101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014 (Slideshow)
From colorful fresh fruit like blueberries, cherries, and raspberries to made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches, carved walking sticks, and jewelry made from beach glass and stones, the Saturday Farmers Market is the place you want to be on a Saturday in Newport.
With fresh produce, specialty meats and cheeses, freshly baked items, ready-to-eat food and drink, one-of-a-kind crafts, and weekly entertainment, there’s little that the City of Loveland Farmers Market doesn’t have. And every week to help those in need, the fresh produce that is not bought at the market is distributed to local food shelters and nonprofits.
CAMC Farmers Market
Not far from the Kootenai River and with a 360-degree view of snow-tipped mountains, the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market is one of Idaho’s oldest farmers markets, dating back to the 1980s. More than 30 years later, the market still offers the highest-quality food and plants from the area, including huckleberries and huckleberry honey, seven freshly baked varieties of bagels, and perennials, as well as a unique collection of specialty items and crafts like sugar and salt scrubs, log and antler furniture, and hand-sewn aprons and tablecloths.
Bonners Ferry Farmers Market
For fresh trout, blueberry wine, maple and honey products, basil pesto described by buyers as "the best basil on the planet," one-of-a-kind leather jackets, embroidered pillows, and plenty of cheese varieties, come to the Pakatakan Farmers Market. Offering only a few fruits and vegetables, the market highlights artisan-made foods and crafts that you won’t want to overlook.
Rain or shine, there’s always something going on at the small-town Zion Farmers Market. The locals like to stop by for lunch and to visit with friendly vendors like Farmer Mike, who lets shoppers sample his produce before buying. Adding to the selection of food, specialty items, and crafts — including berries and zucchinis, caramel corn, elk antler dog chews, engraved glass, and kites — the market offers lessons in nutrition, or what it calls "veg-u-cation," as well as educational crafting projects for kids such as "Decorate and Plant Your Own Flowerpot."
Shoppers who rise and shine for the early hours of the Bel Air Farmers Market know they won’t be let down by the wide selection of food its vendors offer — assorted sweet breads, ice cream and cheese, gooseberries, glazed nuts, and flavored hummus to name a few. There are even locally made treats for your dog, who, by the way, is also welcome to browse the market. The market season hosts primarily farms and specialty food vendors, but in October, local artists like jewelry designers and wood crafters join the regular producers for what the market calls "Art Month," celebrating local handmade art.
For an afternoon of fresh food, uniquely crafted art, music performed by local musicians, and friendly people, stop by the Historic Downtown Gainesville Market in Gainesville’s historic town square. Enjoy locally grown flowers, artisan cheeses, knitted baby clothes, and crocheted hats, and be sure to stick around for a demonstration of how to prepare and cook a dish with fresh market ingredients — or even just to play with the adoptable dogs of the local animal shelter that come by for a visit.
With food like caramel corn and caramel apples, artisan hot dogs, Asian specialties, and homemade fudge, shoppers should come hungry to the Sequim Open Aire Market. From fresh fruit and vegetables to silk scarves and Sequim-grown lavender products, the market renders a taste of Sequim.
Sequim Open Aire Market
An abundance of fruits and vegetables, gourmet kettle corn, habanero-jalapeño apple jam made with wild and local fruits, halibut tacos, gemstone and wire-wrapped jewelry, pencil drawings of scenic sites in Alaska, and vegetable and herbal-based soap are just some of the diverse items sold at the Homer Farmers Market.
The Dane County Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country and is where local chefs and families shop for the freshest ingredients for their tables.
Rain or shine, wind or storm warning, the Newport Farmers Market is open every week, offering food, crafts, music, and even book readings for the little ones. This market is dog-friendly, too. Spoil them with bones, ears, and hooves sold in different flavors and sizes.
Overlooking the Mendocino Bay, the Mendocino Farmers Market has fresh-cut flowers, goat cheese, olive oil and aged vinegars, herbal salves, fresh-caught fish, and much more. Look around while listening to the sounds of waves and live acoustic music.
