the nearby public lots or on-street parking locations - many of which are only a 3 minute walk away. We're especially thankful to our neighborhood partners, Kipp Corporation and St. Bernard's Church who are allowing market customers to park in their lots.
3. Go early and keep the winter season in mind.
Because the Dane County Farmers' Market is a market made up solely of producers that farm veggies, raise animals, and make cheeses in the state of Wisconsin, you'll find seasonal products at market. Look out for winter vegetables like winter squashes and carrots as well as hoophouse greens. Delights sell out early (like apples, greens, and the rare cut flower find!). Check out the product list (scroll to bottom of page) to help plan your trip.
4.Talk to the farmer.
Every time you shop at a Dane County Farmers' Market, you are purchasing directly from the farmer, baker, and cheesemaker who produced the product in front of you. We encourage patrons to talk directly to the producer at every market - but the Late Winter Market is the best market to do it. It is a smaller, more intimate market so feel free to linger a while and ask the producer what that unrecognizable veggie is, or their favorite way to cook up that cut of meat.
5. Visit our businesses and neighbors.
Fuel your marketing shopping with a cup of coffee at Ledger Coffee Roasters or a breakfast sandwich from Garver Lounge. Grab a slice of pizza at Ian's Pizza or ice cream at Calliope. After your trip (and if the weather cooperates, ice skate a Olbrich Park or take a stroll in the Boltz Conservatory. Or check out Garver's newest neighbors, Community Pharmacy and A Room Of One's Own bookstore.