January 28

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What’s So Great About Your Local Farmers Market?

Eat your vegetables.

How many times did you hear that as a kid?! You probably thought all the adults were so annoying for saying this all the time, but turns out these are actually words to live by. Vegetables are so important for good health.

A great way to make sure you are eating your vegetables is to buy them directly from local farmers at farmer’s markets around town. Buying produce at markets is good for several reasons:

  • Your money is going directly to the person who grew the food. Usually these are small family farms so your money is positively impacting your local economy.
  • You’re buying food that is in season meaning it wasn’t sitting in transit from another continent for weeks before arriving in your kitchen. This means the food is fresher and obsessive amounts of fuel weren’t used to ship it (buying local is greener!).
  • Markets build community. Attending a market is FUN and makes you feel like you’re part of something awesome. Fun + awesome = great mental health which leads to better physical health!

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Ok so now that you’re ready for the fun and awesome of shopping at a local farmer’s market you need to know where to go. Atlanta has a great selection of intown markets, and below is a list to help you get started. If these aren’t close to your house, you might be able to find one in your neighborhood. Most markets won’t start up again until April so now you have something to look forward to!

Park Market – Wow, we’re lucky! We have a market right here where we work. Located in Centennial Olympic Park, near the Fountain of Rings. Starts back in the spring.

Grant Park Market – Located in Grant Park at the corner of Cherokee Ave and Miledge Ave, approximately 600 Cherokee Ave. Sundays April-December, 9:30-1:30 pm.

East Atlanta Farmers Market – Located in East Atlanta Village at 561 Flat Shoals Ave. Thursdays April-December, 4-7 pm.

Morningside Farmers Market – Located at 1393 N. Highland Ave in Morningside. Saturdays year round 7:30-11:30 am (market opens 8:00 am January – March).

Decatur Farmers Market – Open year round at two locations. Saturdays, 9-1 pm at 498 N McDonough St near the intersection of Trinity Pl. Wednesdays, 4-7 pm March-October and 3-6 pm November-February at 308 Clairemont Ave. in the front lawn of Decatur First Baptist Church on the corner of Clairemont and Commerce Dr.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market – Located in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road. Saturdays, April-December, 9-12 pm.

Piedmont Park Green Market – Located inside Piedmont Park near the 12th St. gate. Saturdays, March-December, 9-1 pm.

East Lake Farmers Market – Located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Dr in East Lake, 2343 Hosea L. Williams Dr. Saturdays April-October, 9-1 pm.