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Find Your Local Farmers Markets

Updated on April 9, 2013

Find Local Farmers Markets Anywhere in the United States!

Is there anything better than fresh fruits and vegetables from a locally grown farmers market? On this page, you can find farmers markets in your state (so you'll no longer have the excuse of buying frozen veggies all the time!). Supporting local farmers markets is a great way to boost the local economy, while being healthier and finding more nutritious fruits and vegetables near you. On this page, you'll be able to find a list of farmers markets in the United States categorized by state. From there, you can click on a link and find the farmers markets closest to you. There could be one closer than you might think! Some even run in the winter.

Picture of a flowering artichoke can be found on Photobucket here.

Farmer's Markets have been in existence since we learned to grow vegetables in the first place. As long as we exist, the farmer's market will also exist. People are always going to crave and need fresh vegetables. Over the years, people have grown more and more accustomed to buying our food not from the people who grow it, but from grocery stores. In theory, grocery stores are a wonderfully convenient place to get everything that we need in our diet. However, with mass production of food and transport of food comes a giant loss of food quality. With that loss of quality comes a lack of nutrients, and the introduction of chemicals to keep vegetables "fresh."

Local Farmers Markets are More Nutritious

At your local farmers market, the vegetables don't have to go far. In most cases, they go from the farm to the farm stand, or to the nearest town/city. When you purchase food from a grocery store, in most cases, it will be transported from the farm to a facility that will handle the long-term transport, possibly to a third party, and eventually to a grocery store. That's a lot of travel time. Think about how quickly veggies go bad once you pick them from your garden. They don't last long! How is that those grocery store vegetables last that entire ride from the farm to the grocery store, to you fridge? Those vegetables are picked prematurely, and not allowed to ripen fully. With every day that passes, the vegetables decompose more and lose much of their nutrition.

Riper Veggies=Better Nutrition

By purchasing from a local farm, the vegetables are allowed to ripen more fully than grocery store produce. Farmers also know what vegetables grow best in the local soil, so they optimize their farms for what naturally grows best. When produce tastes the best, it also contains the most nutrients.

The longer a veggie is transported, the less fresh it is. Buying local lets fruits and veggies ripen further on the stem, increasing their level of nutrition, and making them much tastier than varieties from further away.

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In season veggies always taste better. Find fresh, in season vegetables on this peak season map from Epicurious and see what's tasty.

Food Inspiration: In Defense of Food - Acclaimed book about fresh vegetables, buying local, and what to avoid in food

The Western diet and the Eastern diet are vastly different. While the Western diet focuses more on quantity, the Eastern diet focuses more on quality. Even some nations that are far poorer than the United States have much stricter food regulations than the United States. Clever marketing, pop culture, and technology have warped our views on what nutrition and healthy eating really are.

In Defense of Food dives deep into the science of food and the benefits of the food we eat. The book examines other cultures across the world and how their diets have affected them, their lifespans, and of course, the obesity rates in those nations. This book can be a real eye opener for those that depend on the local grocery store to get all of your food, and will inspire you to eat fresher, eat local, and to eat more fruits and vegetables.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

* 256 pages

* by best-selling author Michael Pollan

* Hundreds of positive reviews - a must read for anyone looking to improve their quality of life

 

Here's an alphabetical list of farmers markets in the USA. Now there's no excuse to be eating rotten fruits and vegetables! Click on a website to find the nearest farmers markets to you.

If you have a favorite veggie you'd like to share from a farmers market, or a farmers market near you that you think deserves some attention, tell us about it here! Thanks for stopping by!

One more thing: If you have a farmers market booth or run a farmers market, you could be featured on this page! Just leave a comment here, or contact the author (click the profile page to contact).

What's Your Favorite Thing to Buy from a Farmers Market? - Tell us about a local farmers market favorite, or a market in general!

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    • naturegirl7s profile image

      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      You are so right. The only thing better than farmer's markets is growing the vegetables yourself. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip.

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      MamaRuth 

      7 years ago

      I love fresh tomatoes and visit my local farmers market weekly in season to buy them and other great things there.

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      I love all fresh fruit and veggies from there! I adore farmers markets!

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      DonMcCyclist1 

      7 years ago

      Pomegranates, Cherries, Guavas!

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful food straight from the farm. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      javr 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We have great farmer's markets here on Vancouver Island. It's always fun to go and they have really good produce.

    • greenerme profile imageAUTHOR

      greenerme 

      7 years ago

      @PNWtravels: I LOVE the Pike Place Market! I have been there once on my honeymoon when we did a cross country road trip. Can't wait to go back!

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I like to buy as much as I can from farmer's market. I'm fortunate to be able to go to the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Great lens - lensrolled to my lens about Seattle's Pike Place Market.

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      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens, and love farmers markets! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel :)

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      KarenTBTEN 

      7 years ago

      An excellent resource, and a beautiful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wow....what an amazing lens. Greeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaat!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I love the Farmer's Market! It would be impossible to choose just one favorite, but I love black-eyed peas and corn on the cob. We also like to buy our honey there. The peaches are always "to die for" too and don't forget the watermelon. Oh, my, now I am really hungry :)

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