Agriculturally rich Georgia offers great produce, which enhances the culinary depth of the state, and much to our delight, you can find cuisine and local fresh ingredients showcased at countless markets across the area. Farmer’s Markets and food halls are known for delicious dishes and high-quality take-home items, in the Peach State especially. Summer peaches and berries, along with winter’s harvest are best sources locally. Some places are seasonal, some stay open year round, but these are the prime stops to collect healthy, organic goodies, or munch on artisanal treats.
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The Green Market at Piedmont Park, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
The Green Market at Piedmont Park brings
local farmers and small businesses together. Every Saturday from March to November, tents pop up along 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE at 9am—things shut down around 1pm. You’ll see visitors grazing on the goodies they’ve bought while lounging on the grassy lawn, listening to live music. Another attractive aspect of Piedmont Park’s market is the wellness demonstrations, where experts advise on cooking and diet.
Buford Highway Farmers Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
Buford Highway sits near northeast Atlanta and has become renowned for countless authentic international restaurants, so it makes sense that there are also some great markets around, where these places can source ingredients. Unusual flavors featured in many Asian and Hispanic dishes are partially what you’ll find at the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market—Indian foods are fairly abundant as well. Located indoors, the foodie paradise is more like an expansive supermarket with a larger selection of fresh meats and produce than any typical shop.
Alpharetta Farmers Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
Heading over to Alpharetta’s Saturday Market is more of a treat than a chore—while there’s plenty of produce, many goodies and handmade products are available for tasting and testing, from April to October. If it’s in season, they likely have it, and it’s as fresh as it gets. Kids and adults both love grabbing a treat from a community-based baker while listening to the live music.
Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (Nearby Hotels)
Only operating June through October, we love the homey feel of this Blairsville stop. Regional beekeepers gather to sell their honey, and painters come to sell their art. Like any good market, this cozy hotspot in the mountains is the place to get all things local, from fresh veggies to cakes and cookies. It all takes shape under a large open-air pavilion situated in the beautiful little town.
Ponce City Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
Ponce City Market isn’t a farmers market, but more of a food hall. But you can get great local dishes here, so it certainly makes the list. With some restaurants featuring outside seating, and a mini theme park with classic American eats on the roof, Ponce City Market hosts everything from an authentic Italian quick bite joint to Indian street food inside the old, historic Sears building. Much of the antique aesthetic remains in place, and there’s lots of parking space, too. Shops, large grass areas and fun activities make this a really cool place to snack and spend the day.
Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
A true depiction of preservation and restoration, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market sits on an old hotel site. The three-acre space is now a hopping food venue with green space and parking encouraging visitors to stay all day. Local roasted coffee, handmade soap, organic baked goods, art and seasonal produce intertwine with the food trucks, and it’s a fantastic combo. Be sure to try the heavenly mini pound cakes from The Cake Crate and pickles from Jamaican Hots.
Atlanta State Farmers Market, Altanta (Nearby Hotels)
Close to the airport, in Forest Park, is a large outdoor market within a setting that started humbly, but has grown extensively. Now featuring a restaurant, more vendors and an informational center, this market can be visited anytime, any day of the week.
Krog Street Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
Krog Street Market is a lot like Ponce City Market, it features quirky, regional eateries offering fresh, wholesome meals. One of Atlanta’s most sought-after Szechuan dumpling restaurants relocated here, and a counter serving real, natural ice cream in buttery sweet cones is a major highlight.
Macon State Farmers Market, Macon (Nearby Hotels)
Comparable to the forest park market, the one in Macon is a little smaller, but offers staple produce and seasonal favorites like nuts and oranges. But many come for artisanal bread, which is basically legendary. With numerous selections, your mind will be opened to an entirely new world of bread.
Dekalb Farmers Market, Atlanta (Nearby Hotels)
This place is enormous—beyond loads of produce, there are international foods, baked goods, seafood, meat, cheeses, wines and a lovely floral department. Onsite, resides a restaurant whipping up dishes inspired by the fresh foods around it, like roasted butternut squash, beef bulgogi, sautéed kale and Texas caviar. Open 9am to 9pm, we are thankful to say this market is year round, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.