Santa Monica makes the list. So does New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Portland and San Francisco (twice). But in the list of the 10 best farmers markets in the United States just released today from CNN, Seattle's own Columbia City Farmers Market places 9th, just behind the Alemany Farmers' Market in San Fran and just ahead of the Flint Farmers' Market in Michael Moore's favorite town, Flint, Michigan.
Here's what CNN had to say..."For a great urban market, [Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why] recommends Seattle's Columbia City Farmers Market.
With more than 40 Washington State farmers and small food vendors, travelers are bound to find something to take back with them.
For Planck, it was Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards' hazelnuts.
'When you're traveling with kids, you're desperate for things that don't make a huge mess: cured meats, jerky, ham, hard cheese, apples, nuts,' she said. 'Nuts are good if you're in nut country.'
Nut country, indeed. But you know where I want to live? Jerky Town. Or maybe Hamtropolis. And it could be worse. The Portland Farmers Market got love only for their mushrooms--and living in Fungi City doesn't thrill me as much as, say, putting down stakes in Cured Meat Corners.
Still, we're in good company here. All of these markets are good ones, some of them excellent, and you can check out the full list on the CNN website.