Published July 17, 2018|19 min read
Summer is the best time for traveling (hello, sunshine and beaches), but it’s also prime time for getting fresh fruits and veggies. And where better to do that than a local farmers market?
We’ve got some tips right here on how you can save when shopping at a farmers market. Plus, we’re highlighting the best farmers market in each state.
*Hours: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.*
The Pepper Place Market, in the heart of Birmingham, has vendors selling everything from produce and meat to coffee and donuts. Plus, every weekend a different chef puts on a cooking demonstration with recipe ingredients you can buy right at the market.
*Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.*
Only a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, you’ll feel the sea breeze as you shop for fireweed and rose-hip jams or eat fresh halibut tacos. In addition to the produce offerings, there are locally-made crafts and handmade clothes for sale, making this a one-stop-shop.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to October, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the rest of the year)*
Beat the summer heat at the Uptown Farmers Market, which moves indoors during summer. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as locally grown, grass-fed beef. You can even snack on some tamales, savory pies or bread. Recent chef demonstrations included cocktail mixers and local coffee roasters as well as a recipe for roasted winter squash with toasted hazelnuts and apple cider glaze.
*Hours: Sundays in April to October, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
The Bernice Farmers Market is more than a farmers market. It’s situated in the Bernice Garden, which features sculpture and art created with sustainable materials. After picking up locally-grown produce at the market, enjoy a barbecue lunch complete with dessert all while relaxing under a canopy while listening to live music.
*Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.*
California berries are plentiful at Sebastopol Farmers Market, as the rich northern California soil makes blueberries, blackberries and strawberries extra sweet and delicious. This farmers market hosts local musicians and has plenty of space to lay down a blanket and have a picnic. You can get your gluten-free breads and vegan treats alongside a selection of meats and even pick up goods like handwoven Ghanaian baskets and Japanese pottery.
*Hours: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Boulder); Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Lafayette); Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Boulder), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Longmont) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Union Station)*
The Boulder County Farmers Market (BCFM) comprises four different farmers markets across Boulder and there’s always something new. You can check their site for what’s in season now to get ideas about what you may find there. And if you’re a fan of meal kits, you can sign up for Grown to Go, which is filled with local, fresh ingredients.
*Hours: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
For more than 15 years, Coventry Farmers Market has provided fresh foods and locally-made treats, from fudge to hot sauce. There’s plenty of activities here too, from the annual Dog Day best-in-show competition to education sessions on going vegan or gluten-free. In August, kids can get a taste of entrepreneurship by running their own booths at Young Artisans and Farmers Day.
*Hours: Tuesdays in June to August, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; May, September and October, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.*
There’s lot to enjoy here beyond the tasty foods. Local musicians provide entertainment while you’re crossing off your grocery list and you can bring your kids for story time, run by librarians from Rehoboth Beach Library. And if you want to learn about your own garden, swing by the Green Tent for different events, like chats with state representatives about how to keep a healthy yard and tips on composting. Also at the green tent, you’ll find free vegetable containers to put your fresh produce in.
*Hours: Daily, dawn to 6 p.m.*
Dating back to 1938, this open-market draws more than 1 million visitors each year. Jacksonville Farmers Market is a foodie paradise and is best known for its ethnic and imported specialty items. If you’ve worked up an appetite while shopping and looking at all the delicious offerings, you can stop in at the restaurant for breakfast or lunch.
*Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
With more than 40 local farmers offering an array of meats, cheeses and produce, Peachtree City Farmers Market at the Aberdeen Village Shopping Center is your one-stop-shop. Vendors are best known for their southern hospitality charm and artisanal offerings. Come for the food, but stay for the chef demos, food trucks, and country fair vibe.
*Hours: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market has everything from cheese and produce to locally-made breads and other ono food. There’s also educational and entertainment events to highlight the local culture and history of Hamakua. Events include everything from summer skin care tips to guidance on animal behavior.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
This unexpected gem is great to just wander around on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. But if shopping is your priority, grab a breakfast burrito and pick up your farm favorites — and, yes, there are potatoes of all kinds. If you’re looking for a gift, stop by the art vendors and find handcrafted trinkets.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
Draped alongside the Hype Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, the 61st Farmers Market is a producer-only, food-only market. What does this mean? Farmers must guarantee their products are regionally grown or produced and prepared food vendors must use local ingredients. You’ll not only be supporting local farmers, but know you’re getting great products when you shop here.
