There’s something special about heading to the local farmer’s market to pick up your fruits and veggies. Coming face-to-face with the people who nurtured them, seeing the beautiful foods displayed outside of a supermarket setting… makes you appreciate nature’s amazing process of transforming a tiny seed into a delicious fruit or vegetable.
In Atlanta, there are several places to get your fruits and veggies directly from their growers. Here are a few of our favorites:
Howell Mill Farmer’s Market – Hosted by the Atlanta Food Truck Park which we wrote about extensively a couple of weeks ago, the Howell Mill Farmer’s Market brings you fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs from farms including Georgia Farm to Table, HaydenGrove Farms, Broken Arrow Farm and Riverview Farms. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, the Howell Mill Farmers Market also features Pine Forest Gardens’ Hosta plants and Pooh-Sicles doggie ice cream and treats! The Howell Mill Farmers Market is located at I75 and Howell Mill Rd. – about two miles from Apex West Midtown.
Green Market at Piedmont Park – open Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm at the 12th Street entrance gate, the Green Market at Piedmont Park is a fantastic way to start your weekend. Food at this market travels less than 100 miles to get here (versus the average of 1500 miles food travels to get to your grocery store) and is picked the day before market to ensure freshness.
Morningside Farmers’ Market – This market, which is open year round on Saturdays, sells only certified organic locally-grown produce. The market also hosts a series of events during which chefs from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants create a market-inspired dish. The market is located at 1393 N. Highland Ave., less than three miles north of Highland Walk and N. Highland Steel.
Looking to get even more local? Check out this Creative Loafing article profiling four urban farms growing fresh fruits and veggies right in Atlanta’s Grant Park, East Atlanta and West End neighborhoods. Now that’s what I call fresh!