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Need some extra local veggies? Like hanging out at farmers’ markets? Here’s the situation on farmers markets ’round here.

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If you’re looking for farmers markets in other areas, Local Harvest and Pick Your Own are two good places to start.

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Nourished Kitchen is a wonderful blog about lots of good information about recipes and cooking techniques for preparing super-healthy food.

On the home page today is an article with ten excellent tips for success at farmers’ markets. My favorite is “bring a cooler.” You never know what kind of cheese or meat or other stuff might be available at a farmers’ market. It is the worst to have to walk away from something simply because it won’t withstand a summer afternoon in the car.

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Sometimes, you just can’t swing a CSA subscription.

If this is you, consider a different kind of commitment to a local farm and yourself – buying market credit. You can think of market credits as gift certificates you buy for yourself from a farmer. (more…)

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One very cold January mid-morning, I visited the Morningside Market located on N. Highland Ave. just south of University. I was late. At 10:15, one of the vendors (Woodland Gardens) was packing up and headed out and others had just bits and pieces left. So heads up! Get to the Morningside Market early; the winter market starts at 8:00. There are many committed market-goers ready to beat you to the punch – even on a blustery winter morning.

For more details about the market, please visit my article on the Morningside Market at Examiner.com.

All produce at the market must be certified organically grown.

Customers examine produce brought by Crystal Organic Farm. (crystalorganicfarm.wordpress.com)

Got this photo of microgreens from Woodland Gardens on the back of their truck as they were nearly sold out and calling it a day.

So many lovely varieties of soap from Hazelbrand Farm soaps ...

... and so nicely packaged! (www.hazelbrand.com)

Crackers from Magnolia Bread Company (www.magnolia-bread.com),

treats from Pure Bliss Organics (pureblissorganics.com),

and warm clothing were all for sale.

It was an excellent day to purchase a warm hat!

People lined up to buy Riverview Farms' ...

grass-fed beef ...

and Berkshire pork. (www.grassfedcow.com)

So come out (early and often) to Morningside Market (www.morningsidemarket.com) and see what you can find!

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Here are bunch of photos of the Decatur Farmers Market. Also, please visit my description of the Decatur Farmers Market at Examiner.com.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Patrons brave the rain and cold to see what's at Wednesday's Decatur Farmers Market.

Beautiful produce grown by Steve Miller in Clarkston (The carrots and beet greens were especially tasty.)

Steve's full line-up including lettuce, parsley, cabbage, and greens

Steve is happy to talk about his produce and his gardening methods. He credits his late in-the-ground growing season to lots of compost and protection from westerly winds.

Patrons browse what's on hand at Besmaid Garden Essentials owned by Bobby Britt on Wesley Chapel Rd. Bobby provides produce for many local restaurants. (And some top-notch arugula to me. It was so good I went back for more at the Saturday market.)

Broccoli from Besmaid Garden Essentials

Mustard greens from Besmaid Garden Essentials

Bobby with a beauty of a Savoy cabbage

Barbara Pearson of Simply Scrumptious brought baked goods and chili for sale. Boy, did that chili look good!

Luis Martinez of Zocalo Salsas (www.zocalosalsas.com) had chips and salsas on hand to try as well as tamales!

Mary and Duane of Magnolia Bread Company (www.magnolia-bread.com) selling whole-grain breads and crackers.

Magnolia Bread Company booth (sans Mary and Duane)

Paul of Johnston Family Farm (www.johnstonfamilyfarm.com) proudly selling milk, heavy cream, and some mozzarella cheese

Tink of Tink's Beef (www.tinksbeef.com) deep in discussion with customers. Tink's Beef sells grass-fed, all-natural beef...

... and all-natural, farm-raised pork.

Duane Marcus, the market manager, selling kale, Komatsuna, and a collection of preserves

Ross, Rebecca, and little Josephine were handing out eggs for their egg CSA subscription program. Soon their farm, Many Fold Farm (www.manyfoldfarm.com), will be producing sheep's cheese as well.

