By Alex Lampert
The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) is throwing a Halloween celebration extravaganza on October 29 during their regularly held market, Thursday, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Dress up for this fun-filled weekend early and bring the whole family! The event will feature fun local food festivities including trick or treating, special guest chefs, bartenders, and delicious hot food.
East Atlanta-based chef Rose Bigelow will prepare warm and hearty vegetarian and meat chili with ingredients sourced from the market’s local farmers. Chili will be offered by the bowl alongside artisanal bread from La Calavera. A special guest chef will grill and sample fall veggies, Tim Frost of the Bookhouse Pub will host a pumpkin cocktail demonstration, and a local craft brewer will host a beer demonstration. Kid-friendly activities include trick-or-treating for toys with the vendors at the market, a fantastic Halloween piñata, and face painting. There will be plenty of hot apple cider and live music. As always, picnicking in the garden is encouraged.
EAVFM was the first farmers market in Georgia to accept SNAP (food stamps) and the first to double SNAP dollars at market, bringing the Wholesome Wave program to Georgia. Over the last decade, the EAVFM has worked closely with community groups bringing “the market to the people, and the people to the market” through partnerships with schools, the senior center, and the East Atlanta Kids Club. These partnerships include giving back to the community through gardening, cooking, and nutrition education. After several years of hosting the market in various parking lots, in 2011 the EAVFM moved to a permanent home and transformed part of the lot into an edible learning garden. This past spring the market organizers transformed the remainder of the lot into a community park with beautiful greenery as part of their celebration of a decade in the community.
The mission of Community Farmers Markets (CFM) is to develop a local food infrastructure for long-term sustainability and meaningful community impact. The purpose is to, root, grow, and preserve a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, fair food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth. CFM operates the East Atlanta Village, Grant Park, Decatur, and Westside Farmers Markets as well as educational outreach programs and events.
Celebrate Halloween with the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
By Alex Lampert