Get started

Wholesale: The Common Market Georgia delivers local farm food to schools, hospitals, grocers and more in the Atlanta area.

Restaurant Farm Share: We have teamed up with the farmers at Global Growers and partner farmers to deliver a weekly selection (5-7 cases) of the best of each week’s harvest for a fixed price. We’ve expanded the CSA model to serve farm-to-table restaurants that want fresh, sustainably-grown ingredients on a consistent basis without the hassle of ordering from multiple vendors.

Give our sales team a call to find out what’s in season and place your first order:
(678) 343-9525 ext. 21
gasales@thecommonmarket.org

Looking for The Common Market in Philadelphia? >

Welcome!

The Common Market Georgia connects wholesale and farm share customers to sustainable farmers and producers in Georgia and the southeast region. We aggregate food from about 120 regional producers and deliver 2 days a week to a variety of customers in the Atlanta area, including schools, hospitals, grocers and workplaces.

Our products represent the full bounty of seasonal food produced in our region. Our staff works year-round with farmers and artisanal producers to develop a dependable supply of the freshest foods grown sustainably in our region.

The Common Market has been great to work with. Our cafeterias serve 2000 meals a day, and we’ve been able to feature locally-sourced farm food every week this year. The students love the food, and they have a direct connection to the farmers."

– City Schools of Decatur

Our Mission: Delivering local food for the common good

The Common Market connects communities by delivering local food for the common good. Our mission is to strengthen small and family-owned farms while simultaneously improving food access and public health. We partner with institutions that share our commitment to our region’s most vulnerable communities.

We believe that connecting consumers with good food grown by local farmers creates healthy and economically viable communities where we all thrive. We take care of all of the distribution and logistics and you just get to eat more good food.

Our Food: Good, Fresh, Local.

The Common Market Georgia provides institutions and retailers throughout Georgia with the freshest seasonal farm foods. We offer a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, grocery items, dairy, eggs, and meat to our customers. Our food is served in hospitals, workplaces, schools, colleges and universities.

We maintain our grower’s identity throughout the process of distribution so that our customers know exactly what they are getting and from where. We provide our farmers’ names and location on each case of food as well as on each invoice so our customers can be confident that they are getting the freshest local produce available.

  • Produce: The Common Market Georgia works with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables farmers through Georgia and the southeast region with a commitment toward sourcing organic and certified naturally grown produce. We are also working to provide frozen, canned, and cut-and-chop options for our customers.
  • Dairy: We offer a variety of dairy items including yogurt, yogurt smoothies, milk, cream, butter, and cheeses, all of which are produced by family farms in the Southeast region.
  • Meat: The Common Market Georgia works with pork, beef, chicken, and turkey producers to deliver high quality meats to customers who prioritize antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and humanely-raised proteins for their meals.
  • Eggs: We source small to extra-large size free-range eggs in 15 dozen case sizes for our institutional food service customers and single dozen cases for retailers.
  • Grocery: The Common Market Georgia works closely with local artisans with products such as oils, grains, honey, and other value-added goods.
  • Beverages: We offer a variety of beverage options including apple juice, apple cider, and blueberry juice to name a few. We are constantly adding more beverage options to our products line to fit our customer’s needs.

If you don’t see a product on our list, please let us know! We appreciate the feedback and will do our best to find a locally-crafted product that fits your business’ needs.

Food Safety

At The Common Market Georgia, we know our growers personally, understand their farming practices and have on-the-ground experience at their farms. Overall, we maintain high food safety standards with our producers and in our warehouse.

Our Farmers & Food:

  • We sign Producer Agreements only with growers who demonstrate the highest standards of food safety.
  • Required Food Safety plans of each farmer on file in our office.
  • All meat and eggs are processed in USDA inspected facilities to ensure the highest standard and quality of product.
  • All products labeled “organic” have been certified and copies are on file in our office.
  • Annual internal safety audit of each grower based on USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) protocol.

Our Warehouse:

  • Regularly updated HACCP plan and Food Safety Practices.
  • Annual Third Party Audit conducted by NSF International. The Common Market Georgia’s facility is pending approval for the 2016 year.

