10 Tips for Navigating a Farmers' Market

Markets are a great way to learn about a country's culture and cuisine. Get the most out of your shopping experience with these tips.

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Cazuela: La Vega Central, Santiago, Chile

Cazuela: La Vega Central, Santiago, Chile

Each day thousands of people pass through the stalls of La Vega Central, the 60,000 square foot market near the north shore of the Mapocho River in Santiago, Chile. Many locals stop at the market for lunch, where a bowl of cazuela, a rustic chicken stew, is a popular choice. 960 1280

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Sushi: Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Sushi: Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

You probably won’t find fresher sushi anywhere in the world than you will at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. Sushi lovers line up as early at 5:30 in the morning to score a seat in the market’s most famous restaurants, Sushi Dai and Daiwa-sushi. 960 1280

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes: Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes: Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.

On weekends only, the lunch counter in Washington, D.C.’s historic Eastern Market serves blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Arrive early as the line often extends right out the door of the market. 960 1280

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Kebobs: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Kebobs: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

It’s easy to work up an appetite at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Several stalls within the Bazaar itself, as well as on its outskirts, serve up traditional Turkish kebobs. 960 1280

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Sausage on a Stick: Borough Market, London, England

Sausage on a Stick: Borough Market, London, England

Hungry shoppers in central London’s Borough Market, which is said to have been in operation for more than 1000 years, swear by the “sausage on a stick” from the Mountain’s Boston Sausages stall.  960 1280

  

Socca: Cours Salera, Nice, France

Socca: Cours Salera, Nice, France

Socca, thin chickpea griddle cakes cooked over an open flame, are not to be missed when visiting Nice’s classic open-air market, the Cours Salera. Teresa’s is the most famous storefront. 960 1280

  

Peameal Bacon Sandwich: St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada

Peameal Bacon Sandwich: St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s world famous peameal bacon on a bun is the signature dish at St. Lawrence Market. Thick slabs of the bacon, which has been rolled in yellow cornmeal, are the centerpiece of this beloved sandwich, available at Carousel Bakery. 960 1280

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Tapas: Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Tapas: Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Renovated and reopened in 2009, Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel, not far from the Plaza Mayor, is less a traditional food market than it is a tapas market. Take a sampling of tapas from different stalls (we’re partial to the olives stuffed with tuna and pepper) to the tables and enjoy with a glass of sangria. 960 1280

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Prawns and Oysters: Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, Australia

Prawns and Oysters: Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, Australia

While some vendors serve already-prepared seafood platters, others at the world’s third-largest fish market will cook your shellfish on the spot. Enjoy the views of the working harbor while you eat your meal. 960 1280

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Tea: Khan el Khalili, Cairo, Egypt

Tea: Khan el Khalili, Cairo, Egypt

This souk is among the biggest and busiest in Cairo. For weary shoppers, nothing beats a strong cup of tea from Fisihawi’s Cafe. 960 1280

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Quesadillas: Bazaar del Sabado, Mexico City, Mexico

Quesadillas: Bazaar del Sabado, Mexico City, Mexico

This busy Saturday market in Mexico City is more of a craft market than a food market, but many people visit just to sample the incomparable quesadillas at the market’s cafe, especially ones with zucchini flowers or huitlacoche (a black corn fungus). 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern holds pea and watercress puree
Andrew Zimmern holds pea and watercress puree

Andrew Zimmern holds pea and watercress puree

Andrew shows off a pea and watercress puree, which is part of his Offal hotdish. 960 1280

  

Offal Hotdish

Offal Hotdish

Check out Andrew's Offal hotdish creation, served as a special at Haute Dish in Minneapolis, MN. This hotdish is made with stewed liver, pig uterus, and pig intestines as the bottom layer. Pureed watercress and English peas is the second layer, topped with a few tater tots. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern prepares to fish with a bow and arrow

Andrew Zimmern prepares to fish with a bow and arrow

Andrew prepares to go bow fishing for carp at Big Marine Lake, located in Marine on St. Croix, MN. 960 1280

  

Showing off big carp after bow fishing at Big Marine Lake

Showing off big carp after bow fishing at Big Marine Lake

Andrew hangs out with bow fishermen Patrick Kirschbaum and Carl Sassen, who show off their big catch. 960 1280

  

Kidney terrine, smoked raisin puree and sour cream

Kidney terrine, smoked raisin puree and sour cream

Take a look at this dish made with kidney terrine, smoked raisin puree and sour cream. 960 1280

