Embrace fresh, local provisions this summer with these farmers market tips.
It wouldn’t be summer in Atlanta without farmers markets. Here, Brookhaven Farmers Market Executive Director Christy Murray shares how to get the most out of your next visit.
What are your tips for navigating farmers markets in general?
If you are new to the market, take your time with each vendor and don’t be afraid to sample products. Arrive early to experience the full selection of what vendors have to offer before they sell out. If you are a regular, pre-order from your favorite vendors because you know they will get busy and may sell out early.
What should people bring?
Reusable shopping bags and a water bottle. The market provides a limited supply of bags and fresh, cool water weekly. Is there a piece of farmers market etiquette you can share? Be respectful of your fellow patrons and have patience. If you drive to the market, be sure to park without blocking another customer and follow any parking signs. While shopping, if you see a long line, take a nice stroll, stop and listen to the music, and circle back. If you opt to stand in line, do so while trying your best not to block a vendor’s booth or to disrupt the flow of other patrons.
What’s in season this summer that we should make sure to have on our shopping list?
Peaches from the Georgia Peach Truck representing Dickey Farms and Watsonia Farms, as well as Georgia Proud Provisions representing Pearson Farm; tomatoes from Double B Farm, Circle M Farm and Cornucopia Farms; honey from Hometown Honey in celebration of National Honey Bee Day at the end of August.
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BY Claire Ruhlin
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