Whether you’re looking for weekly local produce or unique creations from local artisans, your local farmers market is the place to find it. Farmers markets are great places to take the whole family and enjoy community fun, taste yummy food, and support local vendors. And Peachtree Corners, Norcross, and the surrounding areas are loaded with must-visit local markets. Here are five in the area that you should check out when you have the time.
Norcross Community Market
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In Historic Downtown Norcross at City Hall, the Norcross Farmers Market now offers a drive-thru market on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
You’ll find everything from fresh produce to sweet treats at the Norcross Farmers Market. Pick up freshly baked whoopie pies, cookies, and other goods from local bakeries, quilted potholders and other household items, loose-leaf teas, olive oil and vinegar, and seasonal tarts. You will also find treats for your four-legged family members. Produce varies by season, but you can enjoy different types of greens like rainbow chard, kale, mustard greens, and butter lettuce from various local farms. Other regularly available produce includes fresh herbs, peppers, squash, and mushrooms.
You can visit their online store during the week to place your order and then simply drive by to pick it up. If you want your order ready that Saturday, you’ll need to place it before 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Lilburn Farmers Market
The Lilburn Farmers Market is about 11 miles southeast of Norcross at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church on Killian Hill Road. You’ll find local produce, plants, herbs, soaps, and baked goods. This is also a great place to find unique and handmade spices like clove, various types of masalas (spice mixtures featured in South Asian cuisine), cinnamon sticks, and many others. Don’t worry about coming hungry as vendors are regularly handing out samples, and there are plenty of options for yummy snacks to enjoy while you shop.
Keep an eye out for the pop-up market dates throughout the holiday season. You can pre-order goods online or simply visit that day to see what they have. This is the perfect place for unique holiday gifts and freshly baked pies. Sign up on their website to receive weekly emails about the vendors expected each week and any schedule changes. This market is open throughout the summer from June through August on Fridays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
City Farmers Market
With locations throughout the greater Atlanta area, including in Norcross, Duluth, and Chamblee, the City Farmers Market offers locals an indoor market with regular business hours that provides fresh, local produce and goods. Shop for everything from authentic Asian foods to veggies picked by the nearby farm yesterday. Commonly available products include fresh baked goods, locally sourced meats, and even unique household items.
Even though this isn’t your typical community farmers market, City Farmers Market hosts community events throughout the year and is always encouraging customer engagement with regular contests and drawings, like the chance to win a free turkey for Thanksgiving or a free ham for Easter. Follow their social media sites for cooking tips, tons of great recipes, and announcements.
The Norcross location is on Jimmy Carter Boulevard, the Duluth market is in Pleasant Hill Plaza on Pleasant Hill Road, and the Chamblee store is on Buford Highway. All locations are open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day of the week, with some changes to hours during holidays.
Buford Farmers Market
About 5 miles from Norcross, Buford Farmers Market is another cross between a typical community farmers market and a grocery store. This indoor market has been bringing fresh local goods to the community for over 25 years. What began as an Asian food store has grown into a fresh market with ethnic foods from around the world.
Shop for common fruits and veggies from local farms with organic options as well as unique produce and seasonal specialties you won’t find anywhere else. Buford Farmers Market is a great spot to get high-quality meats, like wild-caught freshwater fish, live lobsters, oxtails, Korean-style beef, and much more.
A visit to this market is rarely the same. Vendors are always changing, seasonal products come and go, and exciting events like live music and cooking classes are frequently on the calendar. Right off of Buford Highway Northeast, Buford Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Head about 14 miles southwest to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in the Cathedral of St. Phillips parking area in Atlanta for more local goods. When you visit throughout the year, you’ll find seasonal fruits and veggies from local farms, hot prepared foods, ceramic art, coffee, local honey, and much more. This is a great place to find certified-organic products as well. Keep an eye out for regular events, including live auctions, holiday markets, and cooking demonstrations.
Their Holiday Artist Market event is a must for those shopping for great gifts for loved ones. The market takes place alongside the regular farmers market on Saturdays in November and December, but you’ll need to check online for specific dates each year. You’ll find all kinds of holiday goodies, including fresh pies you can take home to serve with your holiday meals.
They welcome visitors on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. You can shop the market in person or order online and pick up your things at the vendor booths or using the curbside pickup option. Keep an eye on the Peachtree Road Farmers Market website and social media sites to see changes in vendors and information about special events.
So, there’s our list of farmers markets worth checking out around Norcross, Georgia. Let us at Crème de la Crème of Peachtree Corners know if we missed any nearby markets you love to visit, and maybe we’ll have to add it to our list. Make time to visit each of these markets if you can so you don’t miss out on any local goodness.