One of the best parts about living in such a bustling city surrounded by beautiful farmland is access to a surplus of fresh produce from farms and vendors not too far from the city limits. You could go to a store and buy produce, but at a farmer's market, you can get some of the best quality produce you can find in the area alongside vendors of clothes, crafts and so much more!
Supporting local businesses as a college student living in UGA apartments doesn't have to break the bank, and vendors often give out great deals for their products because they are small-batch, family-owned, and are looking to build a loyal customer base.
This is the largest gathering in Athens, Georgia for vendors to sell their products. It is so big that they extended the farmer's market to a second location near Sunset Drive. If you are an early bird, it's probably better to come to the Sunset location, as they operate from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you enjoy a later afternoon to nighttime market and are looking to spend time listening to live music and enjoying all the wonderful restaurants near downtown Athens apartments, then going to the bigger market near Creature Comforts is the better choice! They operate from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
If you live in a pet-friendly apartment, the market allows dogs to stroll around the market with you, so you don't have to leave them at home to miss out on the fun!
Where: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. or Sunset Drive
When: April – November every year
The special thing about this market is that it is hosted by Athens Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that prioritizes community development, economic growth, and land conservation for the people of Athens. By showcasing small-owned businesses and vendors and encouraging the engagement of members of the community through donations and volunteering, they provide Athens with a welcoming and productive community space. If you live in a student apartment, you can travel to this market with friends to help support a great cause!
The Authentic Brewing location is open on Tuesday every week, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Rock Springs location is open on Saturday every week, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Whether you go alone or with other people from apartments near UGA, you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Where: Authentic Brewing or Rock Springs
When: Tuesdays and Saturdays every week until December.
Another unique and exciting experience to take part in every year is the culinary showcase hosted in downtown Athens. This event is specifically curated for foodies who love purchasing specialty items like baked goods, spices, and drinks. Not to mention, they have non-edible items like crafts and houseware items that would perfectly complement any Athens apartment!
This event is hosted by a non-profit organization called the Culinary Kitchen of Athens. They hope to encourage new and professional chefs to acclimate to the commercial world of food retail and business. They operate from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm every Monday during participating months.
Where: Prince Avenue
When: January to March annually