Fresh, seasonal produce and free-range meats are in, while TV dinners are most definitely out. And the best place to stock up on these goods is at your local farmers market. Luckily, gatherings that celebrate local wares can now be found from New York to Los Angeles. Check out the country’s best.
CA: Santa Monica Farmers Market
Los Angeles’ largest selection of merchants gathers Wednesdays in Santa Monica to sell everything from Gaviota strawberries to fresh duck eggs.
HI: KCC’s Farmers Market
This vast market celebrates tropical produce and Japanese–Hawaiian foods, so it’s the perfect place to both shop for dinner ingredients, or drop in for a locally inspired lunch.
NY: Union Square Green Market
Though fresh produce options wane during colder months due to the climate, the Union Square Greenmarket still offers New York’s most comprehensive collection of local producers, and it’s where all of the city’s top chefs source product.
OR: Farmers Market at Portland State University
Of course Portland is teeming with farmers markets, but this is the spot for the widest range of artisanal goods for which the city is known.
SC: Charleston Farmers Market
Part flea market, part farmers market, drop in for a taste of local (Southern) flavor from food to fashion.
TX: Urban Harvest Farmers Market
Houston’s largest collection of farmers celebrates everything that is Texas, offering breakfasty Tex-Mex staples to proteins and produce grown off local lands.