Though I may be from San Francisco I would hardly call myself a hippie. I hate composting, I like Range Rovers, giving the “peace sign” annoys me, and saving the dolphins is nice, but not necessary. The only real “flower child-esque” thing about me is my visits to local farmers markets– a random pastime I picked up in Boston.
I began my Saturday afternoon activity because, like any person with a brain, I enjoyed the low price point, organic veggies and handmade accouterments. Why raid Whole Foods and spend $60 when I could barter with a farmer and get a free bar of soap and a bag of veggies for $2.50? Addiction 101.
While in Boston I promised myself that if/when I moved I would find a local market and continue snagging my veggies on the cheap. So, when I moved to my small college town, I did just that. However, Oxford sucked. NO ONE WANTS TO EAT RADISHES AND CAULIFLOWER ON A NORMAL BASIS!
My Mississippi street market “love” was crushed. Hence, when I came to Atlanta I was weary of bad produce and appalling bartering techniques. Thankfully I found the opposite.
I weaned myself into the world of year-round farmers markets with a trip to Decatur. Addiction 102. I was teleported into a land of fresh fish, homemade Boudin, cheese from around the globe, and bread stuffed with WHATEVER you want.
Decatur Farmers Market is a paradise for any foodie, hippie, health freak mom, or people named Sterling.
So, if you’re a bon vivant, flower child, psycho, or named after a winery you might like to visit some of Atlanta’s newly opened markets (courtesy of Access Atlanta):
Decatur Farmers Market
This year-round farmers market opens twice a week. By alternating day/evening and weekday/weekend times, the market is accessible to a wide audience. Tink’s Grassfed Beef, Goodness Gracious Granola, Nazifa’s Bakery and Mercier Orchards are among the vendors.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays year-round at 498 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays March-October and 3-6 p.m. November-February at 163 Clairmont Ave., Decatur.
Dunwoody Green Market
This market has a new location this year at the Shops of Dunwoody. Participating vendors must be certified organic or naturally grown. You’ll find honey, free-range eggs, beef, pork, poultry, cured meats and more. This market also offers a Community Supported Agriculture program.
8 a.m.-noon Wednesdays through November. 5500 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
This community market offers live music, a kid’s activity booth and weekly cooking demos to create a festive atmosphere. It offers close to 40 vendors, including Atlanta Gourmet Mushrooms, Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens, Cafe Campesino, Revolution Doughnuts and Honeysuckle Gelato.
4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 12. 561 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta.
Grant Park Farmers Market
Originally started as a pilot program of the Grant Park Conservancy in 2011, this market continues to grow. Look for demos by popular Atlanta chefs, including Todd Richards, Joe Truex, Shaun Doty and Hugh Acheson. Small, local producers like Frolona Farm, Jackson Lowe Vegetable Farm, Atlanta Fresh Artisan Creamery and Riverview Farms participate each week.
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays April 21-Dec. 15. 600 Cherokee Ave, Atlanta.
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