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Top 50 Farmers' Markets in America

Whether you’re in a big metropolis or a tiny town, producer markets are popping up all over the country in spades. Clean Eating’s culinary travel writer Peter Agostinelli reveals our top 50. Here are America’s best local food dealers (listed by state, not rank).
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Northeast

Connecticut

Hartford (May through October; one location is open year-round)
Seven farmers’ markets throughout the Hartford area present locals with farm-grown foods on weekdays. Producers from throughout the state gather to showcase produce, meats and other goods in a region classified as the largest perishable food distribution facility between Boston and New York City. 
hartfordfarmersmarkets.org

Maine

Portland (year-round, varies by location)
Maine’s biggest city sits right on the Atlantic coast, so it’s no surprise the Portland Farmers’ Market’s locations carry some of what the New England region is famous for – and it’s not necessarily lobster. Farmers display a mix of local vegetables, fruits, pasture-grazed meats such as lamb, beef and pork, and artisanal cheeses. The market may have some of the deepest roots of any North American farmers’ market, dating back to 1768 when the first public market opened in the town hall. portlandmainefarmers
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Massachusetts

Lexington (late May through October, plus holiday market hours)
Located just west of the Boston metro area, Lexington is home to a thriving farmers’ market showcasing locally produced organic vegetables, fruits, regional Atlantic seafood and freshly baked goods. Several wine and hard cider producers are on hand displaying their beverages for guests to enjoy while shopping and to take home for pairing with meals made from market goods. An on-site knife sharpener hones and sharpens guests’ chef’s knives, gardening tools or pet-grooming shears. lexingtonfarmersmarket.org

New Hampshire

Salem (year-round)
The Salem NH Farmers’ Market is one of the largest producer markets in southern New Hampshire and a top stop for the area’s eat-local movement. With live music, kids’ activities and cooking demonstrations, the market offers prime New Hampshire specialties like maple syrup. Fresh seasonal vegetables, locally roasted coffees, artisanal cheeses, farm eggs and pasture-raised meats of all kinds round out the list of market offerings. salemnhfarmersmarket.org

Rhode Island

Wakefield (year-round)
The South Kingstown Farmers’ Market is the longest-running market in Rhode Island and one of the state’s best. Varieties of beef, pork, lamb and poultry are available from local producers. Seafood vendors show off fresh fish, clams, mussels and oysters from coastal Rhode Island waters. southkingstownfarmers
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Vermont

Burlington (year-round)
The Burlington Farmers’ Market is a year-round producer market set in Vermont’s largest city and within its historic downtown district. Prepared foods, fresh flowers, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as pastured pork are available. Artisanal goat milk products and fresh baked goods abound. The market even offers valet parking for shoppers arriving on bikes.
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Mid Atlantic

Delaware

Lewes (May through November)
The Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market hosting more than 30 vendors. Organizers host the weekly market in the heart of historic Lewes, a prime location that attracts visitors who can bike or walk to the market. Producers also gather excess produce at market closes for a soup kitchen in nearby Milton. historiclewesfarmers
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District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

Dupont Circle (year-round)
The local-food advocacy and environmental group FRESHFARM Markets operates 13 producer markets throughout the District of Columbia and nearby states, and Dupont Circle is one of its premier spots. The market sits in one of the district’s most eclectic neighborhoods and highlights fresh vegetables and fruits, meats and fish from the Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Bay region. More than 50 farmers sell goods during peak growing season.
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Maryland

Frederick (year-round, varies by location)
Frederick has nurtured a grass-roots movement for great local food, and its farmers’ markets reflect that quality reputation. County-wide, Frederick is home to more than a dozen market locations on varying days, with producers at each showcasing fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheeses. Honey and other bee products are also available. 
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New Jersey

Metuchen (June through November)
The Metuchen Farmers’ Market is a popular foodie destination in this northern New Jersey community in close proximity to the region’s small farms and producers. Guests can find varieties of pickled vegetables, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, pastured pork and free-range eggs. Whistling Wolf Farm is among the attractions with its transitional organic produce that rotates with the seasons. Whistling Wolf even offers creations like its pepper wreaths, which are both beautiful and edible. metuchenfarmersmarket.com

