Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

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Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

On Saturdays, Reynoldstown resident Erin Thoresen is hard at work, setting up tents and tables, getting everything ready for the Green Market at Piedmont Park.

It’s Thoresen’s third year of volunteering there. “When I moved to Atlanta, I wanted to get involved in groups that provide access to healthy food. I found out about the Green Market and I just keep going back. I love interacting with the visitors and talking with the vendors. It’s such a nice mix of people.”

Over in Brookhaven, Margie Eden and Lynn Roberts often fill their reusable shopping totes with produce from their favorite vendors at the Brookhaven Farmers Market.

Eden has been a shopper at the Brookhaven market from its earliest days as the Chamblee Farmers Market. “I have loved getting to know the vendors. Going shopping there is fun, just like an outing. When I have to miss a Saturday, I miss everyone, and when I go back, they tell me that they missed me,” Eden said.

Roberts lives in the town homes next to the Brookhaven market, so the location could not be more convenient. “I love going on Saturday mornings and getting whatever’s in season, whether it’s greens and root vegetables in the fall or potatoes with the dirt still on them in the summer. You can’t get that anywhere else. It all tastes so good. It’s become our habit to go on Saturdays and buy enough fresh food for the week, including prepared foods like the pot pies and soup and cheese. And their eggs, they’re like nothing you can get at the grocery store,” Roberts said.

Reagan Bartlett, 2, of Newnan appears to peruse the collards in a container at the Peachtree City Farmers Market on a recent Saturday morning. Then again, maybe she just likes the way they feel. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL For the AJC

Each spring and summer, farmers markets from Acworth to Chattahoochee Hills open for the season, joining year-round markets like the ones in Peachtree City and Marietta. The shoppers are all interested in fresh, healthy food and supporting farmers, bakers and cheese makers they’ve come to know personally.

Diane Calsbeek (left) of the Whole Dog Market has a spirited discussion and sale to return customer John Conti of Fayetteville, who’s buying his dog chicken gizzard treats on a recent Saturday morning at the market. The Whole Dog Market, with Atlanta locations, plus market presence, sells many one-of-a-kind treats for dogs, such as hand-made jerky and dried chicken heads. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL For the AJC

At the year-round Peachtree City Farmers Market, a long line of customers waited for a fix of Blue Donkey Coffee. John Conti of Fayetteville was carrying two reusable shopping bags he’d already filled with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, eggs, apples and broccoli. He was on his way to the booth of Whole Dog Market to pick up his weekly supply of dog treats.

“My wife and I come every Saturday. We shop here because everything is fresh and locally grown or made. I have cancer and we are paying more attention to what we eat. It’s all good stuff here, especially the eggs. They just taste better,” he said.

Judy and Scott Carnegie sample and purchase goat cheese from the Capra Gia Cheese Company booth at the Peachtree City Farmers Market recently. Scott is a culinary arts instructor at West Georgia Technical College in Douglasville. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL For the AJC

Sharpsburg resident Scott Carnegie and his wife, Judy, also had two reusable shopping bags in hand and were browsing the cheese selection at Capra Gia. Carnegie is an instructor in culinary arts at West Georgia Technical College. The couple are longtime supporters of the Peachtree City Farmers Market. “We come every week. We walk around the market and see what looks good, then plan our menus for the week based on that,” he said.

Last December, he and his class cooked a meal for Gov. Nathan Deal and 200 guests. “Everything was sourced from Georgia and most of it from the vendors here at the Peachtree City Market,” he said. And he’s purchased a whole hog from market vendor Happy Hogs of Double Hill Farms in Meriwether County to use for his charcuterie class.

Shopping at the Peachtree City Farmers Market isn’t just about food. For instance, you can find items such as handcrafted jewelry using beautiful natural elements by designer and artist Will Randall. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL For the AJC

Some seasonal markets are open only for the high season of summer, such as the Lilburn Farmers Market which opens in June. But Trish Biemiller is happy to wait until then. “I love that the market has so many of the same vendors back every year. They remember us and we remember them and it’s lots of fun.”

And she appreciates the fact that the market reflects Lilburn. “You see people you know, enjoy the live music and pick up a dinner from a food truck. I really connect all that with summer and the Lilburn Farmers Market.”

FARMERS MARKETS

This year, we’re noting which markets participate in Wholesome Wave Georgia. The program doubles federal nutrition assistance (SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP) dollars to increase access to locally grown food while supporting sustainable farmers and contributing to the local food economy.

Alpharetta Farmers Market

Opens April 15

21 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta

Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Longtime Avondale Estates Farmers Market vendor Circle M Farms will bring freshly picked green beans and potatoes in season. CONTRIBUTED BY AVONDALE ESTATES FARMERS MARKET For the AJC

Avondale Estates Farmers Market

Opens April 23

22 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates

Sundays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

What’s new? Opening day will feature music, a chef demo and an open pit lunch with Springer Mountain Farms chicken, Riverview Farms beef and pork and produce from the market’s vendors. Circle M Farms will be back, and the market is confirming other farmers and vendors.

