Locating American Farmer’s Markets

2012-08-07

Finding Farmer’s Market in the U.S.A.

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12 OF THE BIGGEST (AND BEST!) U.S.A. FARMERS’ MARKETS

At these big markets, you’ll find cooking classes, festivals and live music, along with dozens of vendors selling fresh local produce. All those extras make them hot spots for both locals and visitors who want a taste (literally and figuratively) of the local scene.

Capital City Farmers Market
 ~ Montpelier, Vt.
Specialty and small farms (there’s one that just grows berries!) are the highlights of this 30-year-old market. The market’s 40-plus vendors carry Vermont staples such as maple syrup, cheese and meat, as well as items Vermont is not (yet) known for, like wine and hot sauce. The market is open on Saturdays from May through October.

Union Square Greenmarket
 ~ New York, N.Y.
Manhattan might be the last place you associate with farms, but four days a week all year round, more than 140 farmers and vendors make their way to the city to sell chefs, locals and tourists apples (it’s not called the Big Apple for nothing), leafy greens, rooftop honey and many more local delights.

Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square
 ~ Madison, Wis.
Even during the long, cold, winters, Wisconsinites want to eat local. So, they go to the Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest producer-only market in the United States. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, locals can pick up what’s fresh, from corn, eggplant and meat to Wisconsin’s famous cheeses.

Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market
 ~ Des Moines, Iowa
The place to see and be seen in Des Moines every Saturday from May through October is this farmers’ market. A typical Saturday brings 200 farmers selling Iowa’s famous corn, of course, in addition to everything from kohlrabi to goat meat.

Dupont Circle FRESH FARM Market ~ Washington, D.C.
At one hot spot in D.C. it doesn’t matter whom you voted for, only what you’re planning to make for dinner. Every Sunday all year long, Washingtonians get local meat, bread, pasta, veggies, fruit and more from the 30-plus farmers and vendors selling at the market.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ~ San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco restaurants have a passion for figs, and this is where many of the city’s chefs get those delicious fruits, as well as mushrooms, olives (and olive oils), Meyer lemons and other fresh California produce. The nearly 90 vendors are at Ferry Plaza on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Portland Farmers’ Market
 ~ Deering Oaks Park, Portland, Maine
The pride that Maine residents feel for their market probably stems from its deep roots. The government established the official “Portland Farmers’ Market” in 1917. Modern shoppers can pick up fruits, veggies, meat and eggs from the 30-plus growers and producers selling their goodies on Saturdays from May through November.

Portland Farmers Market at PSU
 ~ Portland, Oregon
What is about Portlands that makes them perfect for produce and fantastic farmers’ markets? This market caters to Oregon’s foodies at Portland State University’s parking lot every Saturday from March to December. A typical Saturday boasts nearly 200 growers and farmers selling local delights like raspberries, yak meat, a wide variety of mushrooms, local beers and olive oil.

St. Paul Downtown Farmers’ Market
 ~ Saint Paul, Minn.
The 160-plus stalls at this market are all local — very local. The furthest farm is 75 miles away from the city. Locavore shoppers come downtown on Saturdays from April to November, and Sundays all year, to pick up melons, pumpkins, poultry and more.

Farmers Market imageUniversity District Farmers Market
 ~ Seattle, Wash.
The tourists might go to the famous Pike Place Market, but the locals (and the local farmers and chefs) are at the University District Farmers Market. On Saturdays, more than 50 farmers sell delicacies like fiddlehead ferns, raw cow and sheep’s milk cheeses and Mangalitsa pork (a special breed of long-haired pig), as well as market staples like mushrooms, peppers and free-range eggs.

Barton Creek Farmers MarketAustin, Texas
Previously known as the Sunset Valley Farmers Market, this market has a new name but the same great produce. Every Saturday, Texans pick up seasonal and local goods like okra, avocados, peaches, peppers, black-eyed peas and bison meat.

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market
 ~ Santa Fe, N.M.
This market is ultra-local — farmers must be from one of the 15 counties in northern New Mexico (around Santa Fe), and farmers and producers must sell their produce directly. Additionally, processed foods must contain 80% locally grown ingredients. Two days a week (four in the summer), folks pick up their very local squash, berries, yak meat, heirloom tomatoes and many varieties of peppers, among other goodies, from more than 100 vendors.

~by Gloria Dawson

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This information is subject to change at any time ~ Please consult with each site’s contact info to ensure availability before you travel.
Also all updates about these or other Farmer’s Markets in the USA are welcomed and encouraged! Please leave a comment.

9 responses to Locating American Farmer’s Markets

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    Thanks, Gina! We have farmer’s markets here in Fort Collins three days a week in the summer and an indoor one in the winter twice a month! I love them – we have local cheese makers, bakers, honey, among many other things and lots and lots of local produce including our wonderful Palisade Colorado peaches – the best I’ve ever had (and I’m from Georgia!). It’s always something to look forward to in the summer. I wish every area could embrace this wonderful tradition! Hugs, Cathy

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      Hello Cathy, oh how wonderful that your area has so many markets! I adore them, and all locally produced food stuffs. Today I cherished the sweet flavor of some locally grown and certified organic summer corn. It is so sweet it really doesn’t even need butter! And as I enjoy every bite, I give thanks to the farmers who planted, watered, grew it and then helped it get to our organic food store.
      Thanks for your wonderful comment Cathy. Hugs, Gina

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    If you are ever in Charlottesville, VA, make sure to visit their farmer’s market every Saturday from April-December, 7-12 noon. Awesome.

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    PS there is an error in the Charlottesville City Market listing. It has over 100 vendors!

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    Love these places.