Travel like a local. Explore new destinations by visiting its top farmers markets, especially in the summer when the bounty is plentiful. We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorites (with our chefs weighing in) so you can truly savor your travels. One, Two, Three, Eat!
The Atwater Market, which opened in 1933 in the Little Burgundy neighborhood of Montréal, is one of the four major farmers markets run by the Public Markets of Montréal (MPM). Inside, once you move past the Art Deco clock tower, you’ll find butchers, two cheese shops and a location of the artisanal French bakery Première Moisson, revered for its coffee and pastries. In the summer, expect a kaleidoscope of color as floral arrangements and greenery burst from the stalls of the numerous horticultural vendors. Don’t skimp on the maple toffee on snow—hot, sticky goodness poured over snow and rolled up on a stick, available February through October.
Mon - Wed 7am – 6pm, Thursdays 7am - 7pm, Fridays 7am - 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 7am - 5pm | Corner of Notre-Dame and Atwater
This is one of the largest public markets in the entire continent. Amid its 300 summertime vendors, you’ll feel like you’re walking through a small village. Located in Montréal’s Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market boasts diverse culinary offerings ranging from Algerian sandwiches to French creperies to regional specialties like Canadian maple syrup. The market is cash only, though some vendors do accept American dollars.
Mon – Wed 7am - 6pm, Thursdays & Fridays 7am - 8pm, Saturdays 7am - 6pm, Sundays 7am - 5pm | 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue, Corner of Henri-Julien and Jean-Talon
Founded in 1994, this urban collective aims to support local Houston farmers and growers by educating children and adults in sustainable food preparation and consumption. Through Urban Harvest, you can take classes at numerous venues around town and visit its two Houston farmers markets, each open on a different day of the week. The markets are stocked with traditional produce and local products like soaps and honeys. Urban Harvest also features an on-site knife sharpener and live goats that produce cheese sold at some of the stands.
Saturdays 8am - noon | Corner of Richmond Avenue and Eastside Street
Located in a Sicilian grocery store built in the 1930s, Houston Dairy Maids features more than 150 cheeses from Texas and beyond. Helmed by seasoned cheese professional Lindsey Schechter, the shop features handmade cheeses made, whenever possible, with unpasteurized milk. If you can stand the pungent punch to your olfactory system, stick around the free daily tastings.
Tue – Fri 10am - 6pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays 11am - 4pm | Corner of Airline Drive and Nadine Street
Every Sunday, stroll down Lincoln Road and you’ll find a colorful display of fruits and vegetable, fresh cut flowers, jams and jellies, tropical smoothies and items that embody the flavors of Florida and the Caribbean. Chef Andres Meraz, Executive Chef at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, is a frequent patron of the Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market. When he visits, he is drawn to the tropical fruit – he uses these indigenous flavors to perfect his salads and fish dishes. His best advice to visitors, “Don’t be afraid to try anything new or weird looking at the market because you might actually like it!”
Sundays 9am – 6:30pm | Lincoln Road between Washington Avenue and Meridian Avenue
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Seattle’s original farmers market is also one of its biggest tourist attractions, not to mention one of the oldest markets in the United States. More than 200 independent businesses, specialty grocery stores and restaurants, including the original Starbucks coffee shop, are based in this public market overlooking Elliott Bay. Watch your head as you walk beneath the famous red Public Market Center lighted sign—local fish mongers from the Pike Place Fish Market toss scaly seafood dangerously close to visitors for tips.
Mon – Sat 9am - 6pm, Sundays 9am - 5 pm | Pike Place, between Pine Street and Stewart Street
This downtown Phoenix farmers market has two components: a market café open daily and a biweekly open-air farmers market. On Fridays, the market teams up with the Phoenix Street Food Coalition to bring in local food trucks to the space. Food Truck Fridays at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market can attract around a dozen trucks, including the Short Leash Hotdogs and The Maine Lobster Lady. Make sure you arrive early. Shady seats and bench space go quickly.
Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm, Saturdays 8am - noon (May – September), Sundays 8am - 1pm (October – April) | Central and McKinley
Inverting the traditional farmers market experience, the Sheraton Waikiki -- along with sister properties Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay -- offers a special dining series program for hotel guests. This June and October, Sheraton Waikiki Senior Executive Sous Chef, Colin Hazama will collaborate with associate chefs at select neighbor island resorts to prepare a five-course meal at the hotel restaurant that includes seasonal ingredients from local Hawaiian farms and an optional wine pairing. The next day, you’re invited to tour that specific farm to learn more about Hawaiian agriculture and the people who farm the fertile Hawaiian land.
