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    Memphis Farmer's Market Makes #7 on List of 101 Best Farmers’ Markets in America

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    With more than 50 varieties of produce, the collection of fruits and vegetables available at the Memphis Farmers' Market "puts Whole Foods’ selection to shame," one shopper says. This market also shines in its assortment of herbs, plants, and fresh-cut flowers, as well as its meats, dairy, and artisan-made items.
     
    When It’s Open: April through October: Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     
    Street Credibility: 12,800 likes on Facebook; 5,040 followers on Twitter; 4-star rating on Yelp
     
    Click here for more information about the market.
     
     
    Dave is a dairy farmer from Alabama, and he can name every cow in his herd. Every morning at 4 a.m., Dave milks his cows for two hours. At 6 a.m., he feeds them, and then spends an hour cleaning the barns they live in. At 10 a.m., he drives out in his tractor to fertilize the fields with manure. Around 2 p.m., the calves have to be fed. Before his day is over, Dave helps the female cows birth calves right around midnight. All the while during his busy day, Dave’s making sure that his cows are comfortable and happy so that that they produce the best-quality dairy products, which he will then sell at the local farmers’ market.
     
    Click here to see the 101 Best Farmers’ Markets (Slideshow)
     
    Dave is one of the many farmers and producers that we rely on for fresh, locally grown and locally produced food that we buy at our community farmers’ markets. We love our farmers' markets. They provide us the best of the best-quality foods that are free of pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. And the best part is the food sold there is made by farmers and producers who love what they do and do it with a smile.
     
    As more farmland is bulldozed and lost to urbanization, though, farmers’ markets are threatened, and we are at risk of losing our fresh, locally sourced food if local farmers can’t financially support their farms. To raise awareness of the loss of farmland and the threat it presents, the American Farmland Trust started the initiative I Love My Farmers Market Celebration to highlight the role that farmers play in our food system. Through the initiative, consumers can support their local farmers’ market by pledging to spend $10 at the next market, and the farmers’ markets with the most pledges will be nationally recognized.
     
    Farmers’ markets are a place where the community comes together to support each other and the sustainable practices farmers use to produce. Farmers are the backbones of our food supply, and we love meeting and getting to know the people who grow what we eat at our local farmers’ market.
     
     
    Slideshow: 101 Best Farmers' Markets In America (Slideshow)
    There are plenty of qualities that we value in a good farmers’ market. Some important ones to consider are the quality and variety of products sold, how affordable products are, what kind of public endorsement and recognition the farmers’ market receives, where it’s located, and how often it’s open. We also value the atmosphere we experience at the market, how friendly and helpful the vendors are, and what kind of information is made available to us about the market and its vendors.
     
    Since we love farmers’ markets so much, we wanted to know which were the best in the country. To do this, we ranked the best farmers’ markets in each state based on three main criteria that we think are the most important qualities a farmers’ market should have: "What’s at the Market," "Street Credibility," and "When It’s Open."
     
    "What’s at the Market" considers the quality, number, and variety of products sold at the market, and the availability of each vendor’s background information. Because our peers’ opinions are always important, "Street Credibility" looks at what people are saying about the market, what kind of fan base it has on Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp, and any awards or recognition it’s been given. And finally, "When It’s Open," takes into account how often the market is open weekly and year-round.
     
    While ranking, we found out some very interesting facts about farmers’ markets around the country. For example, not only do many farmers' markets on our list stay open all year long, but some, like Seattle’s Pike Place Farmers’ Market and Hawaii’s Hilo Farmers’ Market, are open 365 days a year. And did you know some of the best farmers’ markets are those that have been around for more than 100 years, including Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Central Market — which claims to be the county’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market for more than 275 years. Another finding was that some states like Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming have a very small number of farmers’ markets. And other states, like New Jersey and Kentucky have plenty of farmers’ markets, but those markets didn’t come close to qualifying as the best of the best.
     
    Take a look at the rankings to see how your favorite farmers’ market fared, and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.
     