Sharing a space next to a carousel within the Carousel for Missoula Festival, the Carousel Sunday Market is a family-centered affair. Pony rides and face-painting are a fun bonus to the market’s local selection of produce, prepared food, and crafts. With freshly picked fruits and vegetables, grilled-to-order sandwiches and Italian sausages, cupcakes, beaded jewelry, handmade clothing, and a nearby inflated fun house, there’s something here for everyone on a Sunday morning — or afternoon.
A favorite weekend activity for locals and island visitors, the Bayview Farmers Market is where you’ll find ripe-red strawberries, multicolored eggs, cranberry marmalade, specialty cheeses, and sweet apple cider. Grab coffee and a fresh-baked breakfast item from vendors and browse the markets’ collection of craftwork, including wreaths, home and garden décor, photography, and skewer sticks made from recycled golf clubs and barbecue forks.
Located within Keystone Height’s Natural Park, the Keystone Heights Farmers Market doesn’t disappoint with the variety of fresh products it offers. For early-morning shoppers, a pot of fresh coffee is always available. Grab a bite to eat of barbecue, Mexican, or Mediterranean food at one of the vendors and be sure to browse the specialty food items and crafts as well.
Keystone Heights Farmers Market
Hydrangeas and sunflowers, locally brewed craft beer, homemade ice cream, sweet crepes, crocheted hats and handbags, wooden toys, and lighting fixtures made with moose, elk, and deer antlers — you’ll find a unique selection of homegrown and handmade products at the Waitsfield Farmers Market. Take a seat on the Waitsfield Mad River Green and listen to music performed by different local musicians each week.
In addition to local food and crafts sold at the Cape Ann Farmers Market, such as Trupiano’s sausage, which some claim is the best in the area, and dog collars specially designed for the beach, there’s plenty more to see. At the market, enjoy live music, educational booths, weekly activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, and seafood throw-down cooking contests.
Cape Ann Farmers Market
If you’re not at The Land of Goshen Community Market by the time the 8 a.m. bell rings, you’re likely to miss out on produce, as vendors tend to quickly sell out of the most popular items, especially eggs. It’s the "place to see and be seen" on Saturday mornings in Edwardsville, says a fan. Along with a diverse assortment of food and crafts, this market offers how-it’s-made crafting demonstrations including how to make wire beadwork and fondant cake decorating.
The Cane River Green Market is "where good things are happening" in Natchitoches, La, the locals say. Located on the downtown riverbank, the market encourages sustainability with locally produced foods and handmade crafts, as well as occasional "Lunch and Learns" like "Growing a Green Vegetable Garden."
Cane River Green Market
Open for the majority of the year, the Lebanon Farmers Market offers all of the seasonal fruits and vegetables that we love, from apples and artichokes to leeks, lettuce, winter squash, and zucchini. It also has some unique items that you won’t find at most farmers’ markets, like hand-painted note cards and jewelry made from flattened silver coins.
Promoting "ham, harvest, hospitality, and heart," the Smithfield Farmers Market supplies locals with the freshest produce, meat, and dairy. Also at the market is artisan-made food like Greek breads and pastries, as well as crafts like agate stone wind chimes that vary in color, size, and sound.
Smithfield Farmers Market
In historic downtown Fort Dodge, the Market on Central invites you to "come for breakfast, take home lunch, and stay for dinner." Here you’ll find just-picked fruits and vegetables, homemade pies, Italian-inspired chocolate bars, several types of wines, clay pottery, little girls’ tutus and dresses, and much more. And for entertainment, local musicians play the banjo, washboard, and mandolin, along with other artists and entertainers who perform periodically.
Market on Central Historic Downtown Fort Dodge
Juicy melons, award-winning olive oil, wood-crafted puzzles, dessert tamales, all-natural beef and poultry, custom quilted items, fresh-baked pies, jewelry made from recycled materials, and more — Fisco Farmers Market offers all of this and more. And in good-natured competition, the market holds its annual SauceFest in July, where judges sample sauces made by vendors and award first-, second-, and third-place prizes for the most delicious ones.
