The Best Farmer’s Markets in the U.S.

The country’s leading farmer’s markets are characterized by freshness, uniqueness and premier quality. It is important to support farmer’s markets vendors because they are the backbones of local communities. Nearly every penny spent at a farmer’s market will stay in the community. Here are 5 of the most intriguing markets:

1. Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, San Francisco

Ferry Plaza boasts over 85 food merchants by the beautiful bay waterfront. Shoppers will find rare culinary treats like Tahitian pomelo, squash blossoms, Bear’s Head mushrooms, cactus pears, rib tacos and Korean garlic chicken rice balls inside of pancakes. Some of the area’s most popular chefs are often spotted at Ferry Plaza. It operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

2. Green City Market, Chicago

Chicago residents flock to Green City Market every Wednesday and Saturday between May and October. The selection includes artisan cheeses, micro greens, grass fed and hormone free elk meat spread across 55 food stalls. The market’s focus is on sustainable eating and living. The sustainable ethos means that the foods are locally grown, organic, fresh, hormone free and high quality.

3. Crescent City Farmer’s Market, New Orleans

This market is one of America’s finest food treasures. Its delicacies include Creole tomatoes, wild catfish, Ponchatoula strawberries, goat yogurt, Silver Queen corn, goat meat, blue crabs, andouille, alligator sausage and buttercrunch lettuce. These foods are hard to find outside of the New Orleans area and if you do find them, their freshness will pale in comparison to those sold at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market.

4. Portland Farmer’s Market, Oregon

Located on the Portland State University campus, Portland Farmer’s Market hosts an amazing 130 plus food growers. The produce is unbelievable: huckleberries, raspberries and blackberries. All are organic, sweet and juicy. There’s Chinese broccoli called gilan, hand rolled pappardelle noodles, buffalo meat, yak meat and Dungeness crab.

5. University District Farmer’s Market, Seattle

This market really shines on Saturdays when over 60 farmers, fishermen and others congregate in the University Heights area to show off their produce to the public. Some of the better offerings include Pacific oysters, Alaskan spot prawns, morels, fiddlehead ferns and Ozette potatoes. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 until 2 throughout the entire year. The address is University Way NE between NE 50th St. and NE 52nd St. It has been open for 21 years and attracts visitors from all over Washington state.