Remembering Ann Brewer, the driving force behind Atlanta’s farmers markets

More than 20 years ago, she helped launch and run Georgia Grown Cooperative
Brewer at Morningside Farmers Market
Brewer at Morningside Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of Thomas C. Brodnax

If you’ve ever enjoyed local produce in an Atlanta restaurant or visited an area farmers market, you likely have Ann Brewer to thank. More than two decades ago, she helped launch and run Georgia Grown Cooperative, which sold locally grown food to restaurant chefs and led ultimately to the founding of Morningside Farmers Market—the oldest market in the city and the only one still selling exclusively certified-organic fare. Brewer remained exuberantly, meticulously involved in the Morningside market until her death on January 2 at age 85. “What I’ve seen up close is how much the chefs loved her and respected her,” says market board member David Eckoff. “The good food movement that we have in Atlanta, with all the direct-farmer produce, that wouldn’t have happened without Ann.”

This article originally appeared in our April 2015 issue as a part of Foodstuffs.