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Find Your Local Farmers Markets
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.
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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.
How much vegetables (excluding fruit) do you eat on a daily basis?
In season veggies always taste better. Find fresh, in season vegetables on this peak season map from Epicurious and see what's tasty.
- Local Farmers Markets
Find your local farmer's market via Local Harvest. Read popular Local Harvest blogs, or click on the map of the USA to find where your local farmer's markets are located.
- Agricultural Marketing Service
A part of the USDA, this page will help local farmers find ways to promote their farmers markets, find funding for farmers markets, or learn how to set one up.
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.
* 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.
- Alabama Farmers Markets
A list of farmers markets in Alabama.
- Alaska Farmers Markets
Click on the directory page to find your local farmers market in Alaska.
- Arizona Farmers Markets
Current farmers markets events in Arizona listed on this website.
- Arkansas Farmers Markets
A directory of Arkansas farmers markets, from Carlisle to Washington.
- California Farmers Markets
Click on the "find a certified farmers market" page and choose your town from the drop-down menu to find what's close to you for California farmers markets.
- Colorado Farmers Markets
Find a Colorado Farmers Market on this page, along with when they're happening.
- Connecticut Farmers Markets
A list of CT NOFA Farmers Markets - that's the Connecticut Northeast Farmers Market Association.
- Delaware Farmers Markets
A list of farmers markets in Delaware for the current year.
- Florida Farmers Markets
A great list of Florida farmers markets, along with links to individual farmers markets if there is a website.
- Georgia Farmers Markets
A list of farmers markets in Georgia, along with suggestions, hours of operation, links and reviews on these markets.
- Hawaii Farmers Markets
A Hawaii farmers directory to find local fresh fruit, produce and other fresh items.
- Idaho Farmers Markets
A list of local Idaho farmers markets, with the ability to add your own farmers market or update an existing one.
- Illinois Farmers Markets
An interactive map of farmers markets in Illinois, along with links to individual markets. Easy to use.
- Indiana Farmers Markets
Indiana farmers markets from farmersmarketonline.com. Find your region, find a local market.
- Iowa Farmers Markets
Fruit Stands and farmers markets in Iowa found on this list on fruitstands.com.
- Kansas Farmers Markets
Upcoming events, news and a listing of future farmers markets on this Kansas website.
- Kentucky Farmers Markets
From Burlington to Winchester, you can find your local Kentucky farmers market on this page.
- Louisiana Farmers Markets
Fresh fruit and veggies in Louisiana are listed on this all-inclusive list.
- Maine Farmers Markets
A list of Maine farmers markets provided by GetRealMaine.com.
- Maryland Farmers Markets
Maryland farmers markets are listed on this state website.
- Massachusetts Farmers Markets
A mass.gov list of Massachusetts farmers markets and the dates that they run, along with web links to individual markets if applicable.
- Michigan Farmers Markets
Click on the market locations to locate a market in any part of Michigan through this website.
- Minnesota Farmers Markets
A list of MFMA farmers markets - that's the Minnesota Farmers Market Association.
- Mississippi Farmers Markets
Mississippi farmers markets available from farmersmarketonline.com.
- Missouri Farmers Markets
Click on "find a market" to locate a farmers market near you in Missouri.
- Montana Farmers Markets
A resource containing a list of Montana farmers markets across the state.
- Nebraska Farmers Markets
An alphabetical list of Nebraska farmers markets and fruit stands.
- New Hampshire Farmers Markets
Find in season fruits and veggies in New Hampshire through this nhfma.org website.
- New Jersey Farmers Markets
Click the "search" link on this page to get started and find a farmers market near you in New Jersey.
- New Mexico Farmers Markets
The markets locations page will take you to a list of all of the farmers markets in New Mexico, along with the hours of operation.
- New York Farmers Markets
Find an alphabetical list of NY farmers markets on this website.
- North Carolina Farmers Markets
A drop down menu will bring your local North Carolina farmers market.
- North Dakota Farmers Markets
All of the farmers markets in North Dakota, from Anamoose to Wing, North Dakota.
- Ohio Farmers Markets
A complete list of farmers markets in Ohio, listed alphabetically.
- Oklahoma Farmers Markets
A list of Oklahoma farmers markets provided by Oklahoma Food Cooperative.
- Oregon Farmers Markets
Click on the market directory to find an Oregon Farmers Market near you.
- Pennsylvania Farmers Markets
Enter your zip code and find a Pennsylvania farmers market near you.
- Rhode Island Farmers Markets
Click on farmers markets to find your local fresh fruits and veggies in Rhode Island.
- South Carolina Farmers Markets
South Carolina farmers markets, as provided by agriculture.sc.gov.
- South Dakota Farmers Markets
A list of South Dakota farmers markets, from Brookings to Vermillion.
- Tennesee Farmers Markets
Click the link on the page to find the current list of Tennessee farmers markets.
- Texas Farmers Markets
A list of certified Texas farmers markets listed by city.
- Utah Farmers Markets
Utah.gov has a complete list of farmers markets in every city and town across the state here.
- Vermont Farmers Markets
Click on a region on the map and find a farmers market near you. Vermont has some of the liveliest and most diverse farmers markets in the country.
- Virginia Farmers Markets
Click on the "farmers markets be region" page to locate a farmers market near you.
- Washington Farmers Markets
Click on "member market directory" to find all of the Washington state farmers markets. Also a pin-point map to find them via Google Maps.
- West Virginia Farmers Markets
The West Virginia Farmers Market directory is a complete list of markets in the state where you can find the freshest produce around.
- Wisconsin Farmers Markets
Separated by region, you can locate the farmers market closest to you in Wisconsin on this website.
- Wyoming Farmers Markets
As of the creation of this page, there are 27 farmers markets in Wyoming. Find yours on this page.
Interesting Veggie Links - Links about vegetables, farming, and produce
- Does Your Grocery Store Inspire You?
Or, does it leave you feeling bored and bland? Read this great post on being inspired by the food in your local grocery store, and read the comments from the readers, too.
- 5 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables in the Winter
Getting your winter veggies in can be tough, but you can get fresh vegetables even when it's subzero outside. Find out how here.
- Farmers Market vs Farm Stand
Which one is fresher, which one tastes better, and which one do you prefer? Read this post on the tastiness and freshness of farmers markets vs farm stands.
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).