Locally grown produce is popping up all across Northeast Georgia in various farmers markets this spring.
These traditional markets are returning to Hall County and its surrounding areas and offering farm-fresh foods that just aren’t the same from your average grocery store.
Original Hall County Farmers Market
The Original Hall County Farmers Market officially opened for business May 9 at 225 E. Crescent Drive in Gainesville.
The market is open rain or shine from 2:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, unless the food sells out before then. The market closes in October.
For more than 40 years, the Original Hall County Farmers Market has been supplying the community with fresh produce. According to its website, available produce includes lettuce, radishes, onions, greens and eggs. Honey, baked goods and plants also will be for sale. Beans, squash, peaches, cucumbers, corn and tomatoes are available later in the season, along with field peas, butter beans, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes and apples.
This year, the farmers market will have a weekly produce giveaway from June through September. Visitors may register for a chance to win during each market visit, the website said. And a winner is drawn each week.
For more information, visit www.hallcountyfarmersmarket.org.
Gainesville Farmers Market
Opening day for the Gainesville Farmers Market on the downtown square is Friday, May 26.
The market will be open from 2:30-6:30 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 29 in Gainesville.
Similar to the Hall County Farmers Market, the Gainesville market will have locally grown foods available.
According to its website, the market will have “fresh-picked produce, honey, farm-fresh eggs, pasture-raised pork and beef, jam, baked goods, cut flowers, handmade crafts, food, cooking demonstrations, and live music.”
For more information, visit www.hallfarmers.org.
Clarkesville Farmers Market
Residents of Habersham County can take advantage of their local farmers market, too.
The Clarkesville Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May to October at the gazebo in downtown Clarkesville.
According to its website, all of the farmers “live less than a quarter tank of gas from the market.”
Their selection includes fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisan breads, as well as naturally raised eggs and meat. The website also says it has “local, handcrafted items from local independent designers and makers.”
For more information, visit www.clarkesvillefarmersmarket.com/index.html or call 706-778-9374.
Dahlonega Farmers Market
For Lumpkin County, fresh produce can be found at the Dahlonega Farmers Market.
The market opened for business May 6 and will remain open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and 2-6 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 14 at Hancock Park off Dahlonega’s historic square.
Produce can be from vendors in Lumpkin, Hall, Dawson, White, Fannin, Gilmer or Union County.
For more information, visit dahlonegadda.org/events/farm-market.
Amicalola Regional Farmers Market
Dawson County will see a new farmers market this year.
The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market officially opened April 28. It is open from 3:30-7 p.m. every Friday at the Tractor Supply Co. at 6921 Ga. 53 E. in Dawsonville.
The market will have locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants, homemade arts and crafts and meat and dairy products.
According to its Facebook page, the mission is to “promote, develop and sustain the vibrant agricultural community of Dawson County and the surrounding area.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/amicalolafarmersmarket/?ref=page_internal.
The Cultivators’ Market will open the first Saturday of the month in June, July and August at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, 2355 Ethridge Road, in Jefferson.
For more information, call 706-367-8877.