The Morningside Farmers' Market was the first market we went to Atlanta.
I had become used to the massive and varied farmers' markets of Los Angeles and San Francisco, so Morningside was tiny and quaint in comparison.
After being away from California for awhile now, I have grown to appreciate the bounty that can be found here in Atlanta. I have also thoroughly enjoyed seeing a change in season reflected by the fare that makes it to the market.
Adapting to the change of vegetables wasn't too difficult. I'd pretty much gotten used to that simply by coming from the Pacific Coast to the South. I took it as a fun challenge and a learning experience.
However when eggs started getting scarce, well that was entirely different matter.
An Egg-cellent Farm
While I've gotten better and better at engaging with the various vendors, something that is much easier in Atlanta than LA, I still like doing my on-line research. And so often I find just amazing stories.
I buy eggs from a variety of vendors, for a variety of reasons. The first time I bought eggs from the Little Red Hen Farm was at the East Atlanta Village Farmers' Market. We've also run across them at the Marietta Farmers' Market and now again at Morningside.
I always try to chat a bit. Like I've said, it's something I'm getting better and better at. Last Saturday while flipping through their book of photos and info, I came across a Naked Neck chicken. Now I admit it's an odd looking bird and when I first saw one in a book, I thought it was some cruel joke. But then we ended up hatching a Naked Neck and she, later to be a he we would realize, just stole our hearts. We named her/him Ostrich and despite its looks was one proud bird.
It turns out Naked Necks are one of their main meat birds. I know, you would think I might hold that against them, but actually I have the opposite reaction, because you don't see Naked Necks that often, so to know there's a whole flock of them so close, makes me feel good for some reason. I hope that doesn't seem wrong but to me there's something very right about it.
Check out that Naked Neck hanging out on the fence. And then there is our little baby.
You know the saying, "If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't"
I definitely had that feeling when I came to the stand of Crystal Organic Farm.
The produce look so beautiful. The presentation was perfect.
As often happens I bought more than we could possibly eat within the next week, particularly with me working. But I thought that I might make a salad for my co-workers and I still might. And if I can get it together to do such a thing. Then the chance I take of it maybe going to waste, would be worth it, in my mind.
But let's hope I get it together to put together a nice salad for my co-workers and share the goodness that comes with shopping local and from farmers that you meet and can talk to.
I already had more greens than I knew what to do with, but over at Woodland Gardens, they had some beautiful micro-greens that I just couldn't pass up
And again, as I did a little research, it turns out that they are featured along with 12 other Georgian farms in Grow, what looks to be an informative and wonderful documentary, "that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers."
There's always wonderful cheeses at the markets. As you can imagine for a foodie/ omnivore/ hedonist(when it comes to food, that is), it is a hard task to not sample these wonderments, even though I am in a constant battle to maybe someday see the abdomen muscles that I know must lie under that protective layer of......
Today, the tastings at the Sequatchie Cove Creamery were particularly lovely, so I bought 1/2 a wheel, in large part to share with the others who ended up on the Saturday shift.
As it would turn out, there were a lot fewer of us who got that detail. But rest assured the cheese did not go wasted, in fact we would take it to a birthday party of a friend of ours later that evening.
What Goes Around, Does Come Around
I started Saturday on the computer, researching for my new job. Then I made it to the farmers' market on the way to work. Had a great day being in the workforce as it were. We rallied to make it to a friend's party and had a lovely time. So fortunate to have found new friends in our new home for now that is Atlanta.
And the next morning, a Sunday morning, we kicked ourselves out of bed to breakfast with the production designer of the show Cindy is slated to start soon and who was the designer on the movie of the week that pretty much cemented my decision to stick with set dressing a bit longer.
That was over 25 years ago.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.