Farmers Markets in Atlanta are the absolute best way to buy local- and at the indoor markets, you can even get the best produce prices in the city. Read on for my tips & where to find both local markets and wholesale groceries that are better quality than the grocery store!
Farmers Market Tips
- Bring your own bags & a cooler. Atlanta weather is hot in the summer, so if buying produce (especially at the larger markets below), put a cooler with ice in the trunk! I also bring a large cup with ice water for the car if I am buying fresh flowers and we are not headed straight home after the market.
- Have cash or a debit card for large markets. Most local farmers markets are required to take credit cards, but most indoor markets do not. I’ve also encountered a few food trunks or local vendors that prefer cash! I like to always have my debit card on me and a $20 or two just in case.
- Know what produce is in season. Local fruits and veggies that are fresh are the reason to go to a market! (Peaches especially sell out in Georgia at the farmers markets very early). Georgia Grown has a great list of produce by month here.
- If you are going to a big market, go off-peak hours. Most big markets like the Dekalb Farmers Market are very crowded on weekends, but Friday evenings or a weekday can be much more pleasant.
- Bring your pup to local neighborhood markets! Most outdoor neighborhood farmers markets are dog friendly and so much fun with a pup. The big indoor markets are not dog friendly, though!
Local Neighborhood Markets
Almost every neighborhood in Atlanta has a community market- I love to hop around as some are open on different days of the week! You can find the one in your neighborhood by going here. Most are open Saturdays, but I have shared a few below that are on other days of the week!
Green Market at Piedmont Park || Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Great for: idyllic farmers market vibes- this is “the” classic farmers market of Atlanta (all photos in this post are from this market). I love taking family here when they are visiting, or when I am craving a “city” Saturday. We like to get brunch after at the Nook or walk down the Beltline after we go! This market is open March-December, weather pending and they occasionally have live music.
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market || Thursdays 4pm – 8pm
Great for: a weeknight stop followed by dinner (I recommend Midway Pub across the street, which is also pup friendly!).
Grant Park Farmers Market || Sundays 9am – 1pm
Great for: a fun stroll in one of the cutest neighborhoods in Atlanta- they also have really great food vendors for a snack. This market is open year round- we like to go to a brewery afterwards!
Big Farmers Markets
Dekalb Farmers Market || Everyday, 9am – 9pm
Great for: great prices on produce, wholesale spices, meat and fish. They have great exotic flowers and fair trade coffee, too. They also have an amazing international selection of everything you can think of- be prepared to spend hours here! Watch my reel showcasing this market here.
Buford Highway Farmers Market || Everyday, 8am – 9am
Great for: an amazing selection of international and ethnic foods from all over the world. They have everything from fresh sushi to 40 different types of Lays chips from all over the world. Get lunch after at one of the amazing restaurants on Buford highway for authentic, delicious food!
Atlanta State Farmers Market || Everyday, All Day
Great for: finding amazing produce at really good prices. This place is very big so take your time and make a day of it! Note it is all outdoors and most vendors don’t take any types of cards.
Bonus… Where to Buy Other Wholesale Items!
Growers Outlet || Monday-Saturday, 9am- 3 pm
AmericasMart || Hours Vary
Great for: wholesale gifts, decor, and apparel for buyers and business owners. Note it is not open to the general public- you have to be a business owner to go!