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101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015 slideshow

101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015 slideshow

The Daily Meal ranks the best farmers markets in America in its second annual list

101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2015

Take a look at the rankings to see how your preferred farmers market fared, and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.

#101 Cheverly Community Market, Cheverly, Md.

At the Cheverly Community Market you’ll find some of the best local vegetables and fruits, meats, fish, bread, wine, and one-of-a-kind crafts, such as beaded jewelry and knitted clothing. A lineup of musicians plays at the market each week, so you’ll be entertained as you shop. The market is open select Saturdays from May to December.

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#100 South Bend Farmer’s Market, South Bend, Ind.

#99 Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka, Alaska

#98 Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market, Hot Springs, Ark.

This community-oriented market began in the mid-'70s at an old train-loading platform. There, farmers stationed themselves with their products until they sold out — or until their cows came home. Today, the market is a kind of "front porch," where locals visit with friends, sip coffee, and stay a while, listening to the sounds of live music while browsing locally grown produce and locally made crafts. Each week the market offers educational opportunities, including cooking demonstrations and farm tours. The Hot Springs Farmers Market is open year-round with both a summer and a winter season.

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#97 Amherst Farmers' Market, Amherst, Mass.

For all of your weekly groceries, look no further than the Amherst Farmers’ Market, which sells the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, cheese, baked goods, and more. Locals can do nearly all of their shopping here. The Amherst Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from April to November.

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#96 Black Hills Farmers Market, Rapid City, S.D.

#95 Coppell Farmers Market, Coppell, Texas

#94 Oneida County Public Market, Utica, N.Y.

Visit Utica’s Historic Union Station for dried mushrooms, naturally raised pork and free-range chicken, honey and vanilla products, gelato, semi-precious stones, and handmade stuffed animals. It’s all available at the Oneida County Public Market. It’s open Saturdays during the summer and holiday season.

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#93 Market on Central, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

In historic downtown Fort Dodge, the Market on Central invites you to "come for breakfast, take home lunch, and stay for dinner." Here you’ll find just-picked fruits and vegetables, homemade pies, Italian-inspired chocolate bars, wine, clay pottery, little girls’ tutus and dresses, and much more. For entertainment, local musicians play the banjo, washboard, and mandolin right in the market, and other artists and entertainers perform periodically. Market on Central is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from June through September.

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#92 Zion Farmer's Market, Zion, Ill.

Rain or shine, there’s always something going on at the small-town Zion Farmers Market. The locals like to stop by for lunch and visit with friendly vendors like Farmer Mike, who lets shoppers sample his produce before they buy. Adding to the selection of food, specialty items, and crafts — including berries and zucchini, caramel corn, elk antler dog chews, engraved glass, and kites — the market offers lessons in nutrition, or what they call "veg-u-cation," as well as educational crafting projects for kids where they can do things like decorate their own flowerpots. The Zion Farmer’s Market is open on Fridays, June to September.

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#91 Bozrah Farmers Market, Bozrah, Conn.

Although relatively new to the farmers market scene (it is celebrating its 7th season this year), the Bozrah Farmers Market has quickly become a local hotspot. You’ll find Connecticut-grown produce, unique baked goods, organic soaps, and much more. The market runs every Friday from July to October.

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#90 Woodmont Farmers Market, Milford, Conn.

The Woodmont Farmers Market is hosted at the Robert Treat Farm’s every Wednesday. The 30-acre farm has served the community’s farmers market needs for the last 60 years, but has been in operation since 1639. It is open year-round selling pickles, cheeses, produce, seafood, and more.

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#89 Saturday Farmers' Market, Newport, Ore.

From colorful blueberries, cherries, and raspberries to made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches, carved walking sticks, and jewelry made from beach glass and stones, the Saturday Farmers Market is the place you want to be on Saturdays year-round in Newport.

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#88 Fort Collins Farmers Market, Fort Collins, Colo.

The Fort Collins Farmers Market offers cooking demonstrations, games, and music for its patrons while they shop for local produce. From fruits and vegetables to flowers and organic body care products, Fort Collins covers all farmers market must-haves — and more. The Fort Collins Market is open Wednesdays from June to October and Sundays from May to November.

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#87 Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, Gloucester, Massachusetts

#86 Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market, Oshkosh, Wis.

The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market has fruits and vegetables for every season. You can get beets, spinach, and strawberries in June; beans, peppers, and potatoes in July; apples, carrots, and squash in August; and garlic, grapes, and pumpkins in September and October. And with everything else that the market offers, from cheese and soybean snacks to ceramic cups and mugs, you’re unlikely to go home empty-handed. The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is open year-round, except for the month of May.

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#85 Spa City Farmers’ Market, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Saratoga Springs community can enjoy the bounty of New York farmers every Sunday year-round. The market managers have high standards for vendors, saying “All participating vendors are premium local brands and the best of the best, including a bounty of the State’s most sought-after farmers and producers.” Dogs are welcome, and parking is free.

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#84 Melrose Place Farmers Market, West Hollywood, Calif.

The Melrose Place Farmers Market is open every Sunday, rain or shine. It is one of 24 Raw Inspiration markets in California providing locals with fresh, California produce, artisan goods, and prepared meals. Melrose Place Farmers Market also puts on special events for the community, like restaurant tastings at the market.

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#83 Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, Las Vegas

At the Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, there are cherries, berries, apricots, sweet and savory hummus, Hawaiian shaved ice, macaroons and caramels, silver exotic stone jewelry, restored upcycled hardback books made into purses, and much more. On certain days, the market features live entertainment, including string ensembles, chef demonstrations, and crafting activities for kids. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays, year-round.

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#82 Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

You can find tons of fresh and tasty food items at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. There are a lot of unique goods here, too, especially handmade arts and crafts, like metal creations built from recycled metal, baby quilts, doll sculptures, blown glass, and designs made from recycled island wood. The market is open Saturdays, April to December.

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#81 Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, Pacific Beach, Calif.

