Ota is the most unique produce market I have ever visited: few signs, little on display, no crowds of frenzied shoppers, no shouting, no aromas. Like so much in Japan, you need to know where you're going and what you're looking for to have a successful trip. Here's how to make the most out of your visit.
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Step inside the incredible visual world of the Bastille Market in Paris, home to gorgeous produce, meat, cheese, pastries, fish, and oh-so-much more.
Most tourists are too busy admiring the ornate pastel buildings of seaside Gdansk, Poland to visit the massive Market Hall just a few blocks away. Reminiscent of a nineteenth century train station, crowned with a wrought iron and glass roof, it houses an overwhelming selection of food vendors. You can fulfill your Polish food fantasies for paczki, herring, kabanosy sausages, and every variety of E. Wedel chocolate, all in one place.
LA's Grand Central Market is back, with more gourmet offerings than ever before.
As Tokyo's legendary Tsukiji fish market prepares to move in 2015, we pay a visit to the tuna bidders inside and discover some of the lesser-known vendors just outside of the main market. Plus, sushi for breakfast!
Often referred to as "the people's market," the Alemany Farmers' market is the oldest in California and home to a trove of Southeast Asian vegetables and surprise specialties you won't find anywhere else in San Francisco. Prices are low, and the crowd doesn't mess around.
DC has no shortage of farmers markets, but great flea markets are few and far between. That's why we're so excited about District Flea, a new sister market to Brooklyn Flea in New York, with 20-odd food vendors on site to fuel the bargain and treasure-hunting masses.
Don't believe anyone who says going to the 77 Flea Market in Brownsville is just like being in Mexico. Yes, it's located very close to the border, but the large selection of cowboy hats and boots and Rio Grande Valley delicacies like hot Cheetos smothered with queso should serve as a pretty good indicator that this particular market is distinctly Tex-Mex.
It's time to go to the market. Hot weather is finally here, which is a drag, but that means that just about everything is in season right now. We're seeing tomatoes, corn, peaches, plums, okra, eggplant, peppers, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, beans, peas, and a lot more. Take a closer look at some produce, and grab recipes on what to do with it all.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, the national-award-winning U-District market distinguishes itself with an enormous selection of goods, from traditional crock-fermented kim chi and the highly regarded Rainier cherry, to fresh, whole salmon and a bounty of bivalves.
I'm always amazed by the growth at the Logan Square Farmers' Market. Each year adds more farmers and vendors, and it's now to the point where stands are lined up along Logan Boulevard from the corner of Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple St.
This is it, people: cherries, blueberries, garlic scapes, summer squash, pole beans and more are all in season right now at the Greenmarket.
The Yamashiro Farmers Market is awfully romantic. Perched directly beneath the Asian restaurant of the same name in the Hollywood Hills, the market boasts one of the most beautiful views in Los Angeles.
The weekend-only Mercado Olympic in downtown Los Angeles offers fantastic regional Mexican cuisine.
This week at the Greenmarket, we're still awaiting the deluge of fresh summer fruit, but there are certainly plenty of strawberries all around the market. We're also seeing some of the first garlic scapes of the season, plenty of sugar snap peas, and other goodies. Click through the slideshow for a closer look.
An endless sprawl of cheeses and olives, asparagus and charcuterie; the Wednesday morning market in Saint-Rémy is the serene Provençal spread of your dreams. No writer has made it through southern France without pausing to wax poetic about the bustling, colorful stands that make up the outdoor shopping experience in this part of the world. Covering most of the town—which, with a population of only 10,000 people, isn't quite as massive as it sounds—the market at Saint-Rémy is well-known as one of the region's best.
Nothing matches the joy of the May's first strawberries, which arrived at the Union Square greenmarket this week. That's right, that picture you see up there is not from a farmers market somewhere on the West Coast; those are real, live New Jersey strawberries. Bring on the rest of the summer fruit!
While citrus season in San Francisco has been a pretty good time, fruits and vegetables are starting to get much more exciting. Last Thursday's farmers' market highlights included ripe apricots (!) and peaches (!!) as well as an assortment of berries.
It's pretty much asparaguspalooza at the market these days, as it's one of the earlier items to come into season while farmers twiddle their green thumbs waiting for rhubarb, strawberries, and the like.
Spring is in full swing at the Union Square Greenmarket and at Greenmarkets around the city. It started a few weeks back with the first green garlic and, yes, ramps, and as of this week we've been seeing asparagus, fiddleheads, and other springtime goodies.