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We partnered with Fresh Nation to give your local farmers market the love and attention it deserves

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For the past two years, we have gathered and ranked America’s 101 Best Farmers Markets based on the number of participating vendors, “street credibility” (Yelp reviews and awards), and when the market is open. But now, we want your input.

Does your local farmers market have the best selection of organic okra this side of the Mason-Dixon Line? Is your market director on a first-name basis with his or her patrons? Does your market have free bicycle valet parking? Now you can give your farmers market the recognition it deserves by voting on the Farmers Market Finder widget found on every City Guide page.

Powered with help from Fresh Nation, the Farmers Market Finder does just that: finds the closest farmers markets to you. Each farmers market is marked by an orange carrot on the map. Vote for your favorite farmers market by clicking on the carrot and then the heart.

Stay tuned for our ranking of the 2015 Best Farmers Market in America. We hope your favorites make the cut.


Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market

For seasonal produce, I tend to shop at several different farmers markets. This is not typical, as most people favor one market or another for convenience, ambiance or vendors. If you have a favorite, then you need to click here and vote for “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” before Thursday.

The competition for favorite farmers market is sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, an organization founded in 1980 that works tirelessly to save farm and ranch land and to promote healthy farming practices. An important note: America is losing 1.2 million acres of farmland every year.

With a staff of farmers, policy experts, and researchers, the American Farmland Trust promotes sustainable food systems and local farming with such campaigns as “no farms, no food.” Voting for your favorite farmers market is part of the no farms, no food campaign.

Voting is easy because you simply click on your state and then move through the ballot to your favorite local market. At this posting, the Farmers Market at the Garden, the market held every Wednesday at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, was placing third favorite market in the state of Tennessee. In Mississippi, the Hernando Farmers Market was in the lead with 865 votes. In Arkansas, the Fayetteville Farmers Market had a whopping 2,052 as of Sunday night, more votes than I spotted for any other regional market.

While it was difficult for me to pick a favorite, I went ahead and placed a vote. So should you.


The Outer Sunset farmers market has grown into an essential S.F. food destination. Here's what to eat

David Lee of Sunset Squares Pizza gives slices to customers at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile in San Francisco.

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Gumbo Social griddles shrimp for its shrimp po'boy.

Since the Outer Sunset Farmers&rsquo Market & Mercantile opened last summer, eating and shopping at the bustling, two-block market has become an essential Sunday activity for the neighborhood.

The market&rsquos food vendors in particular have become a draw. People line up for the rich, sweet turkey mole tacos on toothsome, fresh-pressed tortillas at Molcaxitl Kitchen, or Thai chicken skewers that sizzle on the grill at Vanida Thai Kitchen&rsquos stand. Nearby, Dontaye Bell at Gumbo Social ladles chicken-sausage gumbo into containers he&rsquoll probably then recommend the luscious banana pudding at the neighboring Yes Pudding stand for dessert.

It&rsquos also a bread-lovers market, with naturally leavened loaves from the former head baker of Outerlands, as well as William Fenimore of Driftwood Bread Co., who bakes baguettes, breads and pita with grains he mills himself in his Sunset home kitchen.

The food can hold its own in San Francisco, but the farmers&rsquo market, which takes place along 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara streets, is uniquely by the neighborhood and for the neighborhood. Almost all of the food vendors are based in the Sunset, or the owners live there.

Angie Petitt-Taylor, a longtime Sunset resident who&rsquos passionate about giving small businesses a platform to grow, started the market last year. She was approached by District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar following the success of several pop-up markets she organized in the neighborhood.

The Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile, which opened in July 2020 in San Francisco, has become a vibrant, family friendly draw.

Stephen Lam / The Chronicle

The Outer Sunset market has nurtured community and connection during a time when both were in short supply. It&rsquos now one of the city&rsquos liveliest farmers&rsquo markets, full of families with young children, live music and uplifting energy.

&ldquoIt&rsquos like a breath of fresh air for people to get above the water for a second, metaphorically speaking, and see other people,&rdquo Fenimore said. &ldquoThere are kids dancing, there are bubbles blowing, there&rsquos music, there&rsquos food. It&rsquos been a fantastic way to nourish or give us some sort of semblance of normalcy during this crazy time.&rdquo

The market is well worth a trip even if you don&rsquot live in the neighborhood. The two blocks are full of enticing food options, from Detroit-style pizza to cake doughnuts and rotisserie chicken, which you can enjoy at tables and chairs set up alongside Sunset Boulevard.

