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101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014 (Slideshow)

101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014 (Slideshow)


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The Daily Meal ranks the best farmers markets in America in its second annual list

#101 Saturday Farmers Market (Newport, Ore.)

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.

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#100 City of Loveland Farmers Market (Loveland, Colo.)

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.

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#99 Bonners Ferry Farmers Market (Bonners Ferry, Idaho)

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.

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#98 Pakatakan Farmers Market (Halcottsville, N.Y.)

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.

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#97 Zion Farmers 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 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."

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#96 Bel Air Farmers Market (Bel Air, Md.)

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.

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#95 Historic Downtown Gainesville Market (Gainesville, Ga.)

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.

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#94 Sequim Open Aire Market (Sequim, Wash.)

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.

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#93 Homer Farmers Market (Homer, Alaska)

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.

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#92 Dane County Farmers Market (Madison, Wis.)

#91 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 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.

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#90 Mendocino Farmers Market (Mendocino, Calif.)

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.

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#89 Carousel Sunday Market and Festival (Missoula, Mont.)

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.

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#88 Bayview Farmers Market (Whidbey Island, Wash.)

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.

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#87 Keystone Heights Farmers Market (Keystone Heights, Fla.)

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.

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#86 Waitsfield Farmers Market (Waitsfield, Vt.)

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.

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#85 Cape Ann Farmers Market (Cape Ann, Mass.)

#84 The Land of Goshen Community Market (Edwardsville, Ill.)

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.

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#83 Cane River Green Market (Natchitoches, La.)

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."

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#82 Lebanon Farmers Market (Lebanon, N.H.)

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.

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#81 Smithfield Farmers Market (Smithfield, Va.)

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.

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#80 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, 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.

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#79 Frisco Farmers Market (Frisco, Texas)

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.

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#78 Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market (Hot Springs, Ark.)

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.

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#77 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 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.

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#76 Shady Grove Farmers Market (Rockville, Md.)

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.

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#75 Olympia Farmers Market (Olympia, Wash.)

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.

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#74 Middlebury Farmers Market (Middlebury, Vt.)

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.

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#73 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. And to entertain you while you shop, a lineup of musicians plays at the market each week.

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#72 Walloomsac Farmers Market (Bennington, Vt.)

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.

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#71 Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market (Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

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.

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#70 Historic Lewes Farmers Market (Lewes, Del.)

#69 Flagler Beach Farmers Market (Flagler Beach, Fla.)

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.

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#68 Vail Farmers Market (Vail, Colo.)

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.

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#67 Port Orchard Farmers Market (Port Orchard, Wash.)

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.

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#66 Bainbridge Island Farmers Market (Bainbridge, Wash.)

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.

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#65 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.

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#64 Alemany Farmers Market (San Francisco, Calif.)

#63 Downtown Topeka Farmers Market (Topeka, Kan.)

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.

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#62 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 from local farms, Gresham opened its market in 1986 and still offers a wide selection of locally grown berries.

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#61 Prescott Farmers Market (Prescott, Ariz.)

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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#60 Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market (Gulfport, Fla.)

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.

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#59 Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market ( Delcambre, La.)

#58 The Agricenter's Farmers Market (Memphis, Tenn.)

#57 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 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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#56 Willits Farmers Market (Willits, Calif.)

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.

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#55 Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market (Milwaukie, Ore.)

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.

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#54 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.

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#53 Brattleboro Farmers Market (Brattleboro, Vt.)

#52 Colorado Farm and Art Market, (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

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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#51 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 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.

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#50 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.

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#49 Farmers Market Annex (Minneapolis)

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.

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#48 Ukiah Farmers Market (Ukiah, Calif.)

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.

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#47 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.

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#46 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 at the market.

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#45 32nd St. Farmers Market (Baltimore)

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.

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#44 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 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.

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#43 Northeast Farmers (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 good, with handmade lip balm and body butter, stained and fused glass plates, and wind chimes.

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#42 City Market (Kansas City, MO)

#41 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 crepes made to order, wines made from Snake River Valley grapes, yarn spun from local sheep’s wool, and antique rustic metal art.

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#40 Clarksville Downtown Farmers 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 Farmers’ Market.

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#39 North Park Farmers Market (San Diego, Calif.)

#38 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 and make canning recipes with local, fresh ingredients.

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#37 Aptos Farmers Market (Aptos, Calif.)

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.

