Culture: Food – Fresh Farmers Markets of the West Coast
Whenever I travel, I always seek out the local farmers market. It’s the perfect place to not only pick up a snack or bite to eat, but also a great way to enjoy the local culture. It’s amazing how at each locale, you’ll instantly get a sense of not only the types of foods that are grown in this region, but also can see what is trendy in that city – from specialty foods, crafts and more. Here is a few popular Farmers Markets on the West Coast of the United States– each with their own flavor and all worth a visit.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market – San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has been bringing fresh produce and goods to the community for over 20 years. Their mission is to provide a sustainable food system to the urban dwellers. Set in the picturesque location outside the historic San Francisco Ferry Building and next to the bustling Bay, seasonal produce, flowers, and culinary foods attract locals and tourists alike.
Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market Website – location and hours
Santa Monica Farmers Market – Santa Monica, California
Over 30 years ago, the Santa Monica Farmers Market opened to serve the local community by providing high quality produce at a reasonable price to the residents. This market was an instant success and has now grown to one of the largest and most diverse farmers market in the nation. Locals to celebrity chefs are weekly regulars finding fresh California seasonal produce all year round.
Santa Monica Farmers Market Website – location and hours
Portland Farmers Market – Portland, Oregon
With 7 locations throughout the city, Portland’s thriving farmers market combines local food growers and producers with the health conscious and vibrant Oregon community. Along with farm fresh produce, the market also offers plenty of other locally grown and cooked items including flowers, bakery goods, meats, seafood, and cheeses.
Portland Farmers Market – locations and hours
Pike Place Farmers Market – Seattle, Washington
Open 7 days a week, 362 days a year, Pike Place Farmers Market has been providing locally grown produce and products to the Seattle community and tourists for over 100 years. Throughout the year, local farmers sell seasonal specialties such as Washington-grown fresh fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, herbs, flowers, honey and much more.
Pike Place Farmers Market – locations and hours