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Green Market returns to Spruill
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
June 20, 2012 11:28 AM | 659 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Priscilla Mustin, of Johns Creek, left, talks with Candice Reynolds, owner of Red Queen Tarts, about the different types of tarts offered at the Dunwoody Green Market.
Priscilla Mustin, of Johns Creek, left, talks with Candice Reynolds, owner of Red Queen Tarts, about the different types of tarts offered at the Dunwoody Green Market.
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Chef Lisa Rochon points out the different ingredients in the polenta with zucchini and eggplant ragu at the Dunwoody Green Market, which is the company’s first market in DeKalb County.
Chef Lisa Rochon points out the different ingredients in the polenta with zucchini and eggplant ragu at the Dunwoody Green Market, which is the company’s first market in DeKalb County.
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The Dunwoody Green Market is returning to its roots.

Beginning July 18, patrons can partake of the mobile marketplace on Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Spruill Gallery on Ashford Dunwoody Road. It had set up shop there for years before moving to its present site in the Dunwoody Village Post Office parking lot.

“We’re delighted to have the Green Market back,” said Spruill Center for the Arts CEO Bob Kinsey. “We’ve missed them and we know that they have grown quite a lot since.”

The market has become a weekly staple in spring, summer and fall for residents throughout the years. The endeavor allows visitors to peruse the products of pesticide-free harvests from local organic farmers and an array of other attractions.

Vendors were initially informed by U.S. Postal Service officials on opening day of this year, April 11, to be out by mid-May to accommodate resources relocated from the soon-to-be closing post office on North Shallowford Road. Market officials were later given an extension, which runs out July 11.

The relocation theme had become a familiar occurrence, dating to the market’s separation from its Spruill home.

“It appeared imminent [at the time] that we were going to start construction there,” Kinsey said. “We’re looking very much forward to [Dunwoody Green’s] return.”

In addition to seasonal vegetables, vendors also offer a variety of other perishable wares, including fruits, locally produced honey and free-range eggs.

Beef, pork and poultry as well as cured meats are also available. Artisans, bakers and unique food purveyors round out the market. Music, cooking demonstrations and seasonal contests are also mainstays.

Spruill officials are calling the market’s return a win-win for both sides.

“We’ve got a great site with lots of free parking, the market’s going to drive some traffic to our gallery … and it’s a high visibility area,” said Kinsey. “I think it’s going to be good for everybody.”
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