By late summer in this part of the country, you have probably seen the best of the produce that tends to bolt, or run to seed, in hot weather. Soon, lettuce, spinach and other ‘light’ leaf crops will be drawing to a close. But the best of the rest will still be in full swing. Squash, cucumbers and tomatoes will still be looking great at your produce market. Apples and pears will be harvested and smelling and tasting simply delicious. Best of all, the later summer crops will be starting to show up now too; think fresh pumpkins for pie and reams of beautiful corn. The South has weather so conducive to growing that we can enjoy this bounty far longer than the majority of the country. So eat up and enjoy!
Brookwood Farmers’ Market
Caney Creek Preserve
2755 Caney Road
Cumming, GA 30041
Brookwood Farmers’ Market began in May 2010, thanks to founder Kelly Walczak. Originally housed in the parking lot of the sponsors, Brookwood Elementary School, it has since moved to a larger location in Caney Creek Preserve. It opens in April each year, and runs through October. Find your fresh produce here every Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vegetables, cheese, milk, jellies, breads, cakes and honey are just a few of the things you can enjoy; check out the full list of vendors on the website.
Fresh Harvest GA
735 Park North Blvd., Suite 116
Clarkston, GA 30021
Short on time? Need a little help getting fresh produce to your family? Fresh Harvest GA could be your answer. It specializes in all certified fresh organic produce, direct from the farmers, according to what is in season at any given time. It is boxed up according to your preferences and delivered right to your door. Eating well just couldn’t be any easier or more convenient. There’s full availability and pricing on the website.
Morningside Farmers’ Market
1393 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
If organic is your buzzword, Morningside is the place to be. It’s the only farmers’ market in Atlanta that requires all produce to be certified organic, so you can always be sure that the food you are buying is pure and clean, through and through. Produce, meat, breads, foods, flowers and crafts are coupled with chef demos for a real hands-on, meet-the-farmers experience. Getting close to your food never felt so fun.
3863 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
It’s all family owned and operated at Sherry’s, and this produce provider has been proudly in business for over 13 years. All produce offered for sale is guaranteed fresh that morning and Sherry’s holds its reputation for fresh, quality produce in high stead. This small business does not currently have a website, but you can find all of its updates on its Facebook page. Unlike many of the farmers’ markets, Sherry’s is open all week, including limited hours on Sundays.
DeKalb Farmers Market
3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
The produce department is the heart of the DeKalb Farmers Market, and the place where it all began back in 1977. Because this market buys in several times a week, direct from the producers, it aims to bring you the freshest food available, at the lowest possible cost. This market prides itself on having the widest possible selection of organic produce available, and aims for the majority of the ingredients in its items to be both organic and non-GMO.
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Katy Light is an avid home cook. She loves nothing more than using home grown and harvested produce, milk from her own goats and naturally raised meat in her recipes. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.