Public markets have been around for centuries. Across the world, you’ll find flourishing marketplaces and strong indications of former ways of doing business. In the United States, these markets began to decline after World War II with the advent of the supermarket and convenience stores, like 7-Eleven. However, some U.S. cities still have their old markets, like the Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Washington or the original farmers market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles, California.
In the 1970s and 1980s, cities and towns began to re-establish farmers markets nationwide. These markets are still a place where local farmers come together to sell produce directly to consumers, usually displayed on collapsible tables and under a 10 x 10 canopy. Although some markets include fish, meat, and dairy products, most only display fresh fruits and vegetables, craft foods like homemade sauerkraut, and endless rows of colorful picturesque flowers.
Farmers markets serve many different functions. They’re a place for business and trade, while at the same time they foster social gathering and community activity. Their fun and festive atmosphere provides a relaxing and even entertaining place to shop and meet with friends.
If you haven’t experienced a farmers market before, drop everything and go visit one.