One of the best parts about summer in the south, especially if you enjoy cooking, is the chance for fresh produce every weekend and sometimes even during the week at local farmers’ markets. Local markets give farmers in the area an opportunity to sell some of the extra produce they have grown over the season.
However it’s not always just fresh produce that’s available sometimes there are also homemade baked goods, boiled peanuts, and other hand-crafted goods for people to enjoy. Communities all throughout the south host farmers’ markets weekly, locally there is one in Dawsonville, Dahlonega, and Cleveland. There are also a couple of year-long options for farm-fresh produce.
This farmers’ market is named Amicalola Regional Farmers Market and is located at 86 Allen Street, Dawsonville, GA, United States, Georgia. This market takes place on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. or when they are sold out, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The market is held under a pavilion so that even when it rains the market is able to continue. Some of the local vendors that were present this past Wednesday at the market were Tim Evans with Honey, Deborah Hester, Juno Farms, Grateful Acres Farms, and Rescue Rubs.
The market has a Facebook page to help keep its customers well informed on the market. It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/amicalolafarmersmarket. The market opens on April 30 and will be open on Saturdays throughout that time, and beginning in June is when the farmers’ market is open on Wednesdays as well.
The Dahlonega Famers Market is held at Handcock Park in Downtown Dahlonega. They are open every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or when they have sold out, and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The vendors are spread out throughout the park. They also use a Facebook page to advertise the fresh produce available in each of the markets. Their page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/DahlonegaFarmersMarket.
On Tuesday there may not be as big of a selection as there is on the weekend. With that in mind be sure to check out both days and keep an eye on that website.
At the Saturday, July 16 Market there was an assortment of homemade wax melts, potted plants, and honey. There was also a table of homemade pet treats along with a few tables dedicated to local produce. They accept both cash and card at the market.
Known as White County Farmers Market it is held at Freedom Park. The market is open on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until noon or sold out. They are out there selling rain or shine and boost over a dozen different vendors.
They offer honey, decorative flowers, jams, and jellies, along with the local produce and many other items. The market also has a Facebook page however they have not had a post since 2018 but if you’re curious about exploring them online visit https://www.facebook.com/White-County-Farmers-Market-149587375592575/.
At the Saturday, July 16 market there was live music, wooden chairs, paintings, and flowers for sale alongside the locally grown produce. White County Board of Education Vice Chair and Leader of the Honor Guard Charlie Thomas was a vendor selling his fresh produce. If you’re headed out to this market next weekend be sure to bring cash.
The Tomato House is a locally owned and operated business located at 22 Stephens Circle, Murrayville, Ga. It is a butcher shop, a farmers market, and also a gift shop. The butcher shop and produce section are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The gift shop is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.
They started out in two separate building a mile up the road from each other with no butcher shop. As the business grew they combined into one large building and added the butcher shop. They also sell alcohol including beers and wines.
The butcher shop sells handmade, made-to-order sandwiches daily. They also sell pumpkins, Christmas trees, and firewood depending on the season.
They use a Facebook page to advise their meats and produce. To find out more about them before making the drive go to https://www.facebook.com/TomatoHouseFarms/.
Jaemor Farms has two locations one that is both the farm and the market at 5340 Cornelia Hwy. Alto, Ga, 30510. The other location is a farm market and is located at 40081 US Hwy. 441 Commerce, Ga, 30529.
The farm and market are open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The market offers homemade pies and cakes, ice cream, and boiled peanuts along with fresh produce.
At different times of the year, they host different events for families to enjoy. They host different U-Pick days with peaches, strawberries, and flowers. During September through November, they do Harvest Celebration which includes a corn maze. They also host a Night Out of the Farm for a date night option in September.
They are a family-owned business. Currently run by the fourth and fifth generations of the family. They have a website to check out for their events and what types of fresh produce they are offering. Visit https://www.jaemorfarms.com/ to view all that they offer.