Brookhaven Farmers Market

Opens April 22

1375 Fernwood Circle, Brookhaven

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon

What’s new? The 2017 market season will bring new vendors, returning favorites and even more family-friendly activities. You’ll find grass-fed meats, eggs, local produce, fresh-baked breads, ready-to-eat prepared foods, artisan goods and more.

Cotton Mill Farmers Market

Opens April 22

Plaza at Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, 251 Alabama St., Carrollton

Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The Cotton Mill market is moving to a new location as it starts its 16th year. There’s an “impromptu” market each week during the off season, but beginning April 22, the market is in full swing with Power of Produce kids’ activities every other week and children’s vendor days each month.

Decatur Farmers Market

308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur

Wednesdays: 4-7 p.m.

Saturday markets open April 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The market’s educational chef will be there every week with easy, healthy recipes for seasonal produce. Throughout the season, there are kids’ activities and occasional barbecue picnics. The picnics are fundraisers for their “Fresh for Less” program, helping make fresh and local food more affordable for everyone.

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Opens April 13

572 Stokeswood Ave. S.E., Atlanta

Thursdays: 4-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The market is in the same location but has a new address, which should make it easier to find via your GPS. They’ll continue to host seasonal community potlucks, and chef Carolynn Ladd of A Date With Figs will demo recipes each week. Look for the always fun Free Fried Okra Day, Chili Night and Kale Fest and get your hands dirty in the market’s educational garden.

East Point Farmers Market

2757 East Point St., East Point @ Fire Station #1

Wednesdays: 4-7 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? There’s live music this year along with the produce, baked goods, meat, coffee, eggs, organic snacks and pet care products. The market is just a block away from the East Point MARTA train station.

Fairburn Farmers Market

Opens May 19

Stage and Courtyard, 15 W. Broad St., Fairburn

Fridays: 5-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? This market, in its third year, brings together a range of local growers and food vendors including longtime Fairburn farmers Tony and Linda Scharko with Gilliam’s Community Garden, Pearson’s peaches and pecans, and Bliss Creek Farm and its goat milk bath and body products.

Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center is one of the farmers markets you can visit on a Saturday morning. CONTRIBUTED BY WWW.BECKYSTEINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM (2015) For the AJC

Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-December; 9 a.m.-noon January and February

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? Most months, the market hosts a day featuring the fruit or vegetable of the month with restaurant chefs using it in the restaurant pop-up tent, demos and special offerings from farmers and value-added vendors.

Fresh MARTA Markets

West End Station

Opens Tuesday, May 9, 3-7 p.m.

680 Lee St. S.W., Atlanta

H.E. Holmes Station

Opens Wednesday, May 24, 3-7 p.m.

70 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive N.W., Atlanta

College Park Station

Opens Thursday, May 25, 3-7 p.m.

3800 Main St., College Park

Five Points Station

Opens Friday, May 12, 3-7 p.m.

30 Alabama St. S.W., Atlanta

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The Fresh MARTA Markets will include even more locally sourced produce from Georgia and Atlanta farmers this year, as well as introduce value-added products to the stations including pre-cut fruit cups and salads.

Grant Park Farmers Market

Opens April 2

600 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta

Sundays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? This market has more than 40 weekly vendors. Spread out across the western end of Grant Park, it has ample space to picnic and shop. Look for local cheese, meats and vegetables including some grown right in Grant Park. This year, there will be an educational chef every week, more Community Yard Sales and Brunch in the Park for Mother’s Day.

Green Market at Piedmont Park

Opens March 18

12th Street and Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What’s new? The Green Market at Piedmont Park will have new vendors this year, including Baker Springs Farm, Artisan Ghee from Saivori and locally sourced Pecan Milk from the Pecan Milk Cooperative. Weekly chef demonstrations focus on the “how to” of cooking, and there are monthly cooking demos with a registered dietitian.

Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market

Opens April 15

6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs

Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-noon

What’s new? The market has added new vendors such as King of Pops, Mountain Earth Farms, Front Field Farm and Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood among others. The market has plenty of room for vendors and plenty of parking. There’ll be live music again this year to entertain you while you shop.

Historic Downtown Acworth Farmers Market

Opens April 7

4583 Church St., Acworth

Fridays: 8 a.m.-noon

What’s new? The market is sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, and they’re still reviewing vendor applications for the new season. But in addition to their traditional mix of folks selling vegetables, eggs, honey and bedding plants, they will be adding locally roasted coffee and perhaps even a vendor with mushrooms.

Kennesaw Farmers Market

Opens May 1

2820 Cherokee St., Kennesaw

Mondays: 3:30-7:30 p.m.

