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The Ultimate Farmers Market Guide

The Ultimate Farmers Market Guide

By†Courtney Niemann, TakePart

Supporting local farmers. Getting fresh (often organic) produce at the peak of ripeness. Giving your dollars to people who care about sustainable food. The reasons for shopping at your local farmers market are compelling — but finding the locations and schedules of markets in your area can be a hassle.

So we’ve done the legwork for you. Below, you’ll find quick links to farmers markets in 14 major U.S. cities (and a couple of national resources for good measure). No more excuses! Heirloom vegetables, fresh herbs and friendly people are just a click away.

National Resources

Boston

Chicago

  • Chicago Farmers Market: Schedules and locations of markets throughout Chicago and a chart of which fruits and vegetables you’ll find during each season
  • Green City Market: A marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurants and the greater Chicago community
  • Chicago Now: Guide to the best farmers markets in and out of the city
  • North Shore Insider: Chicago’s North Shore top seven farmers markets

Columbus

  • Clintonville Farmers Market: An outdoor seasonal market with the tagline, “Where you can meet the farmers”
  • North Market: The founders believe “local, healthy, and sustainably grown food has the power to transform, to sustain and to build community in central Ohio”
  • Smith Farm Market: A seasonal open-air market offering Ohio homegrown produce
  • Farmers Market Columbus: Proceeds support Hope Thru Housing, a residential substance abuse program
  • Pearl Market: An urban market with produce, hand-crafted merchandise and food

Dallas/ Fort Worth

  • Dallas Farmers Market: Texas’ premier public market since 1941, located in the heart of the city and holds cooking classes and cultural festivals throughout the year
  • Dallas News: Map of all the farmers markets around Dallas
  • Frisco Farmers Market: Fresh local vegetables, meats, eggs, pasta, seafood, cheesecake, muffins, honey and more in Frisco
  • Cowtown Farmers Market: Fort Worth’s original, producer-only farmers market meaning where everything sold is grown, raised or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth

Detroit

Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas Farmers Market: Held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and the first and third Saturday morning each month
  • Fresh 52: Open air market that features organic produce, freshly baked goods, gourmet dips and handmade crafts
  • Bet On The Farm: B&B Hospitality Group hosts a green market every Thursday with goods from sustainable local farmers
  • Downtown 3rd: Aims to be an “integral part of the hip, healthy family, the passionate entrepreneur or the savvy convention tourist who searches out the best in their quest to live a healthy lifestyle”
  • Bountiful Baskets: Allows local shoppers to pre-order a basket of fresh produce to pick up on Saturday morning at one of the cooperatives sites

Los Angeles

Miami

  • The Market Company: Weekly market held every Saturday with a variety of produce, plants and freshly prepared food
  • Glaser Organic Farms: Glaser Organic farms hosts, with raw food pizzas and a gourmet salad bar in addition to typical market offerings.
  • Opa Lacka Hialeah Flea Market: Open every day of the year with more than 50 vendors selling local and exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices
  • Harvest Markets: Earth Learning operates two producer-based farmers markets serving a large part of Miami-Dade area

Minneapolis

New York

Portland

San Diego

  • San Diego Farm Bureau: List of almost 50 farmers markets found in San Diego County
  • Hillcrest Farmers Market: Collection of 140 vendors providing fruit, product, gifts, arts and crafts and flowers
  • Sunset Market: Offerings include an international food court, merchandise, live entertainment in additional to the traditional farmers market
  • La Jolla Market: This weekly market serves as a fundraiser for La Jolla Elementary†School
  • Del Mar Farmers Market: This certified farmers market boasts of international cuisine and special events in additional to traditional food offerings

San Francisco

Seattle

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5:40AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for ..

8:40AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:58AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thank you :)

10:33AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thanks

6:23PM PDT on May 20, 2012

It found our Conover Farmers Market, but not the Hickory one which is way bigger here in my area in NC.

5:15PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Farmers' Markets are great and should be supported.

9:31AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks and Let's support farmers market .

9:39PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thank you for the article BUT remember this is read by people in other countries so it's not much use to us. We do have a 'farmers market once a month in our rural town in NSW Australia. We also have a local farmer who sells his produce every Friday at his gate.

9:09PM PDT on May 18, 2012

I've found that Huntsville, AL and Raleigh, NC both have at least one farmer's market.

I've seen one in Lenoir, NC, but I don't know if it is still open or not.

7:56PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Even in earth unfriendly Phoenix there are wonderful farmers markets.

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