Common root farmers market, a 12,000 square foot neighborhood grocery store with an expansive outdoor seating area and plant nursery, will open early next year at Avondale Estates.
Owned by former US Foods Territory Manager Brock Nix, the expansive community market will sell local produce, meats and seafood from Georgian farms, a variety of snacks, pantry supplies and frozen products from local food producers like Rock Hill Creamery, Pure Bliss Organics, and Piedmont Provisions, as well as coffee, beer, fresh bread and flowers. People will apparently be offered a cup of coffee using beans from local roasters upon entering Common Roots.
Located outside, a large seating area will allow customers to eat take-out sandwiches and other dishes sold at the market deli. The menu includes five sandwiches, including a muffaletta and daily specials, salads, soups from Mad Mama Gourmet, and family meals. There is also freshly ground coffee and kombucha on tap.
Seasonal plants and flowers, as well as pumpkins, Christmas trees and wreaths during the holidays, will be available for sale outside.
When asked if Common Roots plans to be accessible to all members of the community and offer affordable prices, a representative speaking on behalf of Nix told Eater that the market is considering accepting the EBT benefits. and SNAP as payment methods. This will be listed on the website and displayed on all market entries. While hours for the elderly are not currently scheduled, it could be something Nix and his team will consider once Common Roots is fully operational next year.
Nix, whose family owns two farmer’s markets in Georgia and Alabama, worked for almost four years as a territory manager for food distributor US Foods. While at the company, he helped chefs and restaurants select foods for menus, helped implement inventory technology, and provided in-house training for new employees.
In other food news from Avondale Estates, Olive and Pine, a 25,000 square foot adaptive reuse complex just east of East College Avenue, will eventually include a large dining hall; A coffee; Leftie Lee’s sandwich shop and bakery; a mini market; a Los Angeles-based burger restaurant; a cocktail bar; a coworking space and an art gallery; and possibly a plant store.
A joint venture between Tin Drum Asian Kitchen founder Steven Chan, Decatur-based architecture firm Office of Design, and Metro Green Construction, Olive and Pine is just three blocks from Wild Heaven Beer, Lost Brewery Druid and Small Cottage Brewery in the Avondale areas.
Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public transport: Accessible by bus from Kensington MARTA train station or via the MARTA 115 bus line.
3409 Covington Highway, Avondale Estates. commonrootsfarmersmarket.com.