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Farmers markets are great for finding fresh produce from local vendors. As people become more focused on eating healthier, they look for organic fruits and vegetables grown in reputable gardens and on local farms. Buying local, instead of buying that’s grown elsewhere, shoppers can support their regional economies while reducing their environmental impact.
One of the best things about living in Alpharetta is the widely available fresh produce and farmers markets. You can find delicious and affordable produce along with other delicious treats at multiple locations around the city. Check out these five farmers markets in the Alpharetta area to get the fresh fruit and vegetables you crave.
1. Alpharetta Farmers Market
If you’re looking for a weekly farmers market where you can pick up groceries and a few extra items, check out the Alpharetta Farmers Market, which runs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This market is located on the Town Green at City Center — right outside Alpharetta City Hall. You can drive to the market through North and South Broad Streets.
This market, also known as the “Best Saturday Morning Excursion,” has won several Best of North Atlanta Awards, making is a great standard market for you and your family to visit. Locals stop by to enjoy live music, good food, and diverse vendors. Alongside the array of fresh produce, you can get fresh meat, homemade desserts, flowers, fresh herbs, locally made honey, cooking sauces, and just-baked bread.
Visit the market’s handy website where you can check out what produce is in season and search to find different items sold around the market, that way you can plan your meals around what vendors are likely to have. You can even reach out to vendors and ask about products beforehand.
2. Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market
Just down the road in Roswell, you can find the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market, which is also open on Saturdays throughout the year. This market runs from 8 a.m. until noon from April through October. It is located at Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street.
As an artisans market, you can get so much more than just fruits and vegetables. There are vendors who sell handmade jewelry, locally made honey, homemade baked goods, cheeses, candies, pastas, and home supplies. This market even has free fitness classes if you want to sweat before you shop for food. You can also pick up a loaf of crispy, fresh-made bread to make sandwiches throughout the week or talk with a butcher about the specific cut you want.
If you have older kids and teens, the Roswell Farmers Market uses student volunteers to help vendors and market the event. This could be a fun way for your kids to get involved in the local community and learn valuable skills about running an organization. As a whole, this market does a great job of incorporating people from around the community, which is why it has grown so quickly over the years.
3. Nell’s Produce Market
Nell’s Produce Market isn’t your standard farmers market. While there aren’t local vendors who pop up for a few hours each week, this must-visit family-owned and -operated fruit and vegetable stand has been in business for more than 20 years. They strive to offer “the best quality of fresh fruit that you can’t get anywhere else!”
Nell’s Produce Market currently has two locations, one off of Nesbit Ferry Road and another on Jett Ferry Road. It’s open every day — except for Sundays — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And it’s these convenient hours that make Nell’s a great addition to this list! If you can’t find something you need at one of the weekly markets, drop by Nell’s during the week to pick it up. You still get the quality produce that you need without having to wait for the next weekend market to get it.
4. Canton Street Farmers Market
If you’re committed to supporting local farmers from all over Georgia, then the Canton Street Farmers Market is your new favorite place. This specialty grocery shop is located at 1207 Canton Street in Roswell and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to standard store hours, the market frequently has pop-up events and activities for families.
Along with produce, the Canton Street Farmers Market has a wide selection of locally sourced eggs, cheese, meats, and honey. But be sure to keep re-visiting the market as the products change based on what’s in season.
You can also follow the market on Facebook to learn which items are in stock and where they came from. The market frequently posts about the farms that supply their produce and other items so you can learn more about the farmers in your area.
5. Sweet Apple Farmers & Artisans Market
If you can’t make it to a local farmers market on a weekend, there is a weekday option in the area for you to check out. The Sweet Apple Farmers & Artisans Market runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday. This market is located just outside the World Harvest Church at 320 Hardscrabble Road in nearby Roswell. This market is incredibly community-centric with locally grown and artisanal food like fresh veggies and fruits, fresh-caught seafood, homemade cheeses, milks, and meats. If you have time on a Thursday, it is definitely worth visiting to support the nearby small businesses that produce it.
A family excursion to your local farmers market is a great way to get your kids excited about eating healthy. They can sample different fruits and vegetables to learn what they like and even help you pick out groceries to eat later. This can help expand the foods they eat and educate them about where we get our food from.