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Shopping the farmers markets

Morningside Farmers Market

Morningside Farmers Market

Sometimes I think there are more farmers markets than farmers these days. When I first moved to Atlanta in the late 1990’s, the Morningside Farmers Market was the only game in town. But what a game. All organic. Friendly local farmers. It was where I tried my first Black Krim heirloom tomato and my first Georgia blueberries. I learned to get there early or I’d never get my hands on a dozen farm eggs.

The Piedmont Park Green Market soon followed. I went a few times and found the produce less interesting, but the add-ons a draw. One could get a nice pastry and coffee while shopping, and then pick up a bag of cookies and some dried pasta.

But now it seems the biggest player among the intown markets is the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, where dozens of vendors sell produces, fresh cheeses and meats, frozen tamales, handicrafts and all kinds of food to consume on site — from Holeman & Finch Bread Co. croissants to Souper Jenny chowder.

And there are more:

The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market now has the inexhaustible Judith Winfrey of Love is Love Farm at the helm. The Decatur Farmers Market offers a small selection of organic vegetables and bread. The East Lake Farmers Market provides an alternative for its underserved community; when former president Jimmy Carter showed up at the market his picture was soon all over Twitter. The Studioplex Green Market, which debuted last year in the Old Fourth Ward, brings in produce from Rabun and Habersham counties.

Are there others? Assuredly. I haven’t even mentioned the multitude OTP.

This is all great news, even if at this point in early spring we’re still seeing a lot of turnips, kale, onions and salad greens. Not to belittle these tasty vegetables, but it can be hard to communicate the joys of eating seasonally when the season offers only the greenery of childhood nightmares.

Last Saturday was the beginning of my market season. My heart lies with Morningside because I know the farmers, I anticipate the seasons and always look forward to the after-market trip to Alon’s for bread, cheese and coffee. But only Woodland Gardens had the bountiful display that got people in that special veggie mood. The carrots and leeks were bundled and piled just so like the greengrocer produce in the Richard Scarry children’s books. There were also mounds of the first tomatoes of the season on display. So the line for Woodland Gardens stretched through the market, while the other producers sat by. I waited for a while and gave up, opting instead for a lovely selection of salad greens, onions and turnips from Crystal Organics. There was also some green garlic, which felt like a find. Yet I was too late for eggs: not a one in the market. I wish it had a bit more of the party atmosphere at Peachtree Road, but then again, tomato season is soon upon us.

For contact information on these and other area markets, go here.

And check out Rana Cash’s tips for organic vegetable shopping on a budget.

57 comments Add your comment

Jon

May 11th, 2010
11:24 am

John – worth passing on that three local Atlanta farmers markets accept and double the value of food stamps/EBT cards:

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
Morningside Farmers Market
East Side’s Truly Living Well Urban Farm

Lauren

May 11th, 2010
11:55 am

Peachtree Rd Farmers Market accepts and doubles EBT/ SNAP Benefits.

[...] By the way, check out food writer John Kessler’s take on the area’s top farmers markets. [...]

Jessica

May 11th, 2010
12:08 pm

The Riverside Farmers Market will open on Saturday, May 15 and run through October 30, every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon. This year the market is moving to a new location at Roswell City Hall, allowing for more parking. The market features Georgia-grown produce, meat, and eggs from within 100 miles. It’s coordinated by the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service.

Doug Williams

May 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

East Lake is applying for EBT and is seeking funding to support the Wholesome Wave plan to double food stamps. We also will have fresh peaches starting the last weekend in May, and will have a peach pie/cobbler cook off the first weekend in July!

Steven A.

May 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

Worth noting that the Decatur Farmer’s Market will launch its Saturday morning (9 to 12) incarnation this weekend at the corner of Trinity and N. McDonough (across the street from Chick-fil-a). It will continue to operate its Wednesday afternoon market in tandem.

http://decaturfarmersmarket.com/wordpress/

Amanda

May 11th, 2010
12:32 pm

I drug my husband out of bed a couple of times last year to get to the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market and felt that the prices were a little steep. I couldn’t help but wonder if the same farmers could be found with lower prices on Wednesdays at the Decatur one. I’m fine with paying a little more for local food even if it isn’t “certified” organic but I had a hard time paying so much more than I would pay with Moore Farms and Friends. Not to mention that they deliver to the Cook’s Warehouse by my house and I don’t have to make an extra trip to the ATM. The Chamblee Farmer’s Market is in the planning stages and will hopefully be a reality soon. I’ll support it no matter what but I’m hoping we don’t see Buckhead prices.

Jon

May 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

Lauren – thanks for the info on Peachtree Road accepting EBT – I hadn’t heard! Is it through Wholesome Wave?

It also reminded me that I think the Decatur Farmers Market also recently started accepting EBT/
SNAP . . any folks in the know want to confirm that?

Doug – excited to hear that East Lake is in the application process.

Jj

May 11th, 2010
12:39 pm

I LOVE the Suwanee Farmer’s Market. I would much rather give the local farmers my money, as opposed to other countries. I ask each Vendor where the stuff is grown. I have bought homemade organic Banana Nut bread, and pumpkin bread, which is made fresh in Cleveland, GA.

I bought some delicious asparagus and new potatos this weekend, among other items. Roasted the Asparagus with some olive oil, salt & lime juice. We roasted the new potatoes also. Best I’ve ever had!!! Suwanee Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8:00 till noon, and new this year, Tuesday afternoons 4-7. They are located in Suwanee Town Park, and the corner of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Lori

May 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

There is also the Dunwoody Green Market on Wed. from 8am-noon in the Dunwoody Village parking lot

Morningside supporter

May 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

The city of Atlanta is trying to make the operation of community farmer’s markets much more difficult and expensive through an onerous permitting process. Protect your farmer’s markets and talk to your city council representative to help pave the way for farmer’s markets to continue to grow and thrive.

Dana

May 11th, 2010
2:48 pm

Sandy Springs Farmer’s Market in the old Target parking lot opened 5/1. Went on Sat, braved the cold and high winds. Bought some delicious fresh mozz from a vendor that also sells greek yogurt. (Atlanta Creamery, maybe?)

All sorts of vendors. Love it.

ShawnC

May 11th, 2010
3:45 pm

Look out for the Chamblee Farmers Market coming in June! I am one of many people working very hard to get it up and running. Check out http://www.chambleefarmersmarket.com for more info.

C

May 11th, 2010
4:09 pm

Nice job, thanks again for completely ignoring your non itp readers.

Gabrielle

May 11th, 2010
4:18 pm

I try to get to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market every Saturday. Love, love, love it!

VoiceOf Reason

May 11th, 2010
4:50 pm

I go to the regular, non fancy but wonderful State Farmer’s Market off 75 in Forest Park. Love it!!

Debbie

May 11th, 2010
5:09 pm

While Moore Farms and Friends offers delivery service from various farms, it is not exactly the same as supporting your local, Atlanta area farmers. The majority of their sources are located in Alabama. As I do not want my organic food trucked in from California, I also do not want my local food trucked in from Alabama or Tennessee. It’s worth the extra money to support the farmers in the Atlanta metro area (those within 30-90 minutes of Atlanta), in my opinion.

y

May 11th, 2010
5:38 pm

food stamps?

MUSTANG100

May 11th, 2010
5:41 pm

Ditto on the State Farmer’s Market. And not too far away in Forest Park at the corner of Governor’s and Main (406 Main, to be exact) just across the railroad tracks, is a meat market, Arko Veal Company, that CANNOT be beat. Prime T-bones @5.49 lb., prime ribeyes 5.89 lb., whole skinless deboned chicken breasts @1.79 lb. FRESH GROUND hamburger 1.79 lb., etc. If it clucked, mooed, oinked, or bleated, they have it at HALF of any local so-called ‘farmer’s market’ and WalMart, much less any grocery chain. They also offer bulk mixed meat packaged deals that come out to around 1.15 lb., that’s Arko Veal Company, where you WILL double your meat purchase dollar for dollar.

y

May 11th, 2010
5:43 pm

Do they double the value of a dollar?Then i would go for sure!

MUSTANG100

May 11th, 2010
5:47 pm

y, go check out t-bone and ribeye prices at Publix and do the math.

Michele Niesen

May 11th, 2010
5:48 pm

Hey there, I was market manager of StudioPlex last year, but couldn’t throw the time at it this year from up here in Habersham. I just heard from the building owner over there, that they aren’t going to do it at all now, just so everyone knows. It’s a bummer, but I think with more markets than farmers, the farmers are really spread thin. We def need more farming going on in Georgia! Get yer spades out!

y

May 11th, 2010
5:56 pm

I was just wondering how if these places will double the value of food stamps if they would double the value of my dollar?

Farmers Market Lover

May 11th, 2010
6:53 pm

The Marietta Square Farmers Market offers over 50 vendors to choose from. So much variety to choose from. 9am-noon every Saturday…come check it out…totally worth it!

y

May 11th, 2010
6:55 pm

Farmers market lover.Do they take food stamps?

