Best Farmers Market and Best Local Food Store: North Market Farmers Market

From the March 28, 2013 edition

The best farmers markets give you a sense of place and community while browsing for fresh produce, breads, meats and cheeses. This is, of course, by design.

But while most farmers markets reach that goal with a hyper-local, mostly neighborhood-specific focus, North Market’s push feels broader, more inclusive.

In this case, size matters. If there’s a fruit or vegetable in season, you can find it at North Market, but the Arena District market’s appeal goes beyond variety to include live music by a local singer or band and, of course, the sensory-overload and artisan-rich interior of North Market.

It’s no wonder, then, that North Market also took home Alive’s Best Local Food Store category, as voted on by the city’s residents.

With 44,000 square feet of vendors, the market simply has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for locally made pretzels, artisan doughnuts, rare craft beer, some of the city’s best ethnic food or cooking classes.

North Market is your one-stop shop for the weekend.

Best Farmers Market runners-up: Clintonville Farmers Market, Worthington Farmers Market

Best Local Food Store runners-up: Weiland’s Gourmet Market, Carfagna’s

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