Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring arrives with the Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Spring is here, at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
  • Brad Kaplan
  • Spring is here, at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Judging by the weather, spring arrived in Atlanta some time in ... hmmm, December maybe? Yes, the flowers and the pollen came early, but it didn't really feel like spring without being witness to a weekly bounty of arugula and beets, strawberries and spring onions. I've been in need of a farmers market fix to really prove that winter was on its way out. Luckily, thankfully, finally, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market re-opened this past Saturday for the season: bigger, better, and possibly more crowded than ever. I arrived early, hoping to beat the crowds, but the main parking lot was already full at 8:40 a.m. Apparently, I wasn't the only one eager for the return of fresh (mostly), local (mostly), good things to eat ..

Smartphone credit card processing, spend more money!
  • Smartphone credit card processing, spend more money!
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is now in its sixth year, and really does offer a bounty of good things - they claim to be the "largest producer-only farmers market in the state." Producer-only you ask? "Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers." As I ran out of cash and started breaking out the credit card repeatedly (thank you vendors for doing the cool iPhone credit card swiping thing!), I mentally questioned that part about "fair prices," but, truth is, I'm happy to support the types of vendors at this market.

Speaking of which ... new to the market this year: Farm Burger with some early morning grass-fed burgers, Storico Fresco offering amazing and unique fresh and dry pastas, a placed called Cuisine with beautiful veggie pies, and Phickles Pickles from Athens with a variety of pickled veggies (duh). H&F Bread Co. is still offering fabulous baked goods (my kids have to have a chocolate croissant each visit) and sister co. H&F Bottle Shop has their Bloody Mary mix and other freshly squeezed cocktail-ready mixers. You can find artisan yarn and origami art, a man with a giant beet (or two), local chefs demos, and a great variety of produce, meats and (sometimes) Georgia coast seafood as well. I loaded up on several shades of radishes, pickles, cheeses from Greendale Farm, charcuterie from The Spotted Trotter - all of which made a nice spread for a friend's outdoor dinner party later that night. But there was so much more. Check out a slideshow of scenes from the market's opening day, and get there early next week to get a leg up on the crowds under the influence of spring farmers market fever.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Every Saturday from April 14 to December 15
April through September: 8:30am - noon
Cathedral of St. Philip - 2744 Peachtree Road, NW - Atlanta, Georgia 30305

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Opening day at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Opening day at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

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