Market Scene: Marietta Square Farmers' Market in Marietta, Georgia (with Recipes!)

Note: It's time for another weekly Market Scene dispatch. Each Monday, one of our various correspondents checks in with what's fresh at farmstands, what's coming up, and what you better get while the gettin's good. This week, we hear from Louise Brescia, who you may know better around these parts as therealchiffonade. —The Mgmt.

I enjoyed strolling through the Marietta Square Farmer's Market in Marietta, Georgia, over the weekend. It has a street fair atmosphere in close quarters under tents. I was greeted by vibrant bouquets of bright flowers and striking sunflowers. This market is heavy on artisan products—they had everything from Old World-style baguettes (snagged one), goat cheese (that too), meat pot pies, decorated cupcakes and cakes, and several vendors with jams.

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With peaches on the mind, I was happy to see several Georgia-grown stands. Choosing was a matter of who had the prettiest peaches for the best price. Ogeechee Peaches from Millen, Georgia, had beautiful peaches by the case for $35. First things first—to the car with the case then return for more strolling, tasting, oohing and ahhing.

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Emily G's Jam of Love was irresistible, but I managed to stop myself at two jars. Raspberry Jalapeno, a combination of two of my favorite flavors and Roasted Pepper Jelly were tucked nicely into a small bag for the trip home.

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Gorgeous artisan baguettes beckoned from Olde World Artisan Bread Co. Who was I to argue?? Goat cheese from Coles Lake Dairy in Carrolton, Georgia, was pristine white and fresh.

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I grabbed some green tomatoes and some plums from one of the produce vendors and it was time to go home and create.

Marietta Square Farmer's Market

Parking Lot of First Baptist Church on Church Street and Hansell (map)
mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net
Open Saturday Mornings, May through November at 9 a.m.

In Season Now

Early peaches
Tomatoes
Green tomatoes
Early plums
Summer squash
Cantaloupe

In Season Soon

Figs
Specialty peppers

Original Recipes by therealchiffonade

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Fried Green Tomatoes »

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Chilled Grilled Peach Soup »

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Peach Salsa »

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Fresh Peach Scones »

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Grilled Peaches with Butter Rum Sauce »

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Peach Chipotle Jam »

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