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#36 Local Roots Market & Café (Wooster, Ohio)

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.

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#35 Pacific Beach 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.

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#34 Capital City Farmers Market (Montpelier, Vt.)

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.

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#33 Coventry Farmers Market (Coventry, Conn.)

#32 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, N.Y. — is grown and brought to you from four surrounding counties.

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#31 Kingfield Farmers Market (Minneapolis)

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.

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#30 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."

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#29 Midtown Farmers Market (Minneapolis)

#28 Little Italy Farmers Market (San Diego, Calif.)

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.

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#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 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.

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#26 Fresh Farm Markets (Washington, D.C.)

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.

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#25 Flint Farmers Market (Flint, Mich.)

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."

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#24 Kalamazoo Farmers Market (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

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.

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#23 Fresh52 (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. And on certain days, the market features live entertainment including a violinist and a cellist, chef demonstrations, and crafting activities for kids.

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#22 Santa Fe Farmers Market (Santa Fe, N.M.)

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.

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#21 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.

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#20 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, vendors return in December to sell their special holiday items.

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#19 SFC Farmers Market (Austin, Texas)

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.

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#18 Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (San Francisco, Calif.)

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.

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#17 West Side Market (Cleveland, OH)

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.

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#16 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 including authentic French crepes and shrimp and grits. Some handmade crafts available are handmade lotions, glass art, and artisan-drawn self-portraits and caricatures.

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#15 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 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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#14 Fayetteville Farmers Market (Fayetteville, Ark.)

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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#13 Lancaster Central Market (Lancaster, Pa.)

#12 Hope Farmers Market (Austin, Texas)

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.

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#11 Hilo Farmers Market (Hilo, Hawaii)

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.

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#10 Tacoma Farmers Market (Tacoma, Wash.)

#9 Ithaca Farmers Market (Ithaca, N.Y.)

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.

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#8 Downtown Farmers Market (Salt Lake City)

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.

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#7 Memphis Farmers Market (Memphis, Tenn.)

#6 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.

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#5 Saint Paul Farmers Market (Saint Paul, Minn.)

#4 Phoenix Public Market (Phoenix)

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.

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#3 Green City Market (Chicago)

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.

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#2 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 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.

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#1 Pike Place Farmers Market (Seattle)

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.

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The Best Farmers' Markets In Every State

These markets are the cream of the local, organic crop.

Connecting family farmers with the people of Birmingham, AL, this market boasts over 100 vendors, all based in Alabama, including seasonal food offerings, ready-to-eat food, and artisans and craftspeople.

Enjoy the finest local produce, seafood, crafts, and activities, such as a community garden and the "chef at the market" demonstrations.

In addition to the open-air markets, the market also features Food Truck Fridays every Friday during lunch hour.

Up to 70 vendors turn out in the historic square gardens to offer the best in vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, meats, baked goods, honey, eggs, jams, and more.

Not only is this the largest grower-only certified farmers' market in Southern California, but it's also a favorite for local chefs to source their ingredients. Every Wednesday, the market also features a different restaurant from downtown Santa Monica.

This market was voted Colorado's favorite outdoor farmers' market thanks to its local and regionally grown produce, meats, plants, flowers and herbs, farm-fresh eggs and dairy products, baked goods, spices, and more.

The state's largest and most diverse farmers' market is an outdoor market focused on preserving the tradition of small farms in the surrounding region. You can find fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, rustic breads, farmstead cheeses, European pastries, fudge, and much more.

Open since the 1950's, the New Castle Farmers' Market is an indoor-outdoor bazaar/flea market with a mix of food, fresh flowers, vintage finds, live music, and even a hardware store.

In addition to fresh produce, this Coconut Grove market also offers a salad bar, raw food pizzas, raw Nori rolls, and desserts.

The 13-year-old Atlanta market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Guests can enjoy locally grown produce, farm-to-table meals, live music, and sample local breweries offerings.

With over 200 vendors selling local, fresh flowers, the best tropical, Big Island produce, and arts and crafts, this Hawaiian market will not disappoint.

Fresh produce is only the beginning at this Boise market&mdashthey also feature torched glassworks, gourmet foods, pastries, and homemade soaps.

This market is Chicago's largest and first year-round sustainable farmers' market, connecting local farmers to restauranteurs, chefs, and the greater Chicago community.