Handmade bath products, flavored peanut butter spreads, made-to-order empanadas, vegan baked goods, aerial photography, fresh-caught salmon, and flavored garlic pastes and hummus — these unique finds are all available at the Pacific Beach Farmers' Market. With great deals like a head of lettuce for $1, six avocados for $5, and three chicken tamales for $10, the market is a must for weekly grocery shopping. It’s open every Tuesday, year-round.

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#80 Newport Farmers' Market, Newport, N.H.

Rain or shine, wind or storm warning, the Newport Farmers Market is open every week, offering food, crafts, music, and even story time for the little ones. This market is dog-friendly, too. Spoil your pup with bones, ears, and hooves sold in different flavors and sizes. The market is open every Friday, May through October.

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#79 Old Oakland Farmers’ Market, Oakland, Calif.

Old Oakland Farmers’ Market is one of nine Urban Villages markets serving urban communities in California. Urban Villages is dedicated to cultivating relationships between California growers and the community and offer cooking demos in all of their markets. The Old Oakland market is open Fridays year-round.

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#78 32nd Street Farmers Market, Baltimore

Visit the 32nd Street Farmers Market and you’ll find a diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables, artisan-made foods like homemade pasta, cheese pies, and ice pops made with fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Come with an appetite and a desire to taste cultural foods like Thai curries and Ethiopian wraps. The 32nd Street Farmers Market is open every Saturday year-round.

#77 Jefferson County Farmers Market, Jefferson County, Wash.

At the Jefferson County Farmers Market, there are fruit and vegetables available for every season. Find artichokes and arugula in the spring; berries, flowers, and tomatoes in the summer; and apples, pumpkins, and wild mushrooms in the fall. Stop by for seasonal produce as well as artisan foods like hand-roasted coffee and sweet and savory hand pies, plus arts and crafts you won’t find anywhere else, including jewelry made from paper and dolls made from sheep’s wool. The Jefferson County Farmers Market is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, June through September.

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#76 Alabama Farmers Market, Birmingham, Ala.

#75 Farmers Market Annex, Minneapolis

This Minneapolis farmers market serves the Twin Cities in more ways than one. Every Saturday and Sunday in May through October, the market sells all things fresh from the farm, including flowers, prepared foods, and produce. But the space does not go to waste for the rest of the year. The Market Annex operates as a Christmas tree farm, flower lot, and community event space during the winter and spring months.

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#74 Chewelah Farmers Market, Chewelah, Wash.

Chewelah covers all the basics of a fabulous farmers market with its devotion to local produce and community service. But it’s the weekly planned activities that make this market stand out: the cherry splat contest and zucchini regatta, to name a couple. The Chewelah market is open every Friday from May to October.

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#73 Delmar Farmers Market, Delmar, N.Y.

Just next door to Albany, the Delmar Farmers Market supplies locals with fresh food that is grown and made within a 35-mile radius. From vegetables and spices to vegan dip and fresh-baked items, the market is Delmar’s go-to source for the freshest and most flavorful ingredients and ready-made food. The Delmar market is open Saturdays during the growing season.

#72 Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, San Francisco

Renowned chefs and the most well-known farmers in the area can be seen at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where vendors offer a diverse selection of produce, herbs and flowers, fresh meats, regional artisan products, and much more. The Ferry Plaza market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (the Saturday market is by far the largest).

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#71 Prescott Farmers Market, Prescott, Ariz.

Since its debut in 1991, the Prescott Farmers Market has expanded from a few farmers to more than 90 vendors selling everything from locally produced food and artisan products to plants and prepared food. The Prescott market is open every Saturday, May through October.

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#70 Oregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City, Ore.

The Oregon City Farmers Market is not only dedicated to the local growers, but also to the overall health and wellbeing of Oregon City’s citizens. Healthy-eating education programs are a high priority among the market managers. There’s also a free gardening workshop held every Saturday in July. The market runs year-round, but the main summer market is held Wednesdays and Saturdays, May to October.

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#69 Alemany Farmers' Market, San Francisco

Affectionately regarded as “the people’s market” by San Franciscans, the Alemany Farmers Market is all about affordable prices, fresh and quality ingredients, and a friendly community. The community market is open every Saturday from dawn ‘til dusk.

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#68 Fulton Farmers’ Market, Minneapolis

At Fulton Farmers’ Market, you’ll find all of your must-have meats and produce; specialty and ready-to-eat foods like roasted beans, chutney, and wood-fired pizza; and interesting crafts, including garden art and beautifully made cutting boards. In an effort to promote sustainability and healthy diets, the market offers advice and tasty recipes for cooking and serving market-bought foods. And with weekly kid-friendly activities like book readings, lawn-sign decorating, and book swaps, plus additional entertainment like magic shows and puppet shows, there’s always something to keep the little ones entertained. The Fulton Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, May to October.

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#67 The Greene Street Market, Huntsville, Ala.

The Greene Street Market has become an essential part of every Huntsvillian’s Thursday afternoon routine. Patrons come to purchase fresh –cut flowers and artisanal spreads and jams, grass-fed beef, and locally grown produce. There’s even an indoor market store that’s open six days a week.

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#66 Northeast Farmers Market, Minneapolis

Minneapolis locals say the Northeast Farmers Market is "nailing it" with their selection of locally grown and ready-made food. The market focuses on providing quality food and educational experiences that are "local, flavorful, and magical" for all ages and classes of people. These flavorful foods include Thai chiles, sugar snap peas, Indian burritos, and smoothies blended using bicycle power. The market’s arts and crafts selection is equally impressive, with handmade lip balm and body butter, stained and fused glass plates, and wind chimes.

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#65 Saratoga Springs Farmers Market, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Though it’s one of the pricier farmers markets on this list, the amount, diversity, and quality of products sold at the Saratoga Springs Farmers Market make it well worth the extra cost, and there are some great bargains to be found. The market’s fresh food — including Long Island-caught fish and mushrooms grown in Ghent, New York — is brought to visitors from surrounding counties.

