It's no secret that we love us some farmers markets. The community, the camaraderie, the ogling of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and grotesquely misshapen root vegetables—it's so idyllic, we're tempted to break into song just thinking about it. So we were, naturally, tickled to hear rumblings of a new market, rather unlike any of the others in town, planning to launch smack-dab in the midst of Poncey-Highland at the Carter Center.
Freedom Farmers Market, which launches this very weekend, was started by a small group of farmers and vendors aspiring to offer a new kind of market: one run by the vendors themselves, not by a board or community organization. (Hence the name.) The founding farmers, who hail from Moore Farms, Riverview, and Woodland Gardens, plan to offer Atlantans an easily accessible place to gather on a weekly basis (Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to be exact), while perusing wares from some of the best local purveyors.
And who might those purveyors be? As of now, Freedom's lineup is looking pretty rock-solid. The goods from farmers joining Freedom's ranks include Decimal Place and their excellent goat cheese, Sparta Imperial Mushrooms, and raw honey from Three Porch Farm. As far as prepared goods go, market-goers will also spy organic pickles from Doux South, baked goods from Star Provisions, handmade, old-world pasta by Storico Fresco, and Korean barbecue sauces from Simply Seoul. Hold up — is anyone else getting hungry? Good. Because the market's opening day is this weekend… and there will be food.
For their inaugural market celebration, Freedom Farmers Market has invited Wrecking Bar's Terry Koval to run the show in the restaurant pop-up tent. They've also wrangled a pretty stellar opening day vendor lineup that ranges from Cakes & Ale Bakery to Hidden Springs Honey. Head on over, snap up some quality local provisions, and meet the farmers making all this happen for us, ATL. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.