Frisco Farmers Market
The Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market began in the mid-'70s at an old train loading platform. There, farmers stationed themselves with their products until they sold out — or until their cows came home. Today, the market is a kind of "front porch," where locals visit with friends, sip coffee, and stay a while, listening to the sounds of live music while browsing locally grown produce and locally made crafts. Each week the market offers educational opportunities including cooking demonstrations and farm tours.
Sweet corn, grits, cheese sticks, herbal salves, leather jewelry, and bird feeders are a few of the original items available at the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market. Though it’s not possible to physically visit the market when it’s closed during the winter months, fresh market food is available year-round with its "Market2Go" service, which allows shoppers to browse seasonal products online, place an order, and pick up it up from a nearby location.
The Main Street Statesboro Farmers Market
Don’t underestimate this market because of its small size. Though Shady Grove Farmers Market lags behind other markets in number of vendors, it makes up for it with the diversity of products available. The market has everything from assorted fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, bread, and dry gourmet pasta to ready-made foods like cheesecakes, lobster rolls, and Belgium waffles, and even handmade crafts including quilts and knitted hats, candles, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Milk Lady Farmers Markets
The Olympia Farmers Market offers more than 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables for every season, and kids get a free apple. Some much-loved vendors you’ll find are Pithos Gyros Greek Cuisine, Dan’s Dahlias, Honey Bear Farm selling different honey products, and San Francisco Street Bakery with freshly baked desserts.
Filled with friends tapping their feet and singing along to the sounds of live country music, the Middlebury Farmers Market is thought of by locals as the "neighborhood gathering place." It’s where they buy fresh groceries and take home one-of-a-kind items like bird and bat houses, watercolor paintings, and wooden jewelry boxes.
At the Cheverly Community Market you’ll find some of the best local vegetables and fruits, meats, fish, bread, wine, and one-of-a-kind crafts, such as beaded jewelry and knitted clothing. And to entertain you while you shop, a lineup of musicians plays at the market each week.
While enjoying a scenic walk next to the Walloomsac River, you can browse the selection of fresh, locally produced food and handmade crafts at Walloomsac Farmers Market. The colors and smells of fresh fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, and sweet jellies may draw you into the market, but the cooking demonstrations — like how to make sauerkraut, pickle-making, and cooking with garlic scapes — by local chefs, as well as the sounds of local musicians, will likely keep you coming back all year.
Peaches, peaches, peaches — The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market has 18 different types of peaches and nectarines, along with vegetables for every season — even the alternative purple peppers, purple carrots, and lemon cucumbers. You’ll also find 47 varieties of herbs, fresh mozzarella, gourmet rice pudding, fresh lamb and lamb’s wool, and more. Every week, the market hosts "Under the Green Tent," where market-goers learn about environmental sustainability.
Regulars at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market praise it as the "standard against which all other farmers markets should be measured." Offering everything from fresh produce, baked items, meats, and fish to cut-flowers and herbs, the market is where locals spend Saturday morning picking up fresh food for the week and meeting neighbors and friends. To thank farmers for their services to the community, the market awards scholarships to select exceptional farmers, which enable them to attend sustainable agriculture conferences.
Just a block from the ocean, Flagler Beach Farmers Market opens at sunrise and offers an assortment of fruits and vegetables, from the common melons and peppers to the more exotic like mamey fruit, native to Central America but also grown in parts of Florida. With items like Amish jams, painted hats and bags, didgeridoos native to Australia, old-fashioned candies, olive oils from different parts of the world, and African bolga baskets, there’s a blend of culture from everywhere.
Considered a must-do when visiting Vail, the Vail Famers Market is where to go to find the freshest local food, handmade clothing, and unique arts and crafts, for friendly company, and, some say, for people-watching. You’ll find vendors like the Alpine Avocado dressing maker who screams out "it’s a salad revolution"; Dan the Mountain Man, offering more than 300 varieties of chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, snack mixes, and candles; and Minnie Beasley’s Cookie Co., who customers claim makes the best cookie they have ever eaten.
