Farmers markets provide local, farm-fresh foods and are often a staple of their community. While farmers markets are most known for their fresh produce, you can also find meats, eggs, raw honey, bakery items, preserves, prepared foods, and even bath and body products. There are a variety of farmers markets that you can find near Duluth, Georgia, and each provides something unique as well as a sense of community and sustainability. You can head to a local farmers market as a solo shopping trip or bring the whole family with you for a fun experience. If you’re looking for places to buy healthy and homemade goods while supporting local businesses, be sure to check out these five farmers markets near Duluth:
Bring Your Pup to the Alpharetta Farmers Market
The Alpharetta Farmers Market is a great place to enjoy fresh, locally sourced farmers’ goods as well as a communal feel. This market runs each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from April to October. It’s located on North and South Broad Streets in downtown Alpharetta in front of City Center, alongside the Town Green.
The Alpharetta Farmers Market has a variety of goods, ranging from locally grown produce, natural meats, fresh flowers and plants, to homemade bread and desserts, local honey, handmade gifts, soaps, and food vendors. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are that you can find it at this farmers market in Alpharetta. You can usually find free parking in the area as well. Another plus about this location is that the farmers market is dog-friendly, so you can bring your pups for a walk and enjoy the outdoor air with the entire family while shopping for seasonal goods. Make sure you’re being courteous to your fellow community members by keeping your dogs on a leash and cleaning up after them.
Learn Cooking Techniques at the Johns Creek Farmers Market
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The Johns Creek Farmers Market is located at Newton Park on Old Alabama Road and runs weekly on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This market boasts over 25 vendors for a selection of foods and goods. If you’re looking for fresh, safe, and healthy produce, this farmers market offers what you need. Many of the vendors sell produce that is certified organic, sustainable, or naturally grown. Many of them pick their fresh produce and bring it straight from their farms to the market for a true farm-to-table experience.
In addition to produce, you can find all-natural cheeses, honey, jams and jellies, homemade bread, pastas, and much more at the Johns Creek Farmers Market. There are even chefs who demonstrate cooking techniques for adults and host cooking programs for kids on select Saturdays. Learn how to best prepare your fresh and healthy foods to make delicious meals that your whole family can enjoy.
Use Online Ordering With the Tucker Farmers Market
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tucker Farmers Market has adapted to consumers’ new shopping habits. This farmers market started in 2012 with just seven vendors and now hosts more than 35 local vendors who sell a diverse selection of goods. This year, Tucker Farmers Market was able to adapt to consumer needs and shifted to an online marketplace, allowing you to still buy local through a no-contact pickup and delivery system. You don’t lose any of the variety either, with available products ranging from produce and baked goods to local honey and prepared foods.
The Tucker Farmers Market stays true to its roots with this new system. Before, the farmers market was held on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Now, you can use the market’s website to place your order before midnight on Tuesdays, and it will be ready that Thursday between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with only a small $4 convenience fee. The pickup location is St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. If you’re unable to pick up in person, the online marketplace offers delivery service for an extra fee. Deliveries arrive between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Access Fresh Food Year-Round at The Produce Patch
If you’re looking for the fresh, local feel of a farmer’s market but you want access to it year-round, look no further than the produce patch. This produce stand is located at the corner of North Bogan and Thompson Mill Road in Buford, Georgia, and carries some of the best locally grown produce and best-tasting hot boiled peanuts in the state. The produce is fresh daily.
The Produce Patch also carries an array of canned products (think jams, salsa, pickled vegetables) and a large selection of local meats and cheeses. This stand has been operating since 1986, and they have exceptional customer service. The best part is that the stand is open six days a week and year-round to provide you fresh, local food whenever you need it.
Enjoy the Community at Snellville Farmers Market
The Snellville Farmers Market is another local market operated by volunteers from the area. These volunteers work tirelessly to hold the market without any city funding. This farmers market is open every first and third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. The Snellville Farmers’ Market has its own mission statement: To “Nourish Our Community” by providing fresh, local and seasonal produce and encouraging community pride. In addition to produce, this farmers market has vendors who sell meats, eggs, honey, homemade baked goods, and bath and body products.
At Crème de la Crème of Sugarloaf (Duluth), we know one of the most important decisions you make is what goes into the food you feed your family. Not only do farmers markets give you the ability to purchase nutrient-rich, healthy foods, but you are also supporting local farmers and businesses when you shop these markets. Plus, with access to a variety of goods, you can find handmade gifts and sweet treats for everyone. Are there any other farmers markets in the area that we may have missed? Be sure to let us know!