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Farm Markets are for (Eco) Lovers

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EDENS celebrates farmers markets that complete the authentic experience of our places. As vital community members, we salute you!

According to the Farmers Market Coalition, as an incubator of local businesses, farm markets are essential to community life:

  • Peak freshness: More than 85% of farm-based vendors travel fewer than 50 miles to sell at a farmer’s markets (more than half travel less than 10 miles);
  • Cost-effective: Farmers earn 90 cents on the dollar spent by shoppers at farmers markets (compared to 17.4 cents elsewhere);
  • Keep it local: Your money stays within the community, preserving and creating local jobs;
  • Accessibility: Most farmer’s markets accept Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) vouchers, and some states offer additional locally initiated programs.

During COVID, farmers market managers quickly pivoted operations around public health protocols so that access to healthy, local, and eco-friendly food choices would continue uninterrupted. Not only did neighborhood markets survive the pandemic, many experienced renewed appreciation and continued to thrive as an essential service.

Farm Markets in our Communities

Summer is peak season for a bounty of farm-fresh food and with warmer, longer days comes extended market hours and unique ways to spend time together.

Mosaic District is adding a second weekly farmers market on Thursday evenings in partnership with FRESHFARM, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access, education, and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. Beginning July 1, the Thursday evening market will take place in Strawberry Park. The Sunday morning market is in the heart of Mosaic on District Avenue between Merrifield Town Center and Strawberry Lane. Sundays through December 26, 9 am – 2 pm; Thursdays through October, 3 pm-7pm (beginning July 1).

Starting Thursday, July 15, Lucy’s Market is launching its first-ever Taste of Summer pop-up series at Andrews Square in the West Village. In addition to the highest quality local produce that has made Lucy’s famous in Atlanta, weekly events include wine tastings, food sampling from local vendors, seasonal flower bouquets and live music. Thursdays, 12 – 4 pm (beginning July 15).

South End Market at Atherton Mill, operating year-round, supports farmers and producers offering local, sustainable and responsibly raised produce and proteins, as well as locally sourced artisanal food products and crafts. Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm.

National Farmers Market Week is coming up in August 2021. Learn more about how farm markets help preserve natural resources, stimulate local economies and increase access to fresh, healthy food.