Everyone loves a good farmers market. What better way to spend your weekend, than shopping for fresh produce from your local farmers? But Georgia takes farmers markets up a notch—probably because they’re one of the top agricultural producing states in the country. If you’ve ever been to a farmers market in Georgia, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. And if you haven’t? Then here’s a list of some of the best:
1. Your DeKalb Farmers Market—3000 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
The DeKalb Farmers Market began on June 2nd, 1977 as a small produce stand in Decatur, Georgia. Since inception, the farmers market has grown in leaps and bounds to be one of the biggest in the entire state.
2. TLW at East Point—2757 East Point St. East Point, GA 30344
Truly Living Well farmers markets are held every Wednesday in East Point, every Friday in downtown Atlanta, and every Saturday in the Old Fourth Ward 52 weeks out of the year. And get this: They also harvest everything fresh from the farm on market days.
3. Tucker Farmers Market—Main Street, Tucker, GA 2333 Main St., Tucker, GA 30084
The Tucker Farmers Market is such an amazing market, as it strives to bring together area farmers and artisans to offer their products to the community. Their mission is made up of three parts: 1) supporting small, local businesses and independent producers. 2) to encourage a better community and 3) to promote the continued rejuvenation of the Main Street Tucker area. How cool!
4. Atlanta Farmers Market—16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297
At 150 acres, this Atlanta Farmers Market is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world. They distribute fresh produce from local farms seven days a week.
5. Sweet Auburn Curb Market—209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
This is truly an urban farmers market in the finest sense. Founded in 1918, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market offers an exciting array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and fish. The overall mission is to unite rural and urban Georgians through food and activities.
6. La Grange Farmers Market—606 Greenville St, LaGrange, GA 30241
It might not be the most sprawling or bustling farmers market in the state, but it sure does produce some great stuff year in and year out. Not only can you snag fresh fruits and veggies, but they also grow trees, plants, and flowers, too.
7. Farmers Fresh CSA—207 Adamson Square, Carrollton, GA 30117
Farmers Fresh CSA is a cooperative group of small sustainable farmers in West Georgia that started in 2004 when several farmers got together to look for better ways to market their produce. They currently work with more than 50 growers and producers, to provide seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs, fresh-baked bread, eggs, meat, grains, flowers and more. You can even order as a subscription online if you can't make it out to visit.
8. Monroe Farmers Market—215 N. Broad Street , Monroe, GA 30655
The cool thing about this market (beyond the fresh produce and activities each Saturday) are their goals. 1) provide local growers an outlet to showcase and market products; 2) publicize the importance of locally grown products; 3) provide opportunities for presentations and demonstrations related to agriculture, gardening, food safety and preparation; and 4) allow citizens of Monroe and the surrounding area the opportunity to buy healthy, locally grown products to enhance their quality of lifestyle. What more can you ask for?
9. Athens Farmers Market—122 Hendrix Ave, Athens, GA, 30601
The Athens Farmers Market is a not-for-profit corporation, which provides healthy, affordable, and fresh produce for the community. The market makes sure sustainable methods are used in growing the produce in order to reduce energy consumption and provide foods that are free of chemicals.
10. The Dirt Farm—1297 Wesleyan Drive, Macon, GA 31210
The Dirt Farm offers Certified Organic produce and fruits that are grown using natural practices. They also offer fresh breads and eggs too, which are sustainably grown. You can't beat chemical-free foods that are locally grown.
Have you been to any of the markets listed above? Or maybe you have another one that didn’t make the list. Let us know so that we can check it out!