Incorporated in 1924 (!), the South Bend market has become the best spot for locals to purchase farm-grown vegetables, fresh fruits, cheeses, eggs and meats, fresh fish and lamb, artisan baked goods, homemade candies, handcrafted jewelry, and more.

This Des Moines market, spanning nine city blocks, supports 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more. It was also ranked #2 of the 101 Best Farmers' Markets in America two years in a row, so you know it's legit.

Since the 1930's, this open-air Topeka market has brought out locals shopping for seasonal fruits and vegetables, honey, homemade pastries, and arts and crafts, such as quilts, woodwork, and purses.

The traditional, outdoor market in Lexington, KY features vendors specializing in fresh produce, sweet treats like peanut brittle and popcorn, cheeses, coffee, soda and more.

With various markets all around New Orleans, from uptown to downtown to the French Quarter, there are plenty of opportunities to sample fresh and local produce, Gulf shrimp, stoneground grits, award-winning pies, and rustic breads, to name a few.

The new market, started in 2006, attracts over 1,500 visitors per market, browsing among over 72 vendors selling things such as homemade pasta, local cheese, jams and jellies, and local produce.

While in Baltimore, you definitely don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Part farmers' market, part bazaar, the market features the farmers' market staple foods, but they also offer weekly cooking demos and products made by local craftsmen and artisans.

Voted one of America's 50 Best Farmers' Markets by Clean Living Magazine, the Lexington market is definitely one to add to your list. From local cheeses, to wine and hard cider, to homemade granola&mdashyou'll find it all and more.

Open year-round, Michigan's top market features indoor shopping in the fall/winter, and an outdoor market when the weather warms up in the spring.

If you want a historic market, this is it. Open since 1854, the market is a Saint Paul institution. Committed to allowing only locally grown produce (sold directly from the grower to the consumer), the market also features venison, beef, pork, maple syrup, eggs, and some pretty darn tasty confections.

The Jackson farmers' market is the best spot in the state to find farm-fresh produce raised by Mississippi farmers. In addition to local produce and artisanal foods, you'll find crafts, cooking demonstrations from culinary schools and local chefs, live entertainment, and breakfast and lunch served in the Farmer's Table.


Timeline of growth for the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market

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The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market opens this year on May 3.

1911-1948: City Market, under city management, was located at Second Avenue and Locust Street (where the Civic Court Apartments are). Most of the product was sold wholesale.

July 24, 1976: Downtown Farmers Market opens at Eighth and Mulberry Streets with 15 vendors drawing a couple of hundred customers each week.

1980-82: The market is taken over by Downtown Des Moines Inc. (now the Downtown Community Alliance).

1983: The market moves to a parking lot on Court Avenue near Fourth Street.

1996: The market moves into the street, extending from Fifth Avenue to Third Street and (on Fourth Street) from Walnut to the railroad tracks.

1998: The march east on Court Avenue continues and the market stretches to Second Avenue.

1999: Entertainment acts are added to the market.

2000: Kelly Foss becomes the market's full-time director the block of Court Avenue from Second Avenue to First Street is added 39 more vendor stall spaces become available for a total of 60.

2003: Second Avenue is included in the market, adding another 36 stalls.

2006: The Winter Farmers Market is added for one weekend in November and one weekend in December.

2007: An estimated 12,000 patrons visit the market each Saturday, leading to overcrowding issues.

2008: Foss and her team change the layout of the market in a "Market Makeover," to ease congestion.

2009: A bike valet is added Meals from the Market is launched.

2011: Third Street is added, creating space for 36 new stalls.

2013: "The Daily Meal" ranks Des Moines' Downtown Farmers Market No. 2 of the top 101 best farmers' markets in America.

2014: 300 vendors and 70 entertainment groups/acts are on the market's roster. The market expects 40,000 people on opening day, and roughly 20,000 patrons on any given Saturday.


