There is never a bad time of year to find a good Farmers’ Market. If you are in a colder region you might not have a lot to choose from this time of year, but if you are on the coast, there are a lot of great options available. William Bailey Travel reviews a few you won’t want to miss on your travels.
San Francisco, California: The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco is operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). The market widely known for being a destination for local chefs and restaurateurs due to the selection of eggs, fresh meat, herbs, flowers, and organic vegetables. The market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the largest variety available at the Saturday market. Saturdays are also great for trying out offerings from local’s chefs and eateries. CUESA also offers on-site cooking demonstrations and educational programs to assist in teaching local families about healthy eating options.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market it located at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Information about hours and for a full vendors list visit ferrybuildingmarketplace.com.
Seaside, Florida: Seaside Farmers’ Market
If you are seeking fruit preserves, organic meats and gorgeous vegetables, then this is the Farmers’ Market for you. Stop by the Seaside Farmers’ Market any Saturday to check out the unique offerings of local farmers and artisans. Visitors are guaranteed to have their pick of local, fresh produce, dairy products, and baked goods.
The Seaside Farmers’ Market located in the Seaside Amphitheater at 2255 East County Highway, Seaside, Florida. Hours of operation are 9am-1pm, Saturdays. More information can be found on their community Facebook page facebook.com/seasidefarmersmarket.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Crescent City Farmers’ Market
The New Orleans Crescent City Farmers’ Market was established through a partnership with the community and Loyola University. When it began it was only offered one day a week, but it has grown exponentially over the last decade. Now it is known for offering local, fresh food, bakery goods, and artisanal goods. There are also cooking demonstrations and special events offered throughout the year.
The Crescent City Farmers’ Market is open Year-round, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (200 Broadway Street); Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (3700 Orleans Ave.); Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon (700 Magazine St.). More information at crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
Each of these markets has a wide array of unique, local and regional offerings. It is well worth the stop on your travels to sample a fresh taste of the local offerings and to support local farmers.