  

Smoked Carp

Smoked Carp

After bow fishing on Big Marine Lake, Andrew, with help from local fishermen, prepares smoked carp. 960 1280

  

Shrimp with spring peas, spicy scampi sauce and grilled scallion

Shrimp with spring peas, spicy scampi sauce and grilled scallion

This is Andrew's favorite dish at Tilia, a rest in Minneapolis. It’s shrimp with spring peas, spicy scampi sauce and grilled scallion. 960 1280

  

Beet Salad at Tilia restaurant

Beet Salad at Tilia restaurant

Take a look another dish from Tilia. It’s a delicious beet salad with baby totsoi, pickled carrots, red onion, toasted sesame and yuzu vinaigrette. 960 1280

  

BLT hot dog at Tilia

BLT hot dog at Tilia

Looking for a hot dog with a twist? Andrew tastes a BLT dog at Tilia. 960 1280

  

Southeast Asian produce at the Hmongtown Market in St. Paul, MN

Southeast Asian produce at the Hmongtown Market in St. Paul, MN

Andrew takes a tour of the Hmongtown Market in St. Paul, MN to sample food including some of this Southeast Asian produce. 960 1280

  

Ying Xiong, General Manager of Hmongtown Market

Ying Xiong, General Manager of Hmongtown Market

Ying Xiong, the General Manager of Hmongtown Market, poses for a photo. 960 1280

  

crispy pork intestines with black rice

crispy pork intestines with black rice

Pick up some crispy pork intestines with black rice at St. Paul’s Hmongtown Market. 960 1280

  

Grilled Goat Kidney

Grilled Goat Kidney

At Haute Dish restaurant, Andrew samples this amuse-bouche course, grilled goat kidney served with salad of mushroom, lemon, olive oil and celery. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eating hotdish-on-a-stick

Andrew Zimmern eating hotdish-on-a-stick

Andrew tries hotdish-on-a-stick at a Hotdish Cook-Off and Jell-O Salad Contest, held at the Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with a fan and her dog
Andrew Zimmern with a fan and her dog

Andrew Zimmern with a fan and her dog

Andrew takes a photo with a fan passing by with her pooch in Boston's North End neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eating Italian sausage sandwich

Andrew Zimmern eating Italian sausage sandwich

Andrew stops at Il Panino Express, one of his favorite sandwich shops, and shares his Italian sausage sandwich with a boy. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

The production crew prepares to film Andrew eating some of the seafood served at The Daily Catch. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew enjoys a seafood dinner at The Daily Catch, a family-owned restaurant. He samples skate served with stone clams and pasta made with flour and squid ink. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Guy Martignetti of Salumeria Italiana

Andrew Zimmern and Guy Martignetti of Salumeria Italiana

Andrew meets Guy Martignetti, the owner of Salumeria Italiana. 960 1280

  

Olive Salad

Olive Salad

Yum! Try this tasty olive salad at Salumeria Italiana, a restaurant that’s been selling imported handmade Italian meats and cheeses for 50 years. 960 1280

  

Salads at Salumeria Italiana

Salads at Salumeria Italiana

Look at this spread of salads at Salumeria Italiana. It’s just one of the many eateries Andrew visits in Boston's North End neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Andrew eating salad at Salumeria Italiana

Andrew eating salad at Salumeria Italiana

Andrew samples one of the many delicious salads served at Salumeria Italiana. 960 1280

  

Italian Bread

Italian Bread

Here’s a close-up shot of the Italian bread served at the restaurant. 960 1280

  

Massachusetts Bay

Massachusetts Bay

Ah, what a picturesque view of Massachusetts Bay. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern on fishing boat

Andrew Zimmern on fishing boat

Andrew has fun with local fishermen in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Andrew fishing for spiny dogfish

Andrew fishing for spiny dogfish

Andrew fishes for spiny dogfish on Massachusetts Bay in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holding a giant lobster

Andrew Zimmern holding a giant lobster

Andrew holds up a giant lobster in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Dish from O Ya Restaurant

Dish from O Ya Restaurant

Try this dish from O Ya Resturant, one of Andrew Zimmern's favorite restaurants. 960 1280

  

Food at O Ya Restaurant

Food at O Ya Restaurant

Chef Cushman, at O Ya Restaurant, tries to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal. Looks tasty, doesn't it? 960 1280

  

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