Next to the Port Orchard waterfront, the Port Orchard Farmers Market, serving the local community since 1978, upholds its missions to "help preserve the agricultural identity and quality of rural life"” In addition to the miscellany of food and crafts, it has quite a sizable selection of plants, especially exotic ones. And with entertainment and kid-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone here.
There are certainly tons of fresh and tasty food items available at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. The unique items are its handmade arts and crafts, like metal creations built from recycled metal, baby quilts, doll sculptures, blown glass, and designs made from recycled island wood.
Visit Utica’s Historic Union Station for dried mushrooms, naturally raised pork and free-range chicken, honey and vanilla products, gelato, semi-precious stones, and handmade stuffed animals. It’s all available at the Oneida County Public Market.
Oneida County Public Market
Affectionately regarded as “the people’s market” by San Franciscans, the Alemany Farmers Market is all about affordable prices, fresh and quality ingredients, and a friendly community.
Since the '30s, Topeka residents and visitors alike spend Saturday mornings catching up with friends, listening to live music, and browsing locally produced food and craftwork. The cinnamon-roasted nuts and colorful handmade quilts alone are worth a trip.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, marionberries, and more are what you’ll find at the Gresham Farmers Market. Rooted in agriculture and known for its bounty of berries grown from local farms, Gresham opened its market in 1986 and still offers a wide selection of locally grown berries.
Since its opening in 1991, the Prescott Farmers Market has expanded from a few farmers to more than 90 vendors selling everything from locally produced food and artisan food products to prepared food and locally grown plants.
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Stop by the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, open every Tuesday of the year, for everything from food and flowers to bath and body products to arts and crafts. While locals browse, musicians varying in genres from pop and rock to jazz and blues add a musical melody to the market atmosphere.
If it’s fresh and it’s fish, it’ll be at the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market. Catfish, crawfish, alligator fillets, and shrimp salad sandwiches — it’s all wild-caught or farm-fresh and it’s available at this largely seafood-themed farmers’ market. Also available are handmade crafts like alligator cuffs and freshwater pearl jewelry. And for show, there’s a scheduled exhibit containing a 100-pound alligator snapping turtle from the Louisiana Wetlands.
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Some describe it as having "a kind of Southern charm;" others as a "warm fuzzy sense of community." The Agricenter’s Farmers Market is made up of these things and more, including juicy, ripened tomatoes — which shoppers rave about — honey sticks, baguettes, and hanging baskets. Next door, a garden center offers tropical plants and stone garden furniture.
Take a trip to the Boyne City Farmers Market, where you’ll find blueberry maple walnut granola by Hep’s Home Baked Granola, dried fruit and chocolate combinations from B-Nuts Trail Mix & Valley View Farm, gourmet caramel popcorn from Roth’s Country Kitchen, and handcrafted glass and silverware by Luv Designs.
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Considered a "festival in the park," the Willits Farmers Market is where friends and family gather for locally grown and artisan-made food, interesting crafts, and music by the Willits Farmers Market Band, the Dogwood Creek String Band, and guest musicians. Pick up some Chevito feta-style cheese from Yerba Santa and Bodega Goat Cheese or a sandwich from Frelima Farmette, and have a picnic in the park.
Given its central location in downtown Milwaukie, to some, the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market feels like "half produce market, half street fair." Entertaining with music styles from blue grass to jazz to Hawaiian, the market provides cooking demonstrations with fresh fruits and vegetables like mushrooms and huckleberries from Nature’s Wild Harvest, fresh salmon from Columbia River Fish Company, and lamb from SuDan Farm.
Just next door to Albany, the Delmar Farmers Market supplies locals with fresh food that is grown and made within a 35-mile radius. From vegetables and spices to vegan dip and fresh-baked items, the market is Delmar’s go-to source for the freshest and most flavorful ingredients and ready-made food.
