>5 Best U.S. Farmers’ Markets
|Busy Saturday morning at the Portland farmers market (photo courtesy of portlandfarmersmarket.org)|
1. Portland Farmers’ Market, Portland, OR: Dubbed as “Your Sustainable City”, it makes sense that Portland would play host to one of the U.S.’s best farmers’ markets. This Saturday market, located in downtown Portland on the Portland State University campus, sees 22,000 shoppers each week. With over 250 vendors from local farms, bakeries, dairy farms, nurseries and fisheries, the vast variety ensures you’ll be able find something to please your palate.
Don’t Miss: Fresh-caught crab.
|Union Square Greenmarket, bustling with shoppers.|
Don’t Miss: A shot of wheatgrass juice or a button of goat cheese.
|Shoppers enjoying the food and views at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.|
3. Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, San Francisco, CA- Located against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal, this farmers’ market features fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and a view of the Bay Bridge. This market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. On any day, especially Saturdays- though the market is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays- some of San Francisco’s best known chefs and most famous farmers can be seen at the market, along with nearly 25,000 shoppers.
Don’t Miss: The locally roasted coffee and a variety of Asian snacks
|The Dane County Farmers Market, directly in front of Madison’s capitol building.|
4. Dane County Farmers’ Market, Madison, WI- Created in 1972 as a link between Madison’s urban and rural offerings, the Dane County Farmers Market is held in Capitol Square. This is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country, where all items are produced locally by the vendor behind the table. Open Saturday and Wednesday throughout the summer, and Saturdays only throughout the rest of the year- this market is tradition in
. You’ll find the season’s best bounty of vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from approximately 300 vendors throughout the year. Madison
Don’t Miss: The Winter Market Breakfast for only $7 – and the cheesy bread
5. Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, Austin, TX- Formerly known as the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market, this market offers an abundance of organic and sustainable produce in the city that founded Whole Foods and Central Market. Open every Saturday, rain or shine, this market has beautiful views of the city, along with live music, kids entertainment, specialty events, festivals, a cafe for breakfast or lunch, and a great community vibe.
|People enjoy the shopping and entertainment at Barton Creek Farmers’ Market|
Don’t Miss: Baked goods from the Village Baker, refreshing homemade lemonade or fruity iced tea.
No matter which of these cities you’re in, each of these farmers’ markets offer far more than just local produce. At these big markets, you may also find cooking classes, festivals, live music, and more! Such extras make them hot spots for the both locals and visitors who want a taste of the local scene. Have you visited any of these cities and/or markets? If not, will you make time to check out the farmers’ market next time you visit?