Thursday, July 17, 2008

What are the best farmers' markets?

Eating Well has published its list of the best farmers' markets in the country. While I wish they shared details about them, it's a starting point for singling out great stops when you're traveling or simply doing your weekly shopping.

Personally, I can vouch for two: the Lawrence Farmers' Market in Lawrence, Kan., and Trader's Point Creamery in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville.

The Lawrence Market I frequented as a broke college student at the University of Kansas in the early 90s, back in the day when people asked quizzically, "What's a farmer's market?" I remember roaming the stands of produce, soaps and quirky homemade goods that were so prevalent in the then-bohemian college town.

The market is the oldest in the state, dating back to 1976, and has exploded to more than 80 members. I'm just a decade too late!

Trader's Point, affectionately known in our home as the "horse farmer's market," is an all-organic market held at the dairy form just northwest of I-465 and 86th Street in Indianapolis. I love that it's year-round and provides a great variety of goods, from sausages to salsas, from bouquets to breads, from coffees to cleaning products. It's a great treat for us to attend, though it usually requires a trip to the dairy bar for a chocolate or mango milkshake.

What do you think? Do you agree with the list? Are there others that warrant a mention?


Anonymous said...

I agree with Boulder, CO being on the list as well as Bloomington, IN. Both are great!

Robbie said...

Is the Bloomington market worth the drive if you didn't live there? I've been curious.