Becoming a customer

Wholesale: We deliver local farm food to schools, hospitals, grocers and more in the Atlanta area.

Restaurant Farm Share: We have teamed up with the farmers at Global Growers to deliver a weekly selection (5-7 cases) of the best of each week’s harvest for a fixed price. We’ve expanded the CSA model to serve farm-to-table restaurants that want fresh, sustainably-grown ingredients on a consistent basis without the hassle of ordering from multiple vendors.

Give our sales team a call to find out what’s in season and place your first order: (678) 343-9525 ext. 21

Payment: All new accounts will be C.O.D. (Check on Delivery) for the first month, after which time we establish credit terms and allow 15-30 day terms. We accept credit cards (a 4% service charge will be added), cash or check for payment. We expect customers to adhere to credit terms; past due accounts will incur fees.

Our customers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Retailers
  • Eldercare
  • Value Added Producers
  • Corporate Cafeterias
  • Farm Share Customers

Customer Application Form

Contact us

Susan Pavlin,
Director
The Common Market Georgia
678-343-9525 ext. 20
susan@thecommonmarket.org

Not sure who to talk to? Send us an email to gainfo@thecommonmarket.org and we will send you to the right contact.

Lily Rolader,
Operations Coordinator
The Common Market Georgia
678-343-9525 ext. 21
lily@thecommonmarket.org

Jobs

Procurement Developer

The Common Market Georgia is an emerging, mission-driven distributor of local farm foods in Georgia.

Our mission is to strengthen regional farms while making the local bounty accessible to communities and the institutions that serve them.  We strive to integrate a lens of racial and social equity into all of our work.

To support the growth of our regional, sustainable food system, we are seeking someone who can identify and work with diverse regional farmers (typically 20 – 500+ acres) and farm food producers to assess and build capacity to serve wholesale markets for produce, meat, dairy, poultry, seafood, eggs and more. This person will be responsible for identifying products that are needed to meet wholesale orders, and to work with farmers, producers, logistics partners and farm support organizations to establish a steady supply of wholesale product that meets quality and food safety requirements. Additional duties include developing a complete understanding of The Common Market Georgia’s daily procurement operations, and supporting these activities as needed.

We are looking for an individual who is knowledgeable and experienced in sustainable agriculture, who has an understanding of racial and social justice issues impacting Southern agriculture, and who is business-oriented and highly motivated. This position demands the capacity to work closely with farmers, and to manage the detail-oriented business of tracking vendors, pricing, production schedules and logistics, as well as vendor negotiation. Success in this position requires a high level of organizational skills and attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and a mastery of responsive communications and problem-solving skills. This position is based in Atlanta, with approximately 10-15% regional travel.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Identify and support farmers and vendors that can source for Common Market, developing new relationships and products lines to meet customer demand, in product areas of produce, meat, dairy, seafood, poultry, eggs and value added products.
  • Identify and coordinate with farmer serving organizations and funders to identify farmer training and resource needs. Facilitate farmer trainings, and increase access to resources that will improve wholesale production capacity, such as food safety, product quality, post-harvest handling.
  • Conduct regular site visits to assess farming practices, on farm and at food production facilities, and work with producers to ensure the highest level of quality and food safety practices are maintained.
  • Manage relationships and logistics with Common Market farmers and vendors, as well as emerging producer and producer networks.
  • Manage product planning throughout the year to ensure consistent product availability
  • Take a lead role in vendor negotiations and the development of fair pricing strategies, as needed.
  • Provide guidance as needed with respect to daily product ordering, and be prepared to handle daily orders and receiving as needed.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 2-4 years’ experience in the agriculture industry, including experience farming
  • Experience in business, purchasing, and/or supply chain management
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and local food systems, as well as social and racial justice issues impacting agriculture in the South
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Word and Excel)
  • Experience and skilled in analyzing data using Excel
Baseline Requirements
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Flexible work hours to accommodate some evening work and regular weekend work (with corresponding days off during the week based on a regular fixed schedule).
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
Compensation

Pay commensurate with experience, in the range of $38,000 to $42,000.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to susan@thecommonmarket.org