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Atlanta--Farmer's Markets?

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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  1. A series on PBS mentioned this place

    http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com/

    It looked interesting.

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    1. re: blewgo

      Dekalb is your best best. That place is awesome!

    2. 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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      1. re: ted

        "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. 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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        1. re: mikebmassey

          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.

          1. re: mikebmassey

            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. 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. 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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              1. re: biskuit

                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.