“This is the heart of Dunwoody,” said organizer Paula Guilbeau, who will be selling vegetables from her Heirloom Gardens farm in Cumming.
The Simpson Organization’s shopping center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road is a pedestrian destination, she said, which will attract newcomers.
“People walk here. They bring their dogs. They bring their baby strollers,” Guilbeau said. “They’ll hear the music. They’ll see the tents.”
Held from 2009 to 2011 across the street near the Dunwoody Village Post Office, the market’s 2013 location may resonate with loyal customers as well.
“We’re hoping because we’re coming back into the village, it will pump up some enthusiasm. We have some pent-up demand,” Guilbeau said.
Demand was low in 2012, she said, at the Spruill Center for the Arts where they landed after the post office reclaimed its parking lot.
“I don’t know why people didn’t come,” Guilbeau said.
The vendors decided to leave Spruill, she said, downsizing along the way from 30 vendors to 23.
“In order to save the market, we had to move,” Guilbeau said.
The new spot is a 30-space parking lot behind Havoline Xpress Lube and Wade Automotive Repair, where unique food and craft purveyors will set up shop.
“We will transform it every Wednesday,” Guilbeau said. “It will be our own little town.”
It is a town whose residents cooperate more than they compete, she said.
“A lot of times, after market, we’ll buy from each other and have a picnic,” Guilbeau said.
A new vendor, Alpharetta-based The European Wine Table, will be bringing the jelly.
“Our gelées are small-batch produced and artisan in style,” owner Jacqueline Chambliss said about products made from Bordeaux red and white wine and Cotes du Rhone rosé. “All are designed to accompany gourmet cheeses and meats, pancakes, French breads, biscuits with butter, and as a glaze for chicken and pork.”
She said she anticipates a successful run.
“Of course, we are excited about the new location and are looking forward to meeting the neighbors and developing new friendships,” Chambliss said.
If you go:
What: Dunwoody Green Market
When: Wednesdays, April 17 to Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: 5500 Chamblee Dunwoody Road