Kelly Walczak

May 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

The New Brookwood Farmers’ Market will open on Friday, May 21st from 4-8pm. This is a producer only, Georgia grown and/or made market. Lots of organic produce, breads, meats, flowers, crafts, music, and entertainment. Located in the Johns Creek area. Go to http://www.brookwoodfarmersmarket.com for more information.

A

May 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

I wish that I could fill my basket full of expensive cheese and organic veggies. However, I do not get a free ride and have to pay for all of those getting their food stamps doubled at the farmer’s market. I need to become a liberal, quit my job, and sit in my section 8 house all day nibbling on $15/lb cheese and sipping lattes. Must be nice!!!

y

May 11th, 2010
8:31 pm

A this is what i have been asking I have to pay for everything also!!!!! So will they double my dollar? NO REPLY AT ALL. And it must be nice!!!!

Katherine

May 11th, 2010
8:32 pm

A- the money to double food stamps at farmers markets is from a private foundation. We liberals do encourage you to quit your job and move to section 8 housing. I think you will find that life is very hard there, and nobody is nibbling cheese and sipping lattes. But, if you keep your job and shop responsibly at the farmers market, you might find yourself healthier and happier!

y

May 11th, 2010
8:51 pm

katherine your right they are selling crack!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hmmm

May 11th, 2010
9:54 pm

Why is there no mention of the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market just outside of 285 on Buford Highway? That’s practically the largest farmer’s market in Atlanta and the produce is so much cheaper than the others mentioned.

janet

May 11th, 2010
10:01 pm

The Roswell Riverside Farmers Market (now at City Hall) has the best fresh eggs. Unlike the Marietta Market which doesn’t have to be locally grown to be sold in it, everything at the Roswell Market must be Georgia locally grown. And No Longer Bound sells the most beautiful plants, perennials and herbs. And this year the market will stay open until the end of October.

Gary

May 11th, 2010
10:15 pm

A

May 11th, 2010
10:19 pm

Katherine-I have seen quite a bit of expensive cheese paid for by food stamps at the local farmer’s markets. Unfortunately, I have to budget when I go to these places. Perhaps this special organization could give me half price, since I am paying with cash. It’s the same as matching foodstamps. However, the freeloaders(liberals) consider the expensive cheese and organic veggies an entitlement. Guess $15/lb cheese is better for the environment than crack. Go Green!

[...] Edit Credits: Georgia Organics, PickYourOwn.Org, AJC/John Kessler [...]

praying for stupidity

May 12th, 2010
10:17 am

Y and A are haters this discussion is about farmers markets why is it so personal for you all did you apply and they turned you down? Good grief…..thanx for info on the double of food stamps will pass it on to the section 8 tenants i got living in one of my homes hard working responsible tenants….

Lauren

May 12th, 2010
12:06 pm

To respond to comments above. Peachtree Rd Farmers market does accept EBT/ SNAP benefits (food stamps) and doubles the value through the wholesome wave program. This program makes healthy local food accessible to many people.
PRFM is also a producer only market so every item sold has been raised, grown or made by seller. All our market members are also local to Georgia. We have 22 farmers and plenty of variety. http://www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

Stephanie

May 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

I love the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market. We live in Garden Hills and it’s become part of our summer routine to grab the dog and the stroller and walk over early Saturday morning with a shopping tote in hand. I like supporting local businesses and feeding my family fresh food. Yes, it is more expensive than shopping at Publix, but it’s still cheaper than eating out.

Souffle Chef

May 12th, 2010
3:41 pm

Many thanks to the readers citing the locations of farmers markets OTP. John, how about a column reviewing OTP farmers markets? I know it’s astonishing for many to believe, but real cooks and foodies with refined tastes and palates actually reside OTP.

While I’m on a roll, an update of international food sources beyond Buford Hwy just might be in order. It was Wednesday, December 7, 2005 when the article “Globally Yummy” was published. Time for an update, please!

William

May 12th, 2010
3:44 pm

I travel up 985 past Gainesville to Jaemors sometimes even further north into the Georgia mountains (http://www.jaemorfarms.com/), they have 250 acres of farm land thats away rom the big city pollution.
I also have found that some “local markets” are using grocery store bought items to replenish some of their dwindling stock or to stock them altogether. Keeping the jingle word “organic” in mind, if you truly buy your items because of the idea of organic, wouldn’t you want your produce to be organically grown and the environment near it to be free of smog and air pollution?