*Hours: Saturdays in April to September, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays in October to November, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
You can pick up all your fresh farm items — from bedding plants and perennials to beef and chicken — as well as prepared foods, coffee and teas. You can also learn some fun things at this market, too. For example, home-brewing group The Hop Jockeys came and gave demonstrations on how to make your own beer at home.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to September, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Saturdays in October 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.*
The downtown Farmers Market in Des Moines’ Historic Court District is huge — it has more than 300 vendors. Besides the expected selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods, there are a number of arts and crafts stands for you to browse. But don’t just take our word for how great it is: The Downtown Farmers Market was ranked the second best farmers market in America by The Daily Meal and Shape Magazine, and the best in the Midwest by Country Living Magazine.
*Hours: Saturdays, May to September, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Derby); Saturdays, April through October, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Wichita West); Wednesdays, May to September, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Wichita East)*
Kansas Grown Farmers Market has three locations around the state, all packed with delicious eats and plenty of fun. The end of July brings Tomato Fest, which comes with everything from contests, food trucks, face painting, recipes, live music and so much more. Looking ahead to August, there’s Salsa Saturday, which is a can’t miss for anyone who enjoys some good pico.
*Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; last Thursday of the month in May to August, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.*
In addition to a nighttime market during the summer, SoKY Marketplace also has a community kitchen and culinary incubator to help food startups and small businesses, as well as cooking classes for amateurs looking to improve their skills.
*Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (year-round); Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (seasonal)*
Red Stick Farmers Market, located in Baton Rouge, started as part of a Master’s thesis at LSU. The market has a kids’ club to teach about healthy eating and a mobile market that drives to underserved communities. Red Stick only carries seasonal produce that is native to Louisiana, so you know what you’re getting is fresh and authentic.
*Hours: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
There’s a lot to like about the United Farmers Market of Maine in Belfast. There are more than 65 vendors, selling everything from baked goods to jewelry. They offer a seven-course “farm and forage” dinner event and there’s a joint event on the harbor with the Maine Winery Guild. But maybe the best events? The “Elton John Tribute Band & Dinner” — break out your favorite statement sunglasses and get ready to enjoy some Crocodile Rock.
*Hours: Saturdays in March to December, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sundays year-round, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays in May to September, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.*
When a farmers market has been around for nearly 40 years, like Annapolis’ Anne Arundel County Farmers Market has, you know it’s good. There are nearly two dozen food and produce vendors and almost a dozen specialty vendors, including Annapolis Caramel Company, Rogue Pierogies and Old Line Fish Company to satisfy your Maryland crab cravings.
*Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
No, not that Boston Market. Here, there are nearly 40 vendors from around the state who participate, so you’re sure to find some great food shopping here. Tired of the same ol’ recipes? Check out the KITCHEN here, which offers classes no matter your skill level. Plus, there are mixology classes so you have something to pair with the new meals you learn to create.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to November, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays in June to October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays in June to October, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.*
The Kalamazoo Farmers Market is one of the oldest markets in the state — the first city recognition of the market was in 1913. Today, the market is as lively as ever, with four distinct vendor types — Grower, Retailer, Producer and Seller — that ensure the market offers something for everyone, including fresh local blueberries, handmade bags from recycled upholstery, coffee and pastries, and more. Summer highlights include the aforementioned blueberries, green beans and elderflowers.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays in June to September, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.*
The Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis is one of the most picturesque markets in the state; nestled among the historic Mississippi River waterfront, it features views of old grain silos and flour mills and the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. Farmers and food purveyors get together to offer heirloom tomatoes, raw honey, cut flowers, pastas, chutneys and more. Visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations and children who try new vegetables get a $2 token to use at the market.
*Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
Located in downtown Jackson, the Mississippi Farmers Market is the largest in the state. Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce, it’s located in an all-weather building, meaning that rain or shine, you can get your pick of fresh peaches, butter beans and more. The Farmer’s Table, a dine-in restaurant inside in the market, serves breakfast and lunch throughout the year.
