There will be so much locally grown and fresh vegetables on display when the area’s four longstanding farmers markets open for the spring that even the jolly Green Giant would be envious.
Farmers markets in Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Buckhead will be open and have available fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables that anyone would be proud to set before friends and family. Admission to each market is free, with items available for purchase.
Starting April 7 at noon, the Brookhaven Farmers Market, located at 1375 Fernwood Circle, will be open each Saturday through Nov. 17. Its mission, as its website states, is to provide healthy, locally grown produce to visitors while cultivating a sustainable connection between producers and consumers.
The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, located at 6100 Lake Forest Drive, will open April 14 at 8:30 a.m. That market, which will move to the new City Springs complex when it opens in May, will be open Saturday mornings until December.
It is beginning its ninth year of operation and its fifth season at its present Sandy Springs location. Lori Coombs, the Heritage market manager, said more than 40 local vendors are expected to be present each week from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Coombs said the market stands out because it’s “an ideal community gathering place on Saturday mornings with live music and a great community atmosphere.”
In addition, this market has food for purchase on site “so visitors can do their shopping in the market and then meet with friends and neighbors, and the Heritage Sandy Springs location has plenty of greenspace and is a great place for kids,” she said.
The Shops Around Lenox Farmers Market, located at 3400 Around Lenox Drive, will open April 7 at 8:30 a.m. The market will then be open the second and fourth Saturday through June, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to its website, the outdoor market will feature local fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses, specialty foods, fresh flowers, oils, jams and jellies and more.
Finally, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, located at 2744 Peachtree Road, is celebrating its 11th year. It will open April 7 at 8:30 a.m. and is open each Saturday through Dec. 15. In February the market named a new executive director, Sara Craig-Goodell, who had been leading it on an interim basis.
According to its website, the Peachtree Road market “is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state … (meaning) everything at the market has been grown, raised or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers.”