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9 U.S. farmers markets every food lover should visit

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Plenty of food enthusiasts around the country prefer to spend Saturday morning browsing at the local farmers market. These casual events draw home cooks and even world-class chefs seeking ingredients for their next flavor-filled creation, and the odds are good that whatever is for sale will meet even the most stringent freshness and flavor requirements.

For most people, the best farmers market in the world is the one they return to week after week. However, some markets stand out because of their size, diversity or the overall quality of their products. Here’s a selection of farmers markets around the U.S. that true aficionados need to visit. (Text: Josh Lew)