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Pre-Pma Spotlight on Atlanta: 60 years of history at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market

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FOREST PARK, GA — The 150-acre Atlanta State Farmers Market here pretty much runs as a self-contained town, with 24-hour traffic every day of the year, restaurants, a supermarket, USDA offices and even its own police force.

It also moves about $1 billion worth of produce annually and is one of the shining successes of the Georgia Department of Agriculture's "Georgia Grown" marketing program.

Located in a popular industrial district with easy access to the airport, rails and Atlanta's bustling interstate highway system, the market opened in 1959 and is as relevant and vital to Georgia's produce trade today as it was then.