Food markets around the country

Published 8:46 AM ET, Fri August 15, 2014
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Food markets have been experiencing a revival in recent years. New ones are popping up in reclaimed spaces, often as "food halls," and existing markets are upgrading their offerings for a new generation of shoppers and diners. Click through the gallery for examples of both in American cities.

San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The 65,000-square-foot marketplace opened in 2003 after a four-year renovation of the historic Beaux Arts Ferry Building. On Saturdays, it hosts an outdoor farmers market that draws an estimated 15,000-25,000 shoppers weekly.
Courtesy Gary Morgret
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams got its start at the North Market in Columbus, Ohio, which opened in 1876. More than 30 merchants offer a variety of produce, fresh meat and fish and specialty products seven days a week. It also hosts a seasonal farmers market on Saturdays and flea market in the summer. Jay LaPrete/AP
Baltimore's Lexington Market claims to be the world's largest, continuously running market since 1782. Back then it was a tract of land where farmers spread out butter, eggs, turkey and produce, and bartered with merchants for grain, hay and livestock. The first shed went up in 1803, and by 1925 three block-long sheds housed more than 1,000 stalls. Today it has more than 100 stalls offering prepared foods -- including Faidley Seafood's famous crab cakes -- and fresh fare. Courtesy Lexington Market
Detroit's Eastern Market is a six-block public market that's been around since 1891. More than 140 retailers and wholesalers do business in the district on weekdays and a seasonal Saturday outdoor farmers' market features more 150 vendors under five sheds. Paul Warner/Getty Images
California's Oxbow Public Market in the Oxbow District of Napa is a 40,000-square-foot indoor marketplace featuring food and wine vendors and restaurants. Founded in 2007 by Steve Carlin, project manager of San Francisco's Ferry Building, Oxbow is often called a scaled-down version of the Ferry Building Marketplace, with the same emphasis on local and regional artisan fare. The open-air market draws tourists and locals who can wander from stall to stall with a glass of wine in hand. Courtesy Oxbow Public Market
Seattle's Pike Place Market gets all the love, but Melrose Market in Capitol Hill features some of the city's most prized independent purveyors of food and drink. Seattle chef Matt Dillon moved his popular restaurant Sitka & Spruce into the market when it opened in 2009 and created a wine bar just a few feet away. Courtesy Graham Baba Architects
New York's Chelsea Market was one of the first modern food markets to embrace the term "food hall." Courtesy Jamestown
Grand Central Market has stood in the same locale in downtown Los Angeles since 1917, undergoing numerous transformations as it has changed hands over the years. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images