Now, I must admit that I have not been to the Atlanta Farmer’s Market in Clayton County, Georgia in a very long time and I have no excuses for not going. This open air market is incredible with all of the seasonal varieties of fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade goods directly from the Georgia Farmer’s themselves. No Middlemen here in this market. You are negotiating your business with the growers themselves. Now that is part of sustainable living. So much to choose from that I did not know where to start!
First, I have to eat some lunch before my market shopping spree. My group of 4H’s and Master Gardeners from Douglas County decided to stop at a local popular Southern cuisine restaurant called Oakwood Cafe. All of the dishes are homemade daily, using the freshest ingredients available from the Farmer’s produce at the market. Boy, my lunch meal with grilled tilapia fish was delicious and all of the veggies were fresh and good. The interesting thing about this restaurant is their values and mission. Oakwood Restaurant’s mission is to be a community meeting and eating place serving fresh, homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner in a family restaurant with the utmost purpose: to glorify God. this restaurant is closed on Sunday is one of the ways that the Oakwood Cafe locations is to honor God.
After fulling my stomach, I decided to walk with the group around the 150 acres, of the Atlanta Farmer’s Market. This market is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world. It features a garden center, wholesale and retail activities, and is a major marketing hub and distribution point for fresh produce in the Southeast and throughout the country. This Market is also very convenient and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is so important to buy locally so while I was at the market I was able to purchase pure raw honey, fresh tasty tomatoes and fresh carrots at a very cheap price. Click here to see pictures from the Atlanta Farmer’s Market. If you have a Farmer’s Market near your home make sure you invest your money in helping your local farmer. If you do not have one then start up one with your local farmers. You will not only help yourself but you will also help your community as well.