The dog days of summer may be winding down and the kids are back in school, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy a summer harvest on the Beltline.
Ponce City Farmer’s Market opened in May and has seen a busy summer with about 1,000 customers every week. It is open every Tuesday from 4 – 8 p.m.
This week, vendors were selling tomatoes, many varieties of peppers, okra, eggplant, melons, green beans, and leafy greens to name just a few of the options. There were even a few local Georgia peaches left, but those will likely be gone in a week or two.
“This is one of our most accessible markets,” said Jamie Hausman, with the Community Farmer’s Market. “We have people walking and biking here because it is on the Beltline.”
The market will be open until December, and fall crops are just beginning, Hausman said. Many of those will do better as the weather gets cooler, she said. Apples and apple cider from North Georgia will also soon be available.
Kimberly Koogler, with Cosmos Organic Farm, said they will continue bringing a wide selection of greens such as kale, chard and lettuce, as well as okra, eggplant, green beans and radishes over the next few months.
In addition to veggies, the Ponce City Farmer’s Market has vendors selling fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, meats, coffee, soap and a wide variety of other items. The market has 20 to 25 vendors each week.
“I love coming here; I love having this on the Beltline,” said Marla Majett, as she chatted with vendors on Tuesday. Majett said she lives in Virginia Highlands but comes to the market regularly.