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Best farmers' markets in America

  • Best farmers' markets in America

    There is little in life that’s more satisfying than hauling home a giant bag filled with farmers market produce, eggs, line-caught fish, grass-fed meat, fresh flowers—you name it. That bag is overflowing with possibilities of meals to come, and there’s a sincere joy to be had in skipping the grocery store and going directly to the source.

    The farm-to-table movement actually began more than 100 years ago in the early days of automobiles, when farmers were encouraged by the U.S. Postal Service to send food to cities in order to connect to customers that didn’t live on or near farms. Nowadays, there are more than 8,700 farmers markets in the United States where home cooks and restaurant chefs alike go to pick up the best of what the earth can provide.

    To find the best hubs for produce of all sorts, Stacker compiled this list of the best farmers markets in America. The list was created using data culled from Foursquare, which aggregates the top markets in the nation sorted by ratings compiled by its users. From California to Massachusetts, these are the best places to pick up fruits and vegetables across the agricultural spectrum. Read through to discover the greenmarkets that have New York food-lovers lining up all summer long to the Italian mercato in San Diego that provides budding chefs with the freshest herbs in California.

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  • #50. Boulder Farmers' Market

    Address: 13th St. (between Canyon and Arapahoe), Boulder, CO

    Foursquare rating: 9.1

    Boulder residents get a double dose of this market every Saturday in the spring and summer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Saturday market features live music every week along with nine ranchers, four apiaries—that’s fancy talk for bee-keepers and their local honey—and a plethora of farmers offering everything from locally foraged mushrooms to seasonal cherries. The “Grown to Go” program replaces the trendy meal-box services like Blue Apron by providing pre-selected produce and recipes from a local chef to take the guesswork out of cooking.

     

  • #49. Pinecrest Gardens Green Market

    Address: 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest, FL

    Foursquare rating: 9.1

    Open year round, Pinecrest Gardens Green Market provides a produce outlet for Miami residents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. The Miami New Times named it “Best Farmer’s Market in Miami” in 2010 and 2015. Looking for something more exotic? Goose eggs, dragon fruit, and conch fritters are among the many you’ll encounter.

     

  • #48. Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market

    Address: 1500 20th St. NW (at Massachusetts Ave. NW), Washington, D.C.

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    Since 1997, residents of D.C.’s upscale Dupont Circle neighborhood have been hitting this FRESHFARM Market where both organic and conventional fruits and vegetables are found alongside pickles, jams, and all of the Instagram fodder one can handle. Open every Sunday of the year, D.C. residents can stop by for a little produce alongside their politics.

     

  • #47. Ann Arbor Farmers' Market

    Address: 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    Ann Arbor may be a college town, but that doesn’t mean it’s all pizzas and takeout. The nearly 100-year-old Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open on Saturdays all year long—despite the cold temperatures—and the Wednesday market operates from May until December from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the first Wednesday of every month, May through October, hungry shoppers can find Ann Arbor’s best food trucks alongside top farms and producers from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

     

  • #46. Charleston Farmers Market

    Address: Marion Square Park (Calhoun and King St.), Charleston, SC

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    On Saturdays from mid-April through Thanksgiving, the Charleston Farmer’s Market displays the best of South Carolina. Don’t miss the tasty summer peaches the state is known for alongside more than 100 vendors in gorgeous Marion Square, a six-and-a-half acre green space that dates back to the Colonial days.

     

  • #45. Fayetteville Farmers' Market

    Address: 101 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, NY

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    Not to be confused with the Arkansas market of the same name, New York’s Fayetteville Farmers Market provides veggie-lovers in the greater Syracuse area with a plethora of produce. It’s open Thursdays from the onset of warm spring weather through October from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday until October. From Pied Piper’s maple syrup products to locally made Gouda cheese from Jake’s, this market has central New York covered.

     

  • #44. Brentwood Farmers' Market

    Address: 741 Gretna Green Way (at San Vicente), Los Angeles, CA

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    California provides a huge percentage of the nation’s agricultural products, so it’s no surprise that a number of Golden State markets made the list—including this one in the tony Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Every Sunday at 9 a.m., the market sells fresh produce straight from farms in San Diego and the Central Coast, even as far as Fresno.

     

  • #43. Yellow Green Farmers Market

    Address: 1940 N. 30th Rd. (at Taft St.), Hollywood, FL

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    The largest farmers market in South Florida, the Yellow Green Farmers Market is more of a farmers emporium than a market, with over 300 booths occupying 10,000 square feet of market space. Open year-round and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, the market boasts all kinds of fruits and vegetables in addition to Florida stone crabs—when in season, and a full range of prepared foods. They also offer yoga on Saturday mornings.

     

  • #42. Montclair Farmers' Market

    Address: 86 Walnut St., Montclair, NJ

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    One of the largest and oldest farmers' markets in all of New Jersey is the Montclair Farmers Market, where Garden State residents can choose from a garden’s worth of vegetables in all four seasons. Opened in 1993, the market provides a path for the 9,100 farmers in New Jersey to provide organic vegetables and grass-fed meats straight to the consumer. There’s even locally made wine from Ventimiglia Vineyard.

     

  • #41. California Ave Farmers' Market

    Address: 430 South California Ave. (between El Camino Real and Ash St.), Palo Alto, CA

    Foursquare rating: 9.2

    Part of the Urban Village Farmers Market Association, the California Avenue Farmers Market is open rain or shine every Sunday of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is a hit with Stanford students, Palo Alto residents, and even some major tech giants. There’s been the occasional Mark Zuckerberg sighting, and the late Steve Jobs is noted as a former regular. Knife-sharpening is offered the first Sunday of every month, and the waitlist for new vendors is said to be in the triple digits—a strong testament to the popularity of the market.

     

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