New York

Ithaca (year-round)
This acclaimed producers’ market in the Finger Lakes region of west-central New York thrives due to the city’s demand for high-quality local foods. (Farmers cultivate many fine greens and other vegetables in greenhouses throughout the long winters.) Five weekly markets operate during the peak growing season, with a regular winter market held in event space owned by Ithaca co-op GreenStar Natural Foods.
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Pennsylvania

Lancaster (year-round)
Southeastern Pennsylvania is home to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and Lancaster sits at its heart. That’s where the country’s oldest farmers’ market operates three days per week throughout the year. Amish farmers and other area producers showcase local favorites such as pickled vegetables, specialty meats, fresh produce and regional favorites like scrapple, a breakfast meat of cornmeal and pork scraps. centralmarketlancaster.com

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Southeast

Alabama

Birmingham (year-round)
One of the oldest producer-owned markets in the United States, the Alabama Farmers’ Market runs throughout the year and features foods from small farms across the state. The market has operated at its current Birmingham location since the 1950s by offering fruits, vegetables and other goods – think sweet corn, squash, grapes and peppers – that thrive in the hot climate zone of this southern state. 
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Arkansas

Fayetteville (year-round)
This market often pops up on lists for the top-10 farmers’ markets in the US, and for good reason. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is a cornerstone of downtown-area social activity as well as the local food economy within this thriving university community in the state’s Ozark region. The market operates with limited winter hours but is open three days per week during peak season.
fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Florida

Vero Beach (year-round)
Set on a beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida, Farmers’ Market Oceanside has one of the best backdrops imaginable for a producers’ market. In addition to fresh Atlantic seafood, guests can find pasture-grazed beef, seasonal Florida produce and more. Growers like Linda Hart, owner of Crazy Hart Ranch in Fellsmere, sell farm-fresh chicken and eggs. Locals and visitors alike flock to this small but vibrant, pet-friendly market for great foods plus a day at the beach.
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Georgia

Athens (early April to mid-December)
The Athens Farmers’ Market is a hub for local food in one of the country’s most lively college towns. Home to The University of Georgia, Athens sits squarely in a hot, humid region of the southeastern US where many plants and livestock thrive – think eggplant, peppers and other warm-climate vegetables plus fruits and bee products. The market is also a source for prepared foods, local art and artisanal goods like handcrafted soaps. athensfarmersmarket.net

Kentucky

Lexington (year-round)
This market has grown to operate five days a week during peak market months. Area producers attend the market to merchandise tomatoes, sweet corn and other seasonal specialties. Others are on hand to sell fresh eggs, pastured meats and other goods. lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

Louisiana

Delcambre (February through June; August through December)
The Delcambre Seafood and Farmers’ Market in south Louisiana is known for Gulf seafood and produce from Acadiana, or the Cajun country of the local bayous. Producers gather at the market to showcase locally grown okra, squash, eggplant and other vegetables and fruit that thrive in the region’s intense heat. Boaters are encouraged to tie their vessels to the newly finished market’s docks to purchase crab, shrimp, crawfish, alligator and other seasonal delicacies directly from vendors. delcambremarket.org

Mississippi

Oxford (May through October)
In the southern United States, Oxford is considered a premier college town as home to The University of Mississippi, otherwise known as Ole Miss. The Midtown Farmers’ Market here is a Saturday community fixture for farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs, pastured chicken and pork, artisanal grits, and varieties of okra, peas, watermelon, peppers and other vegetables and fruits. Also open on Wednesdays. mtfarmersmarket.com

North Carolina


Raleigh (year-round)

The State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh is staged in a 30,000-square-foot building, where fresh, local foods are on display daily. Enormous varieties of regionally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers and prepared foods are available throughout the year. Meats, cheeses, local wines and baked goods are also available.
ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/index.htg

South Carolina

Charleston (April through November, plus holiday hours)
The Charleston Farmers’ Market has been ranked as a top producer market in the United States, and its geographic coastal positioning is a prime reason why. The market boasts fine local produce, Atlantic seafood, organic herbs and pastured beef, chicken and lamb. Live music, the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit (a visual fine arts show) and celebrations of literary and performance art, are additional market highlights throughout the year.
charlestonfarmersmarket.com