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#64 Ala Moana Farmers' Market, Honolulu

If you’re looking for standard fruits and vegetables, the Ala Moana Farmers Market probably won’t have them, but it does have exotic fruits like liliko'i (passion fruit) and red Hawaiian papayas, as well as traditional Hawaiian foods like haupia kulolo, a much-loved Hawaiian dessert made of taro, coconut milk, and sugar. Vendors will even let you sample before you buy. Though it may not be the best place to shop for everyday groceries, the market is great for its exotic finds. The market is open every Saturday, year-round.

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#63 Fayetteville Farmers Market, Fayetteville, Ark.

Often called the "Crown Jewel of Fayetteville," the Fayetteville Farmers Market has provided fresh and local products to the community for more than 40 years. From the early morning, the market is busy with shoppers, farmers, crafters, musicians, and even a juggler. The Fayetteville Farmers Market is open year-round, and the outdoor summer market is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, April to November.

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#62 Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market, Statesboro, Ga.

Sweet corn, grits, cheese sticks, herbal salves, leather jewelry, and bird feeders are a few of the original items available at the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market. Though the market closes during the winter months, fresh market food is available year-round through the "Market2Go" service, which allows shoppers to browse seasonal products online, place an order, and pick up it up from a nearby location. The summer market is open every Saturday from April to October.

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#61 Schenectady Greenmarket, Schenectady, N.Y.

Schenectady residents enjoy the fruits of their community year-round at the Schenectady indoor winter market and outdoor summer market. Farmers from all over the area come to sell their much-appreciated honey, fruit, vegetables, and prepared foods. One tried-and-true vendor, Barber’s Farm in Middleburgh, New York, has grown sustainable, GMO-free produce for six generations.

#60 Homer Farmers Market, Homer, Ark.

#59 Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia, Wash.

Now celebrating 40 years serving the Olympia community, the Olympia Farmers Market offers more than 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables for every season, and kids get a free apple. Some much-loved vendors you’ll find are Pithos Gyros Greek Cuisine, Dan’s Dahlias, Honey Bear Farm, and San Francisco Street Bakery — their freshly baked desserts have a cult following. The Olympia Farmers Market runs April through October, Thursday through Saturday.

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#58 Minneapolis Farmers Market, Minneapolis, Minn.

Since 1937, the Minneapolis Famers Market has provided the Twin Cities with fresh, local produce and goods. The 170 stalls fill up seven days a week from April to November rain or shine. It even has its own weekly podcast, “Fresh and Local,” covering everything from healthy recipes to making the most of your next trip to the market.

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#57 Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market, Milwaukie, Ore.

Given its central location in downtown Milwaukie, the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market feels like half produce market, half street fair. The market’s unique touch is especially evident in its music performances, in styles from bluegrass to jazz to Hawaiian. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations — with fresh fruits and vegetables like huckleberries and mushrooms — from Nature’s Wild Harvest, fresh salmon from Columbia River Fish Company, and lamb from SuDan Farm. The market season spans from May to October.

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#56 Downtown Topeka Farmers Market, Topeka, Kansas

Since the '30s, Topeka residents and visitors alike have spent Saturday mornings from April through November catching up with friends, listening to live music, and browsing locally produced food and craftwork. The cinnamon-roasted nuts and colorful handmade quilts alone are worth a trip.

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#55 Atlanta State Farmers Market, Atlanta

The Atlanta State Farmers Market sits on 150 acres along with a garden market, restaurants, and other wholesale produce markets. The farmers market is open seven days a week year-round, selling Georgia’s prized produce, meats, and dairy products.

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#54 Boyne City Farmers Market, Boyne, Mich.

Take a trip to the Boyne City Farmers Market, where you’ll find blueberry maple walnut granola by Hep’s Home Baked, dried fruit and chocolate combinations from B-Nuts Trail Mix & Valley View Farm, gourmet caramel popcorn from Roth’s Country Kitchen, and handcrafted glass and silverware by Luv Designs, along with the typical locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The outdoor market is open every Wednesday and Saturday, May through October. The market moves indoors every Saturday from November to April.

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#53 Boulder County Farmers’ Market, Boulder, Colo.

The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is an iconic gathering place in the community. All 120 vendors gather Saturdays and some Wednesdays between April and November. This year, the market will have a kale festival, which will feature a kale taste-off and cooking demonstrations.

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#52 Midtown Farmers Market, Minneapolis, Minn.

Maple-smoked bacon, artisan breads, "Thai street food with a Minnesota twist," handmade soaps, hula-hoops, and hand-knit felted hats — you can get it all at the Midtown Farmers Market. Along with its many vendors, every week, the market features live music, kid-friendly activities, cooking and composting demonstrations, and gardening advice from Master Gardeners, a horticulture educational program. The Midtown Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, May through October.

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#51 Mississippi Farmers Market, Jackson, Miss.

#50 Lexington Farmers' Market, Lexington, Ky.

The Lexington Farmers’ Market is a five-day-a-week, year-round operation. During the regular growing season (April to November) the market operates outdoors, and it migrates indoors during the winter months. Sweet corn and tomatoes are some of the favorite items snatched up during the season.

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#49 Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster, Pa.

#48 KCC Farmers Market, Honolulu

The KCC Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Markets is one of several markets put on by the Hawaii Farm Bureau, whose mission is to “enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.” Patrons enjoy local coffee, sea asparagus, ginger, and locally caught fish, among many other Hawaiian treats. The KCC Market is held every Saturday and Tuesday year-round.

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#47 Capital City Public Market, Boise, Idaho

Covering half a dozen blocks, the Capital City Public Market is filled with local farmers, bakers, winemakers, and artisans. Stop by for freshly prepared dumplings served with tomato-cilantro sauce, sweet and savory crêpes made to order, wines made from Snake River Valley grapes, and yarn spun from local sheep’s wool. The Capital City Public Market is open Saturdays, April through December.

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#46 Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier, Vt.

The Capital City Farmers Market has provided fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, and more to the local community for more than 37 years. Visit the market for delicious fresh vegetables including beets, Swiss chard, and parsnips; less common meats like duck and pheasant; and handmade crafts including drums, dried flower arrangements, and hammered silver jewelry. The Capital City Farmers Summer Market is held every Saturday from May to October, and the Indoor Market is held several Saturdays in the winter.

