In a sure sign of spring’s approach, farmers markets are returning to local communities. On March 6, Buckhead’s Peachtree Road Farmers Market began its season, and shoppers flocked to the Dunwoody Farmers Market, which kicked off in February.

Eli Friedman-Heiman, left, and Danny Mita of Grateful Pastures Farm talks with a shopper at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic means it’s still not a back-to-normal spring. The markets ask shoppers to pre-order or otherwise not linger. Masks and distancing are common precautions. And the Dunwoody market is barring pets (aside from service animals), though some people brought dogs March 6.

The Dunwoody Farmers Market, featuring 22 vendors, draws shoppers to Brook Run Park March 6.

The Peachtree Road market will run Saturdays through Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Road.

The Dunwoody market will run Saturdays through December, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road.

Brookhaven’s market is scheduled to open March 20 and Sandy Springs’ on April 17. For details, see our story here.

Photos by Phil Mosier

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.