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Opening day at Dane County Farmers' Market

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Dane County Farmers’ Market is open for the season. It started back in 1972 and is the largest producers-only market in the U.S.

Kate Pinkston is a Madison native, who’s been frequenting the market for 30 years.

“My parents brought us fairly frequently when we were growing up so yeah, it's fun to bring my own children now,” Pinkston said. “This is [my 10 month old] Teddy's first farmer's market so it's very exciting.”

There are hundreds of vendors sell everything from food to flowers to candles.

“ I just love the variety of the veggies and the yummy breads,” said Carrie Welch. “Sometimes I come for specific things. I like my Silly Yak jalapeno rolls, and I get my basil to plant but otherwise just strolling.”

Pinkston says it’s also about enjoying time with family and friends.

“Mainly just to watch the people,” Pinkston said. “We like to get coffee and treats. I have three other kids who like to see the Capitol. sometimes we buy other things but mainly it's for that.”

Whether you're here to shop or just get a cup of coffee, the Farmer's Market is  a sign spring has finally arrived in Madison.

“People just come out of hibernation and are so excited for the longer days and warmer weather and people are happy,” Pinkston said. “So it's just fun to watch everybody.”

The market is open every Saturday from 6 am until 2 pm rain or shine, until November.

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