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#45 Kingfield Farmers Market, Kingfield, Minn.

Described by locals as "hip, local, green, and gourmet," the Kingfield Farmers Market welcomes visitors with live music, produce, specialty and made-to-order foods, and crafts. Ready-to-eat favorites include pulled pork tacos from street food vendor Chef Stack, fresh-baked bread and cookies from Sun Street Breads, and pitas and petal-powered smoothies from Foxy Falafel. The Kingfield Farmers Market is one of three markets run by Neighborhood Roots and is open Saturdays, May through October.

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#44 Colorado Farm and Art Market, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Colorado Farm and Art Market was founded with a mission to support local farmers, food producers, and artists in Colorado. No matter the time of year, all of your seasonal produce can be found here. The vendors sell gourmet foods like granola, decorative cakes, and nut butters, as well as interesting artisan items and craftwork including medicinal mixtures, stuffed teddy bears made of alpaca fleece, and horseshoe art.

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#43 Morgantown Farmers Market, Morgantown, W.Va.

All of the produce sold at the Morgantown Farmers Market is grown within a 50 mile radius. Everything from eggs and goat cheese to pork, lamb, fruits, and vegetables can be found in the permanent covered building. The summer market runs every Saturday, May through November, and one Saturday a month during the winter months.

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#42 Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Springfield, Mo.

For wine and spirit tastings, grilled peaches and vanilla bean gelato, balloon art, cooking demonstrations, and live music, come to the Farmers Market of the Ozarks. To help the community understand how their food gets from farm to table, the market hosts an event where locals can tour three farms and enjoy a four-course meal prepared with farm-grown ingredients. The market’s main goal is to support farmers and artisans in the community. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open Saturdays year-round.

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#41 Gresham Farmers' Market, Gresham, Ore.

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, marionberries, and more are what you’ll find at the Gresham Farmers Market. Rooted in agriculture and known for its bounty of berries grown by local farms, Gresham opened its market in 1986 and still offers a wide selection of locally grown berries. The Gresham market is open each Saturday from Mother’s Day until the last weekend in October.

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#40 Clarksville Downtown Market, Clarksville, Tenn.

As you pass through Clarksville’s downtown square where their seasonal farmers market is held, sample a selection of natural teas at Natural Choices Legacy Tea Blends, taste an old-fashioned fried pie made by Fruitful Vine Farm, and try on a handmade apron by Hobby Aprons. It’s all at the Clarksville Downtown Market, open every Saturday from May through October.

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#39 Redmond Saturday Market, Redmond, Wash.

Redmond Farmers Market serves its community every Saturday from May through October. With over 70 vendors a week, the market has its fair share of herbs, produce, fish, breads, honey, and meats. The market takes into account every member of the community, large, small, and furry. There are always activities planned for kids and the local pet adoption center often brings cats and dogs looking for their forever homes.

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#38 Downtown Farmers Market, Salt Lake City

The Downtown Farmers Market was founded in 1992, and has since expanded to four markets: the Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays, June to October), the Downtown Art and Craft Market (Saturdays, June through October), the Downtown Harvest Market (Tuesdays, August to October) and the Winter Market at Rio Grande (Saturdays, November to April). The produce from the market comes from 16 counties in Utah. Some of Utah’s most iconic vendors have become so popular they trade in their tents for a brick and mortar store.

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#37 Woodland Park Farmers Market, Woodland Park, Colo.

The Woodland Park Farmers Market provides everything from large shiitake mushrooms and all-natural pork and eggs to homemade chocolate truffles and colorful sand art. The market also offers educational programs like Discover You Can — Learn Make Share, which helps shoppers learn to can with local, fresh ingredients. The Woodland market is open Fridays from June through September in the summer and the second Saturday of each month in the winter.

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#36 Ithaca Farmers Market, Ithaca, N.Y.

Located next to the waterfront at the historical Steamboat Landing, the Ithaca Farmers Market functions as a place for visitors and locals alike to shop for fresh, local food and special gifts. Blueberries and blueberry wine, milk cheeses, paintings of traditional Chinese designs, and hand-blown glass can all be found at the market. The Ithaca Farmers Market is open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at four different locations. All 160 vendors grow their food within 30 miles of the market.

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#35 Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo, Hawaii

Noted for its fresh fruit and diverse plant selection, the Hilo Farmers Market offers native fruits for every season, including loquats in the spring, jackfruit in the summer, ohelo berries in the fall, and durian in the winter. Its plant collection consists of fely orchids, anthuriums, protea, and bonsai plants. The Hilo market is open seven days a week, with the largest number of vendors attending the Wednesday and Saturday markets. Some items from the market are even available for purchase online.

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#34 Crescent City Farmers Market, New Orleans

The Crescent City Farmers Market was founded by , a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating markets for the public good. The market often puts on events for its patrons such as beekeeping demonstrations. It is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at various locations across New Orleans.

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#33 Lexington Farmers' Market, Lexington, Mass.

Regarded by locals as a “cozy and neighborly” market, the Lexington Farmers’ Market allows you to sample locally made wine and cheese as you browse its assortment of fresh produce, dairy, meat, prepared foods, and cool crafts. And no matter the time of day, locals say the market is always "hopping." The Lexington Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday.

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#32 Davis Farmers Market, Davis, Calif.

#31 Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, Saint Paul, Minn.

With more than 300 vendors, the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market is not only the largest market in Minnesota, but may be one of the largest in the nation. Operating near a spot that housed one of the very first farmers markets in the state in 1853, it has everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers, herbs, and plants to artisan-made foods and even seasonal items like Christmas trees, wreaths, and pumpkins. Saint Paul Farmers’ Markets are held every Saturday from April through November.

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#30 West Side Market, Cleveland

Cleveland’s oldest public market (dating back to 1840), West Side Market is quite ethnically diverse, offering all sorts of vegetables, European breads and pastries, and ready-to-eat foods like gyros and crepês, among other hand-crafted bites.

