SLIDESHOW: Scenes from the Farmers Market


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    The Wednesday farmers market in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles features local fruits and vegetables from surrounding areas.

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    Sweet Tree Farms is a local farm that is a regular at the farmers market in downtown Los Angeles. They farm has seen their business steadily go up in the last year.

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    Regular customers to farmers markets learn about seasonal foods. For example, in the summertime customers can find an abundant amount of peaches, plums, and strawberries in the LA region.

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    The farmers market is a good source for cooking tips. Ask how they would cook that artichoke.

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    The farmers market in Pershing Square offers not only fresh vegetables and fruits but also cooked meals and trinkets.

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    The number of farmers markets have increased from 1,755 in 1994 to 6,132 in 2010.

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    California, New York, and Illinois have the most farmers markets according to the USDA.

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    886 farmers markets are open in the off season that is November - March.

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    Ben Hansen of Baltimore, Maryland, sent us this photo of a fresh batch of vegetables from Saturday's Farmer Market in Holland, MI.

    - Courtesy Ben Hansen

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    Brian Drye of Winthrop, Washington, sent in this photo from the Methow Valley Farmers Market, with one comment: "Best produce around."

    - Courtesy Brian Drye

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    Dawn Foglia of Valley Falls, N.Y., sent in this photo from the Cambridge Farmers' Market in Cambridge, N.Y.

    - Courtesy Dawn Foglia

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    Tami Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa, sent in this photo of some tasty looking tarts at the downtown farmers market in Des Moines.

    - Courtesy Tami Johnson

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    Another shot of tarts, this time savory, from Tami Johnson at the downtown farmers market in Des Moines, Iowa.

    - Courtesy Tami Johnson

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    Margaret Dupont of Dallas, Texas, snapped this fresh photo at the Farmers Market in Dallas.

    - Courtesy Margaret Dupont

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    Here's another stash of fresh goods from Margaret Dupont, of Dallas, Texas, at the downtown farmers market.

    - Courtesy Margaret Dupont

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    Another shot of farm-fresh produce from Margaret Dupont captured at the Dallas, Texas, farmers market.

    - Courtesy Margaret Dupont

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    John Decker of Sacramento, Calif., sent in this wonderful collection of portraits he photographed at the Sunday farmers market in the capitol city. Here, a vendor holds an armful of fresh leafy greens.

    - Courtesy John Decker

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    These portraits are from a series by John Decker of Sacramento, Calif. He writes: "They are shots of a few of the vendors from the Sacramento Farmer's Market that is held under the 50 freeway (6th and W streets) on Sunday mornings from 8am to noon.

    - Courtesy John Decker

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    The Sacramento Farmer's Market is open year round. John Decker, of Sacramento, Calif., photographed this series of portraits in March. The weekly event is one of the biggest in the state.

    - Courtesy John Decker

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    This image from a evening at the Thursday farmers market in South Pasadena, Calif., comes from Marketplace Web producer Matt Berger. He writes: "Every Thursday after work I step off the Metro Gold Line train smack dab in the middle of the farmers market, where my family is there to meet me. I look forward to it every week."

    - Courtesy Matt Berger

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    This photograph sent in by Phil Roeder of Des Moines, Iowa, captures the Saturday crowd at the Des Moines downtown farmers market.

    - Courtesty Phil Roeder

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    Michael Costantin of New York, N.Y., sent us a series of snapshots from the Union Square Farmers Market. It's not produce, but these natural skeins of wool are farm fresh

    - Courtesy Michael Costantin

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    A colorful collection of tomatoes captured by Michael Costantin of New York, N.Y., as part of a series he photographed at the Union Square Farmers Market.

    - Courtesy Michael Costantin

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    Mona Johnson of Portland, Oregon, sent us this photo of "roots and alliums" at Portland Farmers Market.

    - Courtesy Mona Johnson

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    Katie Kraemer of Austin, Texas sent us this photo of Chinese Long Beans from Austin-based Tecolote Farm.

    - Courtesy Katie Kraemer

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    Scott Davies of Seattle, Washington, sent us this berry photo from Seattle's Pike Place Market, and reminds us that the year-round market sells goods that are "fresh every day!"

