Dane County Farmers' Market / Capitol Square Tours

The center of Saturday morning activity in Madison begins at the State Capitol and Dane County Farmers’ Market that winds around the square. Madison invites all CNU 19 attendees and guests to experience the State Capitol, Farmers’ Market and Capitol Square area.

Tour 1: Wisconsin State Capitol Tours

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Venue: Capitol Rotunda

Hosted by Charlie Quagliana or Dan Stephans, renowned architects involved in the preservation and restoration of the State Capitol. Meet in the Capitol Rotunda, on the ground floor opposite the Tour Information desk. There will be two tour groups of approximately 30-40 people. Fee: Complimentary

Tour 2: Dane County Farmers’ Market Talk

Saturday, June 4, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 a.m.
Venue: Capitol

Larry Johnson, Dane County Farmers’ Market manager, hosts the tour and will provide a brief overview of the market. The Dane County Farmers’ Market was named one of the 12 Best Local Farmers’ Markets in America by Delish.com (October 2010) and is reported to be the largest producer-only farmer’s market in the country. Meet at the corner of State Street on the cement steps leading to the Capitol. Larry Johnson will be wearing a green cap and apron. Tours take approximately 15 minutes. Fee: Complimentary

Tour 3: Food Vendor Carts on the Square

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Venue: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Centers - Lecture Hall

Madison food carts are elevated to restaurant-level quality and ranked by Warren Hansen, vendor manager for the City of Madison and a review committee. Warren starts this event with a presentation followed by time to walk around the Capitol Square. Use your map to scout-out a spot for breakfast or just explore. Meet in the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Centers - Lecture Hall. Allow 45 minutes for lecture and 30-45 minutes to walk the vendors around the Capitol Square. 300 people maximum. Fee: Complimentary; food purchases not included

Breakfast Session 1: Food Systems – Celebrity Panel*

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Venue: L’Étoile, 1 S. Pinckney St., Madison

Explore the route of local produce from the farm to market to restaurants. This event starts with breakfast followed by a brief presentation from each expert: chef, farmer/businessman and academic.

Executive Chef Tory Miller: Currently the executive chef for L’Étoile and Graze, Chef Miller is fulfilling his dream of taking local farm-raised ingredients to the next level.
Jonathan Barry: The creator, organizer and first manager of Dane County Farmers’ Market from 1973-1981. His insight combines his background as a farmer, businessman and former public official.
Jack Kloppenburg, Ph.D.: Professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has dedicated his life and research to creating more sustainable, local and progressive food systems.

Meet at L’Étoile, 1 S. Pinckney St. Breakfast (TBD) will be served at 8:00 a.m. and presentations and Q&A will finish by 9:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to experience the Farmers’ Market in advance of the event. 75 people maximum. Fee: $25 event fee includes breakfast

Breakfast Session 2: Growing and Presenting Local Foods*

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Venue: The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street, Madison

Hosted by Executive Chef Dan Fox of The Madison Club, the event starts with breakfast, is followed by a 20-30 minute presentation concluding with a tour of the “backyard” restaurant garden. Chef Fox is passionate about local foods and building a farmer/chef connection. Meet in the Terrace Room of The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St. Attendees are encouraged to experience the Farmers’ Market in advance of the event. 120 people maximum. Fee: $25 event fee includes breakfast

Breakfast Session 3: Being Bike Friendly*

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Venue: Sardine Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious breakfast while hearing from Art Ross, City of Madison Bicycle Coordinator what it takes to make your community bike friendly. 

Your adventure begins at the historic Machinery Row building, home to both the Sardine Restaurant and Machinery Row Bicycles, just a short walk on the hiking/biking path from the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center along the shores of Lake Monona.

Madison has earned a spot among the top 10 bike-friendly cities in America as reported by Bicycling Magazine, April 2010.  Ross will talk about the formation of the Platinum Biking City Planning Committee in 2006.  The committee’s goals included achieving a Platinum designation through the league of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Communities program and putting forth a plan for Madison to become the best city in the country for bicycling.

Meet at Sardine-Machinery Row, 617 Williamson St.  Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the presentation.  34 people maximum.   Fee: $25 event fee includes breakfast.



* Ticketed events. Additional fee required.