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Farmers Markets

If window shopping is fun for your family, strolling through an outdoor market filled with stuff to stimulate the senses is a great way to spend a Saturday morning ... or a Thursday evening. There are plenty to choose from throughout the metro area. Several readers shared their fave farmers markets in the metro area where their families touch, taste, learn and explore!

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Aug.-Sept.: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon; Oct.-Dec. 14: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
2744 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta
peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com
Produce, breads, condiments and artworks are on display. Live music or chef demos are scheduled weekly, while hands-on monthly programs teach kids about the environment and how food grows. It’s also a mecca for moms groups!

Marietta Square Farmers Market

Saturdays year round 9 a.m-noon, Sundays through November, noon-3 p.m.
65 Church St., Marietta
mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net
In-season fruits and veggies, meats, cheese, pastries and more line the stalls on the square. Kids enjoy tasting new flavors and the easy access to “The General” playground, green space and fountain.

Alpharetta Farmers Market

Saturdays through October 12, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Old Canton St., Alpharetta
alpharettafarmersmarket.com
Herbs and flowers, dairy items, local produce, breads and sweets, live music, chef demos and special events keep families heading to downtown Alpharetta each weekend. Kids’ activities take place monthly, and the adjacent Art in the Park outdoor artist market is the last weekend of each month.

Sandy Springs Farmers Market

Saturdays through November 2, 8:30 a.m.-noon
235 Sandy Springs Circle NW, Sandy Springs
sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com
Live music and children’s activities are generally on tap at this market, where more than 45 vendors display locally grown produce or locally made specialty foods. Dogs are welcome!

Piedmont Park Green Market

Saturdays through mid-December, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta (12th Street entrance)
piedmontpark.org/programs/green_market.html
A beautiful park environment, dozens of vendors, live music, chef demos, playground structures and plentiful people/dog-watching make this market popular with kids. Children’s cooking programs are available (fees and pre-registration are required).

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Thursdays through December. 12, 4-8 p.m.
561 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. farmeav.com
This colorful market offers produce, artisan foods, handmade soaps, and local artist works alongside live music, kids’ activities and weekly cooking demos.                           

– Dalia Faupel

Why Families Love Farmers Markets:

“My kids learn a lot from the bee keeper and the man who sharpens knives.”
– Anne Abahazi

“For my preschooler, there are interesting new foods to identify and count, new shapes and colors to check out, and there is always some form of entertainment for kids.”
– Kate Berwind

 “We always watch a chef demo, and enjoy trying new tastes together. My children and I all tried muscadine juice for the first time at the Piedmont Green Market. Now whenever we are up in the mountains and see anything muscadine, we get it and start talking about the first time we tried it together!”
– Lori Bonicelli