Everywhere we go we hear experts tell us to “eat fresh food” and “spend time outdoors” to improve our health, and “shop local” to support the economy. With the first of May this week, we can easily combine all of these things – it’s Farmer’s Market Season!
Each Market Day, local vendors offer a fresh selection of locally grown/sourced fruits and vegetables. Shoppers also may find honey, fresh meats, eggs, baked goods, jams & jellies, flowers, plants, and more (vendors vary by market; products may vary based on seasonal availability).
Acworth Farmer’s Market – Fridays, May through October – 7 am – 12 noon – Church Street, Acworth. 770-917-1234
Kennesaw Farmer’s Market – Mondays, May through October – 3 pm – 7 pm – Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. 770-499-0874 or 770-794-7075.
Marietta Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May through October – 8 am – 12 noon – Marietta Square. 770-499-9393.
Woodstock Farmer’s Market – May through October – Saturdays 8:30 am – 12 noon, Tuesdays 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Market Street, Woodstock (between Mill Street & Maple Street. 770-924-0406.
Alpharetta Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, April 18 through October, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Milton Avenue & Old Canton Street, Downtown Alpharetta. 404-402-5389.
How To Shop at the Farmer’s Market
With all the sunshine and freshly picked produce, it’s easy to become overwhelmed at the Farmer’s Market, and to purchase more than you need (or know what to do with!) A bit of planning helps make a positive Market experience that keeps you coming back, week after week. The best Farmer’s Market tips:
- Know which produce is in season – Spring: beets, asparagus, chard, greens, mint, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, sweet onions & turnips. Summer: strawberries, basil, peppers, blueberries, blackberries, cantaloupes, carrots, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, and lettuce.
- Go early to find the best selection, or late to take advantage of the best deals.
- Bring your own bag – reusable bags tend to be larger and sturdier than bags (if available) from vendors.
- Try before you buy – many vendors will have samples of their fresh-picked products.
- Talk to the Vendors – to learn about recipes & recommendations, especially for produce that’s new to you
In addition to homes that feature elegant front porches that invite conversation with neighbors, and private courtyards where green thumbs can dabble in container gardening, farmer’s markets are within a short distance of each Windsong community (see partial list, above). So the next time the scent of fresh-roasted vegetables wafts over from the neighbor’s grill, or a new pot of coleus or sunflowers graces a front porch, you can almost guarantee that neighbor has discovered the treasure that is the local farmer’s market!
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