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10 reasons to skip the grocery store

Ditch the big-box chains and support your local farmers and entrepreneurs

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Going to the grocery store in Atlanta can be a crapshoot these days. Depending on the chain (Kroger, Publix, Trader Joe’s), parking lot, and clientele, a stroll down aisle seven could turn into a battle for survival over the last box of Kind bars. Hell, trying to find a parking space is an exercise in self-restraint and saying no to road rage. Luckily, the city provides plenty of options via farmers and specialty markets that can help you knock out that grocery list without grabbing the boxing gloves.

Farmers Market

Huge ethnic grocery specializing in both Asian and Latino cuisine. Features bizarre vegetables, live and fresh fish selection, and rows and rows of mysterious packaged food that will remain a mystery because you won't be able to read the package. The moment you enter the doors, you’re hit in the fac... | more...

Farmers Market

An annoying thing about farmers markets: being forced to get up early (like, before noon) on a weekend morning. By operating 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays, the EAV Farmers Market eliminates the necessity to get up at a normal human being hour on a Saturday. You'll find locally grown produce, homegrown art, ... | more...

Event Venue

Located in Freedom Park at the Carter Center, the Freedom Farmers' Market offers local products including fresh produce, baked goods, cheese and dairy, farm-fresh eggs, handmade preserves and honey, prepared meals, fresh coffee and more. | more...

Farmers Market

Greens, Popsicles, cooking classes — this market has got it. Held Sundays from late April through mid-December, the market makes its sellers undergo a strict application process to ensure their goods are up to par and worthy of inclusion at one of the city's most popular and bustling farmers markets... | more...

Farmers Market

Open since 1995, Morningside is one of the few year-round farmers markets in town. The market is notoriously difficult for farmers to get into because of its strict guidelines — produce must be certified organic to be sold here, and there's limited space in the postage stamp of a venue in the parkin... | more...

Grocery Store

Savi Provisions is a neighborhood destination that sells locally-sourced gourmet and organic foods, fine wines, and spirits, with a generous environment to sample and celebrate the fruits of everyone’s labors. | more...

Health Food Store

Grab locally grown organic produce, specialty groceries, and healthful food-to-go sold by members of a democratically run, politically correct co-op that you can join. Ground zero for the Birkenstock crowd. | more...

Event Venue

Are you in the mood for soul food? Italian? Jamaican jerk? Can't-stop-munching popcorn? How about a 10-pound bag of salted pig's knuckles? It's all here at this grocery/food court. | more...

Farmers Market

The 140,000-square-foot market is heaven on Earth for foodies, filled with an amazing variety of fresh produce from around the globe, a fish counter bigger than your apartment, meats and cheeses galore, a bakery and juice bar, and prepared foods that you can take home or eat in-house, all at prices ... | more...



The list above first appeared in the 2015 CL Cityguide and was updated by CL Staff in 2021.