The weather was perfect on the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2019. Birds sang in the flowering trees and children laughed as they played on the playgrounds that surround the epic Cathedral of St. Philip. The grounds, elevated from the busy Peachtree Road below, offer ideal settings for the popular Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Under a clear blue sky shoppers visited booths of local makers, craftsmen, and farmers. Musician Celia Rae Benz played guitar and sang while children drew with chalk on the asphalt nearby. Walking around the circular market with totes full of fresh produce and local goods, some visitors pushed strollers and others were joined by their leashed pups who eagerly greeted one another and scavenged for dropped food on the ground.
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market was started in 2007 and has been a mainstay in the community every year since, growing in popularity and becoming one of the largest producer-only farmers markets in the state. The market takes place every Saturday morning from March to mid-December, moving inside the cathedral in the case of bad weather. It allows no re-selling, meaning the vendors must either produce or make their goods themselves which promotes the farm-to-table atmosphere of the market. Cooking demonstrations and live music performances provide entertainment and education all while supporting local makers.