Fall is finally here, and that means so many great seasonal, local fruits and veggies. The question is, where is the best place around Atlanta to stock up on these great foods? Here is the definitive ranking of farmers markets all across Atlanta to help get your sustainable food journey started:
Three words: Blue. Donkey. Coffee.
But seriously — Emory has a phenomenal farmers market right here on campus. Stop by between classes and grab a quick, healthy lunch or just pop in to grab a sweet snack. Emory’s Oxford Organic Farm is a great booth to get fresh seasonal produce, while popular Atlanta staples like Revolution Doughnuts and King of Pops provide amazing treats that can satisfy any sweet tooth.
Highlight: Blue Donkey Coffee and convenient location
The Grant Park Farmers Market has everything you could ever want from a farmers market — farm-fresh veggies and fruits, perfectly baked pastries, artisan hotdogs, and full meals from local Atlanta restaurants. With over 50 vendors, The Grant Park Farmers Market has something for everyone. Check out Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate for artisan bean-to-bar chocolate bars and Doggy Dogg ATL for one-of-a-kind hotdogs.
Highlight: Large variety of vendors and close-knit neighborhood feel
Freedom Farmers Market, located at The Carter Center, is the newest addition to the Atlanta farmers market scene and serves a variety of diverse neighborhoods that surround it. The market has a close-knit, family-oriented vibe that creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Check out Proof Bakeshop for local baked goods made right there in the Inman Park neighborhood.
Highlight: Newest farmers market in Atlanta
4. Green Market
The Green Market in Piedmont Park has everything from fresh produce, pastries, and meals to bath and body products, dog treats, and compost. The market hosts over 40 vendors from a wide variety of areas. Check out Pie Local and Emerald City Bagels for delicious local baked goods and King of Pops and Blue Donkey Coffee for traditional Emory favorites.
Highlight: Scenic Midtown Atlanta location
Although considerably smaller than the other Atlanta farmers markets, the Morningside Farmers Market still has so much to offer. The market has several small, local artisans like Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate and Café Campesino, but also features many more unique small-farm vendors like Burge Organic Farm, Crystal Organic Farm, Riverview Farms and Elm Street Gardens.
Highlight: Unique vendors and small neighborhood feel
The Decatur Farmers Market has everything from fresh produce, to dog food, to jewelry along one main stretch of McDonough Street. Situated in the middle of downtown Decatur, this market is perfect for strolling along, checking out all of the vendors, and then heading over to the small Decatur shops. Or, if you’re in a hurry, this farmers market is situated right along the road, making a quick pop-in for fresh veggies an easy task. For some local Decatur goodies, check out the Cakes & Ale booth for baked goods.
Highlight: Downtown Decatur location and convenes two separate dates during the week