Atlanta farmers markets offer bounty beyond fresh produce

Decimal Place Farm at Freedom Farmers Market is known for its farmstead artisanal goat cheese. CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY STEIN
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Decimal Place Farm at Freedom Farmers Market is known for its farmstead artisanal goat cheese. CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY STEIN

Credit: Becky Stein

Credit: Becky Stein

In Friday's AJC Go Guide,  I have a story on shopping at  metro Atlanta farmers markets , which include at least a half-dozen year-round markets.

But spring is when seasonal markets bloom, including:  East Atlanta Village Farmers Market , opening  today at 4 p.m.; Alpharetta Farmers Market , opening Saturday at 8:30 a.m.; and  Grant Park Farmers Market , opening Sunday at 9:30 a.m. .

For shoppers, the obvious draw among the booths and tents is the bounty of fresh produce. But, nowadays, markets also boast local vendors with meat, cheese, pasta, baked goods and prepared foods.

Chef demos, info booths and even live music create a festive atmosphere for learning and socializing. And each market seems to foster a sense of community.

Among the market happenings this weekend, look for chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union with a demo and cookbook signing at 10 a.m. at Peachtree Road Farmers Market , and chef David Sweeney of Dynamic Dish with a demo at 11 a.m. at Grant Park Farmers Market .