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Farm to Table

From the legacy of Aldo Leopold and John Muir to our famous farmers' markets and restaurants, Madison's roots in agriculture and farm-to-table philosophies help us stand out as a dining destination.


Get started on the Capitol Square and enjoy creations from the chefs at Harvest, where they offer Italian and Modern American cuisines using fresh, seasonal, and organic ingredients raised by our region's farmers. Nostrano literally means "local" and the ingredients on its menus are locally-grown and seasonally-distributed. Just across the street, Marigold Kitchen makes creative, healthy food for breakfast, lunch or brunch, and was recently featured in an article that recognized Madison restaurants as serving the "finest farm to table fare."

Throughout Greater Madison, you'll get a chance to enjoy seasonal and sustainable selections, from food carts on campus to specialty eateries in surrounding towns. The Artisan Gallery and Creamery Cafe in Paoli pairs freshly-baked pastries with seasonal selections, while Fit Fresh Cuisine in Fitchburg was created by a registered dietician and emphasizes healthy, fresh items grown locally.


Madison offers many ways to shop green, as well. For more than 35 years, Willy Street Co-op East and Willy Street Co-op West have been Madison's largest consumer-owned natural food stores. There you can find locally grown and prepared dishes, and hundreds of fresh produce items daily. Of course, the nationally renowned Dane County Farmers' Market is another way to eat clean. With multiple locations, including Hilldale on Madison's near west side, FitchburgGreenway Station in Middleton, and Cambridge, eating locally has never been easier.