April 14 is Opening Day!

It’s been a long, hot winter, y’all. But you know spring has arrived because this Saturday, April 14 is opening day at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market! Yes, Saturday will mark the sixth season that PRFM has blown into the parking lot at the Cathedral of St. Philip like a breath of fresh (local, happy, delicious) air. Stop by and welcome the good food and good people from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

New this year, look for Farm Burger Buckhead (you know, burgers), Pure Knead (gluten- and allergen-free baked goods), Simply Fresh (salads and such), Phickles Pickles (put-ups for snacking and cocktailing), Storico Fresco Pasta (your new Italian grandmother), and Cuisine (take-and-bake vegetarian meals). Check out the full list of your old favorite and new favorite vendors here.

Saturday’s Chef Demo at 10:00 a.m. brings a market fave, Local Three's Chef Chris Hall (who's bringing carrots, by the way). With a motto like this: “People Matter Most, Local Is Priority, Seasonal Makes Sense, Authenticity Rules, Quality Governs, Delicious Trumps, Pretense Stinks, Comfort Feels Good, Appreciation Tastes Better, Prudence Sustains It All” you know you’re in for a treat. So don’t miss some great food and tips from one of the coolest locals we know—last year he brought it with not one, but three (get it?) dishes. And you know he’ll bring it to the next level for opening day! For more on Chef Hall, check out our love note to him last year…here.

What next? It’s gonna be a season to remember. All the chef demos, kids’ activities, live music, and fun you’ve come to expect from the largest producer-only market in the metro PLUS a few surprises (Friday night PRFM complete with Iron Chef competition? Yes.)—so shop early and shop often cause it’s time to get your Market on!

P.S. If you’re in need of a couple recipes to go with all the yummy spring produce you’re going to pick up (think strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, beets, broccoli & more), just take a looksie at the 40 Real Simple posted here.

- Jennifer Maley