You might call me a Farmers Market addict. Guilty as charged.
A few years back, I had a brief stay in Santa Barbara, Calif., and its farmers market still stands out in my mind. Maybe, as a native of Northeastern climes, my expectations for a farmers market in November were just unreasonably low. Or maybe Southern California really is worth the hype. Either way, I was astounded by the size and scope of stuff for sale: oranges, pomegranates, fresh greens, as well as the root veggies and apples I was accustomed to.
When traveling, it’s too easy to end up at the local grocery store, contemplating less-than-appetizing, imported fruits and veggies. So it is much better to find a farmers market.
That said – and I’d like to think I’m good at this – I couldn’t find a reliable way to search for farmers markets. I tried www.localharvest.org, and US Department of Agriculture‘s site, but neither works terribly well, either listing out-of-date information about my local markets, or missing them altogether. The Natural Resources Defense Council has an app for iOS, but it doesn’t seem to know WHEN any of the markets actually take place.
Here in Massachusetts, our local Federation of Mass Farmers Markets has a good, if not very intuitive, tool. And a number of other states do too. Here are a few links:
- Ohio Proud
- Illinois Farm Direct
- Michigan Farmers Market Association
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture
- New Jersey Department of Agriculture
- Washington State Farmers Market Association
- Maryland Department of Agriculture
- California Farmers Markets
- North Carolina Farm Fresh
If you’ve got any to add, comment below and we’ll add them to the list.
When in doubt, ask. We’re not stuck here on the internet. Get up, find a friend, ask a grocery store, and find out when and where the nearest farmers market is!
What’s your favorite farmer’s market?
Photo credit: Natalie Maynor, via Flickr