    - Courtesy Scott Davies

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    Ally Gumbiner of Omaha, Nebraska, captured the flavor of fresh pesto in this shot from the downtown farmers market.

    - Courtesy Ally Gumbiner

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    Fresh tomatoes on the vine photographed by Ally Gumbiner of Omaha, Nebraska, at the downtown farmers market.

    - Courtesy Ally Gumbiner

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    Vicki Reese of Mount Rainier, Maryland, (not the volcano in Washington) snapped this photo of fresh finds at the Mount Rainier Farmers Market.

    - Courtesy Vicki Reese

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    Chef Nathan Lyon of Los Angeles, Calif., took this photo of his bounty from the Sunday farmers market in Hollywood. His mantra: "Grow, cook, and share!"

    - Courtesy Nathan Lyon

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    Nils Ribi of Sun Valley, Idaho, shot this photo of a transaction in progress at the Boise downtown public market, open each Saturday.

    - Courtsey Nils Ribi

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    Another photo from Nils Ribi of Sun Valley, Idaho, captures a bundle of radishes at the Boise downtown public market, open each Saturday.

    - Courtesy Nils Ribi

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    Lelio Montagnoli of Portland, Oregon, sent us this photo of a Wintertime farmers market Uruguay's capital city of Montevideo

    - Courtesy Lelio Montagnoli

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    Fred Wooten of Atlanta, Georgia, sent in this photo of a chef demo at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market with Chef Kevin Gillespie of Bravo's cable television show Top Chef.

    - Courtesy Fred Wooten

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    Richard Johnston of New York, N.Y, shot this photo of a boutique beef vendor at the Friday farmers market on West 97th Street in the city.

    - Courtesy Richard Johnston

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    David Smith of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, captured the essence of peppers and squash in this photo from the Homegrown Alabama Farmers' Market.

    - Courtesy David Smith

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    A handful of photos came to us from the Saxapahaw Rivermill Farmers' Market in Saxapahw, North Carolina, including this sun flower shot from Heather LaGarde.

    - Courtesy Heather LaGarde

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    Another shot from Heather LaGarde of Saxapahaw, North Carolina, captures a hula hooper in full swing at the Rivermill Farmers' Market.

    - Courtesy Heather LaGarde

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    Another scene from the Rivermill Farmers Market in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, of a crowded dance floor of salsa dancing, comes to us from local resident Tom LaGarde.

    - Courtesy Tom LaGarde

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    Katy McCoy of Chimacum, Washington, captured a photo of some good advice on a billboard painted onto the side of a rural outbuilding. She writes: "Dusk after a day at the Chimacum Farmers Market"

    - Courtesy Katy McCoy

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    Erin Blanchard of San Francisco sent us a photo from the Alemany Market in San Francisco's Mission District. She writes: "Murals keep us mindful."

    - Courtesy Erin Blanchard

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    Cindy Rosenberg of Marriottsville, Maryland, sent in a few photos from the Baltimore farmers market held under a freeway every Sunday.

    - Courtesy Cindy Rosenberg

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    Another shot from Cindy Rosenberg of Marriottsville, Maryland, at the Baltimore farmers market held under a freeway every Sunday.

    - Courtesy Cindy Rosenberg

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    Beth Saunders of Honolulu, Hawaii, says Aloha and sends us this photo from the KCC Farmers Market. A vendor servers up fresh coconuts at one of the few farmers markets in the U.S. that can claim Dole coconuts as "locally grown."

    - Courtesy Beth Saunders

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    Matt Kowal of Portland, Oregon, sent in this photo of the Persephone Farm Stand at the Portland Farmers Market.

    - Courtesy Matt Kowal

SEND US YOUR FARMERS MARKET PHOTOS

Marketplace reporter Adriene Hill visits the Pershing Square farmers market in downtown Los Angeles to explore the popularity of local farmers markets.

LISTEN TO THE STORY: "What's making farmer's markets grow?"

The USDA reports the number of local farmers markets is up by 16% since 2009. These local markets are unique because they serve up local fare you can't find anywhere else. What are you seeing? What are you buying?

Share your farmers market photos Show us your favorite farmers market and the items you're buying. Use our Farmers Market contact form to send us your photos and a brief description and we'll include it on our website and slideshow.

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Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.

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