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Berries, cheese, and herbs, as well as wine, Thai food, and woodcrafts — the Brattleboro Farmers Market gives off a country vibe and welcomes a friendly crowd.
No matter the time of year, all of your seasonal produce can be found at the Colorado Farm and Art Market. The market sells gourmet foods like granola, decorative cakes, and nut butters, as well as interesting artisan items and craftwork including medicinal mixtures, stuffed teddy bears made of Alpaca fur, and horseshoe art.
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At Fulton Farmers Market, you’ll find all of your must-have meats and produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods like roasted beans, chutney, and wood-fired pizza, and interesting crafts including garden art and handcrafted cutting boards. Promoting sustainability and healthy diets, the market offers advice and tasty recipes for cooking and serving market-bought foods. And with weekly kid-friendly activities of book readings, lawn-sign decorating, and book swaps, plus additional entertainment like magic shows and puppet shows, there’s always something to keep the kids entertained.
At the Jefferson County Farmers Market, there are fruit and vegetables available for every season. Find artichokes and arugula in the spring; berries, flowers, and tomatoes in the summer; and apples, pumpkins, and wild mushrooms in the fall. Stop by for seasonal produce as well as artisan foods like hand-roasted coffee and sweet and savory hand pies, plus arts and crafts you won’t find anywhere else, including jewelry made from paper and dolls made from sheep’s wool.
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This Minneapolis farmers market offers food and paraphernalia that come from Minnesota and all over. Here you’ll find eucalyptus flowers, habaneros, and jewelry made in India, as well as homemade hot sauces and handcrafted terra cotta pots from Mexico. With all of its international offerings, the Farmers Market Annex gives off a European-style bazaar vibe.
Even though it’s one of the largest farmers markets in its area, the Ukiah Farmers Market has a small-market feel with a neighborly vibe and friendly vendors. The climate in the Ukiah area creates ideal conditions for growing spring produce, and vendors from nearby coastal climates offer fruits and vegetables as well as seafood throughout the season.
The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market has fruits and vegetables for every season. You can get beets, spinach, and strawberries in June; beans, peppers, and potatoes in July; apples, carrots, and squash in August; and garlic, grapes, and pumpkins in September and October. And with everything else that the market offers, from cheese and soybean snacks to ceramic cups and mugs, you’re unlikely to go home empty-handed.
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For all of your weekly groceries, look no further than the Amherst Farmers Market, which sells the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, cheese, baked goods, and more. Locals can do nearly all of their shopping at the market.
Visit the 32nd St. Farmers Market and you’ll find a diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables, artisan-made foods like homemade pasta, cheese pies, and ice pops made with fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Come with an appetite and a desire to taste cultural foods like Thai curries and Ethiopian wraps.
If you’re looking for standard fruits and vegetables, the Ala Moana Farmers Market probably won’t have them, but it does have exotic fruits like lilikoi and red Hawaiian papayas, as well as traditional Hawaiian foods like Haupia Kulolo, a much-loved Hawaiian dessert made of taro, coconut milk, and sugar. Vendors will even let you sample before you buy. Though it may not be the best place to shop for everyday groceries, the market is great for its exotic finds.
Minneapolis locals say the Northeast Farmers Market is "nailing it" with their selection of locally grown and ready-made food. The market focuses on providing quality food and educational experiences that are "local, flavorful, and magical" for all ages and classes of people. These flavorful foods include Thai chiles, sugar snap peas, Indian burritos, and smoothies blended using bicycle power. The market’s arts and crafts selection is equally good, with handmade lip balm and body butter, stained and fused glass plates, and wind chimes.
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In addition to fresh produce and hand-made crafts, the City Market offers a free valet service called the Tomato Taxi to help customers carry their purchases after they’ve finished shopping.
Covering half a dozen blocks, the Capital City Public Market is filled with local farmers, bakers, winemakers, and artisans. Stop by for freshly prepared dumplings served with tomato-cilantro sauce, sweet and savory crepes made to order, wines made from Snake River Valley grapes, yarn spun from local sheep’s wool, and antique rustic metal art.
