Local farmers market ranks third in national poll

Lisa Rochon of Cuisine offers strawberry and thyme infused spring water at her stand at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

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Lisa Rochon of Cuisine offers strawberry and thyme infused spring water at her stand at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

Atlanta has dozens of farmers markets, and one has received national attention.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market was voted third best in USA Today's 10Best series.

The market "has been the largest producer-only farmers' market in Georgia since it opened in 2007," USA Today said.

"Every Saturday from mid April to mid December — rain or shine — the market showcases some 50 weekly vendors with their abundant array of fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to a host of cooking demonstrations."

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market on Edgewood Avenue made it to the top 20, but not the final 10.

Each week, the paper asks readers to pick the 10 best out of 20 nominees in a variety of categories. Atlanta made the top 10 twice in the latest round.

In addition to the farmers market, Peachtree Road ranked ninth in the category of "best al fresco dining neighborhood."

"Heading north from Downtown through Midtown to tony Buckhead there are myriad choices for great people watching, from the famously decadent Vortex burger joint Midtown to the patio dining and outdoor bocce courts at Empire State South," the site wrote.

World of Coca-Cola was nominated in the category "best food factory tour," but failed to garner enough votes to make it into the 10Best.

There is still time to ensure Tree House Island at Six Flags White Water doesn't suffer the same fate.

The Marietta water park is currently in 19th place in "favorite water park kids' area."  Voting continues until noon Aug. 31, and you can vote once a day.

Atlanta culturephiles and shopaholics can represent, too.

"The diverse cultural scene includes opera, symphony, ballet and theater productions throughout the year." the site says.

"Broadway musicals and major artists headline regularly in large-scale performance venues."

The city is currently ranked 19. If you'd like to change that, you can vote here until noon Sept. 14.

Atlanta is doing better in the shopping category, currently in ninth place.

"In the last two years, the scene has dramatically shifted from a mega-mall destination to one with open-air centers created for a sensational shopping experience."

If you think Atlanta should be ranked higher, you have until noon Sept. 14 to vote.

Check back in mid-September to see the results.

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