If you are looking for some of the best fresh markets in the country.
Then you need not look any further than the Midwest. There are hundreds of markets that feature locally grown produce, regional honey, organic fruits and vegetables and handmade crafts and clothing. Here are a few markets to check out on your travels.
West Side Market: Cleveland
This year-round market has been in operations for 95 years. It started out as an open-air marketplace on a bit of land donated by two Ohio City landowners. Through the years and it has undergone much growth and has been through a bevy of improvements. The yellow brick market house that houses the indoor market was designed by architects Benjamin Hubbel and W. Dominick Benes, who also designed the Cleveland Museum of Art. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors and features both indoor and outdoor stalls that sell anything from fresh-made pies and cakes to fresh meats, dairy, and flowers.
Urbana’s Market at the Square: Illinois
There are close to 170 registered vendors who show up each week to sell their wares. The market is open from 7am to 12 pm on Saturdays, May-November and closed during the winter months. Thousands of residents and visitors have come to this market since 1979 when it first appeared in downtown Urbana. There is a wide range of vendors who sell everything from fresh produce and flowers to jewelry and hand-dyed batik clothing.
Lansing City Market: Michigan
The Lansing City Market is known to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience to residents and visitors. Established in the early 1900s the market is home to more than a dozen merchants with a wide range of offerings. Guests can expect to find anything from craft beer, wine, artisan cheese and organic meat to natural health care products and a full-service bar and grill. On Wednesdays, senior citizens receive special deals from participating merchants. The market also has special discounts available on Tuesdays for students of the Michigan State University and other local colleges.
There are many more markets to be discovered across the U.S. Check them out and help support the local farmers and artisans as you head out on the road this summer.