The market will be held in downtown Marietta on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons through Nov. 17.
On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, the 60-plus vendors are set up on North Park Square between Shillings and The Strand Theatre. The Sunday afternoon markets, which have more than 30 vendors selling goods from noon to 3 p.m., are just west of the Square, along Mill Street.
“They are pretty much the same vendors we’ve had in the past,” said Johnny Fulmer, who founded and runs the market with his wife, Susie. “People have gotten these spots and they are just not giving them up.”
Fulmer said products for sale include grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, rabbit, cheese, goat milk, and fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods.
“Fresh, locally grown produce, most of which is certified naturally grown, is something that our growers have really worked hard on, to offer something really special that you can’t find in the grocery store,” Fulmer said.
Fulmer’s personal favorites at the market are cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and lettuce. He also likes buying bacon from a vendor out of Avondale Estates in DeKalb County.
“They bring applewood-smoked bacon, and that’s one thing my wife won’t let us go home without,” he said with a laugh.
Andy Bray, of Bray Family Farms in Powder Springs, has had a booth at the market for the last five years. Bray and his wife, Nancy; their son A.J.; and Andy’s grandmother, Frances Keener, sell grass-fed beef, pork and poultry, and eggs from their free-range chickens.
Bray Family Farms, one of the few farms remaining in Cobb, is off Oglesby Road in south Cobb.
“They also grow watermelons on another property right around from there,” Fulmer said.
Andy Bray, 49, said he’s worked there since he was a child. He loves being able to grab a cup of coffee in the morning, and simply walk outside to arrive at work.
“You just can’t beat that,” he said.
The 23-acre farm has about 400 chickens, 13 goats and 13 cows, plus rows of produce.
The family has participated in farmers markets for nearly 20 years but for awhile farming took a backseat to running Andy Bray’s business, Affordable Grading and Hauling.
“We went full-time when the economy got hit (in 2008) and jobs got scarce,” he said. “We decided to cut our losses and farm.”
Marietta’s Farmers Market is one of the best around, he said.
“We’ve got good customers and we sell a lot of squash, corn, green beans, onions, strawberries and blueberries,” he said. “Johnny and them are great, especially at promoting it and having the great location.”