Lauren makes Big Daddy Biscuits - all-natural, organic dog biscuits made with food you'd eat yourself. (www.bigdaddybiscuits.com)

Saturday January 8, 2011

Lauren treats a regular client at the Saturday Decatur Farmers Market.

Saturday's market patrons braved a blustery January morning.

Bobby and Steve talk shop (presumably).

Arugula grown by Steve Miller

Bok Choy from Bobby Britt and Besmaid Garden Essentials

Goodness Gracious Granola (www.goodnessgraciousgranola.com) brought the goods - including this delicious cranberry-pecan-almond variety.

Parking is a snap at the metered spots heretofore unpatrolled on Saturday mornings.

Joseph Costa of Costa's Pasta (www.costaspasta.com) made my trip with some homemade egg fettuccine. Currently on the hunt for some AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery crème fraiche...

So visit the Decatur Farmers Market! Go on a Saturday morning or a Wednesday afternoon, but brave the weather and go!

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I’ve taken on a new position as Atlanta Farmers Market Examiner for Examiner.com in order to learn more about the larger local food scene in Atlanta.

So I’ll do my best to keep track of farmers market happenings in the area, too.

Here’s my first article highlighting farmers markets holding their forts during winter: Atlanta farmers markets open in January.

See all my articles here.

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Cafe 10:10 Farmers Market in Douglasville will be open every Thursday through January and February.

A Farmers Market in January? Yes! There’s not a lot of produce during winter, but you will find

  • eggs
  • poultry
  • meat
  • honey
  • grains
  • salsa and tamales!
  • baked goods
  • and occasional greens from greenhouses

And you can buy all of it direct from local farmers (who really appreciate the winter sales).

For instance, yesterday I scored a mess of gorgeous Tuscan kale ($4 for a large bag that takes up my entire crisper).

kale, Tuscan kale

The lighting isn't doing much for the kale, but trust me, it's dark and beautiful.

I’ll cook at least half of the kale tomorrow for New Year’s Day along with some field peas I dried this summer. Look at me, going back to my roots! (more…)

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Yesterday was the official opening of the Douglasville Farmers’ Market hosted by Crossroads Church at 5960 Stewart Parkway, Douglasville, GA 30135. The market’s founders, Marie Crowe and Lynn Hagerup, came up with the idea on one of their walks.

Lynn's on the left; Marie's on the right.

Both are devoted to eating more local and healthy food and decided they were tired of leaving Douglasville to find it. (more…)

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Just got an email about a Farmers’ Market in Douglasville…

Thursday, November 18th: Thursday Indoor Farmers Market Opens
Open every Thursday (except holidays), 4 – 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, 5960 Stewart Parkway (next door to the Post Office) ~ Free Admission, Open to the Public ~ featuring Georgia farmers and producers with safe pesticide/herbicide-free, pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, jellies & jams, milk, cheese, herbs, grains, breads, pasta

Even though I’m swimming in produce right now, I’m going to check it out for future reference.

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I stopped off at the Powder Springs Farmers’ Market yesterday. Scored some great stuff.

First, from a man who liked my hat, I bought six beautiful “home-grown” Big Boy tomatoes. (I’m an easy mark for nice old men who flirt with me. )

I think I shorted him a quarter, but that’s okay because I’m going back next week for more. While these tomatoes might not have the striking charisma of heirlooms, they are meaty and full of flavor. Even got me thinking about canning.

I also talked with a farmer from Loganville. (Whose name I did not get either. Hopefully, he’ll be there next week, too, and I can report it then.) This farmer’s in his twenties and clearly devoted to his work. I love talking to and buying from people like this because it reminds me that I’m helping make farming a viable career choice for intelligent, passionate people. Every professional sometimes feels his or her work is the most important work. (“I’m not selling used cars, man; I’m providing transportation and opportunity.”) It’s a natural and essential egotism that keeps us going. But farmers are right.

From the Loganville farm, I bought burgundy beans, eggplant, patty pan squash, and Nero radishes: (more…)

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