Summer’s here! For foodies all over the country, this means it’s the perfect time to visit the local Farmers Market and take home ripe, fresh, best-in-season food. Today, we look at 4 farmers markets that offer exceptional goods and make their city food scene proud.
San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Situated near the waterfront, this bustling market offers a variety of goods including produce many states would consider exotic like mission figs and cactus pears sourced from the Mediterranean-climate region surrounding the Bay Area. The market is a favorite haunt of acclaimed San Francisco chefs, and is well known for its unusual and delicious Korean street snacks.
Seattle’s University District Farmers Market
The perfect environment for growing succulent stone fruits like plums and nectarines as well as crisp apples, Seattle boasts a rich variety of Northwestern seasonal favorites. Visiting the University District Market will delight culinary treasure-hunters who want forage-friendly good like wild mushrooms, lettuces, indigenous berries, and more. Proximity to the coast also provides a wide array of fresh-caught seafood, and foodie visitors will enjoy the spicy and savory selections of ethnic food for sale.
New York’s Union Square Greenmarket
Since 1976, Manhattan residents have enjoyed the diversity of offerings from the 140 growers, artisans, and vendors who gather weekly at the Union Square Greenmarket. New York school children have the benefit of learning about healthy food and the process of growing food with the market’s Green Market Education program that provides free, interactive learning experiences like tours and field trips. As an extraordinary bonus, some of New York’s finest chefs give live cooking demonstrations for visitors to the market!
Nashville’s Historic Farmers Market
The Nashville Farmers Market earned a #6 ranking on The Daily Meal’s list of America’s 101 best farmers markets, and as a Music City local, I can understand why! A community gathering place since the early 1800s, the market showcases healthy and delicious local products from heirloom tomatoes to pasture-raised meats and eggs. The Grow Local Kitchen is an initiative the market created to support local farmers through pop-up dinners, chef demonstrations, culinary arts classes, and more. Events like the monthly Night Market—which features live music and a cash wine bar—extend the opportunities for Nashvillians to enjoy our local epicenter for fresh food.
And, of course, for something a little weird…
When you’re perusing the racks at the market this weekend, maybe you ought to keep an open mind about your purchases and take a second look at the less-than-attractive goods for sale. The veggie enthusiasts at EndFoodWaste.org have taken it upon themselves to campaign for ugly vegetables and fruit in the name of reducing the discrimination against homely produce. Ugly, pretty, or otherwise, go enjoy some great food this weekend!
Happy Foodie Friday!
(Sources: The Daily Meal, Fodor’s Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure)