101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015 from 101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015 slideshow
101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015 slideshow
101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015
Take a look at the rankings to see how your preferred farmers market fared, and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.
#101 Cheverly Community Market, Cheverly, Md.
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. A lineup of musicians plays at the market each week, so you’ll be entertained as you shop. The market is open select Saturdays from May to December.
#100 South Bend Farmer’s Market, South Bend, Ind.
The South Bend Farmer’s Market has been serving its community every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday since 1911. The market continues to offer the same locally grown produce and homemade goods as it did more than 100 years ago, but today it has a permanent building, complete with a restaurant at the center.
#99 Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka, Alaska
#98 Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market, Hot Springs, Ark.
This community-oriented 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. The Hot Springs Farmers Market is open year-round with both a summer and a winter season.
#97 Amherst Farmers' Market, Amherst, Mass.
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 here. The Amherst Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from April to November.
#96 Black Hills Farmers Market, Rapid City, S.D.
#95 Coppell Farmers Market, Coppell, Texas
The Coppell Farmers Market just received a makeover last year with the unveiling of their new pavilion. All produce comes from farms fewer than 150 miles from the market, and the specific growing conditions from each farm are labeled on the market’s website. The market is open Saturdays from April to November.
#94 Oneida County Public Market, Utica, N.Y.
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. It’s open Saturdays during the summer and holiday season.
#93 Market on Central, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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, wine, clay pottery, little girls’ tutus and dresses, and much more. For entertainment, local musicians play the banjo, washboard, and mandolin right in the market, and other artists and entertainers perform periodically. Market on Central is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from June through September.
#92 Zion Farmer's Market, Zion, Ill.
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 visit with friendly vendors like Farmer Mike, who lets shoppers sample his produce before they buy. Adding to the selection of food, specialty items, and crafts — including berries and zucchini, caramel corn, elk antler dog chews, engraved glass, and kites — the market offers lessons in nutrition, or what they call "veg-u-cation," as well as educational crafting projects for kids where they can do things like decorate their own flowerpots. The Zion Farmer’s Market is open on Fridays, June to September.
#91 Bozrah Farmers Market, Bozrah, Conn.
Although relatively new to the farmers market scene (it is celebrating its 7th season this year), the Bozrah Farmers Market has quickly become a local hotspot. You’ll find Connecticut-grown produce, unique baked goods, organic soaps, and much more. The market runs every Friday from July to October.
#90 Woodmont Farmers Market, Milford, Conn.
The Woodmont Farmers Market is hosted at the Robert Treat Farm’s every Wednesday. The 30-acre farm has served the community’s farmers market needs for the last 60 years, but has been in operation since 1639. It is open year-round selling pickles, cheeses, produce, seafood, and more.
#89 Saturday Farmers' Market, Newport, Ore.
From colorful 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 Saturdays year-round in Newport.
#88 Fort Collins Farmers Market, Fort Collins, Colo.
The Fort Collins Farmers Market offers cooking demonstrations, games, and music for its patrons while they shop for local produce. From fruits and vegetables to flowers and organic body care products, Fort Collins covers all farmers market must-haves — and more. The Fort Collins Market is open Wednesdays from June to October and Sundays from May to November.
#87 Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, Gloucester, Maine
In addition to local food and crafts, 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 to see at the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market. You can enjoy live music, educational booths, weekly activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, and seafood throw-down cooking contests.
#86 Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market, Oshkosh, Wis.
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. The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is open year-round, except for the month of May.
#85 Spa City Farmers’ Market, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Saratoga Springs community can enjoy the bounty of New York farmers every Sunday year-round. The market managers have high standards for vendors, saying “All participating vendors are premium local brands and the best of the best, including a bounty of the State’s most sought-after farmers and producers.” Dogs are welcome, and parking is free.
#84 Melrose Place Farmers Market, West Hollywood, Calif.
