November 11, 2011
Farmers markets are excellent venues for checking out the culture of a region. When travelers eat the foods that nourish a place, they learn what it's like to be a native. At IgoUgo, our members understand this, which explains their penchant for reviewing great farmers markets. Our top five market tours are a plateful of culinary bliss.
- Rialto Market, Venice
A market that historians say has been selling continuously for a millenium, the Rialto Mercato is chock-full of the food that makes Italy famous. For a taste of the perfect lunch, says aerynfaerie, buy a basket and shop for a picnic.
- Kona Farmers Market, Hawaii
Tropical fruits are the heart and soul of genuine Hawaiian cuisine. In the town of Kona, on the Big Island, the selection is simply exhaustive: “Local farmers sell organic produce, tropical flowers such as anthuriums of every hue, protea, orchids, star fruit, breadfruit, papayas, bananas, sugarcane, Ka'u oranges, vine-ripened tomatoes, and mango,” says golden101.
- Amish Market Battery Park, New York
Stuck in the city? Itching for a taste of genuine countryside eats? Barbara suggests the Amish Market for a lunch that's easy on the wallet: “I'd highly suggest this location to a family wanting a simple meal that won't break the bank before (or after) seeing the attractions in the Battery Park area,” she says.
- Outdoor Farmers Market, Arles
French gastronomie is legendary, so it's fitting that farmers markets are special events in themselves. For artsnletters, the bustle solidified the charm: "Inevitably, the streets will be choked with the local folk buying their groceries and carrying them away in straw baskets," she says.
- Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, Lancaster
We'd make a two in the bush” joke, but instead we'll marvel at the offerings: “The busy stands house offerings of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, preserves, spices and candy,” says jaebirdypie. “Among the non-food items are beautiful handmade quilts, leather goods, wooden handicrafts, and fresh flowers. Visitors may watch demonstrations in woodcarving, candle dipping, and fudge making as well.”
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Posted by tdbeckwith (Thom Beckwith)