*Hours: Saturdays in April to October, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays in April to October, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November to March, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Kansas City’s City Market is a permanent open-air space that features a combination of restaurants, vendors and, of course, farm-fresh produce. The market has hours year-round, so rain or shine or snow, you can get fresh dairy, vegetables and meat. And for weeks when you can’t make it to the market, the market’s blog keeps you up to date with dispatches from visits to farms around the state.
*Hours: Saturdays in June to September, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.*
The Gallatin Valley Farmers Market in Bozeman is managed by Career Transitions, a non-profit organization that that provides literacy and job training services, so you’re not only supporting local farmers when you shop the market, you’re also supporting your community. In addition to fresh local fruits, vegetables, dairy and vegetables, the market also features crafts and gifts by local artisans.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to October, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*
Located in downtown Omaha, the Omaha Farmers Market at Old Market is the largest farmers market in the state and one of the longest-running, too. More than 100 vendors offer fresh produce, meats and dairy, plus baked goods and other prepared foods. Several weekends a year, the market offers free market tours to visitors who want to learn more about the farmers and their produce.
*Hours: Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market in Las Vegas is ready to provide Sin City citizens and visitors with fresh produce throughout the year. This indoor market in an old bus depot has a cafe that’s perfect to pick-up lunch between shopping for produce, honey and crafts.
*Hours: Wednesdays in June to October, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.*
More than 20 vendors sell seasonal vegetables, fruit, pasture-raised meat, dairy, eggs, syrup, honey, baked goods and crafts in the historic center of Canterbury. Live musical acts perform every week and kids can take part in a variety of activities.
*Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
It’s called the Trenton Farmers Market, but it’s actually on the border of Trenton, Ewing and Lawrence. Geography aside, this market is open all year long. More than 40 vendors sell freshly picked fruits and vegetables. The market also features a Crab Shack selling seafood.
*Hours: Saturdays and Tuesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.*
The Santa Fe Farmers Market is one of the oldest and largest in the country. More than 150 farmers in northern New Mexico sell products at the market. All the vegetables, fruits and nursery plants sold are locally grown, as are most of the ingredients and materials in the processed and craft goods.
*Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
This New York City market offers seasonal fruits and vegetables year-round, as well as farmstead cheese, artisanal bread, flowers, wine and more. Up to 140 vendors sell their wares at peak season. Visitors can also take part in cooking demonstrations and other activities aside from shopping.
*Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
This giant market spans multiple buildings, including the 30,000-square-foot Farmers Building, where North Carolina farmers sell fresh produce, plants and speciality items. The other areas include the Market Shoppes, featuring meat, cheese and crafts, as well as local wine. If you’re looking to buy in bulk, the Truckers Building sells large volumes of fruit grown in North Carolina and around the world.
*Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
The Red River Market in downtown Fargo sells produce, prepared food, coffee and beer, with live music and other events. More than 40 vendors sell their wares each week.
*Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesdays in April to December, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
The Athens Farmers Market is a draw for lovers of fresh produce throughout the region, including many students from nearby Ohio University. Set in the rolling hills of the Athens region, the market has more than 80 vendors.
*Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
Every item sold at this Oklahoma City market at Oklahoma State University is grown or made in Oklahoma. Shoppers can buy fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meats, nuts, baked goods and processed foods. Many items are certified organic. Look out for fresh, juicy berries in the summer.
*Hours: Saturdays in May to November, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.*
In summer months, the popular Beaverton market attracts up to 15,000 and 20,000 visitors each Saturday. Why? In addition to the litany of local fresh and prepared foods, visitors can take in live music, enjoy special events — like cooking demonstrations, free clinics and more — and take part of the free club for kids. Market Sprouts can participate in special events and shop with their reusable tote bag.
*Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.*
Considered the country’s oldest operating public market — it was established in 1730 — the modern-day Lancaster Central Market houses 60 local vendors in its historic facade: The 1889 Market House designed by architect James Warner. About 45 minutes outside of Harrisburg, visitors can park in a nearby lot or garage (the market is in the center of Lancaster so street parking is sparse), then pick up prepared foods, locally sourced meat, poultry, cheeses, pastries, ice cream, crafts, collectibles, home decor and more.
*Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
Located in the Newport Vineyards and Winery, this year-round market touts fresh produce, flowers, herbs, plants, eggs, breads, baked goods, meats, seafood, cheese, salsa and prepared foods from vendors within a 50-mile radius. Can’t shop on a Saturday? Visit its summer sister market in Newport, which is opened May to October on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Just go by bike or foot; the market is on a main road with little parking.
*Hours: Saturdays, April 14 to November 24, 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a holiday market on select days in December*
A mainstay on “best farmers markets/attractions” lists since opening in 1989, this market sells everything from local veggies, plants, herbs, freshly cut flowers and juried crafts. Located in Marion Square in historic downtown Charleston, visitors can also grab breakfast or lunch, listen to live music and hit up special Sunday markets during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, an annual outdoor art exhibition.
*Hours: Saturdays, May through October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
The Falls Park Farmers Market in Sioux Falls has been in business for over 100 years; it celebrated its Centennial back in 2012. Visitors can pick up fresh flowers, local veggies, natural soaps, baked goods and meats. Or they can grab a bite and head across the street to the Stockyard Ag Experience Barn, an interactive museum celebrating regional agriculture.
*Hours: Saturdays in May through October, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.*
How can you resist a farmers market with it’s very own mascot? And one named “Corny the Cob,” no less? But it’s the locally grown fresh produce, hand-crafted products, gourmet food trucks, live music and special events (who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt?) that make the open-air market a Tennessee favorite.
*Hours: Saturdays in April to November, 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.*
Located in historical Old Town Coppell, this market stays true to the “eat local” mantra by only inviting produce vendors within a 150 mile radius. It’s outfitted with a shaded pavilion to keep you cool(ish) on hot summer days, on-site restrooms and a parking lot just a short walk away. Bonus: There’s a playground and interactive fountain area to entertain your little ones.
*Hours: Sundays in June to October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
Set on the gorgeous Wheeler Farm, which those of us who grew up in Utah remember as the place of field trips and adorable baby animals, this farmers market is the place to be on Sunday mornings. You can start with breakfast — hello warm, delicious scones — and then listen to the live music while you shop for some fresh produce. And you’ll definitely want to pick up a jar of locally made jam, especially during Brigham City peach season.
*Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
This year, the Capital City Farmers Market has moved to the streets — State Street, that is. Join in the fun with live bands, fresh fruits and veggies and even locally-made baked goods. After you’ve picked up your tasty treats, be sure to grab some flowers to brighten up your table.
*Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
This year-round market goes beyond the locally-grown produce (although they have that, too). Here you can visit a butcher, pick up some specialty backyard feeders, have ice cream at the dairy or even dine at the market restaurant. There are Friday night hoedowns from April to October, food truck rodeo nights on Wednesdays and other various festivals throughout the year.
*Hours: Saturdays in March to December, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
OK, let’s just say it straight away — Pike Place Market is really cool and certainly worth a visit if you haven’t ever been there. It’s a historic treasure and throwing fish is fun.
That said, a trip to the Bainbridge Island farmers market is also a must. They’ve got everything from seasonal fruits and veggies to crafts, plus there are plenty of wineries on the island so you can pick up a bottle (or two or three). All that and you get to take a relaxing ferry ride to get there — unless you are lucky enough to live on the island — and the market is within walking distance of the ferry.
*Hours: Sundays in April to December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
You’ll find a great selection of produce and plants at the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market. Not sure what to do with all that produce you couldn’t resist buying? The newsletter is filled with delicious recipes you can try out — or, share your own recipe for others to enjoy.
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*Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*
There’s plenty to see and do here — there are more than 130 vendors, after all. They’ve got your locally grown produce and homemade crafts for sale. Plus, there’s a calendar full of events all summer long, including live music and even pumpkin carving in the fall.
*Hours: Saturdays in July to September, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.*
This market is held in the town square, which is fun all on its own. Add in fresh produce, locally raised beef and entertainment, and you’ve got a fun-filled Saturday morning. You’ll also find a new Chef of the Week booth each week so you’ll get some innovative ideas about what to make for your next barbecue.
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