The Melrose Place Farmers Market is open every Sunday, rain or shine. It is one of 24 Raw Inspiration markets in California providing locals with fresh, California produce, artisan goods, and prepared meals. Melrose Place Farmers Market also puts on special events for the community, like restaurant tastings at the market.
#83 Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, Las Vegas
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. On certain days, the market features live entertainment, including string ensembles, chef demonstrations, and crafting activities for kids. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays, year-round.
#82 Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
You can find tons of fresh and tasty food items at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. There are a lot of unique goods here, too, especially handmade arts and crafts, like metal creations built from recycled metal, baby quilts, doll sculptures, blown glass, and designs made from recycled island wood. The market is open Saturdays, April to December.
#81 Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, Pacific Beach, Calif.
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. It’s open every Tuesday, year-round.
#80 Newport Farmers' Market, Newport, N.H.
Rain or shine, wind or storm warning, the Newport Farmers Market is open every week, offering food, crafts, music, and even story time for the little ones. This market is dog-friendly, too. Spoil your pup with bones, ears, and hooves sold in different flavors and sizes. The market is open every Friday, May through October.
#79 Old Oakland Farmers’ Market, Oakland, Calif.
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market is one of nine Urban Villages markets serving urban communities in California. Urban Villages is dedicated to cultivating relationships between California growers and the community and offer cooking demos in all of their markets. The Old Oakland market is open Fridays year-round.
#78 32nd Street Farmers Market, Baltimore
Visit the 32nd Street 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. The 32nd Street Farmers Market is open every Saturday year-round.
#77 Jefferson County Farmers Market, Jefferson County, Wash.
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. The Jefferson County Farmers Market is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, June through September.
#76 Alabama Farmers Market, Birmingham, Ala.
The Alabama Farmers Market’s 49 acres is an outpost for 207 Alabama growers who sell both wholesale and to ordinary consumers. The market is open seven days a week, year-round.
#75 Farmers Market Annex, Minneapolis
This Minneapolis farmers market serves the Twin Cities in more ways than one. Every Saturday and Sunday in May through October, the market sells all things fresh from the farm, including flowers, prepared foods, and produce. But the space does not go to waste for the rest of the year. The Market Annex operates as a Christmas tree farm, flower lot, and community event space during the winter and spring months.
#74 Chewelah Farmers Market, Chewelah, Wash.
Chewelah covers all the basics of a fabulous farmers market with its devotion to local produce and community service. But it’s the weekly planned activities that make this market stand out: the cherry splat contest and zucchini regatta, to name a couple. The Chewelah market is open every Friday from May to October.
#73 Delmar Farmers Market, Delmar, N.Y.
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. The Delmar market is open Saturdays during the growing season.
#72 Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, San Francisco
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. The Ferry Plaza market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (the Saturday market is by far the largest).
#71 Prescott Farmers Market, Prescott, Ariz.
Since its debut 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 products to plants and prepared food. The Prescott market is open every Saturday, May through October.
#70 Oregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City, Ore.
The Oregon City Farmers Market is not only dedicated to the local growers, but also to the overall health and wellbeing of Oregon City’s citizens. Healthy-eating education programs are a high priority among the market managers. There’s also a free gardening workshop held every Saturday in July. The market runs year-round, but the main summer market is held Wednesdays and Saturdays, May to October.
#69 Alemany Farmers' Market, San Francisco
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. The community market is open every Saturday from dawn ‘til dusk.
#68 Fulton Farmers’ Market, Minneapolis
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 beautifully made cutting boards. In an effort to promote sustainability and healthy diets, the market offers advice and tasty recipes for cooking and serving market-bought foods. And with weekly kid-friendly activities like book readings, lawn-sign decorating, and book swaps, plus additional entertainment like magic shows and puppet shows, there’s always something to keep the little ones entertained. The Fulton Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, May to October.
#67 The Greene Street Market, Huntsville, Ala.
The Greene Street Market has become an essential part of every Huntsvillian’s Thursday afternoon routine. Patrons come to purchase fresh –cut flowers and artisanal spreads and jams, grass-fed beef, and locally grown produce. There’s even an indoor market store that’s open six days a week.
