The Country's Best Farmers Markets

When you travel, there is much more to see in a destination than just the main sights and attractions. During your next trip, why not get to know a city through its farmers markets? These community centers offer the chance to meet local farmers, rub elbows with chefs, and taste the freshest food around. Keep reading for an overview of the best farmers markets in the U.S., spread from coast to coast.

Boulder Farmers Market

Boulder Farmers Market

Another place to find unusual produce is the Boulder Farmers Market in Boulder, Colorado. This market takes place on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, bringing local residents everything from fresh produce to flowers to arts and crafts. Pick up picnic supplies, especially during the summer season, when watermelons and cherries are at their peak. Before you arrive, be sure to check the hours, as they can vary seasonally (limited hours should be expected during the winter months).

New Orleans Crescent City Farmers Market

New Orleans Crescent City Farmers Market

The city of New Orleans is home to a great deal of culture, and that extends beyond the renowned restaurants and jazz clubs. The Crescent City Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning, where more than 30 vendors gather to sell everything from locally caught fish to fresh produce to unusual local treats like beef jerky. Some people might want to travel to New Orleans at the same time as a festival, such as the Jazz Festival or the Food Festival. Plan a visit to get to know New Orleans beneath the surface, and include a stay in one of the city’s charming and historic New Orleans bed and breakfasts.

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Farmers Market

Plan a trip to Portland, Maine and stop by the Portland Farmers Market. The city’s farmers market tradition dates back to the 1700s, and today, Saturday mornings are still reserved for a trip to the market. Each week over 30 vendors gather to display and sell everything from fruit and vegetables to pickled goodies. During a visit, be sure to look out for local specialties such as Maine blueberries. Some visitors might also want a trip to Portland, Maine to coincide with local festivals such as the Performing Arts Festival or the Learn Your Beer Festival. Plan a trip to Portland, Maine and stop by the Portland Farmers Market. The city’s farmers market tradition dates back to the 1700s, and today, Saturday mornings are still reserved for a trip to the market. Each week over 30 vendors gather to display and sell everything from fruit and vegetables to pickled goodies. During a visit, be sure to look out for local specialties such as Maine blueberries. Some visitors might also want a trip to Portland, Maine to coincide with local festivals such as the Performing Arts Festival or the Learn Your Beer Festival.

Santa Fe Farmers Market

Santa Fe Farmers Market

During a vacation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, take the time to visit the market held on Tuesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rail yard. The Santa Fe Farmers Market has over 100 vendors that sell a wide range of items from local corn to cactus honey to dried chilies. This is one market where cooking enthusiasts will find plenty of items that can be transported back to a kitchen at home. Don’t miss out on the rare heirloom tomato varieties and interesting desert fruits.

Seattle University District Farmers Market

Seattle University District Farmers Market

Held each Saturday in the University Heights Community Center Playground, the Seattle University District Farmers Market is one of the best in the country. Many local chefs make weekly appearances in the morning to snag the best seafood and produce. Each week, approximately 60 farmers and procurers gather here to sell the best and freshest items around. There are also items available to fill a farmers market-inspired picnic basket. While in the area, consider heading over to Pike Place Market as well. Right in the heart of Seattle, this market includes fresh produce, fish, and more and is open daily from 10 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Experience more local flavor with a stay at a Seattle bed and breakfast.