According to the Farmers Market Coalition, a farmers market is "a public and recurring assembly of farmers or their representatives, selling directly to consumers food which they have produced themselves." The explosion of the farm-to-table movement in the U.S. has led to a steadily growing number of markets – more than 8,100 registered in 2013.
USA TODAY 10Best's panel of food and travel experts narrowed down the field to their top 20, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites. The results are in and we have a winner! It was a battle of the Bs, but in the end it was the Boulder Farmers Market that beat out Burlington Farmers' Market for the top spot.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Farmers Market are as follows:
- Boulder Farmers Market - Boulder, Colo.
- Burlington Farmers’ Market - Burlington, Vt.
- Peachtree Road Farmers Market - Atlanta
- Wednesday Downtown Farmers' Market - Santa Monica, Calif.
- Dane County Farmers’ Market - Madison, Wis.
- Santa Fe Farmers Market - Santa Fe
- Ferry Plaza Farmers Market - San Francisco
- Green City Market - Chicago
- Davis Farmers Market - Davis, Calif.
- University District Neighborhood Farmers Market - Seattle
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Bernadine Prince (Farmers Market Coalition), Eric Grossman, Megy Karydes, M. Linda Lee (10Best), Akila McConnell (The Road Forks), Larry Olmsted (Great American Bites) and Kim Sunee were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of food and travel.
Additional nominees for the title of Best Farmers Market included the Charleston Farmers Market in Charleston, S.C.; Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market in Coventry, Conn.; Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans; Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market in Washington; Durham Farmers’ Market in Durham, N.C.; Eastern Market in Washington; Portland State University Farmers Market in Portland, Ore.; St. Paul Farmers' Market in St. Paul; Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta and the Union Square Greenmarket in New York.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.
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