#66 Northeast Farmers Market, Minneapolis
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 impressive, with handmade lip balm and body butter, stained and fused glass plates, and wind chimes.
#65 Saratoga Springs Farmers Market, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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, New York — is brought to visitors from surrounding counties.
#64 Ala Moana Farmers' Market, Honolulu
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 liliko'i (passion fruit) 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. The market is open every Saturday, year-round.
#63 Fayetteville Farmers Market, Fayetteville, Ark.
Often called the "Crown Jewel of Fayetteville," the Fayetteville Farmers Market has provided 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. The Fayetteville Farmers Market is open year-round, and the outdoor summer market is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, April to November.
#62 Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market, Statesboro, Ga.
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 the market closes during the winter months, fresh market food is available year-round through the "Market2Go" service, which allows shoppers to browse seasonal products online, place an order, and pick up it up from a nearby location. The summer market is open every Saturday from April to October.
#61 Schenectady Greenmarket, Schenectady, N.Y.
Schenectady residents enjoy the fruits of their community year-round at the Schenectady indoor winter market and outdoor summer market. Farmers from all over the area come to sell their much-appreciated honey, fruit, vegetables, and prepared foods. One tried-and-true vendor, Barber’s Farm in Middleburgh, New York, has grown sustainable, GMO-free produce for six generations.
#60 Homer Farmers Market, Homer, Ark.
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 herb-based soaps are just some of the diverse items sold at the Homer Farmers Market. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through September.
#59 Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia, Wash.
Now celebrating 40 years serving the Olympia community, 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, and San Francisco Street Bakery — their freshly baked desserts have a cult following. The Olympia Farmers Market runs April through October, Thursday through Saturday.
#58 Minneapolis Farmers Market, Minneapolis, Minn.
Since 1937, the Minneapolis Famers Market has provided the Twin Cities with fresh, local produce and goods. The 170 stalls fill up seven days a week from April to November rain or shine. It even has its own weekly podcast, “Fresh and Local,” covering everything from healthy recipes to making the most of your next trip to the market.
#57 Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market, Milwaukie, Ore.
Given its central location in downtown Milwaukie, the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market feels like half produce market, half street fair. The market’s unique touch is especially evident in its music performances, in styles from bluegrass to jazz to Hawaiian. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations — with fresh fruits and vegetables like huckleberries and mushrooms — from Nature’s Wild Harvest, fresh salmon from Columbia River Fish Company, and lamb from SuDan Farm. The market season spans from May to October.
#56 Downtown Topeka Farmers Market, Topeka, Kansas
Since the '30s, Topeka residents and visitors alike have spent Saturday mornings from April through November 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.
#55 Atlanta State Farmers Market, Atlanta
The Atlanta State Farmers Market sits on 150 acres along with a garden market, restaurants, and other wholesale produce markets. The farmers market is open seven days a week year-round, selling Georgia’s prized produce, meats, and dairy products.
#54 Boyne City Farmers Market, Boyne, Mich.
Take a trip to the Boyne City Farmers Market, where you’ll find blueberry maple walnut granola by Hep’s Home Baked, 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, along with the typical locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The outdoor market is open every Wednesday and Saturday, May through October. The market moves indoors every Saturday from November to April.
#53 Boulder County Farmers’ Market, Boulder, Colo.
The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is an iconic gathering place in the community. All 120 vendors gather Saturdays and some Wednesdays between April and November. This year, the market will have a kale festival, which will feature a kale taste-off and cooking demonstrations.
#52 Midtown Farmers Market, Minneapolis, Minn.
Maple-smoked bacon, artisan breads, "Thai street food with a Minnesota twist," handmade soaps, hula-hoops, and hand-knit felted hats — you can get it all at the Midtown Farmers Market. Along with its many vendors, every week, the market features live music, kid-friendly activities, cooking and composting demonstrations, and gardening advice from Master Gardeners, a horticulture educational program. The Midtown Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, May through October.
