Summer produce is beginning to show up in farmers’ markets across the south, and as someone who enjoys cooking at home, I am delighted! Visiting farmers’ markets on lazy Saturday mornings is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year. It’s such a thrill to see all of the fresh, colorful offerings and imagine the possibilities for dinner that night and throughout the week. Our summer issue of Southern Cast Iron outlined a few of the best farmers’ markets in the south, and I thought I’d share them with you. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit one or more of them during your summer travels. Enjoy!
From Southern Cast Iron Summer 2016:
Offering the very best of what the local area has to offer, farmers’ markets dot the sides of roads and centers of parking lots all across the South. At the height of summer, they’re popping up like mushrooms, so chances are you’ll find one near you. Here are a few of our favorites:
Crescent City Farmers Market
New Orleans, Louisiana
It’s fitting that one of the country’s most flavorful cities boasts one of the most flavor-filled farmers’ markets. Vendors sell some of the best and most unusual products from the Gulf Coast region, from fresh-caught shrimp and Creole tomatoes to goat chops and jerky.
Pepper Place Saturday Market
Surrounded by restaurants, shops, and designers’ studios, there is plenty to do and see at this market. With nearly 8,000 patrons at peak season, word has definitely spread about this Southern gem.
Carrboro Farmers Market
Carrboro, North Carolina
Striking just the right balance, Carrboro is large enough to offer plenty of volume and variety but small enough to ensure that all products are local, with everything coming from within 50 miles of the city.
Sustainable Food Center Downtown Farmers Market
We wouldn’t expect anything less than a Texas-sized market for one of the state’s livliest food cities. With four locations around Austin, the Sustainable Food Center’s core mission is to connect the community with their local farmers and promote healthy and local eating.
This bustling market offers up a lot more than just fresh produce. With a different theme every week, the Chattanooga Market has live music, food vendors, and craft stalls lining its open pavilion.
Where is your favorite farmers’ market?