If you’re completing the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP, chances are, you’ve thought about doing the whole30. The whole30 is a revamp of your diet that focuses on giving your body all of the nutrients it needs + less of the sugary + processed stuff it doesn’t. It sounds difficult + it is difficult. BUT, we know how to make the transition a little easier: farmers markets! The key to healthy eating is having fresh ingredients + there’s nothing more fresh than your local farmers market. Markets across the country offer vegetables + fruit + meat fit for a CHAARG girl.
Now, we have a little surprise for ya — in each of the cities that will be hosting a meet-up for the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP, we found a stellar farmers market for you to explore + check out the #EEEEEATS! Our challenge for you is to talk to the vendors, ask what his or her favorite produce is + how they like to cook it. Then, snap a photo + share with us on insta! : )
ANN ARBOR // ANN ARBOR FARMERS MARKET
Oh baby, baby. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market has been open for 95 years, meaning it knows good food. It’s open from 7 AM to 3 PM Wednesdays + Saturdays, as well as 4-8 PM on Wednesdays. The market also has live music you can dance to as you find the perfect zucchini for tonight’s dinner. #win // Check out the Ann Arbor Farmers Market here.
BATON ROUGE // RED STICK FARMERS MARKET
The Red Stick is all about connecting the urban CHAARG girl with local farmers. To make it even better, it operates out of multiple locations near downtown Baton Rouge, so no matter where you are coming from, you’re likely to be able to pick up some fresh food on the way home. Speaking of fresh, you can check out its site for weekly info on what’s in season. This weekend? Corn-and-Squash-tastic Saturday. // Check out the Red Stick Farmers Market here.
CHICAGO // DALEY PLAZA MARKET
Chicago is a mecca for farmers markets. You could travel around the city each day + find a farmers market open for business, but our favorite is the Daley Plaza Market. It’s the longest running market in Chicago + for good reason! Only downside is it’s only open one day a week — Thursday from 3 to 7 PM. // Check out the Daley Plaza Market here.
CINCINNATI // FINDLAY MARKET
We can’t get over the Findlay Market in Cincinnati — mainly because its website is out of this world. It gives you an interactive map of what vendors you can expect at the market each day + where they’ll be in the market. No, really. It’s true. If you haven’t found a favorite vendor yet, each vendor has his or her own page detailing what kind of food you can expect [ps// there is a wine vendor… just throwing that out there ; )]. // Check out Findlay Market here.
CLEVELAND // WEST SIDE MARKET
OK. So this *might* be pushing it in terms of traditional farmers markets, but if you’re in CLE, you cannot miss the West Side Market. It’s here year-round + offers some of the freshest, best-tasting food in NE Ohio. Even the stars like to stop by when they come to visit… Food Network star Alton Brown, USA Women’s Hockey teammate Kelli Stack…. just to name a few. // Check out West Side Market here.
COLUMBUS // NORTH MARKET
The North Market is one of Central Ohio’s largest + oldest markets. Vendors refer to themselves as “fabulous foodies” + “persnickety purveyors” who pride themselves on ensuring you get the freshest food in Columbus! Added bonus: They want you to ask them questions about their food + what you can pair it with to make a knock-your-socks-off, whole30-approved meal. Who better to ask than the people who grew the produce? // Check out North Market here.
DC // EASTERN MARKET
Voted one of DC’s best summer spots by Zagat, the Eastern Market offers both farm-fresh food + handmade crafts. What’s great about Eastern Market is that it’s a hub for community events — so it possesses its own sort of *swag* that other markets in the area don’t have. This comes from 136 years of keeping locals full + happy with the freshest ingredients you can find on Capitol Hill. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see Obama + you can get him in a “I Like My Girls #inCHAARG” tank. ; ) // Check out Eastern Market here
INDIANAPOLIS // INDIANAPOLIS CITY MARKET
Ah, the original. I’m not just talking about it being the first. That’s what they named the market! Open 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM every Wednesday through October, the Original Farmers Market operates alongside the Indianapolis City Market — which has a wide range of vendors available to please any CHAARG girl. Check out the market while sipping on freshly brewed coffee or trying a tamale made right before your eyes. Either way, you’ll leave the market with a car full of goods + a stomach full of healthy treats. // Check out the Indianapolis City Market here.
NEW YORK // GREENMARKET FARMERS MARKET
What started with only 12 farmers is now the largest [+ most diverse] farmers market network in the country! The Greenmarket Farmers Market operates more than 50 [what!] markets with over 230 farmers + fisherman selling their food to locals + tourists alike. The market gives a breakdown on its website of when veggies + fruits are harvested, so you’ll be able to plan your meals accordingly. // Check out Greenmarket Farmers Market here.
PITTSBURGH // MARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
Already headed downtown? Stop by Market Square Farmers Market. It’s in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh + is in its eleventh season. What’s super cool about this market is that it has great live music in the afternoons. While the concerts may not feature Beyonce, they do draw more than 10,000 people EVERY Thursday to listen to the music + grab something fresh for dinner. So head out of work a little early + snag your spot among the vendors + music. // Check out Market Square Farmers Market here.
PHILADELPHIA // READING TERMINAL MARKET
Dubbed a melting pot of cuisines, the Reading Terminal Market has it all. From seafood to ethnic groceries, you’re sure to find something *different* to spice up your everyday meals! It also has Pennsylvania Dutch vendors + eateries, so you’ll be able to get a taste of a little state heritage. // Check out the Reading Terminal Market here.
TOLEDO // TOLEDO FARMERS MARKET
With a slogan like, “Homemade. Homegrown. Year-round.” — you know you’re in for a treat! The Toledo Farmers Market operates out of not one, but TWO locations — Downtown + Westgate. The Downtown market is open Saturdays + the Westgate market is open Wednesdays. An added bonus to the market’s fresh veggies, fruits + meats? They have fresh flowers! Grab a bouquet + give it to someone you think could use a little surprise. // Check out the Toledo Farmers Market here.
Not sure where to begin? We broke down the ways to make the best out of your local farmers market — so, you’re able to get your sweat and feast on. Now, get moving + get EATING.
+ Grace [@gm.inchaarg], Kent CHAARG