Georgia’s commercial hub, Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city touted for its fast-paced life among its Southern neighbours. The brilliant public transportation system, intriguing tourist attractions, delicious culinary experiences, and bountiful markets – the city truly makes for the heart of the American South. It is the home to some of the biggest American brand names such as the TV news channel CNN and the beverage giant, Coca Cola. Also, if you’re a shopping enthusiast, you’ll find local markets in Atlanta a real treat. Here are some fantastic farmers’ markets that sell a variety of fresh veggies/fruits, handmade products, and more. Are all the shopaholics listening?
1. Ponce City Farmers Market
All you organic farming enthusiasts, listen up! This one’s totally for you. A community of urban farmers, local food talent, as well as pop-up chefs come together and sell items that they produce themselves. Found on the BeltLine entrance of the Ponce City Market on Tuesdays, it is mostly accessed on foot or by a cycle. Cold-pressed juices, organically-grown veggies and fruits, artisanal candles, natural skin care products – the list of things you can buy from here is just endless! Cosmos Organic Farm, Bread and Butter Farms, Bamboo Juices are some of the many amazing vendors who put up their goodies for sale.
Ponce City Farmers Market
Address: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Website: Ponce City Farmers Market
Opening hours: Tuesdays 4 pm - 8 pm
2. Peachtree Road Farmers Market
If you are in Atlanta between March-December, you’ll find the neighbourhood of The Cathedral of St Philip bustling with enthu-cutlets flocking towards the Peachtree Road Farmers Market every Saturday morning between 9 am - 12 pm. Live bands/singers crooning melodious tracks, energetic shoppers jostling by, and fresh produce in abundance, it is an environment of sheer energy. A producer-only farmers market, you’ll find all kinds of freshly-produced meats, dairy, and veggies here. The vendors swear by fair prices for all items sold there, so you need not worry about being ripped off. Posing itself as a nonprofit community, the market sees some of the best chef demos and special events as well. The market is also equipped with an information desk, so all you tourists do not need to worry about anything. There are also some great picnic spots and playgrounds near the market. Don’t forget to add this to your to-do list for the next time you’re in Atlanta.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Address: 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
Website: Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Opening hours: March - December, Saturday 9 am - 12 pm
3. East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
Setup in a lush park across the Midway Pub on Thursday evenings, it is one of Atlanta’s oldest farmers markets. Locally-produced foods and artisanal products like jewellery or soaps are its main attractions. Gardening lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that they also have something called Edible Learning Garden wherein you’ll get all the information the gardener in you is looking for. If you’re peckish, you can even grab some yummies to munch on and guess what – they’re entirely sustainably-produced!
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
Address: 572 Stokeswood Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30316
Website: East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
Opening hours:Thursday 4 pm - 8 pm
4. Krog Street Market
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Looking for some lip-smacking local food options? Head to the Krog Street Market. Sitting in the heart of the Inman Park, this one’s a true reflection of the Southern wholesomeness. Here, you will find yourself amid eager vendors, dedicated producers, and some excited shoppers. You can not only buy ingredients but even savour a hearty meal packed with punchy flavours. Makimono, The Ticonderoga Club, and Suzy Sui’s are a few restaurants we can name among a horde of others. Enjoy some tasty cocktails while listening to live music at Superica or lounge in the living room if you find yourself becoming lazy. There’s something for everyone here.
Krog Street Market
Address: 99 Krog St NE Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Website: Krog Street Market
Opening hours: Tuesday - Thursday 7 am - 9 pm; Friday 7 am - 10 pm; Saturday 8 am - 10 pm; Sunday 8 am - 9 pm
5. Starlight Six Giant Flea Market
Hosted in the grounds of Atlanta’s sole drive-in theatre, visit this one to experience a party-like vibe. Shops/stalls are setups in the grounds with open-air movie screens and shoppers can stroll about looking at a variety of goods, ranging from jewellery to furniture, at affordable rates. The vendors change each week, so you can never get bored of dropping by. Weekends in Atlanta can never get boring as this flea market takes place every Saturday and Sunday and charges a nominal entry fee of 50 cents per guest. However, do note that food items aren’t sold here, only coffee and some snacks. They also keep hosting special events, so do remember to check out their website if you’re planning to head there.
