Wisconsin Historical Foundation: 2022 Capitol Ornament features Farmers’ Market

The 2022 Capitol Ornament was inspired by the farmers’ market on the Capitol Square and is being unveiled to coincide with its 50th Anniversary

The largest producers-only markets in the nation, the Dane County Farmers’ Market was first held on September 30, 1972. The beloved downtown Madison tradition will celebrate its half century on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

The 2022 Capitol Ornament features the State Capitol with its majestic dome, the array of vendors lining the sidewalks of the Capitol Square, and a sampling of the Wisconsin grown produce offered each Saturday.

“This year’s Capitol 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,” said Cate Zeuske, who created the annual ornament program in 2004. “The market’s presence on the Capitol Square, with the historic building and lush grounds as a backdrop, has played a key role in its continued growth and popularity.”

Former Madison Mayor William Dyke launched the planning effort in the early 1970’s to
establish a market to provide farmers with a site to sell their produce. He insisted that the Capitol Square was the ideal location for an open-air market in the European tradition. Market Historian and longtime market vendor Quentin Carpenter said, “This year’s Capitol Ornament is a welcome complement to the festivities planned for our 50th Anniversary on October 1st.”

Proceeds from the sale of the ornament go to the Capitol Restoration Fund. The ornament’s design is developed by a committee of volunteers, supported by the Wisconsin Historical Foundation.

Priced at $20, the ornament is available at the following, while supplies last:
Online at wisconsinhistory.org/CapitolOrnament

*The gift shop at the Wisconsin Historical Museum – 16 North Carroll Street, Madison
*The Capitol Tour Desk in the ground floor rotunda of the State Capitol
*The gift shop at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison
*Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe Street, Madison
*Brennan’s Market, 8210 Watts Road, Madison
*Tis the Season, 6333 University Avenue, Middleton
*The Bruce Company, 2830 Parmenter Street, Middleton
*Sun Prairie Flowers by Hen & Chick, 245 East Main Street, Sun Prairie

For more information on the Capitol Ornament, contact Cate Zeuske at (920) 264-7027.

For more information on the 50th Anniversary, contact Quentin Carpenter, [email protected].

For more information on the market, visit www.dcfm.org.