If there was any question metro Atlanta is ready for the start of seasonal farmers markets, last Saturday’s grand opening of the new Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center provided the answer. Organizers estimate more than 3,000 people showed up to shop.
“What a mass of humanity,” joked Jonathan Tescher of Sparta Imperial Mushrooms, as he carefully scooped lion’s mane, shiitake and oyster mushrooms into small brown bags for the customers at his booth.
The metro area has six year-round farmers markets and almost 30 seasonal markets from Cumming to Chattahoochee Hills. The Freedom Farmers Market and the Green Market at Piedmont Park kicked off the season with their March 1 opening. Other markets will open beginning in early April, with all markets in operation at least during the summer months of June, July and August.
» Where to find them: Locate area farmers markets with our interactive map | Photos: From last year's farmers markets