These Are America’s Top 30 Local Farmers Markets
There’s nothing like hearing that familiar crunch when you bite into a fresh apple bought at a local farmers market. Dating back to the 1700s, these markets have deep roots in American history and, today, still give people a chance to shop for local products and engage with the community.
The markets have struggled over the years with the rise of grocery stores, but as people became more health conscious (thank you, "Supersize Me"), local farmers stepped up to the plate to be a valuable source of fresh and organic food for customers.
Today, there are about 8,600 markets across the country. While we’d love to highlight each one, we've narrowed the list down for you. Here are the top 30 local farmers markets to check out in the U.S. — Don’t forget your reusable bag.
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30. Cedar Rapids Farmers Market
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
About 14,000 people attend this farmers market in downtown Cedar Rapids, which has set dates throughout the year.
What Makes Cedar Rapids Farmers Market One of the Best
Iowa has unforgivingly cold winters, so outdoor activities — like farmers markets — are not always year-round affairs. The Cedar Rapids Farmers' Market usually happens on specific days from May to October.
Yes, it's sad that you have to survive winter without it. But its presence makes summer even sweeter.
Where to stay: Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Rapids
29. Yellow Green Farmers Market
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Miami may be all plastic, but about an hour north, you'll find the Yellow Green Farmers' Market, where you'll find organic, locally-grown produce.
What Makes Yellow Green Farmers Market One of the Best
Yellow Green Market is hosted on weekends inside a 100,000-square-foot warehouse. This translates to a lot of fresh produce to choose from. Since this is South Florida, you'll have your pick of juicy fruits and yummy vegetables year-round.
Plus, Hollywood has a sizeable Hispanic and Caribbean community, so you'll find some good snacks (as well as full-sized meals) like empanadas to nibble on while you do groceries.
Where to stay: Hollywood Beach Marriott
28. The Nashville Farmers Market
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville does nothing quietly, not even a usually quaint affair such as a farmers market. Besides being open every day, you can enjoy classes and chef demonstrations at the market.
What Makes the Nashville Farmers Market One of the Best
In a city where food is deliciously heavy and greasy, sometimes you want to give your stomach a break and eat something green. For moments like this, there's no better place than the market.
Besides produce to take back home, you'll find several stalls serving ready-made food that is (as always in Nashville) good beyond words.
And if you don't want any greens, no worries. Come here for the crafts and classes and bite into good BBQ instead.
Where to stay: Renaissance Nashville Hotel
What Makes Azteca Farmers Market One of the Best
As the name suggests, this market is all about the flavors of Latin America, especially Mexico.
Of course, you can get your shopping for the week done while you visit. But once you take care of business, stick around for some delicious street food tacos and Mexican-style corn on the cob.
You'll also be able to get some authentic crafts that make for perfect gifts or home decorations.
Where to stay: Omni Houston Hotel
26. Kauai Hanalei Farmers Market
Location: Hanalei, Hawaii
Kauai is nicknamed the "Garden Isle" so it's really no surprise that it has several popular farmers markets. The Hanalei market is probably the best to visit since it's near a breathtakingly beautiful beach.
What Makes Hanalei Farmers Market One of the Best
You can shop for fresh Hawaiian produce here. Need we say more?
Visiting Hanalei's Farmers Market also provides a chance to support the local economy, which is not always easy in Hawaii (thanks to all-inclusive resorts). You'll be putting your money straight back into the community and helping farmers keep doing their thing rather than be forced to work in the tourism industry.
Plus, it's a really fun activity in Hawaii, and it gives you a chance to try some authentic Hawaii fare and get to know the famously friendly locals.
Pro tip: Keep your eyes peeled for yoga classes.
Book it: The Cliffs at Princeville
25. Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in Georgia. "Producer-only" means that everything at the market has been grown, raised or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for the vendors and the customers.
What Makes Peachtree Road Farmers Market One of the Best
Peachtree Road Farmers Market takes place on Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from March 6 to Dec. 11. Bring a few reusable bags and stock up on fresh produce for the week.
This market offers chef demos where Atlanta’s best chefs teach marketgoers to use local products. Check out past recipes here.
Book it: Kimpton Sylvan Hotel
24. Phoenix Public Market
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Contrary to popular belief, you can grow veggies in desert-like conditions. See for yourself at the Phoenix Public Market every Saturday morning.
This market is committed to offering seasonally grown, local foods, so residents and visitors can support community farmers and small businesses year-round.
23. Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar is the best way to start a Sunday. It offers seasonal fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, meat and seafood.
What Makes Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar One of the Best
You can also find handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles and art for purchase throughout the market. Plus, there are gourmet foods, spirits, wine, coffee and hot foods that invite locals to spend all day here.
Who needs a grocery store when you can come here every Sunday from April to December?
Where to stay: Hotel Revival Baltimore
22. Boyne City Farmers Market
Location: Boyne City, Michigan
Boyne City is situated on Lake Charlevoix and is a cute little town in northern Michigan with an even cuter tiny home. And its farmers' market lasts all year (yes, even in Michigan), featuring an indoor/outdoor display of fresh produce from local farmers.