What’s new? The market is planning fun events for the season. Check Facebook for information. New this year will be vegan prepared food options, and the market continues to run in conjunction with its food truck event, Dinner at the Depot, so visitors can have dinner and shop.

Lilburn Farmers Market

Opens June 2

1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn

Fridays: 4-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The Lilburn market offers chef demos every week using ingredients available from its farmers and other vendors. Come watch the demo and take home a new recipe and the ingredients to make it. Other special activities include tractor-pulled hayrides, face painting and a Little Free Library.

Mableton Farmers Market

Opens June 1

5239 Floyd Road, Mableton

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

The Marietta Square Farmers Market has more than 65 vendors offering everything from fruits and vegetables to home goods and kitchen staples. CONTRIBUTED BY WWW.BECKYSTEINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM (2015) For the AJC

Marietta Square Farmers Market

65 Church St., Marietta

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday markets open May 7, noon-3 p.m.

What’s new? The Marietta Square Farmers Market has more than 65 vendors offering everything from fruits and vegetables to home goods and kitchen staples. Arrive empty handed and leave with everything you need to make from-scratch meals at home. You can even dress your dinner table with freshly cut local flowers.

In the mood for mushrooms, such as these from Elm Street Gardens? Check out the vendors at Morningside Farmers Market. CONTRIBUTED BY WWW.BECKYSTEINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM (2016) For the AJC

Morningside Farmers Market

1393 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta.

Saturdays: 8-11:30 a.m.

What’s new? This certified organic market is making a few changes this year, including adding a chef pop-up, benches for enjoying your Cafe Campesino coffee and La Calavera snack and children’s activities. Chef David Sweeney will do the market’s first chef pop-up on Saturday, March 4.

Norcross Community Market

Opens June 3

Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? This is the second season for this market that sits at the top of Norcross’ five-acre Lillian Webb Park. They’re also hosting a pre- and post-season market at Summerour Middle School in connection with the school, its PTA and Gardens for Growing Community, which has a teaching garden there.

Peachtree City Farmers Market

215 Northlake Drive, Peachtree City

Wednesdays and Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Saturday markets open April 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Wednesday markets open April 19, 4:30-8 p.m.

2744 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? It’s the 10th anniversary year for this large producer-only market. Last year, they added Wednesday night markets with an emphasis on market dinners and local brews. This year, Nick Leahy of Saltyard will open the chef demo series that’s a highlight of the Saturday morning markets.

Ponce City Farmers Market on the Beltline

Open April 11

“The Shed” on the Eastside Beltline trail just outside Ponce City Market

Tuesdays: 4-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? First Tuesdays each month will be “Tasty Tuesdays” with special vendors sampling their foods grown and made in Georgia. An educational chef will be on hand each week to demonstrate new, easy and healthy recipes using seasonal produce.

Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market

Opens April 15

City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell

Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

Serenbe Farmers and Artists Market

Opens April 8

Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What’s new? The market offers organic produce, fresh pasta, granola, goat milk soaps, textiles and original artwork. There are children’s activities and live music and monthly chef demos.

Snellville Farmers Market

Opens June 3

On the Town Green in front of Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville

Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Stone Mountain Farmers Market

Opens April 18

Municipal Parking Lot, 922 Main St., Stone Mountain

Tuesdays: 4-7 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The market is still working on its vendor list but expects to have lots of fresh food and artisan goods at this community gathering place.

Suwanee Farmers Market

Opens May 13 for the weekly market

Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee

Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon

What’s new? This year, the Suwanee market began hosting a monthly market during the “off season.” On March 11 and April 8, the market will be open 9-11 a.m. The regular season will run from May 13 through September, and then the monthly markets will be in place for October, November and December.

Sweet Apple Farmers and Artisans Market

320 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell

Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.

What’s new? This year-round market is on its seventh season. New this year has been the addition of Loud Mouth Farms with its supply of specialty mushrooms, including medicinal varieties such as reishi. As the weather warms up and days get longer, the market will extend to 6 p.m. beginning March 16.

Tucker Farmers Market

Opens April 6

2333 Main St., Tucker

Thursdays: 4-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

West End Beltline Farmers Market

Opens June 2

Gordon White Park, 1354 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W., Atlanta

Fridays: 4-8 p.m.

Wholesome Wave Georgia partner market

What’s new? The market is expanding its offerings with eggs and more value-added products such as salsa, jam and desserts. Things are still being finalized, but you might find fresh chicken as well. Master gardener and resident chef Sister DeBorah Williams will show you how to cook up quick and simple dishes like peppers and onions and tomatoes with basil. She’ll even cook up your purchases so you can take home a ready-made meal.

Woodstock Farm Fresh Market

Opens May 6

Market Street in downtown Woodstock between Mill and Maple streets

Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-noon

What’s new? The market is still taking applications for vendors for the year. All produce vendors are required to grow at least 85 percent of the produce they bring to market.

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