Spring is here!
And so is the Buckhead Farmers Market.
The beloved market (officially known as the Peachtree Road Farmers Market) is back in full swing at The Cathedral Of St. Philip this Saturday April 7th, bringing with it the best locally-sourced products created right in Georgia’s backyard (don’t let the rain stop you, it moves inside during bad weather).
Crowds are expected — so rise and shine and head on over to join the Buckhead community in welcoming back our artisans and farmers!
The market opens at 8:30 am for early birds and wraps up around Noon.
Some Opening Day Highlights
- Watch Olmsted Plein Air artists paint
- 50+ vendors with food, art and more
- Chef demo at 10 am
- Music by Jon Payne
Here at Buckhead.com, we get excited about the market as it offers a weekend escape after a busy work week. It’s also an excellent place to engage with local farmers who take pride in growing healthy foods.
“My family and I look forward to our trip to the Buckhead Farmers Market nearly every weekend they are open,” says Ben Hirsh, CEO of Buckhead.com. “My wife buys around 80% of our meat and produce there, and the quality is clearly much better than anything we see in the local grocery stores.”
For the past 11 years, the Buckhead Farmers Market has brought together the best local vendors at the largest producer-only farmers market in Georgia.
That means that every single item is farmed, crafted or created by vendors.
Freshly made crepes. Juicy tomatoes. Locally roasted coffee. Small-batched, cultured butter.
Is your mouth watering yet? We know our taste buds are ready.
Why Visit Buckhead Farmers Market
If you’re ready for made-from-scratch goodies and pesticide-free produce, look no further. Save the trip to Whole Foods. Support your local farmers and artisans while enjoying a fun day out.
Farm to Table Fresh Goodness
April brings beautiful spring weather in Georgia. Soak in the sunshine while visiting with vendors to learn how your food was grown. Take advantage of samples, and use all your senses to enjoy the farmers market experience.
Plus, fresh fruits and veggies are the most flavorful when picked in-season. Produce also has the highest nutrient count when picked at its peak.
A fresh pumpkin pie isn’t the same in the spring as it is in the fall, right?
Same for fruit.
Think about the last time you ate a store-bought apple. How satisfying was it once you got past the shiny layer of food-grade wax?
Eat an apple from your local farmers market; you’ll never go back to less crunchy, juicy apples again.
Plus, you’ll feel good knowing what’s going into your meals was grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides & fertilizers.
It’s also easier to buy healthy food instead of junk food when you shop at the farmer’s market. A bag of Lay’s potato chips won’t be calling your name from farmer Joe’s booth.
Brand-New Pro Cooking Lessons
Unsure of what to do with that strange new vegetable you just bought?
Check out the free chef demos at 10 am June-August for cooking inspiration. Chefs who regularly buy from market farmers teach shoppers how to get comfortable cooking with local ingredients using seasonal produce.
The new “How To Cook Without A Recipe” series will bring in 12 teens to shop with a professional chef at the market. Together, they’ll develop a dish on the spot using basic pantry staples and market ingredients, likely inspiring your dinner for the evening!
When you spend your money at the market, you directly support a local family. There’s no middleman, so all proceeds go back into supporting local, sustainable farming practices.
How often do you get to meet the people who grew or raised your food from scratch? You don’t get to do that at the grocery store. Engage the vendors with questions — they love it.
Who knows, you may even pick up some great gardening tips!
Without the market, some locals wouldn’t receive healthy food options. It’s cheaper than most store-bought produce, offering affordable, wholesome options to all.
What’s more, Meals on Wheels Atlanta buys leftover produce from market farmers. Approximately 150 lbs. of food is purchased each Saturday and then distributed to those in need through the Meals on Wheels program. The program reduces food waste and provides nourishing meals to seniors in the community.
One More Thing…
If you’re like us, you’re excited to beat the crowds. We’ve got a few tips, though, to make your trip even better.
Know Before You Go
- Bring cash. Some vendors don’t take cards.
- Earn extra shopping credit if you bring your coffee mug!
- Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
- Parking is free in lower and top lots.
- SNAP is accepted.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
(April 7 – Dec. 15, 2018)
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-noon
2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
What’s your favorite part of Buckhead Farmers Market? Share with us in the comments below!