By Marlena Turner

There are many local farmers in Georgia that has enabled a growth in the need for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Atlanta has cultivated this very need with farmers markets that created a space for local farmers to market their crops directly to consumers in the area. It’s within these farmers markets that you will find the freshest fruit that the city of Atlanta has to offer. Whether you’re looking for some sweet Georgia strawberries, or ripe peaches, you’ll have endless options made available. In no particular order, here are the best places for fresh fruit in Atlanta.

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Decatur Farmers Market
308 Clairemont Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 919-3619

It’s one of the cutest little outdoor farmer’s market that locals have come to know and love located in the “Pecan Grove” of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. This local community market is family fun and welcoming to all. This tiny little farmer’s market has some beautiful local produce and depending on the day, local vendors setup booths to sell all sorts of goodies. Customers walk the area enjoying the music and ample picnic space offered for those who want to take in the atmosphere. This outdoor market offers plenty of options for fresh fruit and vegetables, and all the fresh ingredients for any dish you’re thinking of preparing. On Wednesday and Saturdays, visit their official website to get a list of the weekly local vendors that will be attending the farmers market weekly.

Gardner Farm And Peach Orchard
3192 GA-42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 957-4912

Locals in the Locust Grove area and others come far and wide during the summer months, May thru August, to experience some the ripest and freshest fruit from the Gardner Farm. The Gardner Farm is known to have some of the sweetest Georgia peaches, blueberries and blackberries. Customers can even pick their own blueberries, peaches, and blackberries, as well as other produce for sale such as squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, and cantaloupe all fresh from their farm. Get the full farm experience learning about their crops, growing seasons, and their rich history.

The Green Market At Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-7275

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Located at Atlanta’s most popular park, Piedmont Park, its also considered perhaps one of the best farmers market in Atlanta. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. crowds build at The Green Market at Piedmont Park. Whether you stop by for breakfast, brunch, or to walk the market for some fresh fruit and produce, you’re in for an enjoyable experience all straight from local farmers.  Keep in mind, the vendor selection varies from week to week, and it’s not very large in selection. The market is located on the westside of Piedmont Park near the 12th street entrance.

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Southern Belle Farm
1658 Turner Church Road
McDonough, GA 30252
(770) 288-2582

Wouldn’t you like to pick some fresh strawberries? At the Southern Belle Farm, an historic 330-acre family farm in McDonough, Georgia offering seasonal berry, peach, and fresh produce picking. It’s an experience the entire family will love. They offer year round tours, activities and events for those visiting the farm. During their summer months, locals can tour their 2-acre blackberry and blue berry patch, peach orchard, and farmers market. In addition, for $8.00 per person, enjoy all of their other attractions including their Belle’s Barn home to chickens, donkeys, cows and calves, goats, horses and more. Grab your bucket, and start your search for the biggest, and ripest strawberries that the Southern Belle Farm has to offer.

Freedom’s Farmers Market
453 Freedom Parkway N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307

Start your Saturday morning at Freedom Farmer’s Market located in the parking lot of the Carter Center. It’s a small little farmers market that packs a large punch. It was originally formed by a small group of local farmers who wanted to bring more exposure to their food, introducing it to the surrounding neighborhoods. Locals have come to recognize a lot of the familiar popular vendors such as Little Tart Bakeshop, Star Provisions, and Riverview Farms, all sharing some of their amazing dishes along with many other local farmers. Find local fresh fruits, produce, meats, baked goods and cheeses. In addition, as a payment option, they offer a token system for non-cash (including food stamp/EBT) purchases. Get there early, as some of the vendors sell out fast.

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