One of the best things about living in Atlanta is the cultural diversity and one place where you can see a representation of all nations is the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, more exactly, Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market (YDFM). It actually sits just east of Atlanta proper. In Dekalb County, on E. Ponce De Leon. (Just E. Ponce for most atliens)
YDFM is probably the largest indoor market in the state. (Not to be confused with the actually state outdoor farmer’s market, which is located just south of Atlanta in Clayton county, city of Forest Park)
****Disclaimer: any town, city, or county located within an hour’s drive from Atlanta, is considered Atlanta LOL ****
Anyway, I used to visit almost every other week until I lost my job and gas prices starting soaring ^^^^ It’s by far the best deal on produce, beating all of the chain grocery store by 50% easily. And they have the organic version to nearly all items. In addition to produce, the have a bakery/pastry section. There’s imported beer and wine. Fresh meat and even live seafood. They also carry all typical grocery dry goods, diary, etc. Many items imported internationally. Plus there’s an eat in restaurant that’s supposed to really good. I haven’t tried it yet, though.
I joined my friend for a shopping trip out there Saturday morning and I forgot how much I missed it.
I think if I plan my menus out biweekly, I could start shopping there again….
Well, if you’ve never been and plan to visit, there are a few things you should know:
1. Shop early for the best selection. Weekend afternoons are the busiest and most crowded. And the crowd is an aggressive crowd. Similar to outdoor markets overseas.
2. Bring your patience!! There will be children everywhere and people from dozens of different countries, speaking their native tongue. Including the employees.
3. Pick up a cart in the parking lot. There are not keep inside like a typical grocery store.
4. Park near the far entrance, its closer to where you’ll be checking out.
5. Be prepared for the smell! You will get used to it after a few minutes …..remember, there’s a fresh fish market.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, the staff, while extremely busy, will make sure they help you. I’ve always had great customer service.
7. Do sample!! And try something new!! Whether it be a fruit or vegetable, foreign beer or wine.
8. Explore and enjoy the experience!