The mission of the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market (RFAMA) is to be an advocate in building community around a local and sustainable food economy and provide a marketplace where citizens can purchase fresh, local farm, ranch and artisan foods direct from the producer and to encourage relationships within and surrounding the local food economy.

In response to feedback from Roswell citizens and founding vendors, a few changes were made. A volunteer organization was formed (RFAMA) to increase local participation in the market, the City of Roswell became the primary partner, the name was changed to the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market, the market season was extended by six weeks, and the venue was moved to an area shaded by majestic oaks behind City Hall. In 2016, RFAMA expanded staffing by bringing new Market Manager, Taylor Fridrich and Assistant/Marketing Manager, Jazmin Trammell. We are excited about the coming year and hope you are too!

Originally conceived in 2007 by then UGA Cooperative Extension Agent, Louise Estabrook, in a joint venture between Roswell Recreation and Parks and Fulton County, the Roswell Farmers & Artisan Market started with just 8 vendors.

In the beginning; however, the market was called the “Riverside Farmers Market”, because the first location was a dirt parking area in Roswell’s Riverside Park. Excitement always followed the ritual ringing of the cowbell signifying the start of the market.

The market quickly outgrew the parking facilities and moved to a sunny parking lot behind Roswell City Hall. In 2011, the Market was voted the #1 Medium-Size Market in America by Farmland Trust. A year later, Ms. Estabrook became ANR Agent in Cherokee County and a Roswell resident and former vendor, Michael McLane became President of RFAMA and Market Manager.

In 2011, the Market was voted the #1 Medium-Size Market in America by Farmland Trust. In response to feedback from Roswell citizens and founding vendors some changes were made for the better. A volunteer organization was formed (RFAMA) to increase local participation in the market. The City of Roswell became the primary partner, and the name was changed to the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market. The market season was extended by six weeks, and the venue was moved to an area shaded by majestic oaks behind City Hall. roswellfam.com

One thought on “Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market set to open for 2017

  1. I know that this is MY preference but I would love to see the Farmers Market within the Canton Street district. Many vibrant street markets in different cities take to the side streets. It allows other shops along the streets to get some traffic as well.

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