When I’m not writing, I manage a farmers market in Louisville, KY. I have to say that we have the best market in town. We focus on local products, including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, flowers, and even goat milk soap. I got into this line of work because I’m interested in sustainability of all kinds, including those related to the economy and farming. When I’m not at home, though, I often have problems finding fresh, locally grown food. Farmers markets get a lot of publicity in their home towns, but travelers rarely know where to find the region’s best foods.
The America’s Favorite Farmers Market website is making it easier for you to find the best markets wherever you go. That way you can experience everything about the regions you travel to, including the foods that are grown locally.
The site lists the top five markets by state. Just click on the state that you’re visiting, and the website will tell you the top five markets in the area. You can also vote for your favorite farmers markets. Doing so helps ensure that the best markets are represented on each list, which means travelers can help each other identify places to pick up healthy foods and other products no matter where they go.
Note, however, that markets have to sign up to be included in the top five lists. If your favorite market isn’t on the website, then talk to the market’s manager about signing up. It only takes a couple minutes and it lets people all over the country know where they’ll find the best local flavors.
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