By Taylor Arnold

With the advent of spring comes warmer weather, longer days, and of course, the reopening of local farmers markets. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the fresh produce and collect some one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, all while supporting your favorite local vendors. This month, Atlanta INtown has compiled a list of our top picks, complete with a breakdown of the best items they carry. Be sure stop by and enjoy the goods!

Morningside Farmers Market
This year-round market was offering organic produce long before it was trendy. Today the Morningside Famers Market is a staple to the Virginia Highland neighborhood with its endless selection of organic veggies and fresh seasonal flowers. Stop by on Saturday mornings and stock up on fresh bread, hard-to-find herbs and the finest organic produce. Stay for a cooking demo and ask the experts your cooking questions. Open year-round on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Located at 1393 North Highland Ave. For more information visit morningsidemarket.com.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market
For the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta, look no further than the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip. Everything you’ll find at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market has been grown, raised or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers. Visitors can meet with local farmers, meat and dairy purveyors, chefs and a plethora of artists. Open every Saturday from April 14 to Dec. 15. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon from April through September and 9 a.m. to noon from October through December. Located in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. For more information visit peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com.

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
Featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic meats, dairy, eggs and artisan breads, The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is your one-stop-shop for all things delicious. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, there’s no shortage of handcrafted ice cream and baked goods. Open 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 5 through Nov. 17. Located at 561 Flat Shoals Ave. across the street from the Midway Pub. For more information visit farmeav.com.

Grant Park Farmers Market
In an effort to provide the community with access to nutritious food and wellness, the Grant Park Farmers Market has created a gathering place for visitors and vendors alike to share in the benefits of healthy living. Come take part in interactive chef demos and meet the local farmers, food producers, artists, musicians and charitable organizations. The Grant Park Farmers Market reopens on April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Located at the Milledge fountain at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Milledge Avenue. For more information visit grantparkmarket.org.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park has always been a great place to spend a Saturday morning, but now visitors can come to enjoy the Green Market as well. This family-friendly event features locally grown produce, organic meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods, coffee, tea and plenty of other healthy snacks. They’ve also got kids programs for the little ones and live music and chef demos for the adults. Open Saturday mornings, May 5 through Dec. 8, the Green Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter through Piedmont Park’s 12th Street entrance gate. For more information visit piedmontpark.org.

East Lake Farmers Market
Founded in 2009 with a mission to build community with food, The East Lake Farmers Market (ELF) set up shop in an area of town with some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity. The result is increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables in this underserved corner of Atlanta. This year, ELF was awarded a grant to build an urban farm complete with a space for local community members to learn about gardening and farming practices. In conjunction with the launch of the urban farm, the Saturday ELF Market will move to the farm’s adjacent grassy lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive. Open Saturdays from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit elfmarket.org.

Brookhaven Farmers Market
Nestled in the heart of Brookhaven is a farmers market that is all about sustainability. Their lineup of vendors includes local family farms and businesses   that use only sustainable agricultural methods, ensuring the best food possible for visitors. And the benefit is twofold – local producers and consumers stimulate the local economy while bringing healthy lifestyle choices to the neighborhood. Visitors can stock up on fresh organic produce and dairy products, or indulge in some baked goods and sweet treats. The Brookhaven Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through December. They are located in the parking lot behind Haven and Valenza restaurants in Brookhaven. For more information visit brookhavenfarmersmarket.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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