America's Top Farmer's Markets: Five More Favorites
Boulder County Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO
Sat., 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Wed., 4:00to 8:00 p.m., on Thirteenth Street next to Central Park | boulderfarmers.org
What now bills itself as "the largest andfriendliest farmers market in Colorado" began as sporadic events on the courthouse steps until 1986 when local farmers bandedtogether to lobby the city for a place to sell directly to consumers. Look for Morton's Orchards, which manages to have organicpeaches all summer as well as delightful cherries and apricots in the heat of July. Stop by Divine Farmer Herbals for an herbsalad or home remedies. Capital City Farmers' Market, Montpelier, VT Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 60 State Street |localharvest.org With just 40 very-local vendors, this is the essence of the old-time farmers' market. Don't be in a rush:locals like to chat while picking up burstingly ripe tomatoes. In June, don't miss strawberries from Rosemary and GerardCroizet's Berry Creek Farm or Lazy Lady's cheeses: Laini Fondiller-hardly lazy-has her goats making the creamiest chèvrearound. (She's none too sentimental about those goats; ask for goat burgers from the ice chest.) Knitters should stop by TheWool Shed's booth-Barbara Tonnissen of Frostbite Falls Farm spins and dyes unbelievably soft yarn from her own sheep.Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, NMSat. & Tues., 7:00 a.m. to noon, at the DeVargasCenter parking lot; Thurs., 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Place | santafefarmersmarket.com One of the country's oldestcontinuing farmers' markets began in the late 1960s. Now with more than 100 local growers, the Santa Fe Farmers Market goes waybeyond the Southwestern cliché. Sure, there are ristras in December, smoked chiles in the summer and buffalo steaks year-roundfrom LaMont's. But get your fill of pistachios from Pistachio Tree Ranch or certified-organic beets, eggplant and spinach fromSanta Cruz Farms. Make sure you get a box of Heidi Eleftheriou's organic raspberries from nearby Corrales. Simply Homegrown, Clayton, GASat., 9:00 a.m. to noon, off the corner of Savannah & Main Streets |simplyhomegrown.net Befitting its small-town roots, Simply Homegrown in Rabun County is welcoming and slow-paced. Mostproduce is sustainably grown and comes from just three counties (Rabun and adjacent Macon and Oconee)-so it's never wilted froma long truck ride. Stock up on organic cukes and beans from the friendly people at La Gracia or get heirloom stone-ground gritsfrom Barker's Creek Mill. Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market, Tucson, AZThurs., 4:00 to 7:00p.m., Santa Cruz River Park | localharvest.org The desert blooms at this small market, one of several in the Tucson area:peaches and apricots are the hit of spring; pumpkins and corn, fall wonders. Look for heirloom tomatoes early in the season.Native medicinal herbs abound-as well as organic, adapted plants like red garlic, a strong bite for any sauté.