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Old 09-17-2007, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Central Coast, CA
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Sparks, NV....surprisingly enough!
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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All I know is that the answer is NOT Indianapolis. There isn't really even a city-sponsored market, there are just several in the suburbs. The only farmer's market downtown operates on Wed from 10-2. I am serious, a wednesday.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: ITP
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Dallas has the only farmer's market in the country that's open 7 days a week. It is conveniently located downtown with a DART station nearby, so you don't have to drive. If you do drive, there are two large parking lots. They hold cooking classes year round with every food specialty you can think of. They schedule events celebrating state and national holidays throughout the year.

Not only is produce sold, but there's a section dedicated to butchers, seafood, and other specialty food items. The local butchers will happily cut it your way.

The artison section contains local furniture makers, jewelry makers, artisans, etc. The furniture maker is a local family that will take custom orders.

My favorite is the Nursery section. Every one of them has very knowledgeable staff to help you landscape your yard.

El Mercado Cocina Mexicana Restaurant is on the grounds to satisfy your tex-mex craving.

I can spend hours there. Here's the link to their website:
Dallas Farmers Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market in Decatur, outside of Atlanta, is opened 7 days a week, 9am-9pm and is one of the best farmers' markets that I've ever seen.
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Old 09-17-2007, 03:13 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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God ajf131, of course Soulard Market is still there. I would think it's the oldest market west of the Mississippi not Pike's in Seattle. Soulard has produce, meat, cheese, spice shops, floral stalls and more. It's open 7 days a week. While many of the stalls are selling goods grown locally, there are still ones selling oranges, bananas, etc that come from a box car north of downtown. Produce row is a huge place where much of the produce comes into STL. I'm sure other cities have terminals like this. (go there at 3:am, it's facinating) Most of the large farmer's markets are retail establishments hiding behind the fresh produce facade. The days of a farmer bringing his goods into the citiy to sell at a market are close to gone. Pike's and many other markets look like a carnival.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: yeah
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The produce at the San Jose Flea Market is great being that we're so close to the San Joaquin and Salinas Valleys.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Seattle metro
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It's no contest. Pike's Market it Seattle. Nothing matches it for size or variety. Too many distinguishing features to list. It even has the first Starbuck's.

The question should be - aside from Pike's Market, what's the best farmers' market in the country?

My vote is for Union Square Greenmarket in NYC (as seen in You've Got Mail, among other movies) - remarkable variety, open year round, and only other market, that I know of, that is also US national landmark.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:30 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Asheville North Carolina, best apples I ever tasted.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:58 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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God ajf131, of course Soulard Market is still there. I would think it's the oldest market west of the Mississippi not Pike's in Seattle. Soulard has produce, meat, cheese, spice shops, floral stalls and more. It's open 7 days a week. While many of the stalls are selling goods grown locally, there are still ones selling oranges, bananas, etc that come from a box car north of downtown. Produce row is a huge place where much of the produce comes into STL. I'm sure other cities have terminals like this. (go there at 3:am, it's facinating) Most of the large farmer's markets are retail establishments hiding behind the fresh produce facade. The days of a farmer bringing his goods into the citiy to sell at a market are close to gone. Pike's and many other markets look like a carnival.
Ok, ok.....i've never really investigated it..only seen sign for the historic Soulard Farmer's Market along I-55 south of Downtown. That lead me to believe the actual market was no longer in existence.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:35 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Didn't mean to come on too strong ajf131. Go to the market any Saturday morning. You'll enjoy the urban experience.

The thread was asking about farmer's markets not tourist attraction/festival market places like Pike's. At least that's how I remember Pike's. But...not that there is anything wrong with that. I would like to see Soulard market become more like Pike's.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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While they can't compete with large farmers' markets, Brattleboro, VT, and Greenfield, MA, among others, have great small but thoroughly delightful markets with fresh local produce, good local eats, and great woven wear.
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