One of my favorite things about living in Woodstock is the twice-weekly Farmer’s Market in the Downtown district. If you find yourself driving along Main Street on a Saturday morning or a Tuesday evening (and are in the mood to immerse yourself into some lively local color), turn onto that little one-way (!) street next to Cupcake-a-licious that leads to the parking lot by Market Street.

There you’ll find vendors selling everything–home-grown produce, bouquets of flowers, handmade soaps, spices and jams–even some of the best crepes this side of France. But brace yourself: there will also be families there, none of whose members are using any electronic devices, but instead are communing over carrots and parsnips and pumpkins (or whatever’s in season), and figuring out how to incorporate these into family meals. There will be dogs on leashes, smelling the fresh air and each other. There will be true-to-life farmers who get their hands dirty every day to make this whole thing happen. In short, in this little stretch of downtown Woodstock resides hope in all things I hold holy and true–family, food, friendship, and a city that knows where it’s going without forgetting where it came from.

Saturdays May 2 – November 21
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Market Street – Downtown

Tuesdays May 5 – October 27
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Market Street – Downtown

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Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, Woodstock Patch, and the city of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at  jenwanders.com.

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