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#29 City Market, Kansas City, Mo.

The City Market is a year-round shopping center filled with dining, stores, and entertainment. In addition to the permanent market, the market hosts the region’s largest farmers market every Saturday and Sunday. The City Market offers a free valet service called the Tomato Taxi to help customers carry their purchases after they’ve finished shopping.

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#28 Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, N.M.

The Santa Fe Famers Market, New Mexico’s largest market, is open every Saturday year-round. The managers pride themselves on the market’s well-curated selection of goods — only food grown in northern New Mexico is permitted. This market even has its own radio show, on which the hosts share weekly market deals and touch on agricultural and food-related issues.

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#27 Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta

On Saturdays, eager shoppers line up first thing in the morning and wait for the bell that signals that vendors are open for business at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, where fresh fruit and vegetables can sell out quickly. Start with a cup of coffee and bacon or sausage and spend the morning wandering the largest producer-only market in the state of Georgia. Most Saturdays, the market has a chef demonstration and live music for entertainment. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May through December.

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#26 Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, Tenn.

In the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Market Square Farmers’ Market offers all of your standard farmers market herbs, plants, produce, dairy, and meats. But look out for the more unusual finds, like mushroom logs and mushroom-growing kits, Tennessee moonshine cookies, rabbit and lamb meats, handmade socks, and jewelry made from dried flowers. In addition to the regular season, Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to November, vendors return in December to sell their special holiday items.

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#25 Tacoma Farmers Market, Tacoma, Wash.

#24 Little Italy Farmers’ Market, San Diego

From produce and baked items to prepared food, clothing, and crafts, the Little Italy Farmers’ Market has everything you need, including a breathtaking view of the San Diego coast. Whether you’re picking up your weekly groceries or just popping in for fresh Mexican food and a refreshing drink like the Cucumber Chill Cooler, this market is the place to do it.

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#23 The Market at Pepper Place, Birmingham, Ala.

The market at Pepper Place was founded in 2000 to connect Alabama farmers to the community. With more than 100 vendors, including both farmers and craftspeople, the market is a lively place to visit every Saturday from May until December.

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#22 Dupont Circle Fresh Farm Market, Washington, D.C.

Fresh Market’s Dupont Circle location is open every Sunday year-round. The market raises money to match dollars for families using SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP in order to get more fresh produce into community kitchens.

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#21 Omaha Farmers Market, Omaha, Neb.

Locals say the Omaha Farmers Market is one of the best parts of summer in Omaha. They love it because while produce changes with the seasons, the vendors, atmosphere, and people stay the same. At the market, you’ll find fresh-picked celery, German sausage, and ready-made habanero lime pasta.

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#20 Las Cruces Farmers’ & Crafts Market, Las Cruces, N.M.

The Las Cruces Farmers’ & Crafts Market has been serving the Las Cruces community for 40 years. With more than 300 farmer and artisan vendors, it was voted the Nation’s Best Large Farmers Market in America’s Farmland Trust Poll in 2011. The market is open year-round every Wednesday and Saturday.

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#19 Baltimore Farmers’ Market, Baltimore

Baltimore Farmers’ Market, Maryland’s largest producer-only market, sells fruits, vegetables, and an extensive array of meats, including bison, goat, rabbit, lamb, and seafood. Craft artisans and flea merchants sometimes sell alongside the Sunday market.

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#18 University District Farmers Market, Seattle

#17 Burlington Farmers’ Market, Burlington, Vt.

The Burlington Farmers’ Market takes advantage its vast Vermont-grown goodies year-round by moving to an indoor facility during the brutal winters. From wine, mead, honey, and hummus to vegetables, flowers, breads, and meats, Burlington’s market sources producer-only goods for locals and tourist alike.

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#16 SFC Farmers' Market, Austin

With four different locations, the SFC Farmers’ Market has everything from seasonal produce and dairy products to green juice and cold kombucha drinks on tap and in bottles. Whichever market location you go to, the variety is wide and the people are friendly.

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#15 Downtown Farmers’ Market, Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1975 with 15 vendors, likely only selling fruits and vegetables. Since then, it’s grown to host nearly 300 vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to meat, dairy, bread, sweets, and even artisanal food and craftwork. The market also helps out the community by encouraging vendors to donate some of their fresh food to local homeless shelters in the area.

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#14 Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis, Tenn.

#13 Durham Farmers’ Market, Durham, N.C.

All 77 vendors at the Durham Farmers’ Market grow their produce within 70 miles of the market. The year-round, Wednesday and Saturday market’s loyal following is mirrored by its more than 11,000 Twitter followers.

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#12 Coventry Farmers’ Market, Coventry, Conn.

#11 Vancouver Farmers Market, Vancouver, Wash.

It’s "sweeter than a cake made out of pie," one local says, and there’s plenty of cake and pie at the Vancouver Farmers Market. It’s also where you’ll find locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, smoked meats, gluten-free waffle and brownie mixes, organic wine, and fish and chips, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade crafts like garden art, handmade pens, and superhero capes for kids.

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#10 Phoenix Public Market, Phoenix

#9 Hope Farmers Market, Austin

Described by some as "dripping with Austin attitude," the Hope Farmers Market is a gathering place for everyone. Visitors come to shop for fresh food and one-of-a-kind crafts, and to listen and dance to music performed by local musicians. With market food like wheatgrass, lavender, and mix-and-match ice cream cookie sandwiches, as well as handmade crafts like wooden rocking chairs and beaded jewelry, there’s something here for every free-spirited hipster of Austin.

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#8 Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.

This farmers market is open every weekend, offering local fare. But from Tuesday through Sunday, the Eastern Market building is used to display local art, hold community meetings, and sell artisanal foods and wares. With more than 27,000 Twitter followers, Eastern Market is an integral part of the Capitol Hill community.

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#7 Charleston Farmers Market, Charleston, S.C.

