If Only Sophie Had These Choices
I have discovered in my months living in Atlanta that there are many local farmer's markets to choose from. My "favorite" has changed with the seasons and for a variety of reasons. The first market I went to was the Morningside Farmers Market which was down the street from where we were living at the time and the one Cindy had heard about.
I would end up regularly going to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, Piedmont Park Green Market and Decatur Farmers Market, just to name a few.
Each trip would be an adventure of one sort or another, meeting new vendors and hearing new stories and trying all sorts of goodies. One huge difference between the farmer's markets of Atlanta and those in LA is the changing of seasons and thus the change of foods. There is a little of that in LA, certainly, but it doesn't compare to what it's like here.
While it has been amazing to see real seasons and its affect on my culinary endeavors, it also highlights another key difference between here and L.A. The farmer's markets themselves are seasonal and one by one, they have almost all closed for the season.
The Decatur Farmers Market which we originally started going to on Wednesday because it was on the way to circus class is one of the only markets open year-round.
When I first went to this market, I was still used to the massive Santa Monica farmer's market and had recently been delightfully overwhelmed by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.
If you wanted eggs, you went to the one stand that sold eggs and if he was out, you were out of luck.
This was fine, because at the time I was visiting other farmers markets and so always had more than enough to choose from.
Now it's fine, because I've been learning to do with a lot less and make due with what's at hand. This has "forced" me to experiment with stuff that I used to avoid, like beets and cabbage, which now I love.
This is the part of the blog where I feel like how people who win Academy Awards must feel, the part where they can't figure out who to thank and in what order, not everything else.
I've had so much good food, shared so many stories. It is impossible to relay them all and would end up being about as interesting as the droning buzz of a beehive.
Johnston Dairy Farm
Most all the vendors at the markets are pretty nice. But the guy we get our milk from is super nice and a real character. Some of his jokes might miss the mark, but he always succeeds in putting a smile on my face.
Skye has been taking a lot of great photos recently, this however is not one of them. Our dairy man is the one in the blue cap.
Okay that was a bad pun, but in this case it holds true.
I often get "stuck" at the mushroom guy's stand,Deep South Mushroom Co. because we both have such a passion for mushrooms. When he found out that I had actually had heard of Paul Stamets and had his book, he knew that he could use more technical terms and such. Talks on foraging and growing methods followed.
We have had so many amazing mushrooms and meals thanks to this guy.
Also, one of my latest facebook friends, so know I actually know his name now. So thanks again Taylor, a.k.a, mushroom guy for all the wonderful goodies from the Third Kingdom.
I couldn't not mention Chuice, since I've gotten Cindy addicted to the stuff.
I use it as a meal replacement or when I need a boost.
Chuice is raw food in a bottle! DescriptionMade fresh daily from more than 45 fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds, Chuice is packed with proteolytic and fibrinolytic enzymes, which aid both the digestive system and the immune system.
That's my Chuice card. I highly recommend it.
Who knew chia seeds did more than make green sheep. Over at Tia's Chia she bottles and bakes with the magic seeds.
Doug's Wild Alaska Salmon brings to market amazing and delicious sockeye salmon that he and his sons catch up in Alaska.
Produce from The Funny Farm, and Besmaid Garden Essentials have ended up on our table and in our bellies.
And there are so many more, like I said too many to mention and so sorry to those who I may have forgotten.