Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shape Magazine's list of the top 10 farmers/public markets

Poster, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market-- The list from Shape Magazine

- Los Angeles Farmers Market
- Union Square Greenmarket, New York City
- Pike Place Market, Seattle
- Charleston Farmers Market, Charleston, SC
- Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston
- Portland Farmers Market, Portland, Oregon
- Eastern Market, DC
- Sweet Auburn Market, Atlanta
- Green City Market, Chicago
- Ferry Market Plaza, San Francisco

I've been to 6 of the 10.  And I haven't been to some of the great ones in Southern California like in Santa Monica or Hollywood.

I have been to some excellent markets that ought to be on a list of the top 10, unless the four I've missed are truly fabulous.

The Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market on Saturday is stupendous (as is the market on the list in Portland, Oregon).  I would argue that the DSLC market is better than Union Square's (but so is Portland's).

Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia is one of the nation's better public market buildings--better than Eastern Market, no question, and different but as good or better than the Los Angeles Farmers Market--although this market is part open-air, which gives it some advantages.

In Southern California, regular "average" farmers markets tend to be better than most of the markets in the DC-Maryland region, although there are some great outdoor farmers markets in Baltimore--the market buildings in the city are cool, but not all that great in terms of being fabulous markets.

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At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC's old Center Market blew away all of these and was the largest in the entire country until it was wasted in the early 30's

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

... that was the pre-supermarket era, which did make a difference.


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