Best Farmers’ Markets in the United States

As summer approaches, seasonal farmers’ markets are opening up all over the country. Whether you are looking for fresh produce or ready-made jams and artisan breads, local farmers’ markets are a great place to start. They are also a fun, green way to experience local culture if you are traveling. Here are my choices for the best farmers’ markets in the U.S.

1. Union Square Greenmarket – New York, NY

Union Square Greenmarket

Union Square Greenmarket is one of New York City’s most famous farmers’ markets. Started in 1976, this market now features over 140 local farmers, bakers, and fishermen who sell their goods to city dwellers. Open year-round, whether you are looking for award-winning farmstead cheese or cut flowers and plants—you can find it all at Union Square Greenmarket. Visitors can even watch cooking demonstrations by some of the City’s hottest chefs.

North and west sides of Union Square Park
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2. The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market – San Francisco

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Widely acclaimed as being one of the top farmers’ markets in the country, the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market is where the chefs shop—some of San Francisco’s most acclaimed chefs can be seen at this market. With nearly 25,000 shoppers at the market each week, finding artisan specialties like breads, cheeses and jams is a breeze. On Thursdays, you can find a variety of street food: wood-fired pizza, tacos, and gourmet sandwiches. Locals love stopping by on Saturdays to find restaurants serving a variety of tasty treats at the market–making this one of the best farmers’ markets to visit on summer vacation.

Located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street
Open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

3. Green City Market – Chicago

Green City Market

The Green City Market opened for their outdoor season just last week. Every Wednesday and Saturday Chicagoland residents’ head to the south end of Lincoln Park to find things like organic micro-greens and artisanal cheese. With a mission to improve the availability of high quality sustainably grown food in the greater Chicago area, The Green City Market is a great place to time as a family. Visiting Chicago in the winter? You can still visit the Green City Market, from November to April the market moves indoors.

Located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive
Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4. Crescent City Farmers’ Market – New Orleans

Crescent City Farmers Market

New Orleans is home to one of the country’s favorite farmers’ markets. Some of New Orleans most popular chefs hit up the Crescent City Farmers’ Market for ingredients on Saturday mornings. With over 30 vendors you can find local favorites like wild catfish, creole tomatoes and other locally grown treats. Open three days a week with three different locations—you can find what you want regardless of where you are staying in the city.

Tuesday Market: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at the northeast corner of the Tulane Square parking lot, 200 Broadway
Thursday Market: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., located at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John, in the parking lot of the American Can Co.
Saturday Market: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., located at the corner of Girod Street and Magazine Street in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse District

5. Santa Fe Farmers’ Market – New Mexico

Santa Fe Farmers Market

You will find southwestern produce at its best at this northern New Mexico farmers’ market. Located in Santa Fe’s railyard, over 150 vendors sell locally grown favorites. The market began in the 1960s with a handful of farmers, and in 2002 it started operating year round. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is unique because they do not allow reselling—the people who sell you the products are also the farmers. So, they will be able to answer any questions you have about anything you are buying at this popular farmers’ market.

Located in the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market in the Railyard
Tuesdays and Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Why do you love your local farmers market? Who would you vote for the best farmers’ markets in the US?