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10 Of The Best Unexpected Farmers Markets In The U.S.

Sunday, August 2, kicks off National Farmers Market Week, and what better way to celebrate than to discover unexpected farmers markets happening across the U.S.? While there are plenty of great markets in big cities, there are small-town markets everywhere showcasing their own flair and flavor! Here are 10 farmers markets you may end up adding to your next road trip!

Mapleton Farmers Market in Mapleton, Utah

Locals and visitors flock to Utah’s Mapleton Farmers Market on Monday evenings in the summer to browse food truck menus, shop a wide selection of items like local produce, fresh bread, and succulents, and to enjoy free entertainment like open mic nights. Mapleton is located in the foothills of Utah’s Maple Mountains and offers breathtaking views.

Photo Courtesy of Mapleton Farmers Market

Brigantine Farmers Market in Brigantine, New Jersey

Brigantine Farmers Market is nestled in the charming coastal city of Brigantine–just Northeast of Atlantic City. Brigantine’s beaches attract many tourists, and on Saturday mornings until Noon, so does Brigantine Farmers Market. The market offers fresh produce and prepared foods, as well as live music and fun activities like cooking demos, contests, and crafts. This farmers market has an eco-friendly policy of no single-use plastic bags, straws or spoons.

Photo Courtesy of Brigantine Farmers Market

Minot Farmers Market Minot, North Dakota

Minot is known for its rich aviation history, and its farmers market soars to great heights. Held in Minot’s Oak Park, the market has operated for over 50 years and, apart from offering lots of fresh produce, it features unique products like lefse–a traditional Norweigan flatbread and soy candles.

Soda City Market in Columbia, South Carolina

Apart from its quirky name–a spinoff of Columbia’s “Cola” nickname, Soda City Market is fizzing with excitement. The event is “inspired by traditional European street markets,” and features over 150 producer-only (products must be made or grown by sellers) vendors on Saturdays yearlong, rain or shine. Vendors and food trucks line Columbia’s Main Street selling everything from Thai street food, paella, Belgian waffles, kombucha, and olive oils to handmade art. 

Photo Courtesy of Olivia Pope, Business Manager, Soda City Market

Bentonville Farmers Market in Bentonville, Arkansas

If Bentonville sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the birthplace and headquarters of Walmart. But the town is also home to the Bentonville Farmers Market which is packed with vendors every Saturday morning, April through October. At the market, you can find items like farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and handmade art and jewelry. The market is pet-friendly and even holds a dog-themed market once a year. Additionally, Bentonville Farmers Market offers two apps that allow market-goers to browse vendors and order ahead for pick up!

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Marpe, Market Manager, Downtown Bentonville, Inc.

Emmett Farmers Market in Emmett, Idaho

Emmett, also known as “The Valley of Plenty” has a population of about 7,000. Though its population may be small, Emmett’s farmers market is anything but. Situated in Blaser Park, the farmers market features vendors who sell items like goat’s milk, soaps, woodwork, and crafts. Visitors will also find unique handmade jewelry, polished rocks, jams, and baked goods.

Photo Courtesy of Mary Knight, Market Manager, Emmett Farmers Market

Denton Community Market in Denton, Texas

Located on the outskirts of Dallas-Fort Worth, Denton Community Market is a producer-only farmers market. The market features live music, nearly 100 vendors selling fresh goods, food trucks, and locally roasted coffee options that people are crazy about!

Photo Courtesy of Denton Community Market

Green Dragon Farmers Market in Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Every Friday from morning until night, Ephrata’s Green Dragon Farmers Market draws large crowds to its 60-acre site. Located in the center of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, Green Dragon is “one of the largest Amish markets on the East Coast,” serving visitors since 1932. Seven buildings house a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh meats, pickles, and wine to Amish furniture. For those unable to visit, Green Dragon offers a virtual tour on its website.

Wasilla Farmers Market in Wasilla, Alaska

Sponsored by the town’s Wasilla Knik Historical Society, the Wasilla Farmers Market is an Alaskan gem. Wednesday mornings through afternoons, local farmers, bakers, and gardeners, gather to sell fresh produce, bread, and flower arrangements. The market also features stunning Alaskan made wood artwork and pottery–perfect for gifts and keepsakes.

Photo Courtesy of Wasilla Knik Historical Society

Neosho Farmers Market in Neosho, Missouri

Neosho comes from the Native American word for clear water, and the quaint Missouri town’s farmers market is clearly one you shouldn’t miss! Open Saturday mornings, May through October, the Neosho Farmers Market greets its visitors in historic downtown Neosho with producer-only vendors selling everything from local garden produce and eggs to homemade baked goods and local honey. Market-goers can also watch and participate in craft-making demonstrations while enjoying live, local music.

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