Another one of Atlanta's wonderful farmers market/community get-togethers happens within walking distance of where we landed most recently in Atlanta, Grant Park, which is a really cool little pocket in this sprawling suburbia that is Atlanta.
Farmers and Artisans and So More and More
An interesting twist to the Grant Park farmers market and other farmers markets to varying degrees, is all the other vendors and participants that are not necessarily "farm" based.
This has its pluses and minuses. For instance last week, when we were at a different farmers market, the first 3 vendors were selling prepared foods which were probably not locally sourced at least not 100% and that's fine, I know I can be a stickler for those kind of things, but still the prepared foods items are typically more expensive and in a way defeat the whole local thing, I mean they're made locally but the ingredients aren't local. Again I'm being a stickler, but it can be a slippery slope.
Let's talk about the plus side. There's more diversity of goods and it makes things more interesting. For instance, at Grant Park there is almost always a cooking demonstration. And there are usually people playing music, hula hooping, yoga and all sorts of fun and interesting things. There is after all limits on how much fresh produce one can realistically use. Although I'm always trying to increase our family's consumption of plant matter all the time, with varying levels of success.
I actually really do miss composting. I miss my worm farms as well. It was eye-opening to see how much food waste one family creates.
One of my friends in LA started a company, Compost IS Cool.
I couldn't agree more. When we found out about compost wheels, a company that picks up your compostables weekly, I was thrilled.
What a great idea.
It's always nice to see them at the market.
What's in a Name?
I first met the folks from Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet over at East Atlanta Village farmers market. They have a 1/2 acre lot and supplement that with foraging which is so super cool.
I've found lots of cool things, but the latest treasure is probably one of my favorites.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Fun with Fungi
Lion's Mane Mushroom are amazing looking, taste delicious and offer all sorts of other benefits, such as improved memory and mood.
I just sauteed some for tonight's dinner.
Oh so good.
What follows is a mix of random pics of the elements that make Grant Park such a special farmers market.
An unabashed love for bacon has been sweeping the country for awhile now, But Atlanta has definitely taken the bull by the horn, or more appropriately perhaps, grabbed the pig by its ear. I think that's the equivalent. At the market they have Maple doughnuts sprinkled with bacon and then right down the street over at Octane they sell Bacon Fat and Pecan Caramel Corn.