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Visit a bustling farmer’s market, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a bevy of fresh, locally-grown, delightful foods, flowers, and treats. Rather than a routine, uninspiring visit to the nearby grocery store, take a trip to the local farmer’s market and bring new life to your plate. In lieu of robust rows of processed foods and unpronounceable ingredients, dyes, and preservatives, choose ample aisles of organic, fresh, and healthy food options. The editor’s of Cotton Candy certainly enjoy the benefits that come with shopping in these diverse markets that support the local economy and invest in local agriculture. In fact, we’ve spotlighted some of the most respected and popular farmer’s markets found in the U.S. Enjoy the great finds at these beautifully designed and impeccably managed markets.
West Side Market
Known as a local staple of the community for more than 100 years, West Side Market functions as a mainstay for Cleveland’s fresh market food. The yellow brick market house architecture was designed by the same famed architects of the Cleveland Museum of Art, but it’s variety of produce is the main draw. Its yearly one million visitors find fine meats and fresh vegetables, seafood, baked goods, cheese, and flowers arrangements. The more than 100 vendors and their products make this market a visit-worthy landmark in Cleveland, OH.
Your Dekalb Farmers Market
The 14,000 sq. ft. market located just outside of Atlanta in Decatur, GA is unmistakably praised for its great multi-cultural, ethnic diversity. International products from the Caribbean, Central and South America, and beyond have made their way into this oasis of delicious foods. Fresh spices, produce, flowers, meats, nut butters, coffee and pastries coupled with reasonable, economic prices leave this market teeming with crowds every Saturday and Sunday. Far beyond its humble beginnings in 1977, Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market is rightfully known as a “world market” to local Atlanta residents.
Union Square Greenmarket
In a place known more for its skyscrapers and yellow taxi cabs than for its fresh produce, Manhattan doesn’t disappoint locals looking to satisfy their farmer’s market cravings. Beginning with just a few farmers and their produce in the mid-’70s, this world-renowned, booming market offers eclectic variety for shoppers in the heart of Union Square every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The legion of city dwellers get to enjoy the fresh jams, pickles, and award-winning farmstead cheeses amid this concrete jungle. Cooking demonstrations by some of New York City’s finest chefs are a common staple and continuous enticement.
Final Note: Get Educated About Farmer’s Markets And Healthy Eating
Learn more about the benefits of farmer’s markets on your health and your wallet. Atlanta-based organization, Truly Living Well, promotes growing and providing fresh produce to urban areas of Atlanta and has education programs for local residents, including a summer camp for children. TLW also provides discounted food to senior citizens and low income members in the community.