No matter what neighborhood of Atlanta you’re near, there’s one right around the corner. Indoor or outdoor, a farmer's market is a great outing for anyone of any age and can be a fun way to discover and enjoy farm-grown produce, locally crafted gifts and more. Here are a few highlights of the city’s best local offerings:
Grant Park Farmers Market
A pilot program of the Grant Park Conservancy in 2011, the Grant Park Farmers Market has a mission to create a healthy and vivacious community space by providing education and access to local nutritious food. It is a platform for local farmers, charity groups, artists and food producers to bring their hard work to the community. They accept cash, credit, debit and double EBT/SNAP.
Location: 600 Cherokee Ave. SE
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Green Market at the Piedmont Park Conservancy
A real urban farmers market, the Green Market is a program hosted by the Piedmont Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of Atlanta. Bringing the freshest produce to the downtown and midtown areas, the average turnout is about 30 farmers, bakers and juice and sauce makers. The farmers pick their produce the day before the market to ensure freshness, and you can’t beat the local prices.
Location: 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, at the 12th Street entrance to the park. Parking is available on Juniper and 13th as well as Juniper and 11th.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
In addition to local produce, meat and dairy, this interactive little market features cooking demos, local artists, activities for the kids and live music. The EAV market pursues local vendors and programs that have environmental and community integrity. They accept cash, credit, debit, and double EBT/SNAP.
Location: 561 Flat Shoals Ave., across from The Midway Pub
Hours: 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays
Seasons: Mid-April to mid-December
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Sweet Auburn Curb Market
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market has no shortage of great local restaurant, produce, meat and seafood, baked goods and retail vendors. This indoor urban food market operates as a self-sufficient celebration of local agriculture, the history of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and the diversity of Atlanta.
Location: 209 Edgewood Ave. SE by Georgia State University, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the historic Auburn Ave./MLK district.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
Morningside Farmers Market
To sell here, you must be 100 percent certified organic, a standard Morningside takes pride in. With local farms, restaurants, artisans, gardens and creameries participating each week, you’ll be sure to get everything you’re looking for at Morningside.
Location: 1393 N. Highland Ave.
Hours: 8 – 11:30 a.m. every Saturday
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
This open-air venue is where Atlanta small farmers and growers, as well as regional producers of traditional foods and craftspeople, can bring their products to the community. A few of their offerings include locally grown produce, eggs, meats, award-winning cheeses, honey, artisan bread and pastas, herbal soaps, prepared foods, locally roasted coffee and crafts.
Location: Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW. Free parking available.
Decatur Farmers Market
This unique market features a list of vendors that can be found bi-weekly on its blog, which also lists the market’s offerings on Wednesday and Saturday. They strive to provide the Decatur community with local, organic, sustainable foods in order to enrich cultural standards, protect ecological integrity, support regional economies and decrease dependence on nonrenewable resources.
Location: 308 Clairemont Ave.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesdays
Year-round, though times may vary