The Best Farmers Markets in the Atlanta Area

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The Best Farmers Markets in the Atlanta Area

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Atlanta loves fresh, as evidenced by its numerous farmers markets throughout the city and just outside it. No matter what day of the week it is, you’re likely to find a fresh market open and ready for your discovery. Grab a meal from a local vendor, then peruse the organic, sustainable produce, meat, cheese, homemade preserves and pastries – and pick up unique artisanal items, from pottery to jewelry. Here are the best farmers markets in the Atlanta area.

Buford Highway Farmers Market, Doraville

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If you’re craving fresh, ethnic cuisine, look no further than the Buford Highway Farmers Market in Doraville. Just 10 miles from Atlanta, this diverse, 30-year-old market offers more global choices than any other single-location grocery store in the area. You’ll find exotic, organic produce and an extensive meat and seafood department representing Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, South American, Caribbean, West African and European cultures. If it’s authentic, traditional or hard-to-find, you’ll likely spy it here. Plus, there are tons of free samples to try! Among shoppers’ favorite items to pick up are pumpkin leaves, half sour pickles, kimchi dumplings, boba for bubble tea, fancy Russian chocolates, edible cactus, frying cheese, dragon fruit, lychee juice, all kinds of curry, wasabi mayo and baklava.

 

Located at 5600 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta (15 miles from downtown). Open daily 8 AM-9 PM.

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

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One of the city’s oldest farmers markets, this “Reader’s Pick for Best Outdoor Farmers market in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing Magazine” is an obvious area favorite. Hunt down local and seasonal produce and get to know the vendors, artisans and farmers who bring their goods to your doorstep. There is sustainably and ethically grown bread, eggs and produce, prepared meals, handcrafted soap and jewelry and more. There are chef’s cooking demonstrations so you can learn from the masters how to best prepare your fresh ingredients, as well as an on-site Edible Learning Garden, with garden education and children’s activities.

 

Located at 572 Stokeswood Ave. SE, Atlanta. Open Thursdays, 4-8 PM, late March-mid-November, rain or shine. Parking is available on Stokeswood Avenue and throughout the neighborhood or behind the Midway Pub.

 

Grant Park Sunday Market

Creative Loafing Magazine has called Grand Park Sunday Market the best in the city, for good reason. There are free celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, including some of the top names in regional cuisine: Hugh Acheson, Kevin Gillespie, Virginia Willis and more. Fill up on locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, breads and artisanal items. Enjoy a picnic in the ample seating area and enjoy a Sunday morning of community and good food.

 

Located at 1030 Grant St. SE, Atlanta, at the Beacon ATL/Eventide Brewing. Open Sundays year-round, 9 AM-1 PM. Parking is available at the Beacon and throughout the neighborhood.

 

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Shop from farms that are Certified Naturally Grown or Certified Organic at the popular Peachtree Road Farmers Market. You’re promised nourishing food that’s also good for the planet! The market is one of the largest producer-only farmers markets in Georgia, meaning that everything there has been grown, raised or made by the seller. From Anna Bell’s 100-year-old recipe for mac-and-cheese to human-grade dogfood for your pup to halal smoked beef bacon, you’ll find it at the market.

 

Located at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. Open Saturdays, March-December, 8:30 AM-12 PM. Parking is available at the large free lot on top and lower lot toward the back, as well as neighborhood streets.

 

Freedom Farmers Market

Start the weekend at the Freedom Farmers Market to find prepared foods, produce and a restaurant pop-up each week. Favorite items include homemade pastries, seasonal flower arrangements and organic pickles. There’s usually live music, a kids’ tent and a local chef cooking up hot food.

 

Located at the Carter Center near Freedom Park, 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta. Open Saturdays, March-December, 9 AM-1 PM, January-February, 9 AM-noon.

 

Morningside Farmers Market

Morningside is Atlanta’s only farmers market requiring all produce to be certified organic. Shop for soup, cookies, pastries, heirloom garlic, wild plums and cold-pressed juices. Chef demos are always on tap, as well.

 

Located across from Alon’s Bakery, next door to Morningside Kitchen in the Virginia Highland neighborhood, 1393 North Highland Ave. NE. Open Saturdays year-round, 8-11:30 AM. Free parking is available in the Morningside Village plaza parking lot.

 

Peachtree Center Green Market

Join the downtown Atlanta lunch crew at this lively market selling local produce, bread, juice, honey, cookies, jams, salsa and more – perfect for a healthy, fresh lunch while you’re sightseeing.

 

Located at 225 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. Open Thursdays, April-October, 11 AM-2 PM.

 

Piedmont Park Green Market

The locals head here each weekend for fresh groceries, including regionally grown produce, farm-fresh meats, artisan cheeses, baked goods, cut flowers, coffee and tea. There’s always a chef demonstration going on, prepared breakfast and lunch items, live music and kids’ activities.

 

Located at Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, at the entrance at 12th Avenue and Piedmont Avenue. Open Saturdays, March-November, 9 AM-1 PM.

 

Ponce City Farmers Market

Foodies in the know love the producer-only Ponce City Farmers Market for its easy accessibility for walkers and cyclists. Find goods and produce from urban farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. There are even natural beauty-care vendors to round out your shopping haul.

 

Located under “The Shed” on the BeltLine entrance of Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta. Open Tuesdays, April-October, 4-8 PM. Free parking is available for farmers market shoppers in the lots in front of Mountain High Outfitters.

Municipal Market

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The locals refer to the Municipal Market in Sweet Auburn as the Curb Market. If you’re in the area, stop in for offerings from 30 local businesses selling produce, meat, seafood and baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants here, as well as a cooking school.

 

Located at 209 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta. Open Monday-Saturday, 8 AM-6 PM, Sundays, 12-5 PM.

 

Brookhaven Farmers Market

If you find yourself in Brookhaven, don’t miss the local produce, gourmet soups, artisan breads, ethically and organically raised meat, eggs and cheese and other specialty items at this fun farmers market. Prepared breakfast items are available, so fill up, then stroll around to shop for lots of goodies.

 

Located at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE, Brookhaven (11 miles from downtown Atlanta). Open Saturdays, April -November, 9 AM-noon.

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