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Published on December 18th, 2015 |

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Farmers Market ends 2015 Dec. 19; adding 2016 mid-week market

The Peachtree Road Farmers Market ends its 2015 season this Saturday (Dec. 19) with its Holiday Artists Market, in addition to its line-up of farmers and prepared food vendors, and with the Farmers Market logopromise for 2016 of the addition of a mid-week market on Wednesdays from 4:30-8 p.m.

In an email this week, the market’s executive director Lauren Carey announced that the Saturday morning markets for 2016 will begin April 2 and run through Dec. 17 and the new Wednesday evening market will open on April 13 and run through Oct. 26 from 4:30-8 p.m.

She also announced that “Grab & go” dinners will be available at the new Wednesday Evening Markets, “with familiar Market vendors and a few new ones serving up delicious whole meals, farm-fresh eggs, meats, and produce available for your midweek needs

As for this Saturday, more than 35 artists will be bringing their locally made wares to help customers with their final shopping for the holidays at the final market for this year. The market will be inside The Cathedral of St. Philip Saturday, at 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Lauren Carey

Lauren Carey

“Our artists are producing fine jewelry, original paintings and photography, hand-stitched and knitted clothing items & accessories, doggy treats and pet goodies, bath and body collections, pottery, fiber and paper art, woven baskets, and much more,” Carey said.

“Since its founding in 2007, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market has become the state’s largest producer-only farmers market, which means all items are sold by the farmer/maker with no reselling,” Carey explained. “The early leadership saw that Atlanta demanded farm-fresh produce, meats, and dairy, and the community supported their idea with open arms and shopping baskets.”

The Market continues eight years later as a nonprofit organization housed at The Cathedral of St. Philip.

“The relationship between the vendors and chefs and shoppers creates a sense of community that brings people together to laugh, share, and enjoy each other,” Carey said. “We’ve seen couples come to the market on their first date, they’ve taken engagement photos here, and now their children race through the market to greet their farmer friends.”

Carey pointed out that the market would not be possible without support from its sponsors (Country Financial, Piedmont Healthcare, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Whole Foods Buckhead, and Beautiful Briny Sea), its host, The Cathedral of St. Philip, the team of 29 volunteers, and the farmers, vendors and artisans.

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta Yule Event
After the final Peachtree Road Farmers Market for 2015 closes on Saturday at 12 noon, shoppers can continue the holiday spirit just up Peachtree Road at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, where they Shops Buckhead Atlata logocan take advantage of extended retail hours, enjoy the 100-plus trees adorned with holiday lights and music too.

The Graduates acapella-style Emory University ensemble will be performing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and complimentary hot apple cider and s’mores bars will be served from 1-4 p.m.

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