The South's Best Farmers' Markets
Discover fresh seasonal ingredients, meet the people producing your food, and experience a community’s true culture. Here are our top picks.
As sure as the warm weather rolls in every spring, Southern farmers’ markets grace towns with fresh produce, seasonal ingredients, artisanal products, and community culture. Local farmers’ markets showcase regional identity, and we love visiting produce markets to see what Southern communities thrive. While each town’s Saturday markets offer local specialties, we particularly love Southern markets because of their unique locations. The Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama, sets up shop in the streets surrounding the old Dr. Pepper Syrup Plant and Bottling Co.; Georgia’s Grant Park Farmers Market sits in the middle of Atlanta’s oldest park and civil war museum. New Orleans’s Crescent City Farmers Market is so bustling that the produce market has three locations open through the entire week. With kid-friendly entertainment and plenty of delicious samples, Southern farmers’ markets are all are great ways to spend a Saturday morning. And the fun doesn’t stop when you leave—you’ll go home with a delicious meal, no matter the season—try these Southern summer, fall, winter, and spring farmers’ market recipes.