FILL UP ON SUMMER FRESHNESS
Not everyone has access to fertile land or the skills, patience, or time to grow their own food. Still, the desire for freshly grown food is on the rise — along with the popularity of farmers markets. Long gone are the days when these markets — or, more often, scatterings of roadside stands — were lonely affairs with a few shoppers poking around. Today, farmers markets are found in small towns and big cities alike, in variations that run from multi-day productions to once-a-week pop-ups. It’s a byproduct of the increased awareness of healthier eating, support for small and independent businesses, and, of course, a renewed appreciation for all things handcrafted and artisanal. Go-to destinations for locals, farmers markets also offer visitors a great and often inexpensive way to get a real taste of a town, city, or entire region. To whet your appetite, here are a few of the most unique farmers markets across the nation.