Here are seven vendors worth checking out.

Outer Sunset Farmers&rsquo Market & Mercantile, 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara streets. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, year-round. sunsetmercantilesf.com/

Nomar Ramirez of Molcaxitl Kitchen cooks turkey mole in a ceramic pot in homage to the ones his grandparents cooked with in Mexico.

At the Molcaxitl Kitchen stand, Nomar Ramirez pays homage to the food he grew up eating as a first-generation Mexican American in Los Angeles.

Take his sweet, rich mole, a family recipe that&rsquos made from three types of chiles, about 20 spices, several kinds of roasted nuts and seeds, chocolate and Mexican cane sugar. He mixes the mole with turkey, which is indigenous to Mexico, and serves it on toothsome tortillas cooked to order at the stand, or over achiote rice. Ramirez also makes tacos with ayotli, or the indigenous Nahuatl language word for a type of zucchini (also indigenous to Mexico), caramelized in a rub of Mexican cane sugar, chile and garlic.

Ramirez, a full-time San Francisco State student, sees food as a vehicle for cultural dialogue. He sources his produce from Mexican farmers and prioritizes hiring Mexican American employees, most of whom are also in their 20s. He purposefully gave his business a hard-to-pronounce name and uses the Nahuatl words for dishes on his menu. Ramirez genuinely wants customers to ask how Molcaxitl is pronounced (mol-ka-shee-tl) and what it means in Nahuatl (mortar and pestle). Last year, he brought a Dia de los Muertos celebration to the farmers&rsquo market.

&ldquoI&rsquom unapologetically celebrating the culture for truly what it is, even though it&rsquos tricky to pronounce,&rdquo he said. &ldquoI want people to feel like they can experience the culture and learn about it.&rdquo

Dontaye Ball, owner of Gumbo Social, makes chicken-sauage gumbo at the Outer Sunset farmers’ market.

Stephen Lam / The Chronicle

Dontaye Ball started Gumbo Social in Bayview in 2018, inspired by the dish that was essential to family Christmas dinners and New Year&rsquos Day meals.

Ball learned to make gumbo from his late grandmother, watching her from a young age make her roux in a cast iron skillet. The San Francisco native and chef, who cut his culinary teeth in France and at Delfina in the Mission, has since made his own tweaks to the family recipe. He makes a roux with half butter, half oil, with the toasted milk solids from the butter creating more layered flavors. His chicken-sausage gumbo has no seafood &mdash thanks to a friend with a seafood allergy who couldn&rsquot eat Bell&rsquos early iterations &mdash but he brines the chicken in kombu, a kelp that gives the dish an oceanic element. Customers missing the seafood can add shrimp or crab. Ball uses locally sourced, seasonal ingredients as much as possible, including fresh okra when it&rsquos available.

Tye Hunt of Gumbo Social sauces a batch of shrimp po'boy sandwiches.

For Ball, gumbo is an essential, edible piece of American history.

&ldquoThere&rsquos a mound of different contributions from West Africa to Gullah culture to French-Creole influence,&rdquo he said. &ldquoIt&rsquos a dish that I think really symbolizes our country &mdash or what it should be, a melting pot, a dish that different people contribute to.&rdquo

The popularity of Ball&rsquos gumbo, shrimp po&rsquoboys and red beans and rice with smoked turkey at the Outer Sunset farmers&rsquo market enabled him to hire four employees and keep his family afloat during the coronavirus shutdown. He&rsquos now planning to expand to other farmers&rsquo markets and eventually open a food truck.

Churn Urban Creamery's seasonal, egg-less ice cream is available in scoops and pints at the Outer Sunset farmers’ market.

Churn Urban Creamery&rsquos mint chip stracciatella has the jolt of herby mint flavor in every bite, thanks to fresh mint grown in owner Rica Sunga-Kwan&rsquos backyard.

Seasonal, ingredient-driven ice creams are Sunga-Kwan&rsquos calling card at Churn. Pints and scoops of French vanilla ice cream swirled with blueberries, strawberries and cream (the berries from a neighboring farm stand), ube honeycomb and other flavors are available at the farmers&rsquo market, plus ice cream sandwiches. Sunga-Kwan doesn&rsquot use eggs in the flavor bases to prevent that thick, back-of-the-throat coating that ice cream can sometimes produce.