    #101: Tuesday Farmers' Market (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
    #100: Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market (Bradenton, Fla.)
    #99: Greenfield Farmers’ Market (Greenfield, Mass.)
    #98: Waverly Farmers’ Market (Waverly, N.C.)
    #97: Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market (Lincoln, Neb.)
    #96: Saturday Farmers' Market (Newport, Ore.)
    #95: City of Loveland Farmers’ Market (Loveland, Colo.)
    #94: Bonners Ferry Farmers’ Market (Bonners Ferry, Idaho)
    #93: Pakatakan Farmers’ Market (Halcottsville, N.Y.)
    #92: Zion Farmers’ Market (Zion, Ill.)
    #91: Bel Air Farmers' Market (Bel Air, Md.)
    #90: Historic Downtown Gainesville Market (Gainesville, Ga.)
    #89: Sequim Open Aire Market (Sequim, Wash.)
    #88: Homer Farmers’ Market (Homer, Alaska)
    #87: Newport Farmers' Market (Newport, N.H.)
    #86: Mendocino Farmers’ Market (Mendocino, Calif.)
    #85: Carousel Sunday Market and Festival (Missoula, Mont.)
    #84: Bayview Farmers’ Market (Whidbey Island, Wash.)
    #83: Keystone Heights Farmers’ Market (Keystone Heights, Fla.)
    #82: Waitsfield Farmers’ Market (Waitsfield, Vt.)
    #81: Cape Ann Farmers’ Market (Cape Ann, Mass.)
    #80: The Land of Goshen Community Market (Edwardsville, Ill.)
    #79: Cane River Green Market (Natchitoches, La.)
    #78: Lebanon Farmers' Market (Lebanon, N.H.)
    #77: Smithfield Farmers’ Market (Smithfield, Va.)
    #76: Market on Central (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
    #75: Frisco Farmers’ Market (Frisco, Texas)
    #74: Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers’ Market (Hot Springs, Ark.)
    #73: Statesboro Main Street Farmers’ Market (Statesboro, Ga.)
    #72: Shady Grove Farmers' Market (Rockville, Md.)
    #71: Olympia Farmers’ Market (Olympia, Wash.)
    #70: Middlebury Farmers' Market (Middlebury, Vt.)
    #69: Cheverly Community Market (Cheverly, Md.)
    #68: Walloomsac Farmers’ Market (Bennington, Vt.)
    #67: Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market (Rehoboth Beach, Del.)
    #66: Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market (Lewes, Del.)
    #65: Flagler Beach Farmers’ Market (Flagler Beach, Fla.)
    #64: Vail Farmers’ Market (Vail, Colo.)
    #63: Port Orchard Farmers’ Market (Port Orchard, Wash.)
    #62: Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market (Bainbridge, Wash.)
    #61: Oneida County Public Market (Utica, N.Y.)
    #60: Downtown Topeka Farmers’ Market (Topeka, Kan.)
    #59: Gresham Farmers' Market (Gresham, Ore.)
    #58: Prescott Farmers’ Market (Prescott, Ariz.)
    #57: Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market (Gulfport, Fla.)
    #56: Delcambre Seafood & Farmers’ Market ( Delcambre, La.)
    #55: The Agricenter's Farmers’ Market (Memphis, Tenn.)
    #54: Boyne City Farmers’ Market (Boyne, Mich.)
    #53: Willits Farmers' Market (Willits, Calif.)
    #52: Milwaukie Sunday Farmers’ Market (Milwaukie, Ore.)
    #51: Delmar Farmers’ Market (Delmar, N.Y.)
    #50: Brattleboro Farmers' Market (Brattleboro, Vt.)
    #49: Colorado Farm and Art Market, (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
    #48: Fulton Farmers’ Market (Minneapolis)
    #47: Jefferson County Farmers’ Market (Jefferson County, Wash.)
    #46: Farmers’ Market Annex (Minneapolis)
    #45: Ukiah Farmers' Market (Ukiah, Calif.)
    #44: Oshkosh Saturday Farmers’ Market (Oshkosh, Wis.)
    #43: Amherst Farmers' Market (Amherst, Mass.)
    #42: 32nd St. Farmers’ Market (Baltimore)
    #41: Ala Moana Farmers' Market (Honolulu)
    #40: Northeast Farmers’ Market (Minneapolis)
    #39: Capital City Public Market (Boise, Idaho)
    #38: Clarksville Downtown Farmers’ Market (Clarksville, Tenn.)
    #37: North Park Farmers’ Market (San Diego, Calif.)
    #36: Woodland Park Farmers’ Market (Woodland Park, Colo.)
    #35: Aptos Farmers’ Market (Aptos, Calif.)
    #34: Local Roots Market & Café (Wooster, Ohio)
    #33: Pacific Beach Farmers' Market (Pacific Beach, Calif.)
    #32: Capital City Farmers' Market (Montpelier, Vt.)
    #31: Coventry Farmers' Market (Coventry, Conn.)
    #30: Saratoga Springs Farmers' Market (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
    #29: Kingfield Farmers' Market (Minneapolis)
    #28: Lexington Farmers’ Market (Lexington, Mass.)
    #27: Midtown Farmers' Market (Minneapolis)
    #26: Little Italy Farmers' Market (San Diego, Calif.)
    #25: Peachtree Road Farmers' Market (Atlanta)
    #24: Fresh Farm Markets (Washington, D.C.)
    #23: Flint Farmers' Market (Flint, Mich.)
    #22: Kalamazoo Farmers' Market (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
    #21: Fresh52 (Las Vegas)
    #20: Santa Fe Farmers' Market (Santa Fe, N.M.)
    #19: Vancouver Farmers' Market (Vancouver, Wash.)
    #18: Market Square Farmers' Market (Knoxville, Tenn.)
    #17: SFC Farmers' Market (Austin, Texas)
    #16: Charleston Farmers' Market (Charleston, S.C.)
    #15: Farmers' Market of the Ozarks (Springfield, Mo.)
    #14: Fayetteville Farmers' Market (Fayetteville, Ark.)
    #13: Lancaster Central Market (Lancaster, Pa.)
    #12: Hope Farmers' Market (Austin, Texas)
    #11: Hilo Farmers' Market (Hilo, Hawaii)
    #10: Tacoma Farmers' Market (Tacoma, Wash.)
    #9: Ithaca Farmers' Market (Ithaca, N.Y.)
    #8: Downtown Farmers' Market (Salt Lake City)
    #7: Memphis Farmers' Market (Memphis, Tenn.)
    #6: Omaha Farmers' Market (Omaha, Neb.)
    #5: Saint Paul Farmers' Market (Saint Paul, Minn.)
    #4: Phoenix Public Market (Phoenix)
    #3: Green City Market (Chicago)
    #2: Downtown Farmers' Market (Des Moines, Iowa)
    #1: Pike Place Farmers' Market (Seattle)