3000 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.785505 -84.272193
International buffet lunch or dinner at the cheapest prices in town. Cash only!
This is the first time I have ever written a complaint but it has to be done! During my "last" trip to DFM this Saturday I experienced rude customer service, groceries damaged by poor careless packing, and a parking ticket! A $50 ticket marked for "restricted parking" written at 6:14. I had only left my car two minuets before this (I sent a text to my husband asking him if he wanted anything at 6:12) and my vehicle was parked behind and next to another vehicle, there was also not one sign stating any parking restrictions. I am shocked and saddened to see this place go from what once was a husband and wife operation to one that is now more concerned about ticketing their customers. I read other concerns on here about the decline of DFM and i do hope that DFM takes our concerns and makes some changes.
** I am still unsure of how an off duty contracted officer can write a Dekalb county ticket on private property**
The thing I like about this place is their fruit and vegetable corner. Now I can get fresh and organic food to my table. I do love living in this city and this place is one of the perks.
Horrible Customer Service – I am furious. I just left the Dekalb farmers market and am now home at 9:39pm. At 8:59pm tonight there was an announcement that the store was closing, at 9pm a police officer was walking around the store with a flash light trying to direct people out of the store. I was confused considering it was just 9pm, I asked one of the workers where the sugar was and she showed me and the cop literally stood at the aisle I was on. At this point you can imagine how upset anyone would be if a cop is following them around a store as if they were a thief! I was walking towards the exit and he was walking next to me, I see a man and asked if he was the manager and he says yes. I then ask if this was normal procedure, of being ushered out of the store by a cop. He says "the store closes at 9pm". Obviously this makes me even more mad, I proceed to the cash register. Start paying for my purchases, I ask him his name he says Mike and the cop does not respond. I pulled out my camera phone to record the situation and Mike gets in my face at the register and says "you can cut that off, no cameras allowed", and I apologize and say I did not know. He continues to stand over me and says if you want to cause problems, you can leave and we can cancel your order (as if there are no other places to grocery shop in Atlanta). I said "when you asked the first time it was off". When I walked through the parking lot I mentioned the situation to another cop, and by the time I got to my car it was 9:06pm.
I have never been so humiliated in my life, to be treated like a criminal because I was already in the store and grabbing my last items and it was 9:01. What happened to customer service? As someone who has worked in the customer service industry for over 10 years you are taught to treat your customers with respect and this did not happen here. It was 9:06 when I had already been to the register and headed to my car, the manager and the cop were both inappropriate and need a lesson in how to treat people.
GreatDeals on organics and special items – HUGE variety of ingredients I either can't find quickly elsewhere or they're overpriced.
You grab a cart outside. Variety includes an aisle all about grains and pastas. You can get thing called for in special diet recipes like sucanat, rapidura, and other unusual things along with containers of all of the various flours, whole grains, varieites of lentils of all colors, various couscous types, and many more things. I even found my soba noodles there.
Their condoment aisle is a wonderland. They have a great fruit juice section including boxes pomegranate juice that tastes great and is much less expensive than a regular grocery store. They have my favorite organic Muir Glen marinara sauce. They have several major brands of great teas including a huge selection of Yogi and Natural Pharmaceuticals. I can get a large deli tub of loose black tea for $1 with similar deals on other looseleaf teas. They have a speciality asian tea counter. The wine selection is great. The spice section is extremely inexpensive. I can get a deli tub of curry powder for $1, a half-tub of garlic powder for about $.50.
There is a whole section of meats and one for seafood. If you want a good variety, it's best to go on the weekend. There is a lot of organic grass-fed meats. They make all of their sausages in lamb casings, so you can even buy chorizo and it's pork free. They have great oxtails,and the prosciutto they sell has the best flavor without being overly salty. Their cheese section is great and includes many specialty cheeses I can't find elsewhere.
In the refrigerated section they have all of the dairy and things as well as fresh pastas, desserts, a huge selection of fresh olives, homemade organic pizzas, packages of lox and smoked salmon, and a lot more. Near the meat there is a section full of a variety of salsa's and salads. There is also a freezer area along the back wall behind the produce with a lot of international stuff. There are huge bags of various grains along the back by the spices.