Southeast

Alabama

Birmingham (year-round)
One of the oldest producer-owned markets in the United States, the Alabama Farmers’ Market runs throughout the year and features foods from small farms across the state. The market has operated at its current Birmingham location since the 1950s by offering fruits, vegetables and other goods – think sweet corn, squash, grapes and peppers – that thrive in the hot climate zone of this southern state. alabamafarmersmarket.org

Arkansas

Fayetteville (year-round)
This market often pops up on lists for the top-10 farmers’ markets in the US, and for good reason. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is a cornerstone of downtown-area social activity as well as the local food economy within this thriving university community in the state’s Ozark region. The market operates with limited winter hours but is open three days per week during peak season. fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Florida

Vero Beach (year-round)
Set on a beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida, Farmers’ Market Oceanside has one of the best backdrops imaginable for a producers’ market. In addition to fresh Atlantic seafood, guests can find pasture-grazed beef, seasonal Florida produce and more. Growers like Linda Hart, owner of Crazy Hart Ranch in Fellsmere, sell farm-fresh chicken and eggs. Locals and visitors alike flock to this small but vibrant, pet-friendly market for great foods plus a day at the beach. verobeachoba.com/ #!farmers-market/cev

Georgia

Athens (early April to mid-December)
The Athens Farmers’ Market is a hub for local food in one of the country’s most lively college towns. Home to The University of Georgia, Athens sits squarely in a hot, humid region of the southeastern US where many plants and livestock thrive – think eggplant, peppers and other warm-climate vegetables plus fruits and bee products. The market is also a source for prepared foods, local art and artisanal goods like handcrafted soaps. athensfarmersmarket.net

Kentucky

Lexington (year-round)
This market has grown to operate five days a week during peak market months. Area producers attend the market to merchandise tomatoes, sweet corn and other seasonal specialties. Others are on hand to sell fresh eggs, pastured meats and other goods. lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

Louisiana

Delcambre (February through June August through December)
The Delcambre Seafood and Farmers’ Market in south Louisiana is known for Gulf seafood and produce from Acadiana, or the Cajun country of the local bayous. Producers gather at the market to showcase locally grown okra, squash, eggplant and other vegetables and fruit that thrive in the region’s intense heat. Boaters are encouraged to tie their vessels to the newly finished market’s docks to purchase crab, shrimp, crawfish, alligator and other seasonal delicacies directly from vendors. delcambremarket.org

Mississippi

Oxford (May through October)
In the southern United States, Oxford is considered a premier college town as home to The University of Mississippi, otherwise known as Ole Miss. The Midtown Farmers’ Market here is a Saturday community fixture for farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs, pastured chicken and pork, artisanal grits, and varieties of okra, peas, watermelon, peppers and other vegetables and fruits. Also open on Wednesdays. mtfarmersmarket.com

North Carolina

Raleigh (year-round)
The State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh is staged in a 30,000-square-foot building, where fresh, local foods are on display daily. Enormous varieties of regionally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers and prepared foods are available throughout the year. Meats, cheeses, local wines and baked goods are also available. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/index.htg

South Carolina

Charleston (April through November, plus holiday hours)
The Charleston Farmers’ Market has been ranked as a top producer market in the United States, and its geographic coastal positioning is a prime reason why. The market boasts fine local produce, Atlantic seafood, organic herbs and pastured beef, chicken and lamb. Live music, the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit (a visual fine arts show) and celebrations of literary and performance art, are additional market highlights throughout the year. charlestonfarmersmarket.com

Tennessee

Memphis (April through October)
The Memphis Farmers’ Market is set in downtown Memphis, a major port on the Mississippi River and a historic city steeped in food traditions, civil rights heritage and great regional music. This producer market is relatively new on the scene, having launched in 2006. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, locally roasted coffees, cow and goat milk products and cured meats from pastured pork are among the market offerings. A pavilion added in 2011 provides sheltered outdoor space for some of the market’s vendors. memphisfarmersmarket.org

Virginia

Charlottesville (April through December)
Located in an eclectic college town that’s home to the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville City Market is a producer-only market with more than 100 vendors. Producers set up on Saturdays to sell grass-fed meats, eggs, seasonal produce, baked goods and crafts. Most of the producers are clustered around the Charlottesville area (located northwest of the capital city of Richmond) and reflect the town’s wealth of regional food, wine and craft beer specialties. charlottesvillecitymarket.com

West Virginia

Morgantown (May to early November, with winter hours)
The Morgantown Farmers’ Market holds its own as a local attraction in a town where West Virginia University (WVU) football games and other sports draw in large crowds. Set in downtown Morgantown, which is also home to WVU’s main campus as well as local shops, the market is a central source for farm-fresh food in a largely rural state. Pasture-grazed beef and pork and seasonal vegetables from small growers in the Mountain State are just part of the lineup on market Saturdays. morgantownfarmers.org