In historic downtown Charleston’s Marion Square, the Charleston Farmers Market thrives with food, art, and entertainment. There are fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as artisan foods like flavored pecans and prepared foods, from authentic French crêpes to shrimp and grits. Glass art and lotions are among some of the many artisanal craft goods available for purchase. The market is open every Saturday April to November and Every Saturday and Sunday in December.

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#6 Nashville Farmers’ Market, Nashville, Tenn.

The Nashville Farmers’ Market has been around since the early nineteenth century, and now covers 16 acres of urban landscape. The Market House is a permanent complex of 16 restaurants and local shops. The year-round, daily market in the center of the Market House includes up to 100 farmers selling seasonal produce, meats, and dairy items.

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#5 Chicago Green City Market, Chicago

The farmers of the Chicago Green City Market go through a vigorous application process ensuring that they yield humanely raised meats and pesticide-free produce. The year-round market offers sustainable, local groceries and free resources for maintaining a sustainable future. The Green City Market is open every Saturday year-round.

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#4 Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Hollywood, Calif.

#3 Santa Monica Wednesday Market, Santa Monica, Calif.

The Santa Monica Wednesday Market is largest of four farmers markets in Santa Monica. It is the largest grower-only certified market in Southern California and offers healthy-eating education outreach programs for both children and adults.

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#2 Portland State University Farmers Market, Portland, Ore.

Portland State University Farmers Market is the flagship market of the Portland Farmers Market. With 200 rotating vendors, the market features local, seasonal produce with music to match every Saturday year-round. The market managers really have taken every detail into consideration, even offering a “veggie valet” service to hold on to your heavy produce while you shop.

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#1 Union Square Greenmarket, New York City

Serving more than 60,000 bustling city residents and tourists on any given day, GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket caters to them with an ever-changing treasury of fresh produce, baked goods, meats and fish, even wine and beer. Along with its extensive list of vendors from the Tri-State area, the Greenmarket goes above and beyond to accommodate the needs of its community. The Greenmarket is open four days a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — year-round, and offers cooking demonstrations, a compost pile, and seasonal bounty galore.

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Food Trucks 101: How to Start a Mobile Food Business

Today, a new generation of street-food lovers is lining up at food trucks and food carts like never before. Little do they know that neither food trucks nor food carts are new to the streets of American cities. Like so many other popular trends, they are the latest version of a long-standing part of American and world culture. Yet the street-food industry has never enjoyed so much publicity or notoriety.

According to Los Angeles-based industry-research firm IBISWorld, the street-food business -- including mobile food trucks and nonmechanized carts -- is a $1 billion industry that has seen an 8.4 percent growth rate from 2007 to 2012. It's very entrepreneurial: 78 percent of operators have four or fewer employees. The true number of these businesses is difficult to count, since the mobile food industry is comprised of food trucks, food carts and kiosks, which have appeared in malls as well as at train and bus stations, airports, stadiums, conference centers, resorts, and other locations in recent years.

Food-industry observers claim that the food-truck business is increasing largely in response to the slow-growing economy. People are seeking inexpensive breakfasts and lunches. Also, employees today are often pressed for time, with more work and shorter lunch hours. These factors make the mobile-food concept more appealing than ever.

From an entrepreneurial standpoint, kiosks, carts, trailers, and food trucks have a lower overhead than restaurants and can be moved if one location does not generate enough business. Rather than having to determine where to open a restaurant and worry about the old real-estate adage "location, location, location," the owner can actually drive to a new location, location, location if business is poor.For customers, you add the convenience of having food favorites right outside a particular location -- or inside with a kiosk -- and meet several needs by serving mobile food. First, you offer food that is cost friendly because you need not pay wait staff or bussers. You also offer the convenience of quick service. In many cases you provide food choices that can save those on a busy schedule from the need to sit down. Typically customers can eat street foods while en route to their next destination. Finally, mobile food is often fun to eat and (if it's good) great to talk about.

Two Austin farmers markets named among the top 20 in the U.S.

A new list of the 101 best farmers markets in America ranks two Austin favorites among the top 20 in the country.

The Daily Meal ranked national farmers markets based on the following criteria: standards for vendors, street cred and Twitter following, accolades, quality and variety of products sold, and affordability.

East Austin's darling HOPE Farmers Market snags the No. 9 spot. "The Hope Farmers Market is a gathering place for everyone. Visitors come to shop for fresh food and one-of-a-kind crafts, and to listen and dance to music performed by local musicians," writes The Daily Meal.

SFC Farmers’ Market ranks No. 16. "With four different locations, the SFC Farmers’ Market has everything from seasonal produce and dairy products to green juice and cold kombucha drinks on tap and in bottles," says The Daily Meal.

The two markets are the only Texas ones in the top 20. One other Texas market, the Coppell Farmers Market, ranks No. 95.

Farmers market foodies can weigh in on future rankings by voting on the Fresh Market Finder, a user-friendly farmers market widget. The finder allows users to vote on their favorite local farmers markets by ZIP code. Give your fave a shout out, and help The Daily Meal uncover more of Austin’s gems.

The Daily Meal

A highly comprehensive ranking is the 101 Best Farmers Markets in the US list released for the past few years by The Daily Meal, written by Abbey Caine but researched ad nauseum for two months prior, using info gathered by the editorial team and the Fresh Nation Farmers Market widget, which allows readers to contribute their recommendations by searching ZIP codes and clicking the heart button next to the market name.

“There are plenty of qualities that we value in a good farmers market. Some important ones to consider are the quality and variety of products sold, how affordable products are, and what kind of public endorsement and recognition each particular farmers market receives,” says Arthur Bovino, executive editor at The Daily Meal. “We also value the atmosphere we experience at the market, how friendly and helpful the vendors are, and what kind of information is made available to us about the market and its vendors.”

This year, Bovino says, ranking criteria were tweaked to account for the standards a market has for its vendors. “We think it is important that farmers markets make the most of what their region has to offer and support local farmers instead of shipping in items from larger producers,” he says. “Some markets even require vendors selling prepared food to only use ingredients they grew themselves, and their devotion to sustainability was taken into account when we made this list.”

