Nothing signals that it’s summertime quite like the proliferation of fresh fruits and vegetables you can find at the farmer’s markets that pop up once Old Man Winter takes his leave. On your travels this summer, make sure you make a stop at some of the most popular, and well-stocked markets.
Dane County Farmer’s Market, Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday on the Square is a wonderful, bustling market in Wisconsin’s capital city. The market encircles the square and the capitol building is the centerpiece. But the real stars are the vendors with their vegetables, cheeses, meats, and flowers – all grown and raised in Wisconsin. This market, which runs every Saturday (through November 10) is open from 6:45am to 1:15pm, and is reported to be the largest producer-only market of its kind in the country. There is also a smaller market on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 1:45pm that is run nearby. For more information, including recipes of the week and listings of products available at the market visit dcfm.org. Blackhawk RV Campground is about 46 miles from Madison.
Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Dating back to 1730, this market is the oldest, continuously running farmer’s market in the country. Some of the items that can be found at the market include breads, cheeses, dairy products, ethnic foods, farm produce, meat, poultry, flowers, and pastries. The market is open to the public three days a week – Tuesdays and Fridays from 6am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 6am to 2pm. More market information can be found at centrallancastermarket.com. Circle M RV Campground is just a 15-minute drive from the market.
Newport Farmer’s Market, Newport Oregon
Started in 1978, this open-air market is open rain or shine, so says the website (newportfarmersmarket.org), because “after all, we are Oregonians.” If you’re staying at Whalers Rest RV Campground, you are less than 10 minutes from this market which features over 50 vendors selling everything from flowers to produce, plus wines, jewelry, and dog treats. This market definitely has a local focus, requiring that all vendors must grow or make the products they sell with an emphasis on local items.
San Diego Markets, San Diego, California
If you’re staying at Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground, you have your choice of farmer’s markets, because the city (which is less than 20 miles from the campground) offers three different markets on three different days of the week. On Tuesdays, there is the Pacific Beach Farmers’ Market from 2pm to 7pm that features fresh fruits and veggies, herbs, flowers and hand-crafted items. The North Park Market, held on Thursdays, is pretty popular and recently expanded their space and extended their hours (3pm to 7:30pm) so market-goers have more time to shop the pasture-raised meats, farm-fresh produce, and others items in addition to the option to enjoy some globally-inspired dining selections offered at the market as well. Saturdays brings the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market, an award-winning market with over 175 farmers and vendors selling their goods from 8am to 2pm For more information, visit sandiegomarkets.com.
Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Saratoga Springs, New York
What started out with just a few farmers over 30 years ago has grown to a twice-weekly, year-round full-blown market that features more than 50 vendors and brings hundreds of visitors to purchase some of the best local produce and products in the state. Another market with a focus on local, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market standard requires that vendors grow or produce their goods from New York’s Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington counties. The summer market runs May to October on Wednesdays (3 to 6 pm) and Saturdays (9am to 1pm) For more information on this market, which is located less than a half hour from Lake George RV Campground, visit saratogafarmersmarket.org.
More Market Info.
If you’re looking to add some farmer’s market fun to your camping experience, there are a few websites that can help you locate a farmer’s market near you.
Check out ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets or localharvest.org and remember to book your stay at Thousand Trails campgrounds today!