I love being able to buy a large bunch of a fresh herbs for $1 versus spending $2 at a regular grocery store, and the $2 bunches are smaller. Oh, reminds me they sell whole tamarind seed, whole LARGE aloe leaves, and many vegetables you won't find anywhere else without having the demand for them. Some things you don't find after summer is over.
The bread section is fantastic.
I could go on more, but I hope it's clear that you should take an hour or two to check it out.
The downside - a ton of employees who don't look like they're American because they act different and many don't speak English. Also, you have to bring cash. If you're aware and plan ahead you're fine, but there is an ATM there just in case. I get cash ahead of time from my credit union to be prepared and save the ATM fees.
From bad to worse – What people love so much about Your Dekalb Farmer's Market, why so many great reviews?
What is wrong with you people? Is any body visit Kroger, Publix, Wall-Mart lately??
Yes, some item is hard if not impossible to find anywhere else, but this place is going from bad to worse.
Sad to write this review because i've been coming here for years, since 1985 when DFM was at the old location.
Is more expensive than any other store, but I travel over 60 miles one way for the variety and items I cannot find anywhere.
For last two or three years I changed my opinion, and visiting the Farmers Market only if I am on the way to do business in the neighborhood.
The place is crowded with lots of employee mostly Indian witch do not speak or very little English and you wasting time to find anybody who can help, and communicate with.
The shopping cart you have to bring from parking lot.
Many products I usually purchased are no longer available or are simply bad quality, not mention the hi price.
Fief examples: The STASSEN Pure Ceylon TEA
Roach in bread bag – I love so many things about the DFM--freshness, quality ingredients, variety, & value. But today the unthinkable happened: A LARGE LIVE COCKROACH was inside the bag of bread I purchased from the DFM. If this weren't gross enough, we didn't spot it til we'd eaten 3 slices.
Sorry, DFM--I'm reporting this to the Dekalb Heath Dept. I'm over 50 & have never found a roach in food purchased at a grocery store.
Save money for the freshest foods! – Why would you shop anywhere else? All other over priced grocery and health food stores cannot compare to the quality and freshness of the foods that are offered at the Dekalb Farmers Market. And, the best part of the experience, is that you save so much money for buying more sustainable produce, meats, etc...I am officially in love with this place!
And, while you shop, don't forget to grab a cup of their amazing ethiopian coffee for less than $1.
The Best!!!!! – I owned a Cleaning Service I was at one of my customer home. I was looking for for a Market to buy some seafood. They refer me to Dekalb Farmers' Market. I went there it was awesome, the food is fresh different variety of seafood, and the price is awesome. I will be going back.
DEKALB FARMER'S MARKET – i had been a customer at the Dekalb Farmers Market for almost eleven years, even though (i must complain) about the horrible smell in there and also it is super dirty looking. my hair smells like the mildew smell in there every time i shop there!
Most of all, some of the people that they hire seem rude (may be the language barrier?) Today, i was shopping there with my three year old son and this rude security guard- a jerk who may be an off duty dekalb police officer, stops me to tell me to check in my shopping bags at the customer service center by saying "YOU DIDN'T OBVIOUSLY READ THE SIGN WHEN YOU WALK IN, YOU MUST CHECK IN ALL OUTSIDE BAGS"
with a rude authoritative tone.
let's get this straight! it is not a shopping bag, it is a canvas hobo bag/ purse!! (what an idiot!)
then, i get annoyed and decide to walk out and say that i will just leave because he is ignorant, and he rudely says have a nice day. I said " you too" really not meaning it and he comes out into the cashier area and says loudly "WHAT DID YOU SAY?" like i would be scared of him- YEAH RIGHT, GO TO H*LL, A**HOLE! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
This is NOT the first time that I have been harassed by some so-called rent a cop, due to the fact that i am different looking and my son is too.
They should make every woman check in her purse or bag and get rid of the rent a cop/ police officer who thinks he is god.
I immediately went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's right then and left my huge cart of groceries at check out! NEVER EVER GOING BACK AGAIN!!!!
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