As you pass through Clarksville’s downtown square where their seasonal farmers’ market is held, sample a selection of natural teas at Natural Choices Legacy Tea Blends, taste an old-fashioned fried pie made by Fruitful Vine Farm, and try on a handmade apron by Hobby Aprons. It’s all at the Clarksville Downtown Farmers’ Market.
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The Woodland Park Farmers Market provides everything from large shiitake mushrooms and all-natural pork and eggs to homemade chocolate truffles and colorful sand art. The market also offers educational programs like Discover You Can — Learn Make Share, which helps shoppers learn to can and make canning recipes with local, fresh ingredients.
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An all-food market, the Aptos Farmers Market offers plenty of herbs, plants, produce, meats and dairy, fish, and artisan-made foods. Sauerkraut, oysters, cheeses, olive oil, pasta and gourmet sauces, juices, and smoked sausages and bacon — you can find it all here, all year long.
Open six days a week, the Local Roots Market & Café is a convenient stop for your weekly all-natural grocery items. Goat milk and goat cheese, goose and duck meat, sweet potatoes, tortilla chips, vegan cupcakes and muffins —these and more are available at the market.
Handmade bath products, flavored peanut butter spreads, made-to-order empanadas, vegan baked goods, aerial photography, fresh-caught salmon, and flavored garlic pastes and hummus — these unique finds are all available at the Pacific Beach Farmers' Market. With great deals like a head of lettuce for $1, six avocados for $5, and three chicken tamales for $10, the market is a must for weekly grocery shopping.
The Capital City Farmers Market has provided fresh food like fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, and more to the local community for more than 36 years. Visit the market for delicious fresh vegetables including beets, Swiss chard, and parsnips, less common meats like duck and pheasant, and handmade crafts including drums, dried flower arrangements, and hammered silver jewelry.
With food like fresh-baked pies, jars of pickles, and Italian ice, the Coventry Regional Farmers Market will seem like a country fair — the fiddle players help. The Boston Globe called the market "one of the top ten things to do in New England."
Though it’s one of the pricier farmers markets on this list, the amount, diversity, and quality of products sold at the Saratoga Springs Farmers Market make it well worth the extra cost, and there are some great bargains to be found. The market’s fresh food — including Long Island-caught fish and mushrooms grown in Ghent, N.Y. — is grown and brought to you from four surrounding counties.
Described by locals as "hip, local, green, and gourmet," the Kingfield Farmers Market welcomes with live music, produce, specialty and made-to-order foods, and crafts. Ready-to-eat favorites include pulled pork tacos from Chef Shack, a street food vendor, fresh-baked bread and cookies from Sun Street Breads, and pitas and petal-powered smoothies from Foxy Falafel.
Regarded by locals as a “cozy and neighborly” market, the Lexington Farmers Market allows you to sample locally-made wine and cheese as you browse its assortment of fresh produce, dairy, meat, prepared foods, and cool crafts. And no matter the time of day, locals say the market is always "hopping."
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Maple-smoked bacon, artisan breads, "Thai street food with a Minnesota twist," handmade soaps and hula-hoops, and hand-knit felted hats — get it all at the Midtown Farmers Market. Additionally, every week the market features live music, kid-friendly activities, cooking and composting demonstrations, and gardening advice from Master Gardeners, which is a horticulture educational program.
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From produce and baked items to prepared food and clothing and crafts, the Little Italy Farmers Market has everything you need, including a breathtaking view of the San Diego coast. Whether you’re picking up your weekly groceries or just popping in for fresh Mexican food or a refreshing drink like the Cucumber Chill Cooler, the market is the place to do it.
On Saturdays, eager shoppers line up first thing in the morning and wait for the bell that signals that vendors are open at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, where fresh fruit and vegetables can sell out quickly. Start with a cup of coffee and bacon or sausage and spend the morning wandering the market.