Churn also sells pastries &mdash a throwback to Sunga-Kwan&rsquos time as a baker at Andytown Coffee Roasters in the Outer Sunset &mdash like everything bagel-flavored babka, matcha amaretti cookies, cardamom buns and fruit hand pies.

Sunga-Kwan has deep roots in the Outer Sunset: She moved there from the Philippines as a 9-year-old and got her first job scooping ice cream blocks away at Polly Ann Ice Cream. Her own ice cream business got its start decades later as a pop-up in the Outer Sunset. She now runs a brick-and-mortar location in the Portola neighborhood. And thanks to the Sunday market, she&rsquos in talks with a neighboring stand, Sunset Coffee Roasters, to open a production facility together &mdash hopefully, in the Outer Sunset.

David Lee, left, and Michael Jou drizzle sauces onto slices of Sunset Square’s thick, pillowy sourdough pizzas at the Sunday farmers’ market.

Stephen Lam / The Chronicle

The farmers&rsquo market&rsquos best-kept secret might be that it&rsquos the newest place to get slices of Sunset Squares&rsquo popular Detroit-style pizza.

Chef Dennis Lee, of Namu Gaji and Namu Stonepot fame, initially started selling the thick, pillowy pies out of his Outer Sunset home last year but is now offering delivery and pickup out of a space in SoMa. When Pettit-Taylor asked Lee to be part of the Sunday market, he jumped at the opportunity to add a location closer to home.

The Sunset Squares market stand sells three-cheese sourdough pizza by the slice, customizable with pickled jalapeños, mushrooms, pepperoni, chile crisp and other add-ons &mdash or &ldquobulldog style&rdquo with bonito flakes, Kewpie mayo and Bulldog tonkatsu sauce. The farmers&rsquo market has been a testing ground of sorts for this &ldquoslice shop&rdquo model, which Lee plans to open elsewhere in San Francisco.

Lee also tests specials at the Outer Sunset farmers&rsquo market, like a focaccia sandwich with burrata, prosciutto and balsamic agrodolce, the sticky-sweet Italian vinegar sauce, that&rsquos now on the pizza shop&rsquos menu.


Moscow Farmers Market

The Moscow Farmers Market has been a treasured and vibrant part of our community since its inception in 1977 as a small grass-roots gathering. This Saturday event celebrates local farmers, artisans, and musicians by providing them with an opportunity to interact directly with the community and its visitors. Highlights include farmed and/or created agricultural products, distinctive handmade goods, artisan pieces, and original-recipe cuisine all sourced within a 200 air mile radius of Moscow, Idaho. This venue is meant to encourage and support sustainable economic, social, and environmental practices. The Market operates every Saturday, May though October from 8 am to 1 pm in Downtown Moscow on Main Street and Friendship Square.

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Moscow Farmers Market has a great variety of vendors, great management and great customers!

Best Farmers market because of all the choices and wonderful people.

Such variety. Great accommodation for the covid era with motor-in markets. And with that addition, I’ve tried all sorts of new veggies and fruits. Best Farmer’s Market anywhere!!

Great variety of products, well organized and friendly vendors. They stepped up to the challenges of Covid and continue to provide quality products in a safe environment.

Best variety! Innovative motor through this year! Awesome vendors!

The Moscow Farmers Market has been very impressive over the years. This year with the special challenges they have done a remarkable job adjusting while providing outstanding services, quite notably at the drive in market. I could not believe how quickly they got it up and running and how efficient they are. Hooray, we are so fortunate!

Moscow Farmers Market’s staff have been creative and innovative this summer. They’re continually adjusting to safety issues raised by the pandemic and balancing the needs of the vendors and shoppers. We have the best market!!

This year with Covid-19, Moscow farmers market used innovation to make sure people could access local produce safely. The motor-in was wonderful, order and pick-up. This innovation is what makes our faarmers market the best.

Motor in Moscow was a great idea to alleviate covid 19 worries. It works very well!! I love the Moscow Farmers Market!

The Moscow farmers market is the best in the west. Great produce, handmade crafts and good food. Terrific people and engagement.

Motor-in Market has operated like a well oiled machine since day one. Our market cares about the Palouse and the people, and they show proudly show it May through October, every year. Even in 2020. They managed to do even more this year.

This Market is one of the essential parts of summer on the Palouse. Excellent produce, tasty baked goods, delicious prepared foods, and interesting, well-made crafts…there’s something for everyone here! The vendors are universally good people, too, and it’s a joy to meet the folks who actually grew/cooked/made the things I’m taking home! The 2020 Market started off weird (like so many things this year), but the directors and vendors worked to make it a viable and even pleasant experience, and for that, I’m truly grateful. This really is one of the joys of living in Moscow.