Tennessee

Memphis (April through October)
The Memphis Farmers’ Market is set in downtown Memphis, a major port on the Mississippi River and a historic city steeped in food traditions, civil rights heritage and great regional music. This producer market is relatively new on the scene, having launched in 2006. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, locally roasted coffees, cow and goat milk products and cured meats from pastured pork are among the market offerings. A pavilion added in 2011 provides sheltered outdoor space for some of the market’s vendors. memphisfarmersmarket.org

Virginia

Charlottesville (April through December)
Located in an eclectic college town that’s home to the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville City Market is a producer-only market with more than 100 vendors. Producers set up on Saturdays to sell grass-fed meats, eggs, seasonal produce, baked goods and crafts. Most of the producers are clustered around the Charlottesville area (located northwest of the capital city of Richmond) and reflect the town’s wealth of regional food, wine and craft beer specialties.
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West Virginia

Morgantown (May to early November, with winter hours)
The Morgantown Farmers’ Market holds its own as a local attraction in a town where West Virginia University (WVU) football games and other sports draw in large crowds. Set in downtown Morgantown, which is also home to WVU’s main campus as well as local shops, the market is a central source for farm-fresh food in a largely rural state. Pasture-grazed beef and pork and seasonal vegetables from small growers in the Mountain State are just part of the lineup on market Saturdays. morgantownfarmers.org

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Midwest

Illinois

Evanston (early May to early November)
In the thriving community of Evanston, just north of Chicago, farmers’ markets are a huge part of local culture. The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market is a destination for nearly 60 vendors selling local meats, cheeses, milk, produce and other goods. The market has even been a launching pad for producers like Illinois farmer Henry Brockman of Henry’s Farm, a longtime market purveyor of fine heirloom vegetables and other products. 
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Indiana

Zionsville (June to August, plus winter market hours)
The Green Market at Traders Point Creamery is uniquely held on the rolling grounds of Traders Point Creamery, an organic dairy farm where Brown Swiss cows graze on green pastures. The fields and barns make for an appropriate backdrop as meat producers, produce growers and other vendors gather to sell their fresh foods. The winter market finds many of the same producers on hand selling their foods and products. traderspointcreamery.com/farmstore/farmers-market

Iowa

Des Moines (May through October, plus holiday market hours)
An enormous market hosting hundreds of vendors from more than 50 Iowa counties, the Des Moines Downtown Farmers��� Market is consistently rated as a top-10 destination for locally grown foods. Shoppers can select from a variety of Iowa sweet corn, fresh berries, pastured pork, farm-fresh eggs, organic vegetables and other treats. This year the market celebrated its 40th anniversary milestone as a mainstay of Des Moines life.
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Michigan

Kalamazoo (May through November)
The Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market is a thriving market in Michigan, a state known increasingly for its craft beer community, cherry harvests and a gradual rebound from its industrial past. The market is a destination for fine seasonal produce, such as the small-batch vegetables cultivated by farmer Gina Wertz. At Under the Stone Garden, her farm that she founded in 2012, Wertz harvests mushrooms, kohlrabi, cabbages, potatoes, onions, beets and peppers for display at the market (depending on the season). farmersmarket
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Minnesota

Saint Paul (May through November, plus winter hours)
This fixture of Saint Paul – the “twin city” of Minneapolis – has a 150-year history of bringing fresh foods to local residents. Today the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market brings local fruits and vegetables to shoppers along with buffalo, pastured beef and pork, eggs, baked goods and numerous other delicacies. Seasonal offerings from area producers at the winter market in downtown Saint Paul helps locals make it through the long Minnesota winter. stpaulfarmersmarket.com

Missouri

Columbia (April through October, plus winter hours)
Missouri may be home to much bigger cities, but Columbia has bragging rights for having one of the state’s finest producer markets. The “mid-Missouri” foods available at the Columbia Farmers’ Market include a range of farm-fresh eggs, locally grown vegetables and fruits, pasture-raised meats and honey. Live bands perform every Saturday. columbiafarmersmarket.org

Nebraska


Lincoln (May to early October)
The Haymarket Farmers’ Market in historic downtown Lincoln is a regional destination for freshwater fish, game meats such as elk and buffalo, and, of course, fine seasonal produce. Market organizers present live music shows and other performing artists. A market whistle kicks off festivities every Saturday when nearly 200 local and regional producers converge.
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Ohio