Operating at six locations in the Washington, D.C. area, Fresh Farm Markets offer flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and sauces, meats and fish, dairy, ice cream and sorbet, and baked goods. Some food that you’ll find at the market includes farm-fresh blueberries, chocolate milk, drinkable yogurt, baklava, Italian pasta, and seasonally inspired tacos.
Whether it’s produce, dairy, meat, or bread that you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the Flint Farmers Market, along with a wine shop, an art gallery, a café, and unique arts and crafts to purchase. If you have questions about how to prepare any food or dish, you can visit the market’s two chefs on any Saturday to "Ask the Chefs."
At the Kalamazoo Farmers Market, there are seasonal fruits and vegetables like melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, and lima beans, ready-made foods like tamales, gourmet jerky, and Italian sausage, and some craftwork like hand-spun wool and crystal jewelry.
At the Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, there are cherries, berries, apricots, sweet and savory hummus, Hawaiian shaved ice, macaroons and caramels, silver exotic stone jewelry, restored upcycled hardback books made into purses, and much more. And on certain days, the market features live entertainment including a violinist and a cellist, chef demonstrations, and crafting activities for kids.
As it sells delicious goat’s milk, honey, bread, and fruits, some think of the Santa Fe Farmers Market as the "perfect gathering of goodness." And there’s more goodness to be had in artisanal goods like garlic-infused olive oil, chile and cheese croissants, mushroom-topped flatbread pizza, and chocolate chip cookies — all sold at the market.
It’s "sweeter than a cake made out of pie," one local says, and there’s plenty of cake and pie at the Vancouver Farmers Market. It’s also where you’ll find locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, smoked meats, gluten-free waffle and brownie mixes, organic wine, and fish and chips, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade crafts like garden art, handmade pens, and superhero capes for kids.
In the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Market Square Farmers Market offers all of your standard farmers’ market herbs, plants, produce, dairy, and meats. But look out for the more unusual finds like mushroom logs and mushroom-growing kits, Tennessee Moonshine Cookies, rabbit and lamb meats, handmade socks, and jewelry made from dried flowers. In addition to the regular season, vendors return in December to sell their special holiday items.
With four different locations, the SFC Farmers Market has everything from seasonal produce and dairy products to green juice and cold kombucha drinks on tap and in bottles. Whichever market location you go to, the variety is wide and the people are friendly.
Renowned chefs and the most well-known farmers in the area can be seen at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where vendors offer a diverse selection of produce, herbs and flowers, fresh meats, regional artisan products, and much more.
Cleveland’s oldest public market (dating back to 1840) West Side Market is quite ethnically diverse, offering all sorts of vegetables, European breads and pastries, and ready-to-eat foods like gyros and crepes, among other hand-crafted bites.
In historic downtown Charleston’s Marion Square, the Charleston Farmers Market thrives with food, art, and entertainment. There are fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as artisan foods like flavored pecans and prepared foods including authentic French crepes and shrimp and grits. Some handmade crafts available are handmade lotions, glass art, and artisan-drawn self-portraits and caricatures.
For wine and spirit tastings, grilled peaches and vanilla bean gelato, balloon art, cooking demonstrations, and live music, come to the Farmers Market of the Ozarks. To help the community understand how their food gets from farm to table, the market hosts a "Farm to Table" event during which locals can tour three farms and enjoy a four-course meal prepared with farm-grown ingredients.
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Often called the "Crown Jewel of Fayetteville," the Fayetteville Farmers Market has been providing fresh and local products to the community for more than 40 years. From the early morning, the market is busy with shoppers, farmers, crafters, musicians, and even a juggler.
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Not only is the Lancaster Central Market one of the country’s best farmers’ markets, it also claims to be the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market, for more than 275 years. In the heart of Amish country and occupying a 120-year-old brick building, the market oozes history and character, as well as a taste of the local life with regional foods including Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple, and headcheese.
