I've had mixed luck with my farmers' market visits but they've all provided me with different opportunities. My favorite, hands down, is the Marietta Square Farmer's Market in Georgia. The sheer abundance at this market, the "community" feel, and the historical backdrop of Marietta Square, make for an incredible shopping experience.
I knew since my last visit was in early spring, there would be a brand new crop of produce and goods to sample. I saw some familiar vendors like the Olde World Artisan Bread Co. whose Pane Siciliana jumped right into my basket on cue. The proprietor, Thomas Sergio, is originally from New Jersey and knows good bread.
I saw vendors selling soap, all-natural jerky, and even a grinder (Jones Sharpening) whose card I took because I have knives that could use a professional sharpening. A very polished young salesman at the Burns Best Farm stand was eager to show me their tiny tomatoes. I'm sure dad was generous with his allowance this week.
I was delighted to happen upon the booth run by Pine Street Market who sells house-cured meats (I have a bacon fiend living in my house). Gorgeous leafy kale was snagged at the Turtle Bend Farm stand. Atlanta Fresh's smoked mozzarella was a must! Before long, my basket was full as was my camera—and my head was spilling over with cooking ideas for my purchases.
Nearly every produce booth had pumpkins, gourds and squashes of every shape, size and color. The huge collards, mustard greens and kale looked like they could be used as bed covers.
I haven't been shy about loving autumn in Atlanta and this weekend at Marietta Square Farmer's Market was Chamber of Commerce-grade picture perfect.
Marietta Square Farmer's Market
Marietta Square, Atlanta Georgia 30060 Open Saturday mornings, May through November, 9 a.m. to Noon