Best of Fresh: 25 Unique Farmers Markets Across the U.S.
Not everyone has access to a plot of fertile land or has 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 healthy 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 artisan made. 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.
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Exotic goods from around the world along with souvenirs from Alaska vie for attention among the array of fresh produce and traditional goods at the Anchorage Market & Festival. In a central downtown location, this mega-market is billed as featuring some 300 vendors who offer their products over 7 acres (so wear comfy shoes). It attracts locals and tourists alike, and related events such as the Bear Paw Festival add to the fun nearby.