When you’re looking for fresh food right at your fingertips, only a few markets across the United States stand out among the rest. We’ve listed our favorite contenders below – make sure you visit the next time you venture outside the North Dallas Corridor.
Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington
Opening in 1907, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is among the oldest operating public farmers’ markets in the United States. Here residents and visitors can participate in the local senior center, food bank, Childcare and Preschool, and community health overall.
The local senior center provides seniors with two nutritious meals, wellness activities, housing services, and “a warm place to socialize, seven days a week.” Each week, the Pike Place Food Bank delivers groceries to over 87 homebound seniors, and, additionally, serves an approximate 300 people. For those vendors with young children, the market offers high quality, accessible childcare, and the Pike Place Neighborcare Health clinic strives to serve the homeless in the community by offering a range of services.
If you’re visiting, this community guarantees you have a wonderful time whether you’re shopping, eating or even taking in the beauty at the urban garden. Even better, you can stay right at the Inn at the Market.
Union Square Greenmarket – New York, New York
This lively outdoor market draws in a large crowd, and there’s no question as to why. Pick recipes inspired by Greenmarket products, then shop around at the 140 different stands to whip up a healthy, fresh meal at home. Pick from fresh meat, fish, preserves, baked goods, and, of course, the ultimate straight-from-farm produce!
In this community, they strive to take care of their farmers with the FARMroots Technical Assistance Program. “FARMroots provides both aspiring and established Greenmarket farmers with business technical assistance and training designed to ensure the longer-term viability of participating farms and farmland.” So, you know you’re picking from some of the best!
Los Angeles Farmers’ Market – Los Angeles, California
LA’s Farmers’ Market originated when two entrepreneurs set out to build a “Village” at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax, and by October 1934 vendors and visitors were flocking to the site.
Claiming to be the “original” Farmers’ market, it’s open all year round, with the exception of certain holidays, and offers a thriving combination of kiosks, stands, shops, restaurants, and even special musical performances every Thursday and Friday during the summer.
Currently, this Farmers’ Market is preparing for the Fall Festival – October 14 and 15 – which offers free admission, All-Alaskan pig races, petting zoo, pedal-powered tractor pull competitions, old-time artisans, pie eating contests, and more.
Copley Square Farmers’ Market – Boston, Massachusetts
Considered the biggest and busiest Farmers’ Market in Boston, Copley Square is located in the heart of Back Bay’s historic cultural hub. Open from May through November, visitors can pick from a plethora of vibrant local, delicious produce and meat, while taking in the city’s views. Stay at Copley Square Hotel where you’re only steps away from the excitement, and you can indulge in the establishment’s nightly wine reception!
Portland Farmers’ Market – Portland State University, Oregon
This Farmers’ Market is unlike the traditional market and it’s located right on Portland State University’s campus. Relatively new – opening in 1992 – it’s a local favorite featuring chef demonstrations, kids cooking classes, market music, and a lineup of food education events.