Published on April 14th, 2016 |0
First Wednesday Farmers Market kicks off big week of celebrations
the market’s 9th birthday, at which time the winners of the 2016 market bag art contest also will be named.
Market manager Lauren Carey was all smiles Wednesday afternoon as a reasonably good first Wednesday market crowd showed up—people dressed in everything from shorts and t-shirts to business attire with men sporting ties.
They seemed largely looking to take a break from at-home cooking to enjoy food and drink from familiar market vendors, new vendors and a treat from pop-up chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard restaurant on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead.
Some sat and ate at the on-site picnic tables nestled among the trees in the parking lot of The Cathedral of St. Philip, while others took advantage of the to-go food options.
The verdict: It was a good opening day for the new Wednesday farmers market, which will run every week through Oct. 26, opening at 4:30 p.m. and closing at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, April 16, Carey is inviting all of Buckhead to bring the whole family to celebrate the market’s 9th birthday. This will be the third market of the 2016 season, which opened on April 2 and will run through Dec. 17.
Carey said there will be visits from friendly farm animals (sort of a petting zoo for the young children), live music and a birthday cake from Flora & Flour. And executive chef Thomas McKeown of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel in Buckhead will be providing the chef demo at 10 a.m.
Yet another highlight of this week’s Saturday market will be the announcement of the winning design for the 2016 market shopping bag, and those who attend can pick up a free bag.
This is the fourth year that COUNTRY Financial has sponsored the shopping bag design contest and Carey told BuckheadView there was a record number of high school students who entered the contest this year, 78.
The winning design and two runners-up artists will be announced at 9 a.m. The winning artist receives a $1,000 scholarship and the artwork displayed on the market bags. The two runners-up in the contest each receive $500 scholarships.
The bags will be distributed to shoppers at the market throughout the year.