Described by some as "dripping with Austin attitude," the Hope Farmers Market is a gathering place for everyone from hipsters to free spirits. Visitors come to shop for fresh food and one-of-a-kind crafts, and to listen and dance to music performed by local musicians. With market food like wheatgrass, lavender, and mix-and-match ice cream cookie sandwiches, as well as handmade crafts like wooden rocking chairs and beaded jewelry, there’s something here for everyone.
Noted for its fresh fruit and diverse plant selection, the Hilo Farmers Market offers exotic native fruits for every season, including loquats in the spring, jackfruit in the summer, ohelo berries in the fall, and durian in the winter. Its plant collection consists of fely orchids, anthuriums, protea, and bonsai plants.
"Creating healthy communities" since 1990, the Tacoma Farmers Market’s founding intent was to create a "walkable" downtown through the sharing of locally-grown foods and arts. The market not only has fresh food and handmade craftwork, but it also offers free community events on-site, like chalk art demonstrations by a local chalk artist and jewelry classes by local designers.
Located next to the waterfront at the historical Steamboat Landing, the Ithaca Farmers Market now serves as a place for visitors and locals alike to shop for fresh, local food and special gifts. Blueberries and blueberry wine, milk cheeses, paintings of traditional Chinese designs, and hand-blown glass can all be found at the market.
Some think of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market as a "mini Arts Festival with produce." It carries fruits and vegetables, an expansive collection of freshly caught seafood, fruit pies, and some unique finds like Brazilian-style, gluten-free cheese bread, boiled peanuts, biscuits and gravy, as well as arts and crafts including handmade leather bags and decorated sunglasses.
With more than 50 varieties of produce, the collection of fruits and vegetables available at the Memphis Farmers Market "puts Whole Foods’ selection to shame," one shopper says. This market also shines in its assortment of herbs, plants, and fresh-cut flowers, as well as its meats, dairy, and artisan-made items.
Locals say the Omaha Farmers Market is one of the best parts of summer in Omaha. They love it because while produce changes with the seasons, the vendors, atmosphere, and people stay the same. At the market, you’ll find fresh-picked celery, German sausage, and ready-made habanero lime pasta.
With more than 300 vendors, the Saint Paul Farmers Market is not only the largest market in Minnesota, but may be one of the largest around the nation. Operating near a spot that housed one of the very first farmers markets in the area in 1853, it has everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers, herbs, and plants to artisan-made foods and even seasonal items like Christmas trees, wreaths, and pumpkins.
For many, the Phoenix Public Market is a Saturday-morning tradition. With freshly made food like Indian tacos, fried fish, and pulled pork sandwiches (said to be the best in town), you might even stay for lunch. Handmade copper, brass, and silver jewelry, hand-knit accessories, and sun-catchers are a few of the crafts sold at the market.
Farmers, food, and friendliness — you can find it all at the Green City Market, where there’s a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy, flowers and plants, baked goods, and prepared foods. In an initiative to promote sustainability, the market offers a compost and recycling program, farmer scholarships, educational activities, and more.
Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers Market began in 1975 with 15 vendors, likely only selling fruits and vegetables. Since then it’s grown to nearly 300 vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to meat, dairy, bread, sweets, and even artisanal food and craftwork. The market also helps out the community by allowing vendors, if they choose to, to donate some of their fresh food to local homeless shelters in the area.
Sitting on the Puget Sound waterfront, the Pike Place Farmers Market has been around since 1907, when its first opening was considered "one of the greatest days in the history of Seattle" and was intended to connect locals with the farmers who were growing and producing their food.
Filled with the smell of fresh seafood, the market offers a diverse array of locally caught fish including salmon, Alaskan halibut, swordfish, tuna, crab, shrimp, lobster, and shellfish — all sold by producers who have been at the market for decades. While there’s plenty of fish, there’s plenty of everything else, as well. Here you’ll find rows of fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made and imported specialty food items for any dish you’re looking to make. And for those searching for unique, handmade gifts, there are clothes and accessories, bath and beauty products, toys, musical instruments, kitchenware, longboards crafted from sustainable hardwoods, and so much more to discover at the market.