Summer is in full swing and so is the fresh produce! Georgia has a lot of farmer’s markets and we thought we would highlight a few of those close to our area. We’d love to hear of your favorite farmer’s market in the comments below!
The Alpharetta Farmers Market in Fulton County, in Alpharetta has a lot to offer both locals and out of town visitors. With the Dog Daze of Summer event, which highlights a doggie fashion parade, watermelon-eating contest, free hotdogs, and of course live entertainment. Then later on they also have a Christmas Market, the first Sunday of December that culminates with the lighting of the Alpharetta tree lighting festivities. Those of course are just the special events offered by the farmers market, the rest of the selling year runs from April to October every year. During this time you can find fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, home grown meats, and a wide assortment of baked goods. They also offer up live entertainment weekly.
Another great little farmers market in Fulton County is Atlanta Locally Grown. Atlanta Locally Grown is a little bit different from your typical farmers market. In fact they advertise their products online allowing you to shop from the cool comfort of your home or office and then pick up your products on Saturday. Locations right now for pickup are at Piedmont Green Market and The Sandy Springs Farmers market. While this is a little bit different than the traditional farmers market it works for those with a busy lifestyle who still want fresh fruits and locally grown vegetables but may not have time to walk thru the actual physical markets.
For those in Atlanta who are looking for a more traditional farmers market there is the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Events that they put on include the Peach Jam Cobbler Competition; they are open from April until December on Thursdays from 4-8pm. There are a lot of smaller markets that are locally run and owned in Fulton County Georgia as well.
While in Jonesboro, Georgia the Farmer’s Markets may not be as fancy as the big city farmers markets, Clayton County still has a lot to offer in the way of fresh home grown fruits and vegetable, farm raised meats, canned goods, and baked goods. Close to Jonesboro is the Atlanta State Farmer’s Market which is held in Forest Park, GA. First opened in 1958, the Atlanta Market is still considered one of the largest of its kind in the world with 150 acres of booths and stalls! Open all year round except for Christmas day – it’s still advised to get there early if you are attending on a Saturday as typically vendors will leave around noon time.
To find a Georgia Farmer’s Market near you, click this link for a full state farmer’s market listing!