The Moscow Farmer’s Market is an essential service to this community. Excellent fresh foods, grown locally is good for our health.This year, with Covid-19, this market has provided a safe Motor-in option. We are an older couple, trying to stay healthy. The Motor-in market provides us with that alternative. The farmers have been so accommodating and kind, This new way of shopping has inspired me to try new foods and new farms (as well as our old favorites) and I’m delighted on all counts. The volunteers and workers who deliver the food to our car are VERY well-organized and are masked to keep us all safe. BRAVO is all I can say. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

The Farmer’s Market is a quintessential small time gathering spot to grab groceries, gifts, locally made items and farm raised food. A large coffee and a great walk make shopping a fun social event for a few hours. Of course, its not quite the same this year, but we can hope for the future! This is my SIL favorite place to be on a Saturday and I now I know why!

The Moscow Farmers Market is one of the best things about living in Moscow! It’s not the same this year but I’m so impressed by how the Farmers Market staff and vendors have done everything they can to keep the exuberance and quality of the market experience alive, while keeping all of us safe. I miss running into friends and acquaintances that turn a 30 minute shopping trip into a 2 hour social and can’t wait to have that weekly experience again next year (or whenever it’s prudent). The Motor In is awesome! I love it for the safety and convenience (I don’t always have time for 2 hour shopping trips). I also love that I can be sure to get some of the produce that sells out quickly at the downtown market. Thanks to the Farmers Market staff for their commitment to keeping this vital Moscow treasure alive.

The Moscow Farmers Market is the best! We have shopped there for years and love it. The market has adapted to the pandemic this summer by offering at-risk shopping hours and drive-through pick-up of pre-ordered, pre-paid produce. We miss socializing with friends and neighbors, but are grateful to be able to support our community via the market.

Moscow’s Farmer’s Market has successful made local farming a central component of the gestalt of the community. It is a regional attraction that has continued to improve, while staying true to the mission of making fresh, local produce available directly to the public. We are always a little disappointed to leave town for the weekend, as we know it will mean missing the Market!

The Moscow Farmer’s Market feels very genuine. It has excellent choices in Produce, crafts of all varieties, and local or international cuisine options for Breakfast and Lunch. Children can get a chance to learn entrepreneurial skills with a small stall. Live music and entertainment from Tap Dance Bands to Violin performances fill the air. Top marks.

The Moscow Farmers Market has allowed my child to participate as a vendor this year. It has been a fantastic educational opportunity for him. He is working to earn money to visit his good friend who moved back to China last year. Everyone is so supportive of him, and so friendly. He even buys from other booths so he can support others caused. My son feels like he is a part of something larger in the community. It’s fantastic.

Great place to go to get some fresh fruits and veggies! What’s most exciting to me is that most of the vendors accept both Idaho and Washington WIC farmer’s market checks lets me get more fruits and veggies that I otherwise wouldn’t have the money to buy

I have been to several Famers’ Markets across the country and Moscow’s is one of the most friendly, well-run and interesting markets I have seen. It is so pleasant and manageable. I can find everything I want and much to educate and stimulate.

The Farmer’s Market keeps getting better. It’s a terrific regional draw to our city. A successful business incubator for some business who graduate to brick & mortar. A festival every week for half the year. Joins multiple campuses, communities, artists & crafters & performers, farmers, free speech interests–all in a jewel of a town and land setting. Well done Moscow! and well done the Moscow Farmer’s Market!

In Moscow, it is truly a “farmers”market. Not a craft market with produce or food market with farmers. It is a market where local farmers have a priority to the available spaces. Others are mostly walk-ons and fill in the gaps.

Great market. We learn about the products, get to know & even friend with vendors. Share music, sights, city flavor. Folks of all kinds come to interact. A treat & gives a real flavor of our city. Healthy, tasty, fun. Excellent!

Successful & great market. We get to know the vendors, some becoming like friends. We learn about their wares. We enjoy visiting folks & taking in music & sights. All kinds of folks come & interact & enjoy. A real feather in the city’s cap. A jewel shared from the farmers, crafters, and performers. Excellent!

