About the Market
The Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association (D.A.T.A.), now known as the Alpharetta Business Association (ABA), found in a survey of citizens that the community wanted local and fresh produce,”Alpharettans want a downtown where they can easily step out to pick up fruits and vegetables while shopping with local businesses and having lunch,” stated Kathy Ann Kessler of Galerie, a downtown Alpharetta clothing boutique. Many downtown merchants compliment the Farmers Market by running sales and specials during market weekends. So in the spring of 2006 the Farmers Market took root under an old oak tree in Historic Downtown Alpharetta in the city parking lot. The farmers market allowed the city to support local farmers and artisans. The market is open to farmers, artisans, food vendors, and purveyors of Southern produce and goods. In 2006 the armefrs market was held bi-weekly through the fall growing season and included seasonal plants and flowers. Due to its success, in 2007 it was expanded to weekly markets, and in 2008 the time was extended. In 2009 the Market was moved to a nearby location along a closed-to-traffic portion of Old Roswell Street and Jones Avenue. In 2010 the Market moved to the big parking lot next to City Hall on Main Street. Then in 2011 a Gazebo and signage was added to mark the now permanent market location. Alpharetta Farmers Market is open to the public. Admission is free and parking is available throughout Historic Downtown Alpharetta. The market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in its current location.