The 2012 Farmer's Market season is in full swing. With warmer weather on the horizon, locals are migrating towards the outdoors, and there is no better place to enjoy the Spring than checking out the ever-growing Athens Farmer's Market.

As much as I enjoy roaming around the market on Saturday morning in Bishop Park, I have recently developed an even greater love for the Wednesday Market downtown at City Hall.

This past Wednesday, with a group of friends in tow, I ventured downtown to enjoy the live music, laid back atmosphere, and locally grown food. The second we walked up to the entrance, I could smell the freshly baked Luna bread just calling my name. Man, have I missed this. I was glad to see and taste my old favorites, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the new vendors who were on hand selling good food. In particular, 3 Porch Farm's "honey pops' were delightfully refreshing on a warm afternoon, and I can't wait to have another on Saturday.

When speaking with Athens Banner-Herald Food and Music reporter, Andre Gallant, who was at the market Wednesday and has been an ardent supporter of the market and locally grown food, he raved about the market's new additions. He was also pleased to hear local musician Jacob Morris performing again this year. He hopes the Farm Cart will soon return after the difficulties they have faced in recent times.

All in all, the market gives back more than it receives, and I urge you to go and check it out. Good times had by all are almost guaranteed, and I hope this Athens gem will be around for years to come.



Meagan Frye

AFM Public Outreach Intern