Farmer’s markets have become popular with consumers who are growing more conscious of eating healthy and supporting local businesses. However, farmer’s markets aren’t just for local customers anymore. They have also become very popular with tourists and local restaurants. Here’s a look at some of the best in the country.
Windmill Farmer’s Market
This market has been around since 1987, and offers delicious options from over 200 vendors every Saturday. Not only can visitors pick up some of the best fresh food around, they can also check out lovely handmade crafts. In addition, there are activities like horse and buggy rides that make this a fun family outing for everyone.
You can visit this fun farmer’s market every Saturday morning from April until November. You may find some unusual items here that you won’t always find at other farmer’s markets. Try out such oddities as yellow watermelons or golden beets. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh herbs while you’re there. Along with the food, you can find crafts, potpourri, and lovely dried flowers to decorate your home. This market is also open on Wednesday evenings with a smaller crowd.
Davis Farmer’s Market
At this farmer’s market, besides a delectable choice in fresh food, visitors will find activities like face painting, music shows, and even a rock wall they can climb. A popular event with this market is the “Picnic in the Park” held on Wednesday evenings, where guests can enjoy local musicians while dining on Indian, Mexican, and American foods. This is truly a farmer’s market for all ages.
This market is located right on the Portland State University campus. It offers delicious ingredients for menus, as well as prepared treats. Kids will enjoy visiting the Saturday event where they get to try out their cooking skills and learn new ones they can practice at home. You can enjoy live music while you shop and pick up delicious baked goods, flowers and plants that are in season, and fresh produce.
Union Square Greenmarket
This farmers market is just like New York City in that it is a one-of-a-kind. You will find items here that you can’t find anywhere else. Imagine taking home a basket of ostrich eggs or biting off a square of gourmet breads. You and 50,000 of your closest friends can enjoy this market on Saturdays, and even come back on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a smaller crowd. Those days are also when you can check out the cooking demonstrations.
No matter where in the U.S. you choose to travel, you can find an interesting farmer’s market to visit. However, for fun and variety, check out some of those listed above, and you will enjoy a memorable experience. You might even get to know some foods you never heard of before.
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