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Atlanta — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on May 16, 2010 at 12:25 am
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Taste Summer Freshness at Atlanta’s Farmers Markets

organiccarrotsintrepidation Farmers Markets have been around for awhile, but in the past few years, their popularity has skyrocketed.

Now more mainstream, it seems like wherever you go, you will find a farmers market or two.  And Atlanta happens to be one of those places where you can find many.

Ready to explore, and perhaps pick up some new items? Open your mind, and your taste buds to new experiences.  You just never know what you might discover and/or learn at a farmers market.

Here are some suggestions on where to go. This is just the beginning of what is out there in Atlanta and the metro area. Start with this list and build from it.

Strive for an organic lifestyle with the help of  Morningside Farmers Market. Every Saturday, from 8 – 11:30 a.m., the market promotes locally  grown, organic certified produce. In addition, the market has chef demonstrations, as well as events and activities.

Not only is there food at East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, but also handmade crafts as well. The market is opened on Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m. through November.

For many, there’s nothing better than putting a face with the food that’s grown. And at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market held at the Cathedral of St. Philip, you can meet the farmers. They also offers chef demonstrations and more. Open until December 18, the hours of operation varies depending one the time of the year.

It’s all about promoting green lifestyles at the Piedmont Park Green Market on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., through December 11. Much like their counterparts, you’ll find various vendors, events and chef demonstrations. The Green Market also offers more in the area of specialty items.

If it’s not a locally grown product, it will not be at Decatur Farmers Market . In addition to produce, there’s breads, jams and more ready for you to purchase and enjoy. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, times vary depending on the season.

And don’t forget about the farmers markets outside the city. For instance, there’s the Marietta Square Farmers Market on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon, through November. Here you’ll find seasonal produce, breads, sweets and more. You can also purchase plants and flowers for your yard or garden.

The Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market is open on Saturdays through mid-October, from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, and offers a little of everything. They are also working on establishing an organic section to their market.

The Whistle Stop Farmers Market in Norcross is more than a food market, they also educate everyone (kids and adults) about developing a more healthy lifestyle through different events and activities. When it comes to food, you’ll find cheeses, vegetables, fruits, and homemade products. The market opens on June 1 and runs through October. Days and hours are Tuesdays, 4 – 8 p.m.

Locally made, locally grown is more than a tag-line for Dunwoody Green Market, it’s just their way. Vendors are selected by committee. Requirements include they must be the ones producing the item for sell, and either be USDA Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown. The market is open every Wednesday, 8 a.m. – noon through December.

Opening on May 21 is the new Brookwood Farmers Market in Cumming. The market will feature various vendors selling everything from grass-fed beef, organic produce, artisan breads, and more.

photo credit: organic carrots, flickr, creative commons by Intrepidation

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