Top 10 Best Farmers' Markets in the USA

Farmers markets are some of the best attractions in the United States. These are the best spots to find truly fresh produce, including local fruits and vegetables you may not find anywhere else. With flowers, fresh meats, fresh cheese, and crafts in addition to produce, it is no wonder that farmers markets are popular. Whether you are looking for one close to your home or want to plan a vacation around visiting these stands, the following list of farmers markets in the USA will help you find the top ones to visit.

1: Pike Place Farmers Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Farmers Market, Seattle, Washington
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Pike Place Farmers Market is one of the most popular attractions in Seattle as well as a top farmers market in the country. This was actually the very first Seattle farmers market when it opened in 1907. It began with the idea of letting people interact with farmers without a middle-man and the tradition continues today. You can find over 80 Washington farmers in the market, which is open seven days a week, with the exception of three holidays each year. The farmers market even includes the Atrium Kitchen where a Seattle chef does a cooking demonstration every Saturday.

Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

2: Union Square Greenmarket, New York City, New York

Union Square Greenmarket, New York City, New York
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The Union Square Greenmarket takes place on Monday all year round and is open from 8am to 6pm. You can also visit the market on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays, but the selection is best on Mondays. This market started small in 1976, but now during the peak season, you will find 140 different regional fishers, farmers, and bakers. You can get everything from produce to fish to heritage meats to artisan breads to flowers, plants, ciders, and maple syrup. The typical market day attracts 60,000 shoppers and to help plan your day or keep track of which stalls you want to visit, there are maps of the market on their official website.

Address: E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

3: Green City Market, Chicago, Illinois

Green City Market, Chicago, Illinois
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Green City Market was started by Abby Mandel in 1998 after seeing sustainable farmers markets in Europe. It started with only nine local farmers, but quickly grew. Today, the market is in Lincoln Park, along the south end, between May and October on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Between August and October, there is a second location in Fulton Market District. The market is still open during the colder months, but only two Saturdays a month at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Address: 2732 N Clark St #302, Chicago, IL 60614

4: Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The Santa Fe Farmers Market first opened during the late 1960s with just a few farmers and is now the largest market of its type in New Mexico. There are more than 150 active vendors selling various fruits, vegetables, plants, and other agricultural products. The market switched from seasonal to year-round in 2002 and all products are locally grown by their vendors, with no reselling allowed. Visitors to this farmers market can also enjoy the artisans market or relax in one of the cafes that supports the market.

Address: 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

5: Des Moines Farmers Market, Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Farmers Market, Des Moines, Iowa
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The Des Moines Farmers Market is open every single Saturday between May and October in the Historic Court District of Downtown Des Moines. There you will find 300 local farmers, artists, bakers, and producers from 58 counties in Iowa. The market covers an area of nine city blocks. While it used to only be open during the summer months, the farmers market is expanding and there is now a Winter Farmers Market between November and December market. This market has a slightly more limited selection, but still features 130 vendors and in addition to the typical stalls, there are also those selling seasonal items, such as poinsettias and fresh Christmas trees.

Address: 300 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

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