Spring is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because the days are beginning to be longer and we can shed our coats and gloves, but because it means it's opening day for many of our area Farmers' Markets!
Farmers' Markets are an excellent source for fresh, locally grown and organic produce, fruits and vegetables. It's the place where you can casually stroll by vendors' stalls and tables to eye all of the freshest foods in season like strawberries, cucumbers, peaches and...am I making your mouths water yet?
For me as a mother, Farmers' markets also provide a great way to get my child involved in our family's meals by giving us a chance to talk to the growers and vendors about how and where the food is grown, and for me to inquire about new ways to cook a familiar food or how to prepare a never-before tasted one! My child is able to touch the fruits and vegetables that she will ultimately see on her plate. Many markets also will have fun activities for kids to participate in as well as cooking demonstrations!
If you're itching to get out and visit some nearby markets, here's a list of local Farmer's Markets in South Atlanta:
ATLANTA STATE MARKET: From sweet Georgia peaches to crisp Vidalia onions, the Atlanta State Farmers Market is home to 150 acres of outdoor stands containing fresh fruits and veggies, plants, flowers and more! The Atlanta State Farmers Market is considered the largest outdoor market of its kind in the world and is conveniently located immediately off of I-75 at exit 237. Open 7 days a week. www.atlantaproducedealers.org.
COLLEGE PARK FARMERS' MARKET: Urban Farm Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the train depot located at 3271 Main Street, College Park for fresh produce.
EAST POINT FARMERS' MARKET: Saturdays (once a month) through December 15. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Located at East Point Commons, between Main Street & East Point Street, 2 blocks from the East Point MARTA Station. www.downtowneastpoint.com/eastpointfarmersmarket/index.html
JONESBORO FARMERS MARKET: Open every Saturday and Tuesday beginning June 23 through October 13. The Jonesboro Farmers Market is located off of West Mill Street in the city parking lot behind Heritage Bank (and across the street from the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center.
LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL FARMERS MARKET: They offer fresh fruits and vegetables and also imported Asian, Jamaican, Caribbean and Hispanic groceries. Open Mon-Sun from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
5226 Jonesboro Road, (Morrow) Lake City. http://www.lakecitymarket.com.
SERENBEFARMERS & ARTISTS: Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA, Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the corner of Selborne Ln. and Serenbe Way (May-November). http://www.serenbefarms.com/food/market.
If you know of a market that is not on this list, please comment below!
Roni Singleton Jeter, a mom of one, is the editor and publisher of Macaroni Kid College Park-East Point-Morrow.