On the Road: Farmers' Market Fare
From New York to California, farmers’ markets and restaurants embracing the farm-to-table philosophy are helping people eat food that is fresher than ever before. So don't bet the farm, just eat as much from it as you can.
Cleveland: 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.
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New York: 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.
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Washington, DC: FRESHFARM Markets at Dupont Circle
For a monumental stroll through D.C.'s favorite farmers' market, Giada heads to Dupont Circle's robust Sunday FRESHFARM Market for blueberry scones and Manchego cheese. The group runs more than a dozen markets — rain or shine — in the D.C. area, representing more than 150 farmers.
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St. Louis: 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.
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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.
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Homestead, FL: 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.
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Portland: 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.
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Charlotte: 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.
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Lexington, SC: 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.
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Georgetown, TX: Monument Cafe
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.
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Los Angeles: 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.
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Rapid City, SD: 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.
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Memphis: The 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.
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Frenchtown, NJ: 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.