Also taken into account were the number of vendors, number of reviews and rankings on sites (like Yelp), the market’s Twitter following, and previous awards won. Proper markets, such as Seattle’s Pike Place, were disqualified from the rankings, Bovina says. “While they may have a farmers’ market component, they’re not primarily known for that aspect of their operation.”

While California dominated the top of the Yelp list and “little guys” dominated the top of AFT’s, Minneapolis had the most appearances on The Daily Meal‘s. “I was surprised by all of the markets [from there] that made it to our final list from. I tried to proportionately add markets to be ranked from all over, but Minneapolis definitely had the most to make it to the list,” says Crain.

Top 10 Farmers Markets According to The Daily Meal:
1. Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY)
2. Portland State University Farmers Market (Portland, OR)
3. Santa Monica Wednesday Market (Santa Monica, CA)
4. Hollywood Farmers Market (Hollywood, CA)
5. Green City Market (Chicago, IL)
6. Nashville Farmers Market (Nashville, TN)
7. Charleston Farmers Market (Charleston, SC)
8. DC Eastern Market (Washington, DC)
9. Hope Farmers Market (Austin, TX)
10. Phoenix Public Market (Phoenix, AZ)

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Minneapolis Farmers Market

Minneapolis Lyndale Market
Minneapolis Lyndale Market

Open Daily: 6am to 1pm. Rain or Shine.
**Please note: Early in the season, there are a limited number of vendors/product during the week and more on the weekends. Please call the market office if you are inquiring about a specific vendor/product.**

312 East Lyndale Ave North Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404.

Nicollet Mall Market
Nicollet Mall Market

Opening Date: The tentative opening date for the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market is June 3 2021. Please check back for updates.

Thursdays: Tentative hours are 6am to 2pm. Please check back for updates.

11 Ramp Recipes to Celebrate Ramp Season

Until I moved to the East Coast, I don't think I had ever even heard of ramps—and, during the first spring I spent in New York City, I remained skeptical. Surely obsessing over an expensive regional allium with a short growing season bore all the hallmarks of a Brooklyn cliché. But once I actually tried them, I suddenly understood what all the fuss was about: Ramps have a sweet and complex flavor—one that's fresher and less harsh than that of scallions or leeks—that can be addictive.

To preserve those essential qualities, it's best to keep it simple when preparing ramps. Sautéing them in butter brings out even more depth of flavor once you've done that, you don't need many other ingredients. Because ramps are so closely identified with this time of year, some of our recipes pair them with other springy vegetables, like asparagus in a bright green soup, or snap peas and English peas in a salad bursting with seasonal freshness. Others just use them to add a dash of oniony flavor to everyday items like drop biscuits or quesadillas. Study up on your local farmers market schedule, show up early to beat the crowd, and dig into the list of 11 recipes below, certain to keep you busy throughout the fleeting ramp season.

Grilled Ramps

To fully appreciate your ramps, especially if you're trying them for the first time, you can't do much better than coating them in extra-virgin olive oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper, and charring them quickly on a ripping-hot grill. The high heat is perfect for emphasizing the vegetable's complex sweetness.

Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas With Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette

As long as you're spending your early mornings stalking your favorite ramp supplier at the farmers market, be sure to pick up some of the other terrific spring produce available. This salad is like a fresh spring cornucopia tossed together in a bowl—ramps, snap peas, asparagus, and English peas. You can substitute almost any other green vegetables you've got on hand, though, including Brussels sprouts, young broccoli, and fava beans. A delicate poached egg, a bright lemon zest vinaigrette, and an asparagus purée top it off.

Extra-Rampy Ramp Risotto

If you've gone ramp-crazy (and maybe brought home a few more than you know what to do with), this pretty green risotto will deliver the most intense ramp flavor possible by incorporating the allium in three ways. First, we sauté ramps and garlic together instead of the more typical shallots and garlic—using the whites of the ramps only, since they hold up better to long cooking. We stir in a purée of blanched ramps just before the dish is finished for freshness of flavor, then top each bowl with a sautéed ramp.

Orange-Glazed Carrots With Ramp Barley and Spinach

Stir-frying cooked whole grains is a great way to infuse them with flavor from the other ingredients in the skillet. Here, we sauté ramps and spinach and toss them with cooked barley, then serve the mixture alongside carrots glazed in sugar and orange juice, which bring out the carrots' natural sugars. A sprinkle of toasted almonds adds a nice crunch.

Bacon and Ramp Dumplings

Though the flavors of smoky bacon and sweet ramps work wonderfully together, getting them to balance in dumplings takes some finesse. Using only bacon would overwhelm the ramps, so we cut it with ground pork for these dumplings and add cabbage to serve as a counterpoint. Bring out the ramps' flavor by lightly charring them before mixing them into the filling.

Ramp and Chorizo Quesadillas

In the spirit of treating ramps simply, this recipe combines them with just a few ingredients: chorizo (either fresh or cured works) grated jack, cheddar, or Oaxacan cheese and soft flour tortillas. Before mixing everything together, cook the ramps quickly in the rendered chorizo fat so they get a chance to soak up that flavor. When constructing your quesadillas, we recommend using a single tortilla and folding it in half—it's way easier to flip compared to the two-tortilla design.

Asparagus and Ramp Soup With Yogurt

For this easy, creamy soup, we sauté ramps in butter until they're lightly browned and blend them with blanched asparagus, broth, and yogurt—the latter adds both richness and a little acidity. We garnish each bowl with reserved asparagus and ramps and a generous drizzle of olive oil, for a dish that's as pleasing to look at as it is to eat.

Mapo Tofu With Ramps

Mapo dofu (or, more commonly in the States, "mapo tofu") is a Sichuan classic made with silken tofu, a little ground beef, and a variety of spices and sauces, Sichuan peppercorns key among them. In this recipe, we simply substitute in-season ramps for the standard garlic, giving the dish a deep onion flavor that pairs well with the mouth-numbing peppercorns.