Love our local market! Favorite place to be Saturday mornings for the freshest produce, and the latest and greatest creations whether it’s food or crafts. The variety of entertainment is always fun. Moscow farmers market has a celebratory feel to it, maybe it’s the farmer happy for another successful week of harvest to share!? It’s a place where everyone is wearing a smile…


40 Stellar Summer Farmers' Market Recipes

Summertime is prime time for fresh produce from your local farmers’ market, where you’ll find peaches, creole tomatoes, okra, corn, summertime squash, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and so much more. In the South, summertime recipes abound from farmers’ markets bursting at the seams with fresh, colorful, and tasty fruits and vegetables. With such fresh, local ingredients, there are plenty of easy summer recipes practically begging to be made. To name a few: light and veggie-packed pasta with mouthwatering marinated, homegrown tomatoes, veggie-topped pizza with crunchy fresh flavor, and savory, crispy pan fried zucchini fritters. And that’s not even to mention the classic Southern summertime staple, Fried Green Tomatoes. For a light dinner or happy lunch, throw all your farmers’ market bounty into one impressive summertime salad. With a few of our best produce tips and freshness-saving tricks, a trip to your local farmers’ market will become a weekly occasion. Take advantage of summer’s vibrant bounty from farmers' markets, local farm stands, or even your own backyard with these delicious summer dinner recipes that’ll last you until the fall harvest.


10 Most Impressive College Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are growing like pesticide-free kale these days. They fill a niche created by the growing ranks of conscious consumers in America who want to buy locally and responsibly sourced food and products (and will pay for the privilege). With their disproportionately large share of socially conscious citizens, college campuses are a perfect fit for farmers markets. A number of schools have gotten into the game in recent years these are our picks for the 10 most impressive.

It might be surprising that a farmers market could survive in a tropical paradise where you can cut fruit straight from the tree and eat it. But this market at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu hasn’t just survived it has thrived. In fact, it’s become a must-do activity for anyone traveling to Oahu. All food is Hawaiian-grown, from the tropical jams to the Kalua pork sliders to the macadamia nut pesto pizza. The place is always crowded on Saturdays, so get there early when it opens at 7:30 a.m. and enjoy a breakfast of Akamai oatcakes.

Thanks to the friendly climate of sunny California, this market at the College of San Mateo is open “year round, rain or shine,” and twice a week to boot. Every Wednesday and Saturday, area farmers bring their freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, many of them organic, as well as nuts, fresh-cut flowers and more. Regulars rave about the chocolate croissants and other pastries at the Brioche Bakery, and the kettle-cooked popcorn at Roli Roti’s food truck. Even if you’re just there to browse, the friendly vendors and the live music help make this market a fun outing and one of the best markets on the West Coast.

Once known as the East Quad Market, the people behind the newly named UC Davis Farmers Market want to see students eat better but “have more fun than walking the produce aisle.” Every Wednesday from April to mid-June, the Silo Union on campus will be packed with raw and prepared food vendors, beer and wine vendors, live musicians, face-painters, clowns, health-food lovers and students with meal plans. Popular items include the apple cider, spinach bolani, and Japanese pears, not to mention the free samples to be had all over the place.

Every Saturday from mid-March to nearly Christmas, PSU hosts this branch of the Portland Farmers Market group between the Hall and Montgomery buildings. Patrons stroll through the park under shady trees as they peruse the freshly plucked fruits, vegetables and flowers from nearby farms. Of course, they’ve got plenty for the dairy lovers as well, with a rich assortment of cheeses, meats and yogurts, much of it organic. It’s Portland, so you’ll want to get some just-landed salmon, and throw in some gluten-free bakery items for dessert.

This April, Duke University kicked off the 12th season of its farmers market, an impressive feat in itself. To celebrate, the market is running a theme of “Local Foods, Global Flavors,” highlighting recipes from countries around the world that feature different fruits and vegetables each week and offering a cookbook of those recipes. But every Friday through July, then every other Friday through September, customers can still count on fresh produce grown on school-owned land or on one of more than a dozen other local farms. For busy faculty and their families, there’s the Duke Mobile Farmers Market that makes buying local meat and produce a snap.

6. Berea College area markets

Agriculture has been a staple at Berea College in Kentucky for over a century, and the two markets there are evidence of the strong relationship. There's the Berea Farmers Market, which is independent of the college and is comprised of local farmers who sell everything from fresh kitchen produce to eggs and chicken to starter plants. Separately, there's also the Berea College Farm, where students learn how to raise their own produce and livestock. Some of the produce is sent to the school’s food services or area restaurants, and the rest is sold at the Berea College Farm Store. On Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings year-round, students and members of the community can find USDA-certified organic produce, stone-ground corn and flour, steroid-free beef, pork, chicken and more.

