Shop at a farmers market all year round

No matter the season, Atlanta has a wealth of farmers markets. And as urban and small farms gain a foothold here, our offerings continue to be more diverse, giving the phrase “Georgia grown” a more interesting complexity each year.

Fall: Freedom Farmers Market
When the leaves of the tree canopy that shades this relatively young market turn orange and brown, Freedom Farmers Market, tucked away off of Freedom Parkway at the Carter Center, seems its most alive. Root vegetables and bitter greens, in more varieties than you could think imaginable, are piled high on tables. Whether it is unrivaled produce from Woodland Gardens, a pork chop from Riverview Farms, or breakfast from the weekly chef pop-up, a visit here on a Saturday morning will set the right tone for your weekend. 453 Freedom Parkway, freedomfarmersmkt.org

Winter: Morningside Farmers Market
One of the oldest farmers markets in Atlanta, Morningside may be tiny, but it’s consistent. Its size makes a quick loop around vendors easy on the fingertips that can get chilly picking up beautiful endives from Crystal Organics and rustic Mexican-inspired bread from La Calavera bakery. In particularly cold weather, the market moves indoors. Better yet, the year-round market is positioned directly across the street from Alon’s Bakery, which means you can warm up with a cappuccino and round out your Saturday morning shopping with fine cheeses, a quart of cream of mushroom soup, and a fancy French chocolate dessert for later. 1393 North Highland Road, morningsidemarket.com

Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Spring: Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Peachtree Road Farmers Market might just be Atlanta’s best, thanks to the abundance of produce and artisan offerings. There’s also a nice mix of pop-ups, where you can try anything from a breakfast burger from Farm Burger to a biscuit sandwich. In Spring, this is the place to buy hard-to-find ingredients such as morel mushrooms, spring peas, ramps, and a ridiculous bevy of radishes. Get there early and make some farmer friends because the best stuff goes quick. A few of our favorite vendors: Little Tart Bakery, Abundance Harvest Gardens, and McMullan Family Farms. 2744 Peachtree Road, 404-365-1078, peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

Grant Park Farmers Market
Grant Park Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of Grant Park Farmers Market

Summer: Grant Park Farmers Market
Supported by the Grant Park Conservancy, this Sunday market features free demonstrations by top chefs such as Hugh Acheson, Kevin Gillespie, and Steven Satterfield. Take the kids—there’s plenty of space for them to run around and plentiful seating and picnic areas, so you can chill out with a BLT from TGM Bread and pick up Georgia peaches and plenty of tomatoes. 600 Cherokee Avenue, cfmatl.org/grantpark

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