‘Tis the Season! The Special Story Behind this Year’s Dane County Farmers’ Market Christmas Ornament

By Christina Lorey

October 12, 2022

2022 is a market milestone: Its 50th anniversary.

There’s a reason Madison consistently ranks among the best places in the country to live. In nearly every article on the topic, you’ll find the same thing mentioned: The Dane County Farmers’ Market. 

2022 is a market milestone: Its 50th year! So before the vendors pack up and head inside Garver Feed Mill for the winter (the last OUTDOOR market is November 12th), organizers are getting into the holiday spirit early, selling a one-of-a-kind commemorative Christmas ornament

This year’s design features the Capitol dome outlined in gold, surrounded by the colorful tents of market vendors lining the sidewalks of the Square, just like they’ve done every Saturday since 1972.

“This year’s ornament is a salute to the original visionaries who launched the market and the producers whose hard work and energy have made it a longstanding success,” Cate Zeuske told the Cap Times.

Zeuske created the annual ornament program in 2004 and helps develop each year’s original design alongside a committee of volunteers. Money raised from the sale of the ornaments will benefit the Capitol Restoration Fund.

The $20 ornaments are available online (CLICK HERE) as well as a variety of locally-owned small businesses, including Orange Tree Imports, Brennan’s Market, Tis the Season, The Bruce Co., and Sun Prairie Flowers by Hen & Chick.

You can also purchase them right on the Square, at the Capitol tour desk inside the Capitol rotunda, as well as inside the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s gift shop on Carroll St.


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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