By Collin Kelley
Spring has sprung and that means Intown’s eclectic array of farmers markets have re-opened – or soon will – for the season. Some of the old favorites such as East Atlanta Village Market and Peachtree Road Farmers Market are back in action, but there’s also a newcomer at Freedom Park.
Freedom Farmers Market
This new market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through Dec. 20 at the Carter Center in Poncey-Highland. The Freedom Market is run by a small group of farmers, including Celia Barss of Woodland Gardens, Charlotte and Wes Swancy of Riverview Farm, and Laurie and Will Moore from Moore Farms and Friends. Expect fresh produce, baked goods, cheese and dairy, farm fresh eggs, handmade preserves and honey, prepared meals, fresh coffee and more. There will also be regular pop-up restaurants for those who want to grab a bite. Information: freedomfarmersmkt.com.
Green Market at Piedmont Park
Now in its 11th season, the Green Market at Piedmont Market has more than 40 vendors including local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, crafters, chef demonstrations, canning workshops, live music and history tours of the park. The market is open every Saturday now through Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the 12th Street entrance. Information: piedmontpark.org.
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
The market reopens on April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. and will continue every Thursday through Dec. 18 at 561 Flat Shoals Ave. There will be fresh produce, locally-made food and products, chef demos and much more throughout the season. Information: farmeav.com.
Morningside Farmers Market
Open year-round, this neighborhood market at 1393 N. Highland Ave. is a Saturday morning favorite for the locals who walk over to check out organic produce, freshly prepared foods and baked goods. Market hours are 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cooking demo series by local chefs will be starting up again soon, too. Information: morningsidemarket.com.
Grant Park Farmers Market
Grant Park Farmers Market re-opens April 13 and will be open on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 21. There will be locally grown fruits, vegetables, artisan produced breads, cheeses, and other delicacies. Information: grantparkmarket.org.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Located in the parking lot at Cathedral of St. Phillip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the market will open for its eighth season on April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and continue every Saturday through Dec. 13. There will be 50 weekly vendors, regularly scheduled chef demonstrations, live music and kids’ activities. Information: peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com.
East Lake Farmers Market
The East Lake Farmers Market (ELF Market) will be held every Tuesday beginning April 15 from 4 p.m. to sunset. The market will continue through October. The annual Collard Green Cook Off benefiting Wholesome Wave, a food assistance program, will also be held on opening day. The market is set up at 2343 Hosea L. Williams Drive. Information: elfmarket.org.