Fresh fruits and vegetables, a sweet snack, kids programs, local music and maybe even a goat – you’ll be delighted by one of Atlanta Parent’s favorite farmers’ markets or a market in your neighborhood.
Herbs and flowers, dairy items, local produce, breads and sweets, live music, chef demos and special events keep families coming. Kids’ activities monthly. The adjacent outdoor artist market is the last weekend each month.
When: Saturdays: April-Oct., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: South Main St., Alpharetta
Live music, a children’s tent and pop-up chef tent make this a fun market. Find a wide range of organic, local products including produce, meats, cheeses, yogurt, butter, milk, eggs, baked goods, coffee and more.
When: Saturdays: Year-round, Jan.-Feb., 9 a.m.-noon; March-Dec., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 453 Freedom Pkwy. NE, Atlanta
In-season fruits and veggies, meats, cheese, pastries and more from 65 vendors lining the stalls just off the square. Kids enjoy easy access to “The General” playground.
When: Saturdays: Year-round, 9 a.m.-noon; Sundays: May-Oct. noon-3 p.m.
Where: 65 Church St., Marietta
A beautiful park environment, dozens of vendors, live music, chef demos and playground structures make this market popular.
When: Saturdays: March-Nov., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta
Live music and children’s activities are on tap in a new location this year. About 50 vendors display locally-grown produce or specialty foods.
When: Saturdays: April-Oct., 8:30 a.m.-noon; extended season markets Nov.-Dec.
Where: 220 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs
A musician plays most Saturdays and kids crowd around Elsa the goat every third Saturday as parents browse fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and more. Massage therapists offer a shoulder/neck massage.
When: Saturdays: May 26-Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: 200 Village Green Cir. SE, Smyrna
Stretching 150 acres, the Atlanta Market is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world. It features a garden center, wholesale and retail activities and fresh produce.
When: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Where: 16 Forest Pkwy., Forest Park
Shoppers come for the fresh produce and handmade crafts of local farmers and to visit with their neighbors.
When: Sundays: April 15-Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 2081 Bolton Rd. NW, Atlanta
Bitsy Land String Band entertains as shoppers browse for vegetables, fruits, fresh bakery items, eggs, seafood and more.
When: Saturdays: 9-noon.
Where: 1375 Fernwood Cir. NE, Atlanta
Live music, chef demos, produce, yoga and monthly health screenings draw crowds to this Friday farmers’ market.
When: Fridays year-round, 3-7:30 p.m.
Where: 234 Lawton St. SW, Atlanta’s Westside
Farmers within a 50-mile radius of downtown Carrollton bring fruits, vegetables, herbs, art such as stained glass, pottery and jewelry and much more to this weekly market.
When: April-Sept., 8 a.m.-noon; Oct.-March, 9-11 a.m.
Where: 609 Dixie St., Carrollton
Located in the front lawn of the First Baptist Church near downtown Decatur, this market is a great place for families to relax and enjoy farm-fresh food and fun.
When: Wednesdays: Year round 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays: April-Dec., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur
More than 40 vendors sell a variety of vegetables, fruits, olive oils, honey, artisan cheeses and even pies, popcorn, homemade donuts and skin care products. A hit with the kids is the King of Pops.
When: Saturdays: May-Oct., 8:30-1 p.m.
Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody
This colorful market offers produce, artisan foods, handmade soaps, and local artist works alongside live music, kids’ activities and cooking demos.
When: Thursdays: April 12-Nov. 15, 4-8 p.m.
Where: 572 Stokeswood Ave., Atlanta
Weekly free celebrity chef demonstrations and great locally-grown veggies, meats, breads, and artisan foods.
When: Sundays: April 8- Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 600 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta
You’ll only find certified organic produce here, plus flowers, fresh-baked goods, pasta, granola, meats and more.
When: Saturdays: Year-round, 8-11:30 a.m.
Where: 1393 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta
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!
When: Saturdays: April 7-Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.- noon. Oct. 6-Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-noon.
Where: 2744 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta at The Cathedral of St. Philip
The market is held seasonally on Tuesday evenings, and hosts some of Atlanta’s local food talent, including urban farmers, artisan food makers, as well as pop-up chefs. Look for veggies and fruits, pasture-raised eggs and meats, alongside food vendors and natural beauty-care vendors.
When: Tuesdays: April 10-Nov. 20, 4-8 p.m.
Where: The Shed at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta
If the sight of fresh produce makes you want to shop, shop, shop, after you load up at the farmers market, head to surrounding retail shops, art galleries and restaurants.
When: Saturdays: April 14-Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Selborne Village Green, 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills
The Market features products that come from farms and gardens that are located (for the most part) within a 100-mile radius of Snellville. Sample barbecue, baked goods, breads and pick up fresh fruits and veggies as well as other types of produce.
When: Saturdays: June-Sept., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Rd., Snellville
Friendly vendors, fresh vegetables, homemade pickles, Georgia-grown pecans and even dog treats are available at this market.”
When: Tuesdays: May 1-Oct. 30, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Municipal parking lot, 922 Main St., Stone Mountain
Of course you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, but also plenty of prepared foods, including organic tamales, Creole dishes, meatballs, kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and baked goods.
When: Thursdays: Year-round 2-6 p.m.
Where: World Harvest Church, 320 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell
West End Farmers Market Atlanta has cooking and craft demos, fresh produce, flowers and more, along with live music.
When: Saturdays: May 19-Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gordon-White Park, 1354 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta
– Dalia Faupel and Amanda Miller Allen