7. College of the Canyons Farmers Market

Apparently you can’t throw a rock in California without hitting a farmers market tent. Health-conscious Valencia residents come to this community college on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine, for the “certified” farmers market hosted here. As part of the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA), the vendors pride themselves on offering pesticide-free, organic and hydroponic produce. Bring your reusable grocery bag and stock up on free-range eggs, Persian cucumbers and unpolished Fuji apples. The hummus and pita get rave reviews, as do the fresh berries from Pudwill Farms, and of course, the kettle corn.

Not to be confused with the Harvard Farmers Market in the town of Harvard, this operation is overseen by Dining Services at the famous university in Cambridge. Running from June 19 through October from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays on the science center lawn, the market serves as students’ spot for not just local produce, but also cool features like chef demos and lessons from vendors on working with vegetables you’ve never heard of, like pattypan squash. The market also helps the community by accepting food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) vouchers, a state nutrition program.

It turns out that the farmer and the cowboy can be friends after all. (Get it? Because they’re the OSU Cowboys? Moving on. ) The market was started by OSU’s Dining Services in summer 2010 to give students and the public access to local products. Throughout the year, the Student Union Plaza is alive with local vendors peddling such healthy fare as organic beef and chicken, grass-fed lamb, buffalo meat, fresh buttermilk and all the fruit and veggies one college student could eat. There’s also a range of unique, handmade wares like candles, jewelry, baskets and skin care products.

This weekly market on the USC campus was launched in fall 2008 as part of the school’s program to encourage student health. Since that time, the market has steadily grown in popularity to the point where about 1,000 shoppers come by each Tuesday. The staff keeps students coming back by hosting fun activities each week, like cooking demonstrations, a chance to have a photo taken with the school mascot, and a “bike to market” day where patrons can get a free bike tune-up and win prizes.


Edible Buffalo’s Blog

This summer American Farmland Trust is supporting farmers markets across the nation with a national farmers market contest. This is part of their campaign to help spread the No Farms No Food® message and promote local farms and food across the country. Farmers market customers across the nation will be able to cast their votes for America’s Favorite Farmers Markets in order to support their community market. This will be a fantastic marketing opportunity for any farmers market participating. Whether you get the most votes or not, you will be able to rally support for your market and, hopefully get some extra press this summer. They want farmers market customers in every state to have the opportunity to vote and we need to get farmers market managers in our area to enroll in the contest.

In this unique three-month campaign, we will ask Americans across the county to show support for their farmers market by voting in our America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest! The three top markets: one small, one medium, and one large, will win a free No Farms No Food® tote bag giveaway for their market customers. Customers will be able to vote starting June 1st once farmers markets across the country have had the opportunity to enroll in the contest. Customers will enter their zip code, which will pull-up the farmers markets in their area. American Farmland Trust will be helping to promote the contest in your area and will be conducting outreach nationally. They will also be putting together a marketing toolbox to help market managers get the word out about the contest in their community.

Take two simple steps to make sure your farmers market customers will be able to vote for America’s Favorite Farmers Markets this summer.


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Try new recipes with your favorite winter veggies at the market on Saturday, March 2!

We absolutely love winter veggies at the Durham Farmers’ Market! The variety of greens can be used for salads, stir fry and sandwiches. Roasted sweet potatoes are a delicious staple in our weekly meals and can be used to make tasty pies or even muffins.

What we really enjoy during the winter is taking these veggies and making satisfying recipes that we can have in the fridge and eat during the week. This way, we know that we’re eating something that is both healthy and will warm us up after a cold morning outside. These enchiladas have sweet potatoes and kale in them, both easy to find on Saturday at the market! We usually finish these off in a couple of days but they freeze well if you want to make an extra batch to have as a freezer meal for busier days.

Winter veggies also lend themselves well to preparing ahead of time and making harvest bowls throughout the week. Think roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on top of a bed of rice with a tasty dressing. The combinations are endless!

One of the best recipes we’ve tested this winter has been an amazing pad thai recipe. This meal replaces noodles with veggies and is a wonderful representation of so many tasty veggies that are grown by the fabulous farmers at the Durham Farmers’ Market!

We love to talk about food and recipes at the market. Our farmers are experts on preparing everything from collard greens to bison meat chili and enjoy sharing their recipes and getting to know YOU, our loyal market customers. We look forward to meeting you and talking about food soon.