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Which farmers market is your favorite?

Peachtree Road Farmers Market, credit: John Spink,AJC

Peachtree Road Farmers Market, credit: John Spink,AJC

I adore browsing each of our local farmers markets. Each is unique with its own character and personality (and vendors). I love that we have markets on different days so that I can pop by more than one each week. I definitely have a favorite, but I can’t reveal which it is! Do you have a favorite?

You can vote for your favorite farmers market in the annual online contest by The American Farmland Trust, designed to “raise national awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms and saving the farmland where it’s grown.” Votes will be accepted through August 31. You can vote for as many markets as you like, but just once per market.

Markets are categorized according to size based on their number of vendors. One market in each category (small, medium, large and boutique) will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. The prize includes a shipment of No Farms No Food® totebags, a feature article on Epicurious.com and, of course, bragging rights.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market took home top prize for best medium-sized Georgia farmers market last year. Who will win this year?

Will you vote? Which is your favorite?

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

70 comments Add your comment

Sean Connery

July 15th, 2011
11:30 am

Your mother, Trebek.

Edward

July 15th, 2011
11:41 am

Peachtree Road is my favorite (I can walk to it), with Piedmont Park a close second.

Lisa

July 15th, 2011
11:46 am

Marietta! close to where I live. Great vendors and free parking in the deck.

James

July 15th, 2011
11:57 am

@Sean Connery – An Album Lover for 500 alex.

Peachtree Road is great. The Roswell market at city hall is a close second.

PJ

July 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

I enjoy market in Roswell. Though smaller, I can find everything I need and more with a few quick stops. We’ve gotten to know a few of the vendors & even scored some free hot dogs from The Spotted Trotter for being such loyal customers. I love the fact that there are so many markets from which to choose around Atlanta – seems there is one in most every area so there are great opportunties to buy locally-grown produce & locally-raised meats.

cls@live.com

July 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

Rodney

July 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

P’tree road for me, too -

Gina

July 15th, 2011
2:46 pm

I love Atlanta’s farmers market revolution. I’m very proud of all of our city’s markets and the positive impact they are having on their communities and the local economy.

Baltisraul

July 15th, 2011
6:23 pm

Village

July 15th, 2011
10:32 pm

East Atlanta Village – Thursdays

Songbird

July 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

Morningside farmers market on Saturday morning.

BarryLee

July 16th, 2011
12:29 am

DeKalb is pretty good, but I miss the old stands folks had in their yards.

Povox

July 16th, 2011
2:35 am

I second the EAV farmer’s market. It has a great group of vendors/farmers and an eclectic group of patrons. It’s a Thursday evening must!

Mark

July 16th, 2011
3:10 am

For the “large” category (and since I live in the city of Decatur) I’m going to say the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. But I would go totally out of my way to go there for just about anything edible – even if it looks like its from Mars.

For any other size “market”, I agree with BarryLee and the home-grown stands wonderful home-growers had in their yards.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can compare with vegetables and fruits lovingly grown by small home gardens. Please come back. I miss home-grown tomatoes like you wouldn’t believe.

**Tears welling up; runs away crying like a small child**

“Mama! What happened to real food?” [sniff, snortle]

DebDoes

July 16th, 2011
6:34 am

Norcross (downtown) on Tuesday afternoon/eve. Support your local farmer’s markets!

sandy

July 16th, 2011
7:48 am

marietta is simply the best- the crowds attest to it!

Vince

July 16th, 2011
7:49 am

The Lawrenceville summer one is nice for a small market. For big commercial ones, there are way too many authentic ones in Gwinnett to pick just one…maybe Gwinnett International Farmer’s Market. Where else can you buy 6 or 7 kinds of cacti in the produce section?

Billy

July 16th, 2011
8:12 am

Peachtree Road Farmers Market…best local farmers, vendors, and chef demos.

Jim Warren

July 16th, 2011
8:39 am

Marietta, hands down. So popular that they have added a smaller version on Sundays. There is a wait list of over 200 folks who want to sell their foods/wares!

Terry

July 16th, 2011
8:40 am

The Georgia Farmers Market. Huge, everything in the world (flowers, food, trees, native and foreign foods, etc) a great restaurant and no issue with rain. Where else can you get 3 dozen beautiful roses, walk next door and get a 8 foot cherry tree, turn right and buy Georgia peaches, sorgum syrup and sugar cane and top it off with a meal of fresh country fried steak, fried green tomatoes, turnip greens, creamed corn and biscuits? And at Christmas pick from about 5 acres of Christmas trees. Only one place. The Georgia Farmers Market, Forest Park Ga. Come south of I-20 sometime.

Mbh

July 16th, 2011
9:06 am

Morningside Farmers Market on Saturday mornings is a small and lovely collection of delicious choices with a great local vibe!

Kirk

July 16th, 2011
9:25 am

The relatively new Grant Park market has a wonderful mix of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, homemade honey, boiled peanuts in various flavors and much more. Plenty of space for picnics and the playground is right there.

Covers Dixie like the Dew

July 16th, 2011
9:42 am

Terry is correct.

Jean

July 16th, 2011
9:56 am

After a slow start, the Sandy Springs market had become a great place for local meats and produce. I’ve stopped going to the Peachtree Rd. market now as some of the better vendors have left.

ATLBadger

July 16th, 2011
10:01 am

A large international grocery store that call’s itself a Farmers Market isn’t an actual farmers market, people. This applies to DeKalb, Buford, Gwinnett International, etc. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great stores, but they aren’t farmers markets like the author is referring to…

Matt

July 16th, 2011
10:34 am

Kennesaw is best!

