Some farmers markets stretch for blocks, with more stalls than you can really visit in an hour or two. That's not the case at Davenport's Freight House Farmers Market, a compact and charming riverside market. The picturesque location makes strolling the bustling outdoor stalls a pleasure. (The indoor stalls are great, too, but there's less room to maneuver and it can get crowded.) Plan to spend about an hour, whether you show up on a Saturday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
The outdoor market offers roughly 20 stalls, mostly produce and herbs, as well as some local artists selling painted furniture and lawn decorations. You can purchase a bundle of green onions or pick up a carton of farm-fresh eggs. Indoors, the market focuses more on spices, baked goods and crafts, but you may find incense, mushrooms, cheese, beef and soap. During our visit, the first Mama's Market packed the house with wall-to-wall strollers and vendors peddling baby blankets and little crocheted hats. Fresh Deli (a small cafe) and a hot dog cart provide the only ready-to-eat refreshments, but they seemed popular, and the family-friendly atmosphere encouraged us to linger. We'll definitely be back.