• Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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    ​As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, we have to admit: we’re completely on board. Freshly-picked and locally-grown foods are flavorful and nutrient-rich…and also work to benefit the economy and the environment.

    In cities nationwide, farmer’s markets and seasonal food stands have started to draw customers away from traditional grocery stores, enabling shoppers to build relationships with the farmers who grow their food. This got us thinking: which national markets would we want to visit?

    Of course, we couldn’t visit any of these markets without a comfortable, stylish pair of shoes to carry us from one vendor to the next. So we handpicked a pair for our future journey (and for yours, too!). 

    With exceptional arch support, a lightweight construction and a soft, cushioned ride, our Allison mule belongs on a nationwide tour—or on a quick trip to your local market. Regardless of your travels, grab a tote bag, step into Allison’s cushioned footbed and hit the road. Your taste buds (and feet) will thank you!

    Check out our five bucket-list worthy markets, from New York to Seattle.  

    Five Can’t-Miss Markets Across the USA

    • Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets  - [Photo Credit: Lucius Kwok]

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      Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY)

      A program of GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that uses environmental programs to improve New York City’s quality of life, the Greenmarket began with 12 farmers in a Manhattan parking lot. Today, more than 54 markets operate in the city, selling goods from more than 230 farmers and fishermen. The Union Square location serves as the “Grandaddy of them all,” selling fresh-cut flowers, seasonal vegetables, homemade wine and more through 140 local vendors.

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      Crescent City Farmer’s Market (New Orleans, LA)

      For nearly 20 years, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market has served up some of New Orleans tastiest seafood, from crawfish to catfish to charbroiled oysters. If you visit on a Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the city’s “Warehouse District,” an art-centric neighborhood that many call “the SoHo of the South.” Grab a shrimp po’boy sandwich, and a bag of homemade Cajun chips, and explore this culture-rich Gulf Coast city.
    • Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets  - [Photo Credit: RLA at Phillips Garden]

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      Minneapolis Farmer's Market (Minneapolis, MN)

      Located just west of downtown Minneapolis, this festive market provides an everyday shopping alternative—and a spot for social gatherings, too! Cooking classes, concerts and other special events fill the weekend calendar, while a “Fresh and Local” podcast keeps customers informed while on the run. From fine food to fun entertainment, Minneapolis’ flagship market keeps shoppers coming back all week long.

    • Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets  - [Photo Credit: Jordan Fischer]

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      Santa Monica Farmer's Market (Santa Monica, CA)

      Widely regarded as one of the most diverse markets in the country, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market offers a rich cultural experience in a vibrant, open-air setting. From exotic citrus fruits, to Latin music, to children’s pony rides, this California market provides an unforgettable experience for tourists and locals alike. Load up on savory snacks—and then walk a block to Santa Monica beach.

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      Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)
       
      Overlooking the scenic Elliot Bay, and located on the edge of a steep Seattle hill, Pike Place pairs natural beauty with local food. Comic book shops, antique dealers and art merchants add variety to the market’s fresh produce and fish, helping attract more than 10 million visitors annually. Despite all of its fame, Pike Place holds true to its core value: to help shoppers “meet the producer.”
       
      Whether you explore the country in search of the very best markets, or turn your shopping routine into a local adventure, travel in all-day comfort with our contemporary Allison mule. And remember—when you shop local, you support the environment, the economy and the farmer who raised your food!
       

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