America's Best Farmers' Markets
Portland Farmers’ Market, Portland, ME
The Spread: The 30-odd growers and producers who gather on Saturdays in downtown Portland’s Deering Oaks Park are carrying on a tradition that goes back more than two centuries (the city’s first farmers’ market opened in 1768). Today, foodies come for the wide array of organically grown vegetables, especially hydroponic greens and European cucumbers in spring and heirloom beets, Striped German tomatoes, and napa cabbage in early summer. Late summer also brings a luscious array of fruit, including gold flower watermelons, butterscotch melons, and—of course—Maine blueberries.
Most Unusual Find: Lacto-fermented foods (made without sugar or vinegar) from Thirty Acre Farm in nearby Whitefield—including red-cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, dill pickles, and gingered carrots.