Farmers Markets: The Better Place to Eat While on Vacation

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Farmers Markets: The Better Place to Eat While on Vacation

By Shannon Morgan

Tired of fast food fare filling up your vacation menu? Looking for a more nutritious (yet still inexpensive) option? On your next trip, consider sourcing your meals from a farmers market.

From May through October, you’ll find farmers markets in small towns and big cities open most days of the week, particularly mid-week and on Saturdays. These markets range from roadside stands to multi-vendor shopping destinations that sell a range of products, from fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses to baked goods and even local artwork and handmade goods.

Some farmers markets are attractions themselves, like the Santa Monica Farmers Market in Los Angeles, which claims to be the oldest operating farmers market in the country. Farmers markets are great for people watching, too – you just might spot a celebrity chef sourcing local ingredients – and for discovering new-to-you foods from food trucks and local vendors preparing ethic eats.

Notable farmers markets in the United States include Union Square Greenmarket in New York City; Eastern Market in Washington, D.C.; St. Paul’s Farmers Market in St. Paul, Minnesota; Green City Market in Chicago; and Pike’s Place in Seattle, as well as numerous hyper-local markets in small towns across the country just waiting to be discovered.

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