June 5-6 | Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay - Learn More
Oct. 23-24 | Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa - Learn More (details TBA)
San Francisco, California
Situated on the marina shores of the country’s first urban National Park, San Francisco’s Fort Mason Farmers' Market features the freshest of California produce and offers postcard-worthy views of the Golden Gate Bridge. In peak summer season, more than 40 California family farmers set up at this multi-disciplinary complex. Make sure to try the Happy Dumplings -- they’ve been voted some of the best in a city known for its dumplings.
May 3 – August 9, Sundays 9:30am - 1:30pm | Fort Mason Center
This tri-weekly farmers market, operated by Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, has been connecting local California farmers with city folks since 1993. Located at the San Francisco Ferry Building, the smaller weekday markets take place in front of the building along the Embarcadero while the larger weekend market is held on the plaza in the back overlooking the San Francisco Bay. On Tuesdays and Thursdays you can enjoy your fill of prepared street foods like pizza, tacos and sandwiches. On Saturdays some of San Francisco’s most recognized farmers and chefs come to the Ferry Building Farmers Market to promote their goods and meals. No matter which day you visit, the market will always be stocked with California fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, eggs, breads, jams and cheeses, many of which are certified organic.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am - 2pm, Saturdays 8am - 2pm | Ferry Building
After visiting sustainable European farmers markets in the late 1990s, Chicagoan and chef-author-entrepreneur Abby Mandel decided to create a similar experience in her own city. Claiming the status of Chicago’s only truly “green” farmers market, the Green City Market promotes sustainable and organic goods and practices for the local community. Located in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum during Chicago’s blustery winters, the Green City Market returns outside to the south end of Lincoln Park from May through October, offering a huge selection of meats and vegetable proteins, cheeses, milk, bread, produce, herbs, potted plants, flowers and more. Gather your ingredients and use the official Green City Market Cookbook to prepare a farm-to-table feast at home.
May 2 – October 31, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 7am - 1pm | Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive
As an official California Certified Farmers' Market, this market submits to government oversight to ensure that the people selling produce are the same people growing it and that all produce is grown in California. The cheese truck and hummus stand are local favorites here, as well as the weekly appearance by beloved local breakfast/lunch purveyors from the Free Range LA food truck.
Sundays 10am - 2pm | Just off Melrose Avenue between La Cienaga and Orlando
When you go to Santa Monica’s Main Street Sunday Market, you’re indulging in a daylong extravaganza that’s part farmers market, part street fair and carnival. Sundays at the market feature live bands that rotate each weekend, pony rides, petting zoo and face painting, as well as local chefs cooking up good eats. Despite lacking a large agricultural section, the Sunday Main Street Market still offers California-grown produce, freshly cut flowers and prepared and packaged foods in the midst of all of the festivities.
Sundays 9:30am – 1pm | Heritage Square 2640, Main Street Santa Monica
This market isn’t just your normal farmers market. Pick up your organic fruits and vegetables for the week or sort through the plethora of meats and dairy including specialty cheeses. Interact with demos on a weekly basis, music and family friendly activities. This market was one of the first in Minneapolis to really foster local farmers and the best seasonal sustainable foods.
Open every Saturday May 9 through October 31 from 8AM to 1PM. Open the second Saturday of the month November through April** | 704 South 2nd Street (**During the winter months it is located within the Mill City Museum.)
This is the most accessible market in the Twin Cities. You can get to the market by any transportation including the Midtown Greenway Trail, bus or train. You can find a list of the items/features that will be available at the market on the site as well as the entertainment for the day. Don’t miss the chance to fill your bag with all the sustainable, organic, local cuisine or just stop in to test some of the freshly prepared food!
Open every Saturday May through October from 8AM to 1PM and every Tuesday 3PM-7PM June through October I Lake St E & 22nd Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contributing Chefs: Chef Alexandre Tremblay of Branzino in Montreal, Chef James Lindy of Cimarron in Houston, Chefs John Marchetti and Chaz Frankenfield of District America Kitchen and Wine Bar in Phoenix, Chef Jason Rea of Trace in Seattle, and Chef Andres Meraz at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort.