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Community Farmers Markets Announces Spring Market Dates

By Carlen Hultgren
Community Farmers Markets (CFM) will celebrate the spring launch of its farmers markets beginning the week of March 30. All opening dates will celebrate our new line up of vendors, offer fun activities for children, and feature live music and prepared food. All markets will continue to offer rewards to first, second, and third time shoppers, as well as doubling the value of SNAP (a.k.a. Food Stamps) at market. This year’s market season will extend longer than previous seasons, with markets open until December 22. Please visit the websites for a list of vendors at each market, with information available on markets’ websites.
While there are several weekly Farmer’s Markets in the intown area and Decatur, the Farmers Markets in our area are the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market and the Grant Park Farmers Market.
The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market and founding CFM market will open Thursdays starting March 31, 4:00pm to 8:00pm, open through December 22. The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market has been voted the Reader’s Pick for the Best Outdoor Farmers Market by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing five years in a row. It is located in a grassy park that contains an on-site Edible Learning Garden and offers gardening education to a variety of youth and service-learning groups. The market also features professional chefs who conduct cooking demonstrations for the duration of the market and are available to answer all shoppers’ questions. Local bands and artists flock to this in town scene.
The EAVFM is located at 561 Flat Shoals Avenue across the street from the Midway Pub. Street parking is available on Stokeswood Avenue and throughout the neighborhood. Please note that parking on May Street has changed since last season. For more information, please visit cfmatl.org/eav.
The Grant Park Farmers Market will open Sundays from 9:30am to 1:30pm starting April 3 through December 18. The Grant Park Farmers Market has been voted Best Farmers Market by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine. Weekly free celebrity chef demonstrations at the market feature the top chefs in the South, including Hugh Acheson, Kevin Gillespie, Steven Satterfield, and Virginia Willis. Shoppers, foodies, bloggers, and critics all agree that the Grant Park Farmers Market is the place to be on Sunday mornings.
The GPFM is located in the area surrounding the Milledge fountain at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Milledge Avenue, approximately 600 Cherokee Avenue. Street parking is available on Cherokee Ave and throughout the neighborhood. For more information, please visit cfmatl.org/grantpark.
CFM markets and models have had an extensive effect on the local food system in Atlanta. The founding market, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, was the first market in the state to accept food stamps and the first to pilot the Wholesome Wave Georgia double food stamps program. In 2015, CFM served over 160,000 shoppers and over 120 vendors at six weekly markets and provided over $80,000 in double SNAP to the Atlanta community.
The vision of CFM is a future in which Atlanta will be home to a diverse, interconnected food system that promotes healthy food, sustainable ecosystems, and living wage working conditions. CFM is a leader in this system, leveraging the power of communities by providing resources, educational programs, and sustainable modes of food distribution for farmers, producers, chefs, and consumers. Its mission is to develop a local food infrastructure for long-term sustainability and meaningful community impact. The purpose is to preserve, root, and grow a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, great food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth.

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