Cece4184

July 16th, 2011
10:47 am

Wednesdays and Saturdays at Decatur Farmers Market; DeKalb Farmers Market rest of the week.

me

July 16th, 2011
11:18 am

Sandy Springs Farmer’s Market. Great options, great prepared foods and music.

Helen

July 16th, 2011
11:19 am

FARM ~Smyrna

SBinF

July 16th, 2011
11:36 am

Gotta say the Dekalb Farmers Market. Sure, they leave a gigantic carbon footprint, and aren’t huge on local stuff, but they’re open year ’round, and the quality of their meat, produce, and cheese is always consistent. Great place. Every herb or spice you could ever need, they make their own bread, and the cafeteria is great for healthy and varied fare.

tina

July 16th, 2011
11:40 am

Dekalb Farmers Mkt. Love the cafe….

Whocares?

July 16th, 2011
11:57 am

While we shop at Dekalb Farmer’s every other week, and spend a sizable chunk of change, I don’t really enjoy going there.

Their staff (with the POSSIBLE exception of the cashiers) are hands down, the rudest bunch of folks. (am thinking more within the produce section).

They have an interesting mix, and I agree-technically it is not a “farmer’s market.”

Has anyone been to the one in McDonough? The hours are stupid, which is why I am never able to go!

Terrell Hudson

July 16th, 2011
12:03 pm

Georgia farm bureau lists over 100 statewide. I’ve never visited one that was anything but exceptional. Some are seasonal many are year round.

Shanta Simon

July 16th, 2011
12:12 pm

I love the DeKalb Farmer’s Market!

Mr. Potato Head

July 16th, 2011
12:22 pm

A good farmers market is one that’s open only Saturday mornings that is in a place where the farmers just picked the produce that morning, not trucked in from Florida in boxes.

JILL

July 16th, 2011
12:35 pm

We LOVE the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market. We only miss it when we’re out of town.

zach white

July 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

Please vote for the Waleska Farmers Market. Last year we were voted the 5th most paopular market in Georgia in the America’s favorite farmers market contest. We are located in Waleska in Northern Cherokee County. Our Market is every first and third Thursday night from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the corner of hwy 108/140. We are a Small town market and need your vote. We have a good chance of being in the top markets in the country in the small market category. You can vote for more than one market in the contest

zach white

July 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

The Waleska Farmers Market is all Local Homemade and Homegrown products

Lori

July 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

Grand “Re-Opening” of Brookhaven Market today behind HAVEN and Valenza. We had 18 vendors, all locally produced food and vegetables. Come for the peca danishes, stay for the bloody marys.

Snellville Proud

July 16th, 2011
4:31 pm

The Snellville Farmers Market has become THE place to be on Saturday morning. The market has great local produce vendors who bring just-picked fruits and vegetables. Also included in the mix are meats, eggs, fresh pasta, boiled peanuts, salsas, wonderful breads, and other artisan baked goods. The market has a great family-friendly vibe. Perhaps what is most amazing about this market is that it is organized and run entirely by a group of volunteers who passing motorists begin to see on the Town Green by 6 AM every Saturday as they get ready for the 8 AM to noon market. The dedication of these volunteers has awakened a new community spirit in Snellville that has become the foundation for plans that are in the works for a new town center.

Reba

July 16th, 2011
4:53 pm

Like Morningside and Ptree Rd, but P’tree Rd market prices are way too high. Marietta is probably the best overall. Has some of the vendors that used to be at P’tree Rd and prices are much better!

Allyanaz

July 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market, hands down! In truth, they inspired the entire movement. They were the first to bring “real food” to Atlanta and they are still going strong. Sincerely – a DFM customer since 1978.

SallyB

July 16th, 2011
5:46 pm

What about that one just past 285 on Buford Hwy..? Haven’t been there but heard really good things about it….

Academic Socialite

July 16th, 2011
6:09 pm

The DeKalb Farmers Market is NOT the type of farmer’s market that the author is referring to, people.

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Baltisraul

July 17th, 2011
7:34 am

Whocares?…..poor baby, you met rude people while shopping. There is probably a govt. program to help get you over the trama and get you some undeserved cash! WOW

dagnabit

July 17th, 2011
7:52 am

Baltisraul is NOT going to sell any thing to me.

Rob

July 17th, 2011
3:32 pm

Gotta love Grant Park Farmer’s Market!!

My Two Cents

July 17th, 2011
3:38 pm

I visit the DeKalb Farmer’s Market Cafe at least twice a week. The food is really good but it is such a hassle to get through the lines even after lunch hours. The employees need to have their own water dispenser and the one in the service line needs to be moved to a non-congested area.

The DFM is not the same as the local farmer’s markets. I’ve looked for Georgia grown tomatoes…not to be found! Give me a small farmer’s market like the one in Lilburn where homegrown organic vegetables are available as well as homemade pastas, bakery items, salsas, and a sundry of other items. Support your local farmers and communities!

Ann Earley

July 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

The Waleska Farmer’s Market is great because it is during the week (Thursday 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.) and full of the local farmers and some pretty interesting local crafts. Aunt Myrle’s Sweet & Spicy pickles is not to be missed with her 70+ year old neice selling the great crisp, pickles! It is her only product, but she has a good one that I have put into my gift baskets. The organic vegetables are amazing and they always have a representative from the Master Gardeners of Cherokee Co. to answer your gardening questions and sell plants. Really a fun, small market that will expose you to the Reinhardt College and Funk Museum if you get there in the middle of the afternoon and want something to do for a few hours. Try it this week!