#51 Mississippi Farmers Market, Jackson, Miss.
This year-round market is the largest of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Breakfast and lunch are served in Southern restaurant the Farmers Table at the market as well. It even has an app for patrons to check in on what they can find each day at the market.
#50 Lexington Farmers' Market, Lexington, Ky.
The Lexington Farmers’ Market is a five-day-a-week, year-round operation. During the regular growing season (April to November) the market operates outdoors, and it migrates indoors during the winter months. Sweet corn and tomatoes are some of the favorite items snatched up during the season.
#49 Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster, Pa.
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, doing business 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. You’ll get a taste of the local life with regional foods like Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple, and headcheese.
#48 KCC Farmers Market, Honolulu
The KCC Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Markets is one of several markets put on by the Hawaii Farm Bureau, whose mission is to “enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.” Patrons enjoy local coffee, sea asparagus, ginger, and locally caught fish, among many other Hawaiian treats. The KCC Market is held every Saturday and Tuesday year-round.
#47 Capital City Public Market, Boise, Idaho
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 crêpes made to order, wines made from Snake River Valley grapes, and yarn spun from local sheep’s wool. The Capital City Public Market is open Saturdays, April through December.
#46 Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier, Vt.
The Capital City Farmers Market has provided fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, and more to the local community for more than 37 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. The Capital City Farmers Summer Market is held every Saturday from May to October, and the Indoor Market is held several Saturdays in the winter.
#45 Kingfield Farmers Market, Kingfield, Minn.
Described by locals as "hip, local, green, and gourmet," the Kingfield Farmers Market welcomes visitors with live music, produce, specialty and made-to-order foods, and crafts. Ready-to-eat favorites include pulled pork tacos from street food vendor Chef Stack, fresh-baked bread and cookies from Sun Street Breads, and pitas and petal-powered smoothies from Foxy Falafel. The Kingfield Farmers Market is one of three markets run by Neighborhood Roots and is open Saturdays, May through October.
#44 Colorado Farm and Art Market, Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Colorado Farm and Art Market was founded with a mission to support local farmers, food producers, and artists in Colorado. No matter the time of year, all of your seasonal produce can be found here. The vendors sell 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 fleece, and horseshoe art.
#43 Morgantown Farmers Market, Morgantown, W.Va.
All of the produce sold at the Morgantown Farmers Market is grown within a 50 mile radius. Everything from eggs and goat cheese to pork, lamb, fruits, and vegetables can be found in the permanent covered building. The summer market runs every Saturday, May through November, and one Saturday a month during the winter months.
#42 Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Springfield, Mo.
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 an event where locals can tour three farms and enjoy a four-course meal prepared with farm-grown ingredients. The market’s main goal is to support farmers and artisans in the community. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open Saturdays year-round.
#41 Gresham Farmers' Market, Gresham, Ore.
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 by local farms, Gresham opened its market in 1986 and still offers a wide selection of locally grown berries. The Gresham market is open each Saturday from Mother’s Day until the last weekend in October.
#40 Clarksville Downtown Market, Clarksville, Tenn.
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 Market, open every Saturday from May through October.
#39 Redmond Saturday Market, Redmond, Wash.
Redmond Farmers Market serves its community every Saturday from May through October. With over 70 vendors a week, the market has its fair share of herbs, produce, fish, breads, honey, and meats. The market takes into account every member of the community, large, small, and furry. There are always activities planned for kids and the local pet adoption center often brings cats and dogs looking for their forever homes.
#38 Downtown Farmers Market, Salt Lake City
The Downtown Farmers Market was founded in 1992, and has since expanded to four markets: the Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays, June to October), the Downtown Art and Craft Market (Saturdays, June through October), the Downtown Harvest Market (Tuesdays, August to October) and the Winter Market at Rio Grande (Saturdays, November to April). The produce from the market comes from 16 counties in Utah. Some of Utah’s most iconic vendors have become so popular they trade in their tents for a brick and mortar store.
