Summer is here and that means many local favorite farmers markets in Atlanta are open for business. Shopping at the farmers market is not only a great way to help promote sustainable farms and local businesses, but it's a fun way to spend an afternoon with family or friends. Fortunately, here in the Atlanta metro area we have several great markets to choose from. Here are our picks for the top 10 markets in the metro area.
1. Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Sweet Auburn Curb Market has become staple in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, the Old Fourth Ward. Vendors within the market are individually owned businesses and offer goods including meat, fish, baked goods, vegetables, fruit, nuts, coffee, flowers, plants, exotic groceries and more. The market is also home to some of Atlanta's most popular restaurants including Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Bell Street Burritos. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., the market is located at 209 Edgewood Avenue Southeast. Parking is free with a validated ticket.
2. Morningside Farmers Market
The Morningside Famers Market is located across from Alon's Bakey in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. They are the only farmers market in Atlanta that requires all produce to be certified organic. In addition, the market features locally produced meats, bread and foods, certified organic flowers and artisan crafts. The market begins business every Saturday in the spring at 8 a.m. and closes around 11:30 a.m. Neighborhood parking is available nearby. Morningside is located at 1393 N. Highland Avenue.
3. East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is known for its fresh produce, artisan cheeses and grass-fed beef from Farm House Beef. In addition to food, EAVFM feature live music, cooking demos, local artists, kids activities and more. This market runs April 19th through December 13th on Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The EAV Market is located at 561 Flat Shoals Ave. across the street from the Midway Pub. Neighborhood parking is free.
4. Freedom Farmers Market
The Freedom Farmers Market at The Carter Center was formed by a small group of local farmers who wanted to bring their goods to the surrounding neighborhoods. Vendors offer a wide range of local products including fresh produce, bakery goods, cheese and dairy, farm fresh eggs, handmade preserves and honey, fresh coffee and much more. The market is located in the parking area of The Carter Center at 453 Freedom Pkwy NE. It runs from March to December and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
5. Piedmont Park Green Market
Starting in May and continuing through December, the Piedmont Park Conservancy hosts its Green Market, which features locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, farm fresh meats and local coffees and teas. The market also features different weekly activities, monthly kids’ cooking classes and seasonal workshops during the fall and winter. Covered and neighborhood parking is available. The Green Market is located at the Piedmont Avenue and 12th Street entrance of Piedmont Park.
6. Grant Park Farmers Market
The Grant Park Farmers Market opened in May 2011 as the pilot program of the Grant Park Conservancy. The market was named the “Best New Farmers Market” by Atlanta Magazine in 2012. With plenty of local options to explore, shoppers, foodies, bloggers and critics all agree that the Grant Park Farmers Market is the place to be on Sunday mornings. The market is open every Sunday mid-April through December from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.in Grant Park at the corner of Cherokee Ave & Milledge Ave. Free street parking is available.
7. Brookwood Farmers Market
Kids activities, live music and a variety of vendors are just a few attractions you'll find at the Brookwood Farmers Market. The BFM offers a host of world foods, local produce and meats, soaps, flowers and dairy products. This farmers market opens in May and remains open through the summer and take place every Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., rain or shine. The BFM recently moved to Brookwood Elementary School, which is located at 2980 Vaughan Drive in Cumming. Free parking is available at the elementary school and the surrounding neighborhood.
8. Brookhaven Farmers Market
The Brookhaven Farmer’s Market, sponsored by HAVEN and Valenza restaurants, is back for its third year. Shoppers will find locally grown and locally produced food and farm products from more than 20 farmers, food producers and artisans. Running from March to December, the market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The market is located at the Brookhaven Baptist Church at 1294 N Druid Hills Road NE. Free parking is available at the church.
9. Alpharetta Farmers Market
Founded in 2006, the Alpharetta Farmers Market goal is to provide fresh food items to local residents. Fresh fruits and vegetables, natural meats and fresh flowers and herbs are just a few of the items found at the market. Vendors also provide all sorts of goods from desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies and soaps. The market is located just off of Milton Ave. on Old Canton St. in Downtown Alpharetta. Opening in April, the market is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Free parking is available throughout Downtown Alpharetta.
10. Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Sponsored by the Cathedral of St. Phillip, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state, which means everything at the market has been grown, raised or made by the seller. This market offers many local and organic fruit and vegetables from a variety of growers, chef demonstrations and activities for kids. The market is open every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until noon, from April until December at the Cathedral of St. Phillip, which is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, NW. Limited on-site parking is available.