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2011 10 Best Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are coming back in a big way. Maybe it's the popularity of cooking shows or a growing trend toward sustainability, but more and more people are seeking out the fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce that can be found in local farmers markets. Sustainability and the availability of local food are some of the key factors in the livability of a region. That's why our editors have dug in to unearth some of the best farmers markets from around the country.

Whether you're a locavore who already knows the importance and environmental impact of buying locally or just someone who loves fresh food, it's time to satiate your appetite for info about farmers markets.

Ranking Criteria
Large offering of food
Community supported agriculture
Organic choices
  • 10

    Tucson , AZ

    Population: 528,374
    Greg Emens

    Tucson, AZ, serves up the best of its farmers' fare at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. Recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of “America's Top 10 Farmers Markets,” the market features farmer staples like fresh fruits and produce, as well as baked goods, flowers and canned goods. But the River Market goes above and beyond to benefit low-income families by accepting food stamp benefits as payment. The market also plays host to various events like Earth Day Sonoran Supermarket, which seeks to educate community members about healthy foods that grow in the Sonora Desert, and Eggstravaganza, an event that teaches attendees about the benefits of raising their own chickens.

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