Kellie

May 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

My family of four (4) which includes my husband and two (2) children receive $113.00 in foodstamps each month and it saves us. We both work and it is very hard right now for us. We both have always worked and this is our first time receiving assistance. If we did not apply for this assistance there would be ZERO dollars left over for food every month. It makes me sad to hear people talk down to poor people about receiving food stamps. I don’t think anyone wants to be POOR.. it is a very hard way of life.Majority of the people receiving FOODSTAMPS are the working POOR. It’s either apply for the foodstamps to feed my family or starve. Food is expensive so it is very hard to stretch $113.00 for a full 30 days so I prepare a lot of soup, rice and beans. I have not been to a Farmers Market yet but, it is good to know that I can get double food stamp dollars when I shop there. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are expensive so to spend 2.00 for a lb of fruit or veggie is a luxury that I just can’t afford to spend with cash right now.
So before we judge someone and call them lazy for having a EBT card.. think.. because in a blink it could easily be YOU!!!!!

TRACEE

May 12th, 2010
5:18 pm

Just thought I would paste this just in case another insensitive A#$% H*&% wanted to talk about FOODSTAMPS. My mother used them when I was a child after my dad died and I know my mom was so grateful for this program. Instead of talking down to people, help them up.

Wholesome Wave’s core Nourishing Neighborhood program is the successful Double Value Coupon Program, which doubles the value of Federal Food Stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), when used at participating farmers markets nationwide. Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program improves the effectiveness of the SNAP program, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) and the Senior FMNP.

janet

May 12th, 2010
7:02 pm

It seems there is some anger directed at people who use food stamps. I am glad that people will have access to fresh, healthy foods rather than just processed foods and junk. I would rather subsidize their health than their illness.

Tixie Fowler

May 12th, 2010
7:29 pm

John! If you’re looking for great variety in fresh produce (and LOTS of produce, no waiting in line), LOTS of fresh eggs, and a more “party-like atmosphere”, please come check out the Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market here in Historic Norcross. We have over 50 local vendors offering everything from organic carrots to vegan cookies, and each market has special activities such as cooking demos with local chefs, cool things like solar-powered sound systems used for our live music, to kids “green” crafts and mobile science labs. We accept EBT cards, contribute to local charities, and are really an unusually cool market. It’s fun (and healthy!)….would love to have you visit! And you can walk from the market into downtown (1/2 block) and that in itself is a whole other wonderful experience. Check us out, http://www.whistlestopfarmersmarket.com :)

Tixie

May 12th, 2010
7:31 pm

PS – We open June 1 and run every Tuesday through October, 4pm – 8pm Our slogan? WHERE GETTING FRESH IS FUN!! (how can anyone resist THAT?!) :)

John Kessler

May 13th, 2010
8:10 am

Thanks for all the comments and the lively discussion. I do wish a discussion of buying fresh, local produce and food products didn’t come off as elitist. I’m heartened that some farmers markets do accept food stamps. I think the $15 I spent last weekend bought a boatload of good vegetables that we’ve been enjoying all week.
Re OTP markets: You all are absolutely right. I have radiated out from home to explore a bunch of different markets, but I haven’t made it OTP yet. This is a big city, and there’s so much to explore.

Mel in Midtown

May 13th, 2010
9:36 am

“Y” and “A” are those kind of people that have to attach labels to everyone and everything. Everything is the fault of the “liberals.” What they don’t understand that is that, due to the economy, (mostly the fault of “their guy” in the previous administration), that there are a lot of people using EBT that are normal, everyday folks who are in financial jams through no fault of their own.

Racist, hate-mongering is what this is, and it has no place in this, or any, conversation. As long as they want to attach labels, here’s on for both “A” and “Y” = idiots!

Tinytam

May 13th, 2010
9:38 am

Wow! I’m really excited about the farmer’s markets this year. I’m definitely going to visit Snellville’s and Lawrenceville’s. I might even venture out to Whistle Top Market in Norcross (Thanks Tixie).

BTW does anyone know of any good gardening websites for beginners? I started growing squash in containers and they are growing like mad so I need to find more space for them to spread? I don’t know how a trellis really works but need any? Thanks.

Lindsay

May 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

A great and unexpected OTP Farmer’s Market can be found each Saturday at Lake Oconee! If you are in town over the weekend, stop at Harmony Crossing off Hwy 44 to pick up fresh produce, baked goods, natural honey, and flowers. There is also a farmer’s market once a month inside Reynolds Plantation!

Kelly Walczak

May 13th, 2010
6:59 pm

I appreciate your comments Kellie and I admire you as well!