The Best Pizzas in America

Ask the average person who makes the best pizza, or read articles, blogs, and best-of lists by pizza "experts," or wade into online comments, and you'll find that there is a light side and a dark side -- two flavors, if you will -- of Pizza Opinion: The positive, passionate, all-consuming love for one's own favorite cheesy, greasy, roof-of-mouth-burning slice and the dark, fiery vitriol reserved for those who dare challenge the superiority of thin-crust over deep-dish, sweet sauce over savory, or any number of other fiercely divisive pizzalogical issues. Considering the passion pizza inspires, responsibly declaring America's best pizza can be challenging. But The Daily Meal doesn't shy away from the challenge. With this, our third annual pizza ranking, we have again sought the nation's best pies and slices, considering more places than ever in our quest for the best.

Pizza is arguably our most varied and beloved culinary genre, one whose followers are some of the most opinionated, and yet it remains one of the most accessible foods there is. Even the country's most expensive, remote, and esteemed pizza temple is within reach of the average person's budget. Every red-blooded American, rich and poor, grew up with his or her preferred regional style of this national fascination, knowing it as the best. Today, there's better pizza and more knowledge about it and interest in it everywhere. That accessibility and loyalty makes for some tremendously spirited debate.

Some 700 pizza spots were considered by 78 panelists. Who were these fine folks? In addition to The Daily Meal's in-house pizza experts and city editors, this was a geographically diverse panel of American chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers, and pizza authorities. Count among them SF Weekly food editor Anna Roth, the Los Angeles Times' S. Irene Virbila, Esquire and Bloomberg News columnist John Mariani, Clean Plate Charlie's Nicole Danna, Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours, John Berardi of LA Pizza, Jonathan Porter of Chicago Pizza Tours, Jason Feirman of the blog I Dream of Pizza, Felicia Braude of Pizza Lover Chicago, Taste of New Haven's Colin Caplan, food writer Joe DiStefano of Chopsticks & Marrow, and Virginia B. Wood of the Austin Chronicle. The full list will be available here momentarily -- it even includes the band The Pizza Underground.


Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

As one of the country's largest farmers' markets, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market does not disappoint. The year-round market includes more than 150 active vendors, and features hundreds of locally grown products with a distinctly Southwestern flavor. Visitors can find everything from sweet corn and chile Amarillo, to buffalo sausages and mesquite cactus honey. During planting season, stop by the market's nursery to browse vibrant potted flowers and herbs.

PLAN YOUR TRIP : Visit Fodor's Santa Fe Guide


Oneida County Public Market Receives National Recognition for a Third Year

The Oneida County Public Market has again made the list of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014” developed by an online food and drink website, The Daily Meal, for a third consecutive year. The site covers food related news and events happening across the country including restaurant ratings, wine and beverage recommendations, recipes, and photos.

“We rely on farmers and producers for fresh, locally grown and locally produced food that we buy at our community farmers markets. They provide us the best of the best-quality foods that are free of pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. And the best part is the food sold there is made by farmers and producers who love what they do and do it with a smile,” states Haley Willard, assistant editor, in the article that released the list (www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-farmers-markets-in-america.) This year a total of seven New York State farmers markets made the list, up from 5 in 2013. The markets were ranked primarily on three criteria: what’s at the market (quality and variety of products sold,) street credibility (what people are saying about the market,) and when the market is open (weekly, year round.) However, other elements such as the atmosphere experienced at the market, how friendly and helpful the vendors are, and what kind of information is made available about the market and its vendors were also considered in 2014.

“This is the type of success I envisioned when we invested money into renovating the historic REA Wing. In 4 years we have seen this market become one of the top markets in the Country. Along with its success we have seen the rapid redevelopment of the historic Baggs Square area of Utica. We must continue to support this market and the redevelopment happening here in Baggs Square.” – Anthony J. Picente Jr, Oneida County Executive

“The Oneida County Public Market continues to grow with a quality variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and artisan crafts. The community continues to support local farmers and producers and we deeply appreciate that. As Union Station becomes an active hub of community activity, the Public Market will serve as an anchor activity for the facility. We are very excited about being a significant part of the future of Union Station and the redevelopment of Bagg’s Square.” stated Beth Irons, Market Manager.


New Vendors and It’s Spring!

