The Decatur Farmers Market is a longstanding market in the Atlanta area open year-round Wednesdays and Saturdays (except in extremely inclement weather).
Downtown Decatur is a great place for a farmers market. It’s a walking neighborhood and has a vibrant downtown. After the market, it’s easy to find a place for a cup of coffee if it’s really cold. Plus Decatur is convenient to the many farmers in the growing region east of Atlanta.
Note that the Wednesday and Saturday’s farmers markets are in different locations. Visit the Decatur Farmers Market website for maps, more information, and to sign up for weekly email notices of what will be available as well as information on weather and holiday closings.
Short on cash or change? Both markets let you use credit cards to purchase wooden market tokens with which you can pay for market goods. Gift certificates are available, too.
EBT cards are also accepted, and the Decatur Farmers Market is one of six farmers market in Georgia to join the Wholesome Wave double-coupon program, where the value of food stamps (now called SNAP) is doubled when used at participating farmers markets.
Wednesday Farmers Market 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Wednesday farmers market has a 10 year history. It pops up Wednesday afternoons in the Bank of America parking lot at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. There’s free parking in the bank lot, and getting in and out is easy given the corner location.
Even on a dreary, wet, and cold January day, there were nearly a dozen vendors with produce, meat, bread, eggs, baked goods, chili, salsa, and even dog biscuits. Perhaps due to the market’s long history, patrons appeared to make strategic strikes on the market heading straight for the bread, meat, greens, dog biscuits, or something else specific in mind. Very little leisurely browsing was in effect, but there was a steady stream of determined customers even before 4 p.m.
In March, the Wednesday market times will shift to 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday Farmers Market 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Saturday farmers market is across the street from the Dekalb County Courthouse on N. McDonough. There are about ten metered spots right in front of the market. The vendors say they’ve never seen anyone ticketed there on a Saturday morning, and if a parking officer were to appear, there are plenty of people to sound a warning.
The Saturday farmers market has many vendors selling everything from produce to eggs to locally made pasta. Come early for eggs! One vendor had sold out of his thirty dozen within an hour of opening.
In March, the Saturday market times will shift forward to 9 am. – noon.
For more information on the either day’s market and its vendors, visit the Decatur Farmers Market website.
To see more photos of both markets, check out this site.