On the Road Eats: Farmers' Market Fare

When asking Food Network fans what On the Road feature they wanted next, farm-fresh dining rose all the way to the top!

From New York to California, we’ve compiled a list of farmers’ markets and restaurants embracing the farm-to-table philosophy. If you’re in Washington, D.C., head to any of the FRESHFARM Markets — there are nearly a dozen. In St. Louis, Dressel’s Public House may look like a regular bar, but its menu’s all about local produce. Or, for a literal farm-to-table experience, Paradise Farms in Florida serves a nature-inspired brunch right on their farm.

1. West Side Market
The market first opened way back in 1840 and ever since it's been a destination for fresh vegetables and quality meats. Today you can also find seafood, baked goods, cheese, and ready-to-eat foods like candy and nuts. Start in the beautiful yellow-brick markethouse and then make your way outside.

2. FRESHFARM Markets
For a monumental stroll through D.C.'s favorite farmers' market, Giada heads to Dupont Circle where she finds the FRESHFARM Market and nibbles on blueberry scones and Manchego cheese. Open rain or shine, FRESHFARM Markets run more than 11 farmers' markets in the D.C. area, representing over 150 farmers.

3. Dressel's Public House
At this slow-food dive, the food is scratch-made with a farm-to-table attitude. According to Guy, the porchetta "Louie" with provel, rapini and pepperoncini on a toasted baguette was nothing short of "spectacular." The salt, the crust and the chew was why Guy loved the pretzel with rarebit sauce.

4. Leaf
Leaf not only believes in farm-to-table but also a fork-to-bowl philosophy. Their Big 12 menu of salads uses a bounty of farm-fresh produce; the Strawberry Fields salad was filled to the brim with baby spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, bacon, sunflower seeds and even candied pecans.

5. Paradise Farms
The philosophy behind Paradise Farms gives farm-to-table new meaning, as diners can enjoy the "Brunch in Paradise" feast right at the farm. As Bobby learned on FoodNation, it's the perfect outing for vegetable lovers; everything here -- from the micro greens to the mangoes -- is grown with care.

6. The Farm Café
The eggplant Farmhouse Veggie Burger at this Portland, Ore., establishment rocked Duff's world. Made with homemade zucchini pickles, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, baby greens and spicy brown mustard in an artisan bun, the burger earns Duff's vote as one "amazing" combination.

7. Early Girl Eatery
As Rachael says on $40 a Day, Early Girl Eatery "serves up Southern fare with a gourmet flair." Her trip to North Carolina wasn't complete without Early Girl's locally sourced dishes including the Sauteed Local Mountain Trout topped with pecan butter. Take note -- vegans love the tofu scramble here.

8. Nise's Herbs
Get a taste of arugula and kale from Nise's Herbs at the Charlotte Regional Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings. On FoodNation, Bobby discovered that this family-owned farm also sells chives, eggplants, peppers and heirloom tomatoes to a variety of local, farm-to-table restaurants.

9. Crooked Creek Farms
There's nothing crooked about Crooked Creek Farms. As Justin Warner discovered on Rebel Eats, Crooked Creek Farms practice only sustainable production methods. That means no hormones, antibiotics or fillers in any of their great-tasting pasture-raised beef, pork or chicken.

10. The Farmer's Shed
Inside The Farmer's Shed you'll find coconut cakes and pumpkin pies, as well as fried pork chops, Chicken Broccoli Supreme and even pot roast. But for Guy's Triple D visit, owner Shirley showed him the straight-from-the-farm cornbread, baked in a cast-iron skillet and topped with brown sugar.

11. Monument Café
Matthew McConaughey brought Guy to his favorite cafe that grows its own produce. Guy and Matthew downed the hearty portion of King Ranch chicken casserole and loved its creamy texture. The contrasting flavors of the maple syrup and savory ham thrilled Guy as well in the Pig 'n Waffle.

12. Los Angeles Farmers Market
For the perfect Saturday morning breakfast, Giada heads to the L.A. farmers' market where they host more than 85 shops and sell everything from seasonal and year-round produce to farm-fresh eggs, local Dungeness crab and Giada’s absolute favorite, Nutella crepes from The French Crepe Company.

13. Tally's Silver Spoon
What began as a diner with a $3.50 pancake, egg and sausage special has become a "fine diner" serving lunch and dinner specials with local produce and an extensive wine and beer menu. Tally's keeps with tradition, so you can still save money like Rachael and order the original Special Breakfast.

14. The Elegant Farmer
At this farm-to-table eatery Chef Mac Edwards buys his ingredients directly from the source. The pan-seared catfish with mac 'n' cheese and greens as well as the banh mi Guy called "outstanding." Guy got messy with the sloppy joe full of "big flavor." Locals love the country fried pork chops.

15. Lovin' Oven
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Judy Joo calls The Lovin' Oven's chocolate caramel salt tart with layers of caramel and silky ganache "sinfully decadent." But don’t be fooled: The Lovin' Oven is known for its local and seasonal farmhouse menu, served inside a cafe as cozy as its name.

16. Jimtown Store
The cornucopia of spices used for the luscious brisket sandwich at Jimtown Store goes hand in hand with the bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs found in owner Carrie Brown's garden. The nationally recognized country store was also a DDD favorite, as Guy loved the thick "standup" Chain Gang Chili.

17. Union Square Greenmarket
Up to 140 farmers, fishmongers and bakers make up the famed Union Square Greenmarket in NYC. On Boy Meets Grill, Bobby shops for the season's best, be it potatoes, apples or spring onions. He calls this beloved NYC farmers' market "the perfect place" to choose vegetables for grilling.