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Atlanta--Farmer's Markets?

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kimgirl May 10, 2009 04:49 PM

Hello Everybody,

Heading to Atlanta this coming weekend and want to go to a Farmer's Market. Is there a good one? Looking for great organic, local produce and quality baked goods--is there such a market? How about eateries? Anything that uses fresh, local ingredients--slow food kind of stuff. Any suggestions that are not crazy expensive or fancy (we'll have the kids with us) would be most appreciated.

Thanks!

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    blewgo RE: kimgirl May 10, 2009 05:30 PM

    A series on PBS mentioned this place

    http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com/

    It looked interesting.

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      JB BANNISTER RE: blewgo May 10, 2009 08:29 PM

      Dekalb is your best best. That place is awesome!

    2. ted RE: kimgirl May 11, 2009 05:42 AM

      DeKalb has tons of organic produce, but not necessarily local. It's a singular experience, though, so I'd go. Their baked goods are OK. FYI, it's more of a warehouse grocery (minus the TP and dish soap) than a "farmer's market."

      For local, you should hit one of the neighborhood farmer's markets- Morningside, Piedmont Park, etc. Definitely will be local produce, and the Morningside market has the advantage of being across the street from Alon's, one of the best bakeries in town. Saturday AM only and early bird gets the worm.

      For the rest, the search function is your friend.

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        Reignking RE: ted May 11, 2009 09:06 AM

        "DeKalb has tons of organic produce, but not necessarily local. "

        Agree 100%, and in terms of what are traditionally thought of as farmer's markets, I haven't found a good one in Atlanta that's convenient enough, though.

      2. mikebmassey RE: kimgirl May 11, 2009 06:04 AM

        If you got to Your Dekalb Farmers Market, only get vegetable-type products. If it was ever alive, you're best not buying it from there....

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          ted RE: mikebmassey May 12, 2009 01:43 PM

          Can you elaborate? I don't buy the meat mainly because it tends to be expensive and they never have sales. It still looks gorgeous, though. And I've had great success buying fresh fish and shellfish.

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            suemac RE: mikebmassey May 18, 2009 01:55 PM

            We got some of the best pork I've ever had from YDFM. It's definitely on my list of must-do's when I go to Atlanta. I agree that it's not really a Farmer's Market, though.

          2. QueenCityHound RE: kimgirl May 11, 2009 07:13 AM

            I have a finicky 4 y.o. but she loves to eat at Taqueria Del Sol - we go to both the downtown Decatur location, not too far from the DeKalb Farmers Mrkt and the Cheshire Bridge location. There are always kids there, and usually my daughter makes friends in the line-up and after she eats her fish tacos. I am crazy about the greens. The food might not be 100% local, but it's tasty, it's kid-and-parent-friendly, and it's inexpensive. Just try to go EARLY for lunch or dinner to avoid the loooooong lines.

            1. biskuit RE: kimgirl May 11, 2009 07:26 PM

              Nice to see lots of responses here. Dekalb Farmers Market is a great "market" but it is by no means a "farmers market." For that, your best bets that I've been to are all on Saturday morning - Piedmont Park (http://www.piedmontpark.org/programs/...), Morningside across the street from Alon's (http://www.morningsidemarket.com/), or Peachtree Road (http://www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket...). All somewhat similar, all pretty good. I personally like Peachtree Rd for H&F Bread Co, Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Via Elisa cheeses/pasta, and much good produce. Morningside has some better "high end" organic produce, eggs, etc. but is smaller and more crowded. Piedmont Park has the plus of being in the park, and the minus of hard to find parking.

              For "slow food" type dining - any of the Anne Quatrano's places - but Star Provisions fits the bill w kids, or Floataway Cafe. The Restaurant Eugene empire is great - Eugene, Holeman & Finch, H&F Bread - but with kids, I'd do Holeman & Finch for either a very early dinner or Sunday brunch.

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                jboeke RE: biskuit May 18, 2009 09:34 AM

                Thanks for reminding me of the Peachtree Road market - I hadn't been yet this year, so I took my mom this weekend. We got some fantastic arugula and a big bag of swiss chard - yummy! It made for a nice trip on a gray, rainy day.

              2. johnb RE: kimgirl May 12, 2009 03:40 AM

                The replies so far should indicate that the term "farmer's market" doesn't have the same meaning in Atlanta as it does in most of the country, and you need to understand this to find what you really are looking for. Elsewhere it generally means a "tailgate" market where real farmers or small businesspeople come to sell produce and other foods on a small-scale basis from stalls. Atlanta has these too, but it also has several very big stores called "farmers markets," such as Your Dekalb Farmers Market which has been mentioned, that are nothing like tailgate markets. YDFM is a great store and may well have what you are seeking, as may others that use the term in their names, but these are not places that small farmers and others come to sell their goods.

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                  Milt RE: kimgirl May 12, 2009 05:31 AM

                  A true farmer's market is held on the Marietta Square on Saturday mornings.

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                    kimgirl RE: kimgirl May 12, 2009 02:55 PM

                    Thanks everybody--lots of good info.

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                      wideawake RE: kimgirl May 12, 2009 09:09 PM

                      Agreed - Dekalb Farmer's Market is a great store, not really a farmer's market. A poster above mentioned Anne Quatrano - take a look at www.starprovisions.com. They have three amazing restaurants on the West side of Midtown Atlanta and just outside of their front door is a small and often overlooked farmer (singular!) market. They have field-fresh veggies, fruit, flowers and eggs from that morning. Everything is local, in-season and organic. I believe that this small, one-room market is an extension of the relationships they've established with a few select farmers in the area. Inside Star Provisions you'll find most everything else for your meal: a great butcher, fishmonger, an amazing selection of cheeses, oils and anything else your kitchen might need.

                      Also, someone mentioned Taqueria Del Sol. They have a nearby location (across the parking lot) but the last few times we tried it, the service had really gotten worse and it wasn't good to begin with! Order was wrong twice and they keep Fox News turned up so loud on their big screen TV you can't talk inside the back dining area. I would avoid these guys and suggest that you instead try Boneyard Cantina. It's a couple miles further west on Huff Road, probably a 3 minute drive. Wonderful, authentic Mexico City tacos and great service. Try it while it is still a secret!

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                      Star Provisions
                      1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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                        Reignking RE: wideawake May 15, 2009 10:27 AM

                        http://www.bonegardencantina.com/

                        I think you mean the Bone Garden Cantina. Thanks for the reminder -- I was over there the other day, and we went driving around, but couldn't find it.

                    2. QueenCityHound RE: kimgirl May 22, 2009 06:51 AM

                      Going to ATL next weekend - just curious what you ended up doing?... Any kid-friendly spots that you discovered and would recommend?

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