Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people.
For students, it means freedom from classes and homework. For parents, it can mean family vacations and time spent at home with their kids.
For local farmers — and those in neighboring counties — summer is a time to sell their products in Gwinnett’s cities at local farmers markets.
The farmers market season, which often marks the unofficial start of summer, has already begun with the Suwanee Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The annual market kicked off May 11 and runs through Sept. 28.
“The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base,” said Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. “Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat and baked goods.”
The remainder of Gwinnett’s farmers markets open in early June, starting with the Norcross Community Market and the Snellville Farmers Market on June 1.
This year, the Norcross Community Market, which will open for its fourth season, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Aug. 31 at Lillian Webb Park, located at 5 College St.
The market, an initiative of Sustainable Norcross, has a mission to build community around food. Each week, in addition to vendors, the market offers a variety of activities, including chef demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment.
The Snellville Farmers Market, meanwhile, is touted as “the place to be on a Saturday morning in Snellville.”
Held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June through September on the Snellville Towne Green, the market features products that come from farms and gardens that, for the most part, are located within a 100-mile radius of Snellville.
The market also offers entertainment on select Saturdays beginning June 8.
For those who have some time during the week, Grayson’s farmers market will be held every Tuesday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. beginning June 4. The market will end Aug. 6 and will be held in the upper field of Grayson Community Park, near the corner of Rosebud Road and Grayson Highway.
Finally, Lilburn and Braselton will once again hold their farmers markets every Friday, this year kicking off on June 7.
Now in its 10th season, the Lilburn Farmers Market, which is sponsored by Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 30 at the church, located at 1400 Killian Hill Road.
The Braselton Farmers Market is also open through August, though from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays.
Local farmers, growers, bakers and makers will set up their tents on the patio of the historic Braselton Bros. building at 9924 Davis St. The market is held rain or shine.