Beginning Tuesday, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will add a new weekly attraction to its roster of 100 retail stores: a weekly Farmers Market.
The Tuesday-only special event will be located in the center of the Shoppes, near the food court, and will include unique, hands-on demonstrations and product sampling.
The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is located off Exit 9 of Interstate 575, in Woodstock.
Proponents of the new market, which will be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m., are eager to stretch the meaning of Farmers Market beyond its traditional definition. Demonstrations from local vendors and chefs — including one known as the Chinese Southern Belle — will be mixed in among traditional sellers.
“Our Farmers Market will feature a variety of demonstrations and product samples to help people make healthier lifestyle choices,” said Miliza Whitfield, of The Outlet Shoppes. “This is something fun and fresh we wanted to do for our patrons, to allow people to see and taste for themselves how delicious healthy food can be.”
The first Farmers Market, on May 6, will feature about 35 vendors and include demonstrations from the Bread Beckers and Press Together Juice as well as Natalie Keng, the Chinese Southern Belle. In future weeks, demonstrators will include McNack’s Kitchen, Living Institute and Taqueria Tsunami.
Keng, the Chinese Southern Belle, offers a distinctive concept that connects people, food and culture. Through Asian market tours, hands-on cooking classes, chef demonstrations, and a line of all-natural, family-recipe Asian sauces made in Georgia, she presents unique food and cultural experiences.
Bread Beckers is a local, family owned business that has everything needed to begin milling fresh, whole grains at home. While their primary focus is grains, Bread Beckers carries a variety of unique kitchen gadgets, cookbooks and other healthy foods.
Press Together Juice, based in Atlanta, features organic, cold-pressed juices. The recently formed business touts the many potential health benefits of drinking the juice of organic fruits, from weight loss to greater mental clarity.
“We believe this is going to be a great family night out for people coming home from school or work,” Whitfield said. “It is a unique opportunity to try new things and to learn. For example, Press Together Juice makes a juice that is so good, the kids will never know they are drinking spinach or kale. You have to taste it to believe it.”
The new market will be managed by Main Street Woodstock, which also operates a Farmers Market in downtown Woodstock each Saturday from May through October. The Woodstock Farmers Market, located on Market Street, between Mill and Maple Streets and adjacent to the Elm Street Arts Village event green, is in its sixth year. It is sponsored by Hamilton State Bank.
For information about being a vendor at the Tuesday Farmers Market, those interested can apply at mainstreetwoodstock.org/Programs/FarmersMarket.aspx.