Local Markets Open for the Season
By Annie Kinnett Nichols
Atlanta has finally bloomed into a thriving farmers markets paradise. Not too long ago, the only option was a co-op and one or two markets scattered here and there. Intown is now teaming with choices when it comes to buying local food. Some markets are open year-round, others are about to start begin the season and some are mobile. Check out our guide.
Morningside Farmers’ Market
Open year-round, this neighborhood market has become a Saturday must. Local chefs, farmers and neighbors gather together on Saturdays and the early bird gets the eggs. This market was the first of its kind and never disappoints. Get there early cause certain things go fast. You’ll see local chefs buying the food as well as offering cooking demos. Morningside features fresh breads, handmade soaps, gorgeous flowers and organic veggies and meats. Kids and dogs welcome. 1393 N. Highland Ave. Open Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. morningsidemarket.com.
Riverview Farm’s wonderful truck hits several different places on Mondays and Thursdays, including Oakhurst Village, Virginia Highland and East Atlanta Village. They feature homemade breads, farmstead cheese from Sequatchie Cove Farm, organic veggies, pork chops, roasts, sausage, grass-fed beefsteaks and more. There are also fresh eggs that feature golden yolks and eggshells with beautiful hues of blues. For a list of stops, visit grassfedcow.com/farmmobile.html.
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
The market opens May 5 and runs through Nov. 17 on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be chef demos, educational classes, music, local artists and kid activities. With lots of fresh fruits, veggies and meats they’ll also have prepared food, artisan cheeses and breads, southern delicacies and unique hand crafted items from 30 vendors. 561 Flat Shoals Ave. farmeav.com
Grant Park Farmers Market
Details on this new market were still be hammered out at press time, but is expected to run Sundays from May 15 to Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grant Park near the intersection of Milledge and Cherokee avenues. Like its sister market in East Atlanta, there will be local farmers, chef demos, artisan goods and more. grantparkmarket.org
Decatur Farmers’ Market
Open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of E. Trinity Place and N. McDonough Street. There is plenty of free parking in the Calloway Building lot at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Drive. The market features local, organic and sustainable produce, flowers, handmade breads, organic meats and veggies. A Wednesday version of the market is open now through October from 4 to 7 p.m. decaturfarmersmarket.com
Green Market at Piedmont Park
The Piedmont Park Conservancy opens the popular market every Saturday starting May 7 and continuing through Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 12th Street gate. Locally grown produce, fresh meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods, coffee, tea and more are featured at this family-friendly market. There’s also chef demos, live music and kids programs. piedmontpark.org
Peachtree Road Farmers’ Market
The market opens April 9 and runs through December from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday in the Cathedral of St. Philip’s parking lot, 2744 Peachtree Road. For more information on this year’s mix of venders, check the website at peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com.
East Lake Farmers’ Market
The market will open May 7 and will be held every Saturday through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Second Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Dr. elfmarket.org