#37 Woodland Park Farmers Market, Woodland Park, Colo.
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 with local, fresh ingredients. The Woodland market is open Fridays from June through September in the summer and the second Saturday of each month in the winter.
#36 Ithaca Farmers Market, Ithaca, N.Y.
Located next to the waterfront at the historical Steamboat Landing, the Ithaca Farmers Market functions 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. The Ithaca Farmers Market is open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at four different locations. All 160 vendors grow their food within 30 miles of the market.
#35 Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo, Hawaii
Noted for its fresh fruit and diverse plant selection, the Hilo Farmers Market offers 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. The Hilo market is open seven days a week, with the largest number of vendors attending the Wednesday and Saturday markets. Some items from the market are even available for purchase online.
#34 Crescent City Farmers Market, New Orleans
The Crescent City Farmers Market was founded by marketumbrella.org , a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating markets for the public good. The market often puts on events for its patrons such as beekeeping demonstrations. It is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at various locations across New Orleans.
#33 Lexington Farmers' Market, Lexington, Mass.
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." The Lexington Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday.
#32 Davis Farmers Market, Davis, Calif.
#31 Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, Saint Paul, Minn.
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 in the nation. Operating near a spot that housed one of the very first farmers markets in the state 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. Saint Paul Farmers’ Markets are held every Saturday from April through November.
#30 West Side Market, Cleveland
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 crepês, among other hand-crafted bites.
#29 City Market, Kansas City, Mo.
The City Market is a year-round shopping center filled with dining, stores, and entertainment. In addition to the permanent market, the market hosts the region’s largest farmers market every Saturday and Sunday. The City Market offers a free valet service called the Tomato Taxi to help customers carry their purchases after they’ve finished shopping.
#28 Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, N.M.
The Santa Fe Famers Market, New Mexico’s largest market, is open every Saturday year-round. The managers pride themselves on the market’s well-curated selection of goods — only food grown in northern New Mexico is permitted. This market even has its own radio show, on which the hosts share weekly market deals and touch on agricultural and food-related issues.
#27 Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta
On Saturdays, eager shoppers line up first thing in the morning and wait for the bell that signals that vendors are open for business 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 largest producer-only market in the state of Georgia. Most Saturdays, the market has a chef demonstration and live music for entertainment. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May through December.
#26 Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, Tenn.
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, Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to November, vendors return in December to sell their special holiday items.
#25 Tacoma Farmers Market, Tacoma, Wash.
"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 Tacoma designers. The Tacoma Farmers Market is open May through September every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday.
#24 Little Italy Farmers’ Market, San Diego
From produce and baked items to prepared food, 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 and a refreshing drink like the Cucumber Chill Cooler, this market is the place to do it.
#23 The Market at Pepper Place, Birmingham, Ala.
The market at Pepper Place was founded in 2000 to connect Alabama farmers to the community. With more than 100 vendors, including both farmers and craftspeople, the market is a lively place to visit every Saturday from May until December.
#22 Dupont Circle Fresh Farm Market, Washington, D.C.
Fresh Market’s Dupont Circle location is open every Sunday year-round. The market raises money to match dollars for families using SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP in order to get more fresh produce into community kitchens.
#21 Omaha Farmers Market, Omaha, Neb.
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.
#20 Las Cruces Farmers’ & Crafts Market, Las Cruces, N.M.
The Las Cruces Farmers’ & Crafts Market has been serving the Las Cruces community for 40 years. With more than 300 farmer and artisan vendors, it was voted the Nation’s Best Large Farmers Market in America’s Farmland Trust Poll in 2011. The market is open year-round every Wednesday and Saturday.
#19 Baltimore Farmers’ Market, Baltimore
Baltimore Farmers’ Market, Maryland’s largest producer-only market, sells fruits, vegetables, and an extensive array of meats, including bison, goat, rabbit, lamb, and seafood. Craft artisans and flea merchants sometimes sell alongside the Sunday market.