What Makes Boyne City Farmers Market One of the Best
While potatoes are Michigan's No. 1 crop, you’ll also want to grab some native-grown apples and cherries at the market.
You might even be graced by live music or food trucks on certain market days.
Where to stay: Elvyn Lea Lodge
21. Newport Farmers Market
Location: Newport, New Hampshire
The Newport Farmers Market has been around since the 1990s on the Town Common in downtown Newport. The market is one of the longest-running farmers markets in the state.
What Makes Newport Farmers Market One of the Best
The farms that sell here are located within 50 miles of Newport. Locals can expect to find, of course, vegetables and fruits but also baked goods, locally raised meat, preserved foods and handmade crafts. There are also prepared foods, such as kettle corn, lemonade and ice cream.
Richards Free Library hosts a storytime for the little ones while mom and dad can pick up fresh and nutritious food for the week. The summer market is open every Friday afternoon from May through September.
Where to stay: Brook Road Inn
20. Portland Farmers Market
Location: Portland, Oregon
Portland Farmers Market is an organization that operates five farmers markets throughout select neighborhoods in Portland on different days of the week.
What Makes Portland Farmers Market One of the Best
Collectively, the market features more than 200 vendors from Oregon and Southwest Washington, including farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheesemakers and specialty food producers.
Come for the vendors, but you’ll want to stay for the chef demonstrations, live music and festive street-fair atmosphere. Stay weird, Portland.
Where to stay: Woodlark
19. South of the James Market
Location: Richmond, Virginia
South of the James Market features over 100 vendors from local Virginia businesses. It runs every Saturday, May through October, with special winter hours.
What Makes South of the James Market One of the Best
The open-air market is a great opportunity to sift through locally grown and handmade items.
Where to stay: Omni Richmond Hotel
18. Heirloom Farmers Market
Location: Tucson, Arizona
There’s plenty of sunshine, mountain views and local products at Heirloom Farmers Market in Rillito Park. It’s Tucson's largest year-round farmers market that’s open every Sunday.
What Makes Heirloom Farmers Market One of the Best
Four pavilions provide shade for 5,000 square feet of shopping. Heirloom Farmers Market is a great opportunity to participate in chef demonstrations, seasonal food festivals, bicycle-friendly events and local live music.
Where to stay: Arizona Inn
17. Dane County Farmers Market
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Dane County Farmers Market claims to be the largest producer-only farmers market in the country.
What Makes Dane County Farmers Market One of the Best
Here you’ll find the season’s best bounty of vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses and specialty products from 275 vendors throughout the year.
Let’s pause on the cheese because Wisconsin is known for producing (freaking delicious) cheddar, American, mozzarella, brick, muenster and limburger cheese, which tastes even better when you get it directly from the dairy farmer.
Where to stay: Hotel Indigo Madison Downtown
16. Eastern Market
Location: Washington, D.C.
Did you know that Washington, D.C., has the most farmers markets of any city in America? Neither did we.
Eastern Market, located in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, happens to be amongst the best.
What Makes Eastern Market One of the Best
This is the best place to find fresh food, participate in community events and, on weekends, shop for local produce and handmade arts and crafts. Food and art are an unstoppable combination.
Where to stay: citizenM Washington DC Capitol
15. The Farmers Market at Lake Walk Town Center
Location: College Station, Texas
This small but mighty farmers market in College Station, Texas, features just over 20 stalls, each with their own personality.
What Makes Lake Walk Town Center Market One of the Best
Here, you’ll find homegrown tomatoes, sausages, candles, soaps, pickles and pecans (not in that order) to bring home to the family.
The market itself is in an awesome spot that’s located right on the lake, where you can check out the 75-foot lookout tower or consider paddleboard rentals.
Where to stay: Aggieland Boutique Hotel
14. Burlington Farmers Market
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Since 1980, the Burlington Farmers Market has been open every Saturday from late spring through fall in downtown Burlington.
What Makes Burlington’s Farmers Market One of the Best
This is the type of market that you go to in the morning to pick up a hot coffee and pastry while shopping for local produce for dinner that night.
Don’t make us remind you to stock up on Vermont’s juice from the gods at Brigham Hill Maple Syrup.
Where to stay: Green Mountain Suites Hotel
13. Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Since 1975, the Downtown Farmers Market has hosted vendors and welcomed patrons from counties across Iowa.
What Makes Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market One of the Best
Farmers, growers and artisan food entrepreneurs offer locally produced fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, wine and more.
The market also hosts a variety of attractions and activities including boutique shops, restaurants and live entertainment.
Where to stay: Sheraton West Des Moines
12. St. Paul’s Farmers Market
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
The Minnesota Pioneer newspaper called for an organizational farmers market in 1852, and since then, the market found a home in downtown St. Paul.
What Makes St. Paul’s Farmers Market One of the Best
Apart from its seriously deep roots, St. Paul’s Farmers Market hosts farmers and vendors who work within a 50-mile radius of the market and come to showcase their products every Saturday.
