Weekend “It” List: Hit the Farmers Market

Somehow it happened – August is here. And that means there’s no better time than now to head to the farmer’s markets to stock up on fresh (and local) fruits and veggies. With a surge in urban farmers markets across the country, you’ll have the pick of the litter (er, produce) when it comes to finding locally sourced fare.

If you’re in Boston…
Head to the SOWA Open Market on Sundays from 10AM–4PM. Whether you’re on the hunt for some prized antiques, looking to stock up on local produce, or simply want to try the city’s best new food truck, this is the best place to be on a summer weekend.

If you’re in San Francisco…
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is like a who’s who of the food scene. With hundreds of vendors and some of the best chefs in the area camping out three days a week, there’s no shortage of things to see (and eat).

If you’re in New York…
No question: you need to be at the Union Square Greenmarket. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, it leaves plenty of time for you to take a food shopping lunch break, or snag your groceries over the weekend. My favorite part? The cooking demonstrations. What could be better than watching someone else cook while you shop?

If you’re in Seattle…
Okay, I know Pike Place Market is around all the time, but this might be the best time of year to frequent the market. All through the summer (until September 30), local farmers hawk their wares on the cobblestone streets so you can take advantage of the season’s best fruits and veggies.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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August 3, 2012