THE PLACE: Green City Market, Chicago

A local, seasonal, and sustainably grown market favored by Chicago’s top chefs, this market proves the Windy City isn’t just about da Bears, da beers, and da brats.

BUY THIS: Artisanal cheese, especially the fresh goat cheese.

THE PLACE: Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets, Seattle

IN STORE: You can’t miss it. The market operates four days a week at six different sites in neighborhoods stretching from West Seattle to Capitol Hill.

BUY THIS: The apples — of course.

THE PLACE: Alemany Farmer’s Market, San Francisco

IN STORE: It’s not the massive Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, but Alemany is San Francisco’s oldest, most diverse, and cheapest farmer’s market.

BUY THIS: Fresh almonds, salmon steaks, or perhaps a chicken — a live chicken.