Cleveland (year-round)
The West Side Market is known simply as Cleveland’s oldest public market, and for good reason. The indoor and outdoor marketplace reflects the depth and diversity of the Cleveland area’s ethnic traditions and fresh-food bounty. Fresh produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and dairy products are displayed in full force throughout the market. The historic building itself is a draw with its dramatic vaulted ceilings and enormous clock tower. For living, edible proof of the city’s European and African-American influences, this market just west of downtown Cleveland is exemplary.
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South Dakota

Rapid City (May through October)
Set in South Dakota’s Black Hills region, Rapid City is home to a growing farmers’ market that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, jerky and baked goods are some of the local specialties that draw guests from Rapid City and the surrounding area to the Black Hills Farmers’ Market. In peak growing season, the market operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to regular Saturday hours. blackhillsfarmersmarket.org

Wisconsin

Madison (year-round, with seasonal market hours)
The Dane County Farmers’ Market is considered the largest producer-only market in the United States, and the crush of vegetables and fruits during peak growing seasons is one reason shoppers flock to it. So are the artisanal cheeses, another pillar of Wisconsin’s agricultural economy. Pasture-raised bison, chicken, emu, turkey, smoked salmon and trout, not to mention some of Wisconsin’s trademark bratwurst and other sausages, are additional draws for meat lovers. A regular Taste of the Market Breakfast made primarily with ingredients from the market is a highlight of the winter session. dcfm.org

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Southwest

Arizona

Prescott (year-round)
The Prescott Farmers’ Market hosts more than 60 producers selling everything from plants to local fruits and vegetables. The market places a specific emphasis on showcasing sustainable producers from within Yavapai County, where it operates. Family farms like the one run by the Hernandez family in Chino Valley exemplify the type of small, diversified produce growers who make up the market’s vendor lineup. prescottfarmersmarket.org

New Mexico

Albuquerque (mid-April to early November)
The Downtown Growers' Market is a hotbed in this largest city of New Mexico, and its lineup of farmers reflects the cultural fabric of Albuquerque as well as its growing conditions. Local and organic vegetables, honey and Native American art are just a few of the attractions. The Land of Enfigment – one of the few fig tree nurseries in the state – sells more than 50 climatized fig varieties. Need some fig leaf tea for balancing blood sugar? How about fig tree wood for a distinctive barbecue or smoker? Or perhaps Chinese dates and Spanish plums? It’s all here.
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Oklahoma

Tulsa (April through October)
The Cherry Street Farmers’ Market (aka Tulsa Farmers' Market) is a hub of Tulsa’s local food movement. Growers gather on Saturdays to show off hormone-free beef, pork and lamb plus seasonal produce and dairy products. Since its launch in 1998, the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market has grown into the largest producer market in Oklahoma. This year saw the introduction of a wholesale component that fosters direct purchasing options for area chefs and food-related businesses and organizations to shop locally and seasonally. cherrystreetfarmers
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Texas

Austin (year-round)
The most dynamic city in Texas, the capital is home to the “Keep Austin Weird” philosophy that infuses local culture and commerce alike. And while Austin hosts a variety of terrific farmers’ markets throughout its growing confines, the Hope Farmers’ Market in East Austin may be its most eclectic – and the locally grown foods are just a part. The market also showcases HOPE FM Live, a spotlight on local music, and a poster-art program featuring Austin artists. Oh, plus there’s excellent seasonal produce, meats and more. 
hopefarmersmarket.org

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Northwest

Alaska

Anchorage (May to mid-October)
The growing season may not be terribly long in this cold-weather state, nor does sunlight abound, but the Anchorage Farmers’ Market is a Saturday staple for lovers of local foods despite those disadvantages. Producers like Arctic Organics cultivate produce in the soils of a glacial valley and employ greenhouse growing for specific plants. The market is proof that even hardy apples can thrive in an arctic climate. 
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Idaho

Bonners Ferry (late April to early October, plus holiday market hours)
One of the oldest farmers’ markets in Idaho, the Bonners Ferry Farmers’ Market has expanded steadily over its 35-year run. Local farmers showcase lamb, chicken and other pasture-grazed meats. Producers sell organic fruits and vegetables, including sweet corn, herbs and, of course, Idaho potatoes. 
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Montana

