Georgia's August weather doesn't usually inspire much outdoor romping, but there is an upside to the sticky season. That is, there's so many ripe things to eat this time of year! North Fulton County has a nice collection of weekend farmers markets that offer a healthy dose of culinary variety and community spirit. They're evenly distanced along GA-400, a roadway known for serving some of Atlanta's most popular suburban communities. And since they all close around noon, you'll be spared the worst of the sun's wrath.
When: 8:30 AM - 12 PM every Saturday from April 16th thru October
Where: 235 Sandy Springs Circle (parking lot of the former Target)
The scoop: The Sandy Springs Farmers Market has an extensive list of vendors. Some of the goods are expected, like fruits and veggies, handmade breads, eggs, and dairy products. A few surprises are in store, such as the artisan popsicles, specialty dog treats and shampoos, and a vendor hawking Japanese Maples. Crepe and pizza makers are on hand to work their magic in front of your eyes.
When: 8 AM- 12 PM every Saturday from May 14th to September 24th
Where: Roswell City Hall @ 38 Hill Street
The scoop: The name is misleading because it reflects their old location, but the RFM's new digs at City Hall have brought new parking and a longer season. Expect to find vegetables, herbs, organic meats, plants, cut flowers, soaps, and honeys. Also featured during the market season are live music, a harvest festival, and a chili cook-off.
When: 8 AM - 12:30 PM every Saturday from April 16th through October
Where: Alpharetta City Hall @ 2 South Main Street
The scoop: A nice variety, including meats and produces, salsas and tamales, and some very tempting baked goods. Lots of plants, flowers, and herbs. Every third Saturday of the month cooking demonstrations are put on by Harry's Farmers Market, which has a location off Upper Hembree Road.
What: Johns Creek Farmers Market
When: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM every Saturday from July 9th to September 10th
Where: Newtown Park @ 3150 Old Alabama Road
The scoop: The farmers market in Johns Creek is in its first year, and so far it's been very well received by the community. Among other things, the market offers fresh breads, honeys, veggies, and cheeses. There's also activities for the kids. Since the market's new, it's still evolving, and chef demonstration and wellness classes might be offered in the future.