Weekends at farmers markets are the best way to experience the South. Farmers bring their best products to share with the community and you won’t find anything fresher. They often also have live music and arts and craft vendors. You might just find the perfect souvenir!
The college town that’s home to the University of Georgia has a great farmers market that brings together vendors from the rural communities nearby. It’s held Wednesdays at Creature Comforts Brewery from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays at Bishop Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both are held seasonally from April to November and December, respectively. Pick up produce, meats, prepared foods, coffee, and even crafts.
The Atlanta State Farmers Market in Forest Park is one of the largest of its kind. It has 150 acres, including a garden center, fresh produce, and a restaurant. It’s open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Farmers have been bringing in their best by the truckload since 1958.
Held every Saturday on the Savannah River from March to November, the Augusta Market is the perfect place for breakfast. Grab a hot cup of locally roasted coffee and a pastry as you walk the aisles. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, cooking demonstrations, and prepared foods. Pets are also welcome!
Market Days on Broadway is where the sidewalks become lined with over 200 vendors. Held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., farm products, baked goods, and homemade crafts are the main items sold, but you’ll also find jewelry and ready-to-eat food.
Closed only on major holidays, Macon State Farmers Market is open every day of the week for fresh produce and flowers. A dozen vendors sell wares and you can also find two restaurants, a bakery, and a butcher shop. The city also has the Mulberry Street Market, held at Tattnall Square Park, for producers.
Located in a suburb of Atlanta, Marietta Square Farmers Market is one of the city’s best. Held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m., it’s a perfect mix of fresh produce, bread, and crafts, as well as prepared dishes. The booths wind their way across the railroad tracks and into the historic square.
Held in the city’s most iconic park, Forsyth Farmers Market was founded by six women in 2009. All vendors make at least 75 percent of what they sell, so the quality is high on fruit and produce. Shop for farm-fresh vegetables, freshly baked bread, locally roasted coffee, and even handmade chocolates.
Visiting the Charleston Farmers Market is an important part of any visit to the Holy City. The downtown market is held in Marion Square every Saturday from spring to winter, offering live music, games for kids, fresh ingredients, prepared foods, and crafts. Elsewhere in the area, you can also visit the North Charleston Farmers Market in Park Circle and the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market.
The capital city is home to the South Carolina State Farmers Market, which has fresh produce, specialty products, and artisan items as well as a full restaurant. It’s a popular site for special events like food festivals, cooking demonstrations, and live music. Best of all, they’re open daily.
So whether you’re in Georgia or South Carolina, head to one of these local farmers markets to eat, explore, and have some fun.