6 Indoor Farmer’s Markets You Have to Visit

Los Angeles Central Market (Source: iStock / SamyStClair)

Wintertime is tough. Come cold weather, we enjoy bundling inside until, well, we realize that the warming joys of summer are months away. Fortunately, farmer’s markets across the country have given us something to look forward to in the dark corners of the year: They’ve moved indoors so we can shop fresh, local, and independent year-round. To prime your winter shopping, we’ve rounded up six of the top indoor farmer’s markets of 2019. Enjoy!

Lancaster Central Market (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Food stalls at the Lancaster Central Market (Source: Shutterstock / George Sheldon)
Food stalls at the Lancaster Central Market (Source: Shutterstock / George Sheldon)

This Pennsylvania landmark boasts more than crates of fresh peaches and mounds of greens; it’s also a fixture of U.S. history. Operating continuously since 1730, the Lancaster Central Market features 60-some vendors hawking local harvests alongside meat, cheese, poultry, and homemade crafts. Did we mention it’s all indoors? No reason not to drop by during the winter; stalls attended by Barr’s Farm, Italian culinary specialist Deli Grassi, the Dozo ramen shop, and seafood connoisseur JB Kelly will all be buzzing, regardless of the weather. If you drop by around breakfast, be sure to get an açai and oatmeal bowl from Oola Bowls coupled with a coffee rich as Croesus from the region’s own Lancaster County Coffee Roasters.

Where: 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

When: Tuesday and Friday 6 am – 4 pm; Saturday 6 am – 2 pm

Don’t miss: A jar of Jacob’s Southern Classic BBQ Sauce from Amish Family Recipes

More: centrallancastermarket.com

 

Logan Square Farmer’s Market (Chicago, Illinois)

Onions tempt from farmer's market bins (Source: Shutterstock / In This Instance)
Onions tempt from farmer’s market bins (Source: Shutterstock / In This Instance)

Midwesterners know that the Chicagoland area boasts incredible harvests. They also know that it endures bitterly cold, ruthless winters. What they may not know is that below-zero temps and feet of snow don’t deter farmers. In fact, the city’s own Logan Square Farmer’s Market runs Sundays from November 3 to March 29, featuring 40-some vendors like Earth First Organic Farms, Golden Rise Bakery, Ipsento Coffee, and Mushyface Cookie, Co. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the market’s commitment to building a sustainable, inclusive food system. Central to its charter is the ethos of community support, lived out through the acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) checks (food stamps). Is it any wonder the market was dubbed “Best Farmer’s Market in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine in 2016?

Where: Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 North Milwaukee at Fullerton

When: Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Don’t miss: Feed Your Head‘s Vegan Gyro

More: logansquarefarmersmarket.org

 

Ferry Building Market (San Francisco, California)

The bustling Ferry Market Plaza Farmer's Market (Source: Shutterstock / Sheila Fitzgerald)
The bustling Ferry Market Plaza Farmer’s Market (Source: Shutterstock / Sheila Fitzgerald)

This one is a gimme. Everyone knows of the famed Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, but how many have enjoyed its bounty indoors when chilly rain blankets the city? A city mainstay since 1993, the FPM is actually two marketplaces in one: the warm-months plaza market and the separate conglomerate of retail entities inside the Ferry Building. Many of the shops inside started as stands in the Plaza Farmer’s Market, however, so there’s a great deal of synergy between the two. While the actual vendors change week to week at the indoor market (check the website below for up-to-date info), you’ll find Bay Area favorites regularly in attendance, including Root Down Farms, McGinnis Ranch, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Downtown Bakery, and Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, among many others.

Where: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

When: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 2 pm; Saturday 8 am – 2 pm

Don’t miss: The magically meaty Porchetta Sandwich and Brussels sprouts roasted in chicken drippings from Roli Roti

More: cuesa.org

 

Dane County Farmer’s Market (Madison, Wisconsin)

The Dane County Farmer's Market (Source: Shutterstock / JR Frando)
The Dane County Farmer’s Market (Source: Shutterstock / JR Frando)

If there’s one location in the U.S. that can’t shrug off the late-year frost, it’s Wisconsin. Fortunately for us (and for Madisonians), the über-popular Dane County Farmer’s Market continues without pause through the winter months, housed in the rustic (but warm) Garver Feed Mill. Expect a healthy cross-section of the market’s 275 members dotting the interior, including the likes of Driftless Organics, Cress Spring Bakery, Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin, and Pilgrim’s Pantry. An added bonus: The market’s website features weekly recipes that make the most of the ingredients and food on offer.

Where: Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green, Madison

When: Saturday 8 am – 12 pm

Don’t miss: The special holiday market at Monona Terrace with seasonal eats (November 23 – December 21)

More: dcmf.org

 

Pike Place Market (Seattle, Washington)

Pike Place Market at night (Source: Shutterstock / MCarter)
Pike Place Market at night (Source: Shutterstock / MCarter)

We’d say it never snows in Washington, but recent winters have proved otherwise. Regardless, the famously constant rain will quickly kick you indoors — and where better to while away a weekend than at Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle? The best part about this market is that it’s become more of a community gathering space than merely a transactional hub. Fondue parties convene in odd cheese stores; comedy shows roll in alleyways; and impromptu cooking demos draw crowds of every stripe. Whatever you do, start with a Pike Place Biscuit from Honest Biscuits, grab some German sausages from Lind’s Meats, peruse the produce from organic-certified Growing Washington Farm, and grab a bouquet of flowers from Bee Cha Garden for a loved one. For more on Pikes Place Market, see our recent profile article here.

Where: First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle

When: Monday-Thursday 10 am – 6 pm; Friday-Sunday 10 am – 6:30 pm

Don’t miss: The crispy-addictive French fries from Maximilien Restaurant, just a block up

More: pikeplacemarket.org

 

Farmer’s Market of Grapevine (Grapevine, Texas)

Fresh tomatoes on display (Source: Shutterstock / Trong Nguyen)
Fresh tomatoes on display (Source: Shutterstock / Trong Nguyen)

Texas is big, and its commitment to fresh fare even bigger. So runs the unspoken tagline of the Farmer’s Market of Grapevine where dozens of crafty producers, farmers, and purveyors line the walls of a cozy brick building in the heart of downtown. Family farms are common here — producing sweet corn, squash, eggplant, onions, and dozens of other veggies — while culinarians wow passers-by with the scents of freshly made tamales, breads, pastries, and sweet, sweet candy. If you get hungry as you peruse, be sure to grab some homemade chips and salsa — always on offer from a multitude of vendors.

Where: 520 South Main Street, Grapevine

When: Monday-Saturday 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday 9 am – 6 pm

Don’t miss: A heaping helping of Cajun Cheddar Kettle Corn from The Kettle Corn Company

More: farmersmarketofgrapevine.com

Finally, if you find yourself up north and still have a hankering for indoor farmer’s markets, check out Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market. You can learn more about it here.