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Three Must-Try Georgia Farmer’s Markets

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    Photo courtesy of Valdosta Main Street

We are so lucky to have a state so rife with humane farms and sustainable growers—and, of course, with that comes incredible farmer’s markets in nearly every neighborhood in Georgia. Here are three of our favorites we recommend hitting this season:

Photo courtesy of Community Farmers Markets
Photo courtesy of Community Farmers Markets

Name of the Market: Community Farmers Markets (Decatur Farmers Markets, Grant Park Farmers Market and East Atlanta Village Farmers Market)

City: Atlanta

Dates Open: April through December (check each market’s website for more details)

What to Look For: This non-profit organization has four farmer’s markets, all of which provide fresh, nutritious food options, like organic, free-range, non-GMO products naturally grown within 10 miles of the city, alongside homemade desserts, bath and pet products.

Fun Fact: All four markets also participate in the “Double Your Dollars” Program in partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia, which doubles food stamp values at the market, and the “My Market Club” program with Georgia Organics, which gives new customers incentives to come back, like $5 spending certificates.

Photo courtesy of Athens Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Athens Farmers Market

Name of the Market: Athens Farmers Market

City: Athens

Dates Open: Saturdays at Bishop Park from April through December, and Wednesdays at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. from April through November

What to Look For: This warm and welcoming farmer’s market offers a festive mix of growers bringing in-season produce (all of which is either Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown) alongside unique prepared foods, local artisans, live music, coffee from local roaster 1000 Faces.

Fun Fact: The famous Farm Cart food truck has been revived and sets up shop at this market, serving their legendary Southern buttermilk biscuits made with organic flour and local meats.

Photo courtesy of Valdosta Main Street
Photo courtesy of Valdosta Main Street

Name of the Market: Downtown Valdosta Farm Days

City: Valdosta

Dates Open: The first and third Saturdays from May through October, and every Saturday in June

What to Look For: This producers-only farmer’s market sets itself apart by mandating that all vendors must grow or hand-make anything they sell (read: there’s no marked-up resale items). Expect a bounty of locally-sourced produce, prepared food items and arts and crafts.

Fun Fact: In an effort to educate the community on healthy eating, fun cooking demos and info-packed takeaways are available on-site.

Kate Parham Kordsmeier

Kate is a freelance food and travel writer for more than 100 publications. Click here to read more culinary content from Kate