Thanks to a variety of vendors continuing to join us and newcomers to the scene, the Westchase District Farmers Market continues to feature one of the area’s best open-air experiences, according to Culture Map. The market is pleased to welcome The Lavish Goat and Uptown Bakes. Our longtime and new vendors always make the market the place to be on Thursdays. The Lavish Goat sells bath bombs, bar soaps, shower steamers and shower bombs made for awakening your senses with rejuvenating scents and skin pleasing sensations. Uptown Bakes is the creation of pastry chef and artist Azarah Rodriguez who describes her desserts as an art form: “The art of flavor. The art of originality. The art of satisfaction.”

There are old and new discoveries at the market. Experience and discover for yourself every week, from 3 – 7 p.m.

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When Tony Ridgway talks about farmers markets, he makes them sound like a romantic affair.

"I’ve always loved farmers markets," said Ridgway, who started the Third Street South Farmers Market — Naples' first — 22 years ago. "It’s all filled with, 'Good morning's' and 'How are you?' and 'Isn’t it a beautiful day?'"

Starting from just a handful of local farmers, the downtown Naples farmers market now swells to nearly 60 vendors in season.

Its growth was recognized nationally last month by The Daily Meal, a website devoted to "all things food and drink," which ranked the Third Street South Farmers Market No. 99 on their 2016 list of 101 best markets in America. This is the third year The Daily Meal has published the list.

Out of 8,500 markets registered with the USA Farmers Market Directory, Third Street South made the cut.

Juergen Brzank of Munich, Germany takes fruit from David Burd of Friendly Burds vendor at the Third Street South Farmers Market on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Friendly Burds is one of the last original vendors at the market. The market recently ranked 99 out of the top 101 farmers markets in the United States in a survey done by The Daily Meal. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)

"It's wonderful to be recognized," said Ridgway, who owns Ridgway Bar & Grill in Naples and is now president of the Third Street South Merchants Association, which organizes the market. "The farmers market's great whether you’re recognized or not. But it says to other people, 'Wow, this is a quality deal.'"

The Daily Meal considered a number of factors in its assessment, primarily targeting markets that are produce-centric and place emphasis on local farm participation rather than artisan involvement. Another criteria included atmosphere, as reviews from locals carried significant weight in the ranking. Other factors included educational seminars, children's programs or anti-hunger focus, affordability and overall quality, among other things.

On its online slideshow of the 101 best markets, The Daily Meal had this to say about the Third Street South market:

Yvonne Moore of Jan's Produce helps customers at the Third Street South Farmers Market on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The market recently ranked 99 out of the top 101 farmers markets in the United States in a survey done by The Daily Meal. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)

"During the peak season (in winter), the number of vendors at the Third Street Farmer’s Market doubles and it moves from its usual spot in the parking lot behind the Tommy Bahama store, bringing locals and even bigger choice than usual of ripe tropical fruit and citrus, freshly caught seafood, and a variety of produce. Music, coffee, a paella-maker, dog treats and many other delights make The Third Street Farmer's Market perfect for grown-ups, children, dogs and every other member of the family."

The market runs all year long, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday in the Neapolitan parking lot between Third and Gordon Drive. During season, though, the market shuts down Third Street.

Nancy Weeks weaves a basket at her booth called Woven Wonders at the Third Street South Farmers Market on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Weeks has been weaving baskets for 31 years. The market recently ranked 99 out of the top 101 farmers markets in the United States in a survey done by The Daily Meal. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)

Vendors are locals who sell jams, cronuts, cheeses, relishes, vegetables, fruits, sustainably raised meats and seafood. Market-goers can also purchase glycerin soaps, pottery, flowers, herbs and palm frond baskets and hats.

For the vendors, the market provides a space for them to sell their treats and crafts. Aregentina-native Ivana Wingrove served up her homemade empanadas on a recent Saturday morning to passing customers.

"I wanted to sell but it's expensive to start your own business," she said, "so the farmers market is a good place to start. . This is a way for me to have a store front. I will stay here as long as I can because it’s beautiful."

Once season starts, the market will double in size and shut down Third Street.

Mangoes on display at Friendly Burds vendor at the Third Street South Farmers Market on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Friendly Burds is one of the last original vendors at the market. The market recently ranked 99 out of the top 101 farmers markets in the United States in a survey done by The Daily Meal. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)

"It fills so many needs," Ridgway said. "It gives the tourists something to do it gives the residents a place to meet their friends it gives the street a reason to bring people down to show them what we’re all about at Third Street."


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