At this market, you’ll find baked goods, artisan foods, confections and other local products.
Where to stay: Saint Paul Hotel
11. Aspen Saturday Market
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Other than incredible mountain views, the Aspen Saturday Market offers more than 120 local vendors who are excited to share their products with the community.
What Makes Aspen Saturday Market One of the Best
The market boasts rows and rows of stalls that include a ceramist, a milliner, a glassblower and about 30 farmers from Roaring Fork Valley.
Vendor standards for this market are strict as they only allow Colorado-made, -grown and -produced products.
Where to stay: Inn at Aspen
10. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Location: San Francisco, California
Right outside of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is a farmers market that’s held three days a week.
What Makes Ferry Plaza Farmers Market One of the Best
The market has been going strong since 1993 and originally served as a link between city folks and local farmers.
Stop by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to enjoy local flavors and unique craft products from California’s sustainable growers.
Where to stay: Fairmont San Francisco
9. Charleston Farmers Market
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Saturdays are buzzing in downtown Charleston, where locals flock to the Charleston Farmers Market, dedicated to supporting Lowcountry farmers, artisans, live performers and community groups.
What Makes Charleston Farmers Market One of the Best
At this farmers market, you’ll find local produce to cook a fresh meal, plants to fill your garden, or flowers to give to someone special. The market also offers live entertainment and arts and crafts.
The market is open every Saturday morning from April through November.
Where to stay: Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant
8. Union Square Greenmarket
Location: New York, New York
Right in the middle of Manhattan is the outdoor Union Square Greenmarket. It was founded in 1976 and includes up to 140 regional bakers, fishermen and farmers.
What Makes Union Square Greenmarket One of the Best
The atmosphere at Union Square on a market day is busy and exciting, with thousands of people weaving in and out of each stall.
This market offers the awesome opportunity to watch cooking demonstrations by some of New York's best chefs. Union Square Greenmarket is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday year-round.
Where to stay: Moxy NYC East Village
7. Coventry Farmers Market
Location: Coventry, Connecticut
The small town of Coventry hosts a bumpin' farmers market every Sunday from June to October.
What Makes Coventry Farmers Market One of the Best
Cool off with Chet’s Italian Ice, or waddle out of Granny’s Pie Factory while shopping for colorful veggies for a week of groceries.
Coventry Farmers Market also hosts food trucks and arts and craft stalls to complete a wholesome day with the community.
Where to stay: Graduate Storrs
6. Boulder Farmers Market
Location: Boulder, Colorado
The Boulder Farmers Market began in 1987 and blossomed into a well-organized event with up to 150 vendors.
What Makes Boulder Farmers Market One of the Best
Here, you’ll find the best organic Colorado-grown produce as well as colorful flowers, bedding plants, corn stalks, homemade soaps and other farm-oriented crafts.
Rounding out the earthy selections are farm-fresh eggs, honey and roasted chilies. Let’s get local.
Where to stay: Hotel Boulderado
5. South Anchorage Farmers Market
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Did you know that 95 percent of the food in Alaska is imported from other states? South Anchorage Farmers Market brings it back to the Last Frontier, though, to offer locally grown produce, meats, prepared foods and baked treats.
What Makes South Anchorage Farmers Market One of the Best
The market is open on Saturdays from May to October and Wednesdays from June to September.
You’ll regret walking away without a bag of Sweet & Sassy Kettle Corn to snack on throughout the week.
Where to stay: Hotel Captain Cook
4. Crescent City Farmers Market
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
This New Orleans farmers market is a collection of seven weekly markets in one.
What Makes Crescent City Farmers Market One of the Best
The bright and colorful outdoor market is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
If you’re into pickles, zoom over to Pickled Nola. Looking for a hard-to-find spice? The Spicy Lady is your new guru.
Plus, this farmers market offers home-delivery boxes on Tuesdays if you can’t make it during the week.
Where to stay: Le Pavillon New Orleans
3. Historic Soulard Farmers Market
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis hosts a year-round farmers market that’s a great place to stock up on fruits and veggies for the week.
2. Hilo Farmers Market
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Anything from an island is going to be fresh and tasty. Hawaii’s Big Island hosts a huge farmers market featuring food from up to 200 local farmers.
What Makes Hilo Farmers Market One of the Best
Fill your basket with papaya, taro, bananas, jackfruit, bok choy and fresh spices, and leave with organic ingredients to make a flavorful dinner.
Given the tropical temperatures, the market also boasts an assortment of exotic flowers and crafts from local artisans.
Where to stay: The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
1. Pike Place Market
Location: Seattle, Washington
Oh, you knew we were going to include this gem of a spot in downtown Seattle.
What Makes Pike Place Market One of the Best
Snap a picture in front of the neon Public Market sign, and wander into a community of local vendors. You’ll need to clear out your schedule, and take your time sifting through the farmers market, craft market and specialty foods section.
If you didn’t take a pic in front of the iconic gum wall, did you even go to Pike Place?
Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Seattle