America’s Best Farmer’s Markets

America’s Best Farmer’s Markets

What better place is there to sample the local flavor than a fresh, abundant farmer’s market? Not only can you shop for locally-sourced ingredients, but you have the chance to support the area’s artisans as well as mingle amongst the natives!

Here are some of the very best farmer’s markets in which to shop for your farm-to-table feast or to simply enjoy indigenous foods and entertainment.

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Pike Place Market

Seattle is chockful of fabulous tourist attractions, but its original Pike Place Market is one of the best. The bustling outdoor market is one of the nation’s oldest and boasts over 200 independent businesses, restaurants, and specialty grocery stores. Did you know that the original Starbucks coffee shop is located here? While you’re strolling about sipping a cappuccino, be sure to catch the free show as local fish mongers throw their goods to unsuspecting visitors!

Green City Market

Renowned chef Abby Mandel created this Chicago market in the late 1990’s. Influenced by European farmer’s markets, Green City Market lays title to the city’s sole “green” farmers market. True foodies will want to buy the official Green City Market Cookbook to use with all the meats, cheeses, breads, produce, and more you’ll snatch up. The market runs from inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in winter and at Lincoln Park from May through October.

Mill City Farmer’s Market

Minneapolis’ Mill City Farmers Market was one of the first in town to cultivate local farmers as well as seasonal sustainable foods. Organic produce abounds, but there’s also plenty of meats and dairy for the carnivores in the family! Weekly demonstrations are popular with the locals, and the market offers up music and family-friendly activities as well.

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Downtown Phoenix Public Market

Visitors to this superb, open-air farmer’s market are in for a double treat: a biweekly open-air farmer’s market and a daily market café. Plus, every Friday the market partners with the Phoenix Street Food Coalition to bring in local food trucks. Usually, there are over ten trucks to choose from, including the Short Leash Hotdogs and The Maine Lobster Lady.

Santa Monica’s Main Street

Southern California has a plethora of outstanding farmer’s markets, with Santa Monica’s Main Street Sunday Market topping the list. You can spend the better part of a day here picking California-grown produce as well as attending the extravagant street festival and carnival which features live bands, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting for the kiddies. And don’t forget to sample the copious goodies cooked up by local chefs! Who knows, you might be served an appetizer by the next Mario Battali or Bobby Flay!

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  • robin Rue

    I love buying my produce at the farmer’s market. We have a farm stand open year round near me, but I love the summer when the smaller, local ones open.

  • I love Farmer’s markets. We have a small one in our little downtown area on Spring Saturday mornings. I would love to visit a couple of your top picks.

  • I have always enjoyed going to farmers markets. We have several in our area that are really great to attend. You have to keep going back because there is always something different every week.

  • Farmer’s market would be a fresher source of food. It’s nice that you’ve identified the best options available in your area.

  • We have a farmer’s market in town from June to October. I wish that there was a way we could have a year round one. I need to move to a warmer climate.

  • Well what a great list. Pinning this for when I get to any of these destinations so that I can visit some. Santa Monica’s market sounds awesome! I love a good Farmer’s Market because they are affordable and everything is so fresh plus it feels great to buy local.

  • I love Farmer’s Markets. Such a great resource for finding affordable and fresh local foods and products. We have one here and I love it. It should start in May actually. I look forward to that every year. Cooking with fresh food is so much nicer.

  • Pam Wattenbarger

    I love shopping at farmer’s markets when I get a chance. There are some really cool ones in our area. I have always wanted to visit Pike Place.

  • I wish we had a nice Farmers Market in our neighborhood. The closest to us i a good 40 minutes away. We still make the trip a few times every summer.

  • I love going to the farmers market. You can get great ingredients for a reasonable price. And knowing that you support local is always a plus 🙂

  • They all sounds really nice. I had my fingers crossed that one of them would be near me. No such luck this time.

  • I have heard great things about some of these farmer’s markets. We don’t have a good one in our area so I have never been to one.

  • My aunt and uncle live in the Seattle area, so Pike’s Place Market has been a place I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time at. I love all the fun and random things for sale, especially all the fresh fish!

  • My Teen Guide

    I’ve heard that Farmers Market is a great place to buy organic vegetables at reasonable price.

  • Stephen

    Pike Place is my favourite American market!! This is a great list – love going to the markets on the weekend 🙂

  • Victoria Heckstall

    I really wish that I have near farmer market in my area, I know that you can find good things at farmer market.

  • We love going to the farmers market by us! I am looking forward to it warming up here so we can go.

  • There are so many fabulous famer’s markets around me here.I always try to visit them on the weekends. There’s nothing like some fresh produce that was grown locally.

  • What a great list! I have only been to the Santa Monica’s Main Street Sunday Market and it was amazing!

  • I have never been to a farmers market. My daughter just moved near a place that has one. We plan on going when I visit in the summertime.I am looking forward to it.