Puffy Ramp Frittata

A super-simple frittata flavored with ramps sautéed in butter, this one is made extra fluffy by whipping up half of the egg whites into soft peaks. The whipped whites puff up during the cooking, making for a much lighter, airier frittata than you'd get from beaten eggs alone.

Ramp Drop Biscuits

The mild, unobtrusive flavor of biscuits makes them an ideal conduit for ramps here, we use them to put a springy spin on basic drop biscuits. Use young ramps, if you can find them, slicing the bulbs and mixing them right into the dough more mature ramps will work, but stick with the leaves in that case, or caramelize the bulbs in butter first.

Ramp Gravy

Ramp biscuits not rampy enough for you? Your obvious next step is to serve those ramp biscuits with ramp gravy, a simple cream gravy that achieves a new dimension of flavor thanks to the pungent allium. If ramp-on-ramp sounds like overkill to you, try the gravy on chicken-fried steak or mashed potatoes.

Victoria Farmers' Market

The 3 items I bought (Sunshine Boy granola, pumpkin bread and 1 doz eggs each get 5 stars.

I gave 3 stars overall to this market only b/c the vendors selling local fruit, veg and honey did not produce the items themselves. They bought them from someone else. The reason I go to any farmers' market is to purchase fresh locally grown fruit, veg, herbs, honey and eggs directly from the producer.

It was still worth the trip for the 3 things I bought.

Sunshine Boy granola is the best I've ever had including my own home made granola. I have tried several granola recipes over the years and believed mine was a very good recipe but Sunshine's is superior. It rates a 10 on my 1-10 scale of homemade granola. It is a variety of nuts and whole grains, dried fruit and just the right amount of sweetness but not too sweet. I believe the owner told me she uses treacle as the main sweetener. $12 for a 1 pound bag.

Pumpkin bread was very good. It was definitely not made from a mix. It had a nice blend of spices and was perfectly sweet. Commercial products are very often much more sweet than is necessary. This vendor said she steamed fresh whole pumpkin then pureed it. Very few people are in the company of Martha Stewart who actually steam their own pumpkin for making baked goods. What a treat. $7 for a loaf that looked like it was about 5X8 which I estimate weighed about 1 pound.

Fresh medium sized eggs looked beautiful. We haven't tried any yet. Can't wait for Sunday brunch. There are a variety of brown, white and tan egg colors from a few different variety of hens (whose names I can't recall) and even two gorgeous pale blue eggs that would be elegant Easter eggs (or elegant as a Benjamin Moore paint color) without adding any dye. $4 for a dozen.

Two vendors sold honey that they did not produce themselves. I wanted local honey but didn't buy any b/c the reason I go to any farmers' market is to purchase directly from the farmer and also because the smallest size, a 1 pint jar is too much for my household. The honey did look nice though. $10 for a 1 pint jar.

Other vendors there included: food truck, grass fed beef, salsa, home made jam/jelly, soap, gluten-free bakery that looked lovely and two stands selling produce (cabbage, kale, green onions, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes, red potatoes).

Processing parched corn into Hominy

By Paul DeMain

Many workshops offered during the recent Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Food Summits of 2016 at Red Lake, Minnesota, Madison and Camp Jijak in 2016 and 2017 have involved the gathering/harvesting of resources and their processing of some of these foods into Value Added Products (VAP) for storage, future, or a diversity of uses in their new condition. Some products gathered are always used on site in order to facilitate sharing of traditional food preparations and ancient or contemporary recipes.

Amongst those products include what the Ojibwe called Mandamin (The Great Seed) or corn and for which there has been some 350+ varieties amongst tribes identified so far. May varieties of Indian corn have been lost — to history, maybe Mansanto, or caches that are yet to be found. A good example might be the White Flint Corn described as growing on Madeline Island, in Lake Superior — also know as the former capital of the Ojibwe Nation, a variety of corn that is described as growing there in the 1700s. While it is possible, and probably likely, that the White Flint grown there is related to other northern Wisconsin, Great Lakes or Island flints that are well known, (Like Bear Island White Flint) and could be connected genetically to the Madeline Island gardens, to date there has not been a Madeline Island White Flint Corn seed, or seed cache identified in seed repositories, museums or private collections.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe elder George Martin, assisted by Buddy Raphael (not shown) discuss the boiling process for making parched corn into hominy. Raphael says he likes to let his corn dry for over a year before using it for cooking and other needs.

After the parched corn is boiled in an alkaline solution for a lengthy time period, in this case hardwood ashes and for some tribes maple ashes in particular rather then lye, lime or baking soda, the corn is then transported to a screen for further cleaning. By now, a thin outer shell and little seed connection nub should come off easily from the corn kernel when rubbed between two fingers. The boiling in ash, or lime process changes the chemistry of the corn, contributes calcium, potassium and trace minerals to the corn and makes it more nutritious while at the same time loosening a thin outer shell casing from the kernel.

The cooked corn is transported to a screen for further cleaning, drying and discussions with Camp Jijak participants.

The Oneida’s of Wisconsin hand pick and dehydrate much of their white flint corn and then prepare it in this similar manner and in some cases they will boil it again for grinding and making corn meal while adding kidney beans and making small round loafs to refrigerate for storage. Hopi people of the Southwest used ground blue corn mixed with small amounts of willow wood ash to prepare piki, a thin, crepe-like, blue bread. A porridge made from hominy in the south is called grits. Many tribes had their own technique for preparing their corn for future storage and seed keepers have identified over 300 varieties of corn grown historically in Indian Country with some sweet varieties not suitable for making hominy.

Below: Buddy Raphael provides some traditional teachings and advice for making corn hominy.

For more information on programs provided by the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) you can go on the net here: IAC

Other Youtube videos from Camp Jijak.


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Sprouts is a health food store in 15 states spanning the southern part of the country. Its high-end, organic packaged foods and health products tend to be as pricey as you'd expect. Where Sprouts really shines is in its fresh produce, meat, and bulk sections, which are always offering worthwhile deals on items like local vegetables, granola, and grass-fed beef.

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