Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Shop Local, Buy Fresh from Georgia's Farmers Markets

Markets in each region of Georgia offer an abundance of locally grown and handcrafted products, local history and fun for the whole family. Below are a few farmers markets that should be at the top of your itinerary. Check the market schedules before you visit to confirm hours, location and special events, and find more markets and farms to visit on ExploreGeorgia.org.

Historic Heartland

The Oconee Farmers' Market in downtown Watkinsville showcases producers within a 100-mile radius of Oconee County. Each Saturday and Tuesday April through October, you can find naturally grown, chemical-free, heirloom fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, nuts, flowers, and even handmade soaps, birdhouses, decorated gourds and wood products.

Smiley's Flea & Farmers Market in Macon is one of Georgia's largest markets. Open on weekends year-round, Smiley's has more than 1,000 selling spaces, offering everything from fresh produce to garage sale items and collectibles.

Plantation Trace

The Downtown Sylvester Farmers' Market features produce, flowers, breads, jams and other goods from farmers and artisans in Worth, Crisp, Mitchell, Tift, Lee, Dougherty, Colquitt and Turner counties. Open Saturday mornings from June through November, the market helps sustain the regional agriculture economy.

Atlanta Metro

Open daily year-round just 5 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Atlanta State Farmers Market is considered one of the largest outdoor markets of its kind in the United States. It features a garden center, wholesale and retail activities, and a restaurant.

The indoor Buford Highway Farmers Market near Chamblee offers an incredible array of ethnic food varieties under one roof. This specialty farmers market, open daily year-round, offers unique and exotic produce, organic fruits and vegetables, and a diverse meat and seafood department.

The indoor Sweet Auburn Curb Market, accessible on the Atlanta Streetcar line, features local restaurants as well as vendors that offer fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh cuts of pork, beef and more. The historic market, open daily year-round, is inside the original Municipal Market building, which opened its doors in 1924.

Classic South

Open Saturday and Wednesday mornings May through November, the Washington County Farmers Market in Sandersville has a variety of locally grown produce, flowers and plants, as well as homemade jams, pickles and desserts. All items sold at the market are grown or made in Washington County by the vendors.

Presidential Pathways

Cordele, Georgia, is the Watermelon Capital of the World, and for that reason alone is worth a visit. Sweet, juicy watermelons, cantaloupes and local fruits and vegetables are featured at the Cordele State Farmers Market, a major watermelon buying and shipping point in the country. The market is open year-round, but stop in during June through August to see the market at the height of watermelon season.

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Union County takes pride in its agricultural roots by offering a local market on Tuesdays and Saturdays June through October that gives growers, artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters and painters a place to sell their goods. Food purchased at the Union County Farmers Market in Blairsville helps to support small family farms.

Magnolia Midlands

Shop the downtown Dublin Market on Madison Farmers Market Saturday mornings April through October to find local and organic produce, artisan foods, farm-raised eggs and raw honey. The open-air venue is a gathering place for the community and a terrific place to find handcrafted gifts.

The Coast

The Wilmington Island Farmers Market in Savannah is an outdoor market open Saturday mornings in the spring and fall. Shop for farm-fresh produce, arts and crafts, honey, breads, cheese and meats, and enjoy weekly special guests, story times, musical acts and guest chefs.

Historic High Country

Open daily, Mountain Valley Farm and Store in Ellijay sells its own farm-raised, grass-fed, dry-aged beef and free-range heritage pork. The meat is locally butchered and sold by the individual cuts. You also will find fresh eggs from pasture-raised chickens, local handmade cheeses, creamery butter, and lots more. Not to mention, you can visit the cows, pigs, goats, sheep and more animals right outside the store!

Jennifer Hill Booker is Georgia's Official Culinary Explorer. Click here for more culinary trip ideas from Jennifer.

Published: December 2015