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It’s Farmers’ Market season in Georgia! The sun is shining, the weather’s warming up and folks are flocking to the outdoors farmers’ markets to wander amongst leafy green, hot coffee, and fresh bread and eggs.

This spring marks the opening of a new market at the Carter Center, which has been aptly named the “Freedom Farmers’ Market.” (It’s also just off of Freedom Parkway.) I decided to venture outside of my usual markets to see what this new market might have to offer.

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It was fun branching out, because, while there were some familiar signs and faces, there were many more new stalls to explore. It’s still a little early to have a wide variety of vegetables, but the veggie stalls were there, along with vendors selling herbs, bread, pastries, cheese, meat and all sorts of goodness.

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For those in need of that Saturday morning caffeine fix, don’t worry. There’s plenty of coffee to go around.

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There was a great showing from restaurants like Cakes and Ale, which was selling fresh bread and pastries, and Bocca Lupo, which was selling fancy egg salad sandwiches with red onions, greens, porcetta and pickles. Alas, I’m not a pickle person, but they were nice enough to make me a sandwich without the little slivers of evil.

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Upon my arrival at the Freedom Market, I realized that, in my haste, I’d forgotten to stop at the ATM to get cash. Some of the vendors accept cards, but not all. I was pretty sad about this and had resigned myself to gazing at all the goodness from afar when I learned that there was a solution.

The Freedom Market has a token system. You can use a card to purchase tokens, which all of the vendors accept. Brilliant.

 

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 The Freedom Market opened its doors, so to speak, on March 1st of this year, so it is only a few weeks old. However, it’s done an admirable job so far of attracting quality and diverse vendors. I arrived around 11:00, a few hours after opening and many of the vendors were sold out by that time, so I think the vendors are adjusting to how much product they need to bring to the market. While I’m sure the vendors will get the volume figured out, it’s probably better to get there earlier rather than later for the best selection of products.

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Overall, I’m excited about this market. If they can keep attracting this quality of vendors I think they have a good run in their future.

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The Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center is open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm March 1 – Dec 20, 2014. The Market is located at the Carter Center: 453 Freedom Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA.  I received no compensation for this review. All opinions and photography are my own.

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