#18 University District Farmers Market, Seattle
The first of seven Seattle neighborhood farmers markets, the University District Farmers Market supports more than 100 local family farms, and even offers gift certificates.
#17 Burlington Farmers’ Market, Burlington, Vt.
The Burlington Farmers’ Market takes advantage its vast Vermont-grown goodies year-round by moving to an indoor facility during the brutal winters. From wine, mead, honey, and hummus to vegetables, flowers, breads, and meats, Burlington’s market sources producer-only goods for locals and tourist alike.
#16 SFC Farmers' Market, Austin
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.
#15 Downtown Farmers’ Market, Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1975 with 15 vendors, likely only selling fruits and vegetables. Since then, it’s grown to host 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 encouraging vendors to donate some of their fresh food to local homeless shelters in the area.
#14 Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis, Tenn.
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. In addition to the tried-and-true produce and meats of most markets, the Memphis market also shines in its assortment of herbs, plants, and fresh-cut flowers.
#13 Durham Farmers’ Market, Durham, N.C.
All 77 vendors at the Durham Farmers’ Market grow their produce within 70 miles of the market. The year-round, Wednesday and Saturday market’s loyal following is mirrored by its more than 11,000 Twitter followers.
#12 Coventry Farmers’ Market, Coventry, Conn.
With food like fresh-baked pies, jars of pickles, and Italian ice, the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market will seem like a country fair — and the fiddle players help. The Boston Globe called the market "one of the top 10 things to do in New England."
#11 Vancouver Farmers Market, Vancouver, Wash.
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.
#10 Phoenix Public Market, Phoenix
#9 Hope Farmers Market, Austin
Described by some as "dripping with Austin attitude," the Hope Farmers Market is a gathering place for everyone. 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 every free-spirited hipster of Austin.
#8 Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.
This farmers market is open every weekend, offering local fare. But from Tuesday through Sunday, the Eastern Market building is used to display local art, hold community meetings, and sell artisanal foods and wares. With more than 27,000 Twitter followers, Eastern Market is an integral part of the Capitol Hill community.
#7 Charleston Farmers Market, Charleston, S.C.
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, from authentic French crêpes to shrimp and grits. Glass art and lotions are among some of the many artisanal craft goods available for purchase. The market is open every Saturday April to November and Every Saturday and Sunday in December.
#6 Nashville Farmers’ Market, Nashville, Tenn.
The Nashville Farmers’ Market has been around since the early nineteenth century, and now covers 16 acres of urban landscape. The Market House is a permanent complex of 16 restaurants and local shops. The year-round, daily market in the center of the Market House includes up to 100 farmers selling seasonal produce, meats, and dairy items.
#5 Chicago Green City Market, Chicago
The farmers of the Chicago Green City Market go through a vigorous application process ensuring that they yield humanely raised meats and pesticide-free produce. The year-round market offers sustainable, local groceries and free resources for maintaining a sustainable future. The Green City Market is open every Saturday year-round.
#4 Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Hollywood, Calif.
#3 Santa Monica Wednesday Market, Santa Monica, Calif.
The Santa Monica Wednesday Market is largest of four farmers markets in Santa Monica. It is the largest grower-only certified market in Southern California and offers healthy-eating education outreach programs for both children and adults.
#2 Portland State University Farmers Market, Portland, Ore.
Portland State University Farmers Market is the flagship market of the Portland Farmers Market. With 200 rotating vendors, the market features local, seasonal produce with music to match every Saturday year-round. The market managers really have taken every detail into consideration, even offering a “veggie valet” service to hold on to your heavy produce while you shop.
#1 Union Square Greenmarket, New York City
Serving more than 60,000 bustling city residents and tourists on any given day, GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket caters to them with an ever-changing treasury of fresh produce, baked goods, meats and fish, even wine and beer. Along with its extensive list of vendors from the Tri-State area, the Greenmarket goes above and beyond to accommodate the needs of its community. The Greenmarket is open four days a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — year-round, and offers cooking demonstrations, a compost pile, and seasonal bounty galore.