By Collin Kelley, Editor

If you’re looking for the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers from local growers, then this guide to Intown’s local farmers markets is definitely something you’ll want to clip and save (or bookmark if you’re reading us online).

While some of the farmers markets – such as the giant state market in Forest Park and Decatur – are open year-round, many are gearing up for the season this month and next.

Atlanta State Farmers’ Market

Open year-round, the state market in Forest Park has been in operation since 1958 and is a major retail and distribution point for not only Georgia but the southeast. If it’s grown in the state, chances are you can find it in one of the stalls, including fruits and vegetables (in season), nuts, flowers and more. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 16 Forest Pkwy. (404) 675-1782 or www.agr.georgia.gov.

Chastain Park Green Market

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces has joined forces with Horseradish Grill for this new weekly market for local growers and crafters. The market, which debuts on April 3, will be held in the restaurant’s parking lot at 4320 Powers Ferry Road every Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. You’ll find produce, baked goods, natural products and art. www.affps.com.

Decatur Farmers’ Market

The Decatur Farmer’s Market is expanding this year and will now be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon starting May 15 in a new location at the corner of Trinity and McDonough. Opening day will feature live music, chidlren’s area and breakfast goodies. The original Wednesday market is open on from 4 to 7 p.m. 163 Clairmont Ave. (404) 377-0894 or www.decaturfarmersmarket.com.

East Atlanta Village

The EAV Farmers Market opens May 6 and will be open every Thursday from 4 p.m. until dusk at 1231 Glenwood Ave. (Village Hardware). You can find organic fruits, veggies, meat and dairy products at the market, along with chef demos and other special events. www.farmeav.com

Green Market at Piedmont Park

The Piedmont Park Conservancy opens the popular market every Saturday starting May 1 and continuing through Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 12th Street gate. You’ll find locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, fresh flowers and more. www.piedmontpark.org

Morningside Farmers’ Market

Open year-round, this neighborhood market has become a Saturday ritual for many. The market is open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and cooking demos will begin again this month at 9:30 a.m. featuring chefs from local restaurants using market goods. You’ll find fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and much more. 1393 North Highland Ave., across from Alon’s Bakery. (404) 313-5784 or www.morningsidemarket.com.

Peachtree Road Farmers’ Market

The market opens April 10 and will be open on Saturdays through Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with special events, chef demonstrations and more. For opening day, there will be a special yoga class and a demo from the E. Rivers Elementary School Culinary Club. The market is at 2744 Peachtree Road in the St. Philip’s Cathedral parking lot. www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

Studioplex Green Market

The market is set to open in May (a date had not been announced at press time) and will be open every Saturday from Spring through Fall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic loft complex at the corner of Irwin Street and Auburn Avenue. www.studioplexlofts.com

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

This indoor market is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 209 Edgewood Ave. You’ll find produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and more. The market has also become a dining destination thanks to several high profile eateries on premise, including Grindhouse Burgers. (404) 659-1665 or www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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