Helena (late April to mid-December)
For more than 40 years, the Helena Farmers’ Market has supplied locals with freshly grown foods from the region surrounding Montana’s capital city. It’s the longest-running market in the state with seasonal produce, locally roasted coffees and handmade crafts. helenafarmersmarket.com

Oregon

Gresham (May through October)
This dynamic market east of Portland reflects a mission focused on helping consumers connect directly with growers and building greater awareness of spending food dollars locally. The region’s heritage of berry farming helped inspire the market’s inception in 1986. Today’s market lineup includes many vegetable and fruit producers, of course. One newer example is Slice of Heaven Farm in Sandy, Oregon, where farmers Brandon and Marieta Easley – recent arrivals from Louisiana – harvest varieties of green beans, red potatoes, eggplant, peppers and even okra, a vegetable most commonly grown in southern states.
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Washington

Tacoma (May through October, varies by location)
Tacoma Farmers’ Markets are a prime destination for seasonal vegetables and fruits, including kale, cabbages, Brussels sprouts and apples. The markets’ locations throughout the Tacoma area are also great sources for locally raised meats, Pacific Coast seafood, prepared foods and crafts. The Tacoma market also functions as a business incubator for new producers and supplies healthy-eating options for low-income households. tacomafarmersmarket.com

Wyoming

Casper (June through September, plus winter market hours)
Casper’s Food for Thought Farmers’ Market is the place for fresh foods in this rural western state. Seasonal produce, local meats, baked goods, jams, honeys, personal care products and dog treats make up part of the market’s list of offerings. The summer market features food trucks with local vendors selling prepared foods and snacks. Monthly winter markets help shoppers stock up on meats and vegetables as well as prepared foods throughout central Wyoming’s long, frigid winters. casperfarmersmarket.com

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California

San Diego (year-round)
The North Park Farmers’ Market brings everything from California avocados and citrus, fresh eggs, honey and meats to local consumers every Thursday. The lineup of more than 50 vendors also includes flower producers and craft beer breweries. The market is a noted spot for a casual dinner and enjoying San Diego’s idyllic coastal weather. northparkfarmersmarket.com

Aptos (year-round)
This market in Aptos along the central coast of California is part of the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers’ Market network, a family of markets including two seasonal producer markets and two year-round ones. The Aptos market is open all year no matter the weather with the regional bounty of small local farms. Think local olive oils, artisanal breads, fermented foods such as small-batch sauerkraut and organic juices. And of course locally grown nuts, fruits and vegetables abound. Music and special events are additional attractions. 
montereybayfarmers.org

Colorado


Boulder (early April through late November)
Shoppers visit the Boulder Farmers’ Market for Front Range foods from this town north of Denver at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, pasture-grazed meats (including grass-fed beef and local lamb) plus other delicacies that thrive in the region’s near-constant sun abound. Weekly Saturday markets are joined by a Wednesday installment most of the year. boulderfarmers.org

Hawaii

Captain Cook (year-round)
Hawaii may have as many farmers’ markets as it has islands, sunny days and palm trees. As a result, residents have the luxury of countless local producer markets where farmers, artisans and vendors of all kinds sell their wares directly. The South Kona Green Market is a fine example. Guests can select from tropical fruits, island-grown vegetables, prepared foods and more. Want local macadamia nuts, papayas, coconuts and even botanical skincare products made from local ingredients? Look no further than this green market run by husband-and-wife team Karen Kriebl and Tim Bruno. skgm.org

Nevada

Las Vegas (year-round)
Despite being in the middle of a giant desert, the Fresh52 Farmers’ Market is a haven for home cooks craving fresh, locally grown foods. They flock to the market every weekend for organic fruits and vegetables, vegan baked goods, essential oils and soaps, and even handcrafted jewelry. A Nevada-Certified Farmers’ Market, Fresh52 is a fantastic place to learn about the role of irrigation and aquaculture in local food systems. fresh52.com

Utah

Salt Lake City (June through October, plus winter hours)
The Downtown Farmers’ Market in Utah’s largest city is a showcase for fine local produce, grass-fed meats, fresh juices and dairy products, among other things. More than 100 ranches and farms, all from within 250 miles of Salt Lake City, take part in the market. A separate art and craft component is another attraction, with ceramics, glasswork, leatherwork, sculpture and textiles on display. slcfarmersmarket.org