Starlight Six Giant Flea Market
Address: 2000 Moreland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA., 30316
Website: Starlight Six Giant Flea Market
Opening hours: Weekends 6 am - 3 pm
6. The Emory Farmers Market
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Setup every Tuesday at Cox Hall Bridge at the Emory University, this market brings Georgia’s farmers and food business owners closer to their customers. A weekly gathering of local vendors, informed culinary professionals, chefs, and customers, its main aim is to promote healthy and delicious food choices. The faculty and students of the university put in a lot of effort to ensure that knowledge is properly shared in this forum. Blue Donkey Coffee, Castle Rock Honey, Pearson Farm, Revolutionary Doughnuts are a few out of the many vendors you’ll find here.
The Emory Farmers Market
Address: 569 Asbury Circle, Cox Hall Bridge, Atlanta, Georgia
Website: The Emory Farmers Market
Opening hours: Tuesday 11 am - 3 pm
7. Grant Park Farmers Market
Are you following various high-profile chefs on your social media handles and secretly wishing to meet them someday? Well, that wish might just come true if you head to the Grant Park Farmers Market. Packed with a weekly dose of celebrity chef demonstrations, this marketplace is the place to be every Sunday morning. While here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by keen shoppers and their cute pets, food bloggers, and critics. With plentiful seating and an excitable environment, it is a great place to enjoy an incredible combination of food and community.
Grant Park Farmers Market
Address: 600 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Website: Grant Park Farmers Market
Opening hours: Sunday 9 am - 1 pm
8. Morningside Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning is a vibrant affair at the Highland Avenue in Atlanta. Organic food lovers find themselves heading to the Morningside Farmer’s Market where everything sold is not only locally-produced, but you also get a chance to chat with the producers. Chef demonstrations are also another attraction. If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to try their famous smoked salmon on a crisp potato cake. Are you salivating yet? Head there early if you want a chance to purchase some of the good stuff as stocks run out pretty quickly. There’s ample of parking space available, so don’t worry about how you’ll carry all that stuff back.
Morningside Farmer's Market
Address: 1393 N. Highland Ave Atlanta GA 30306
Website: Morningside Farmer’s Market
Opening hours: Saturday 8 am - 11:30 am
9. The Municipal Market
Locally known as The Curb Market, it is one of the oldest ones in Atlanta. Local produce, bakeries, and some great little eateries, this one’s open all days of the week. The store owners are friendly and happily engage in a chat with you about the products they’re selling. It is not all that big, so do visit this market for an old-worldly charm that it has. Also, if you get hungry while shopping, don’t forget to try the South American pies, Venezuelan Arepas, and some fantastic burritos at the restaurants here.
The Municipal Market
Address: 209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Website: The Municipal Market
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 8 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
10. Oakland City Market Place
If you’re done with those farmer’s markets, this one’s a market for those looking to purchase some knick-knacks without burning a hole in their pockets. Electronics, art, household goods, furniture, they sell a wide variety of things here. However, for clothes and accessories, you’ll find yourself pretty spoilt for choice here. They are open on all days of the week and have about 22 shops inside the discounted mall. You’ll also find vendors who provide repair services here. It is housed inside a mall, so even bad weather won’t be able to dampen your shopping spirit.
Oakland City Market Place
Address: 1149 Lee St SW Atlanta, GA 30310
Website: Oakland City Market Place
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 7 pm; Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Definitely not gone with the wind
Atlanta, even in today’s times, is just as commercially-rich as it is shown to be in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Claimed as the ‘Capital of the South’, the city is a peachy option for those looking for a wide variety of things to do. If you’re done shopping, you may want to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, the CNN studio, the Centennial Olympic Park, and the High Museum. Come on, experience the abundance this city is enriched with. Atlanta’s waiting!
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