Category Archives: Farmer’s Market

Green Market on Main

One of the things that I don’t really like about where I live is that it’s not particularly walkable.  Sure, there are nice neighborhoods with sidewalks, so it’s not bad in that respect, but as far as actually walking to a destination, it’s not so great.  There is a small downtown area, about a mile away, but there’s not much there, and, aside from an okay bar, not much to walk to.  So, I got sort of excited when I saw a sign saying that every Sunday morning, they were going to set up a Green Market.

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Jason, Murphy and I decided to walk up to the market and explore. You wouldn’t think I lived only a few miles outside of Atlanta.  Looks like total small town, doesn’t it?

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This was the first weekend of the market and, although there weren’t a ton of stalls, there were enough people there that I think there’s some potential for it to become larger as the summer goes on.  Plus, King of Pops was there. You know it’s a legit market or festival when King of Pops is there.

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Obviously, we had a popsicle.  I had Pineapple Habenero and Jason had Mango Lassi.

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The pineapple was good, but it could have had some more habenero.  I couldn’t really taste the spice.

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There was only one stand that had produce.

Produce

Strawberries

The rest of the booths had things like quinoa (we bought some), salsas, hummus, dog treats, organic biscotti, things of that nature.  I hope that in the future, they have more fruits and veggies.  I think they will.

We had a good time, but someone had an even better time.

Murphy belly rub

Is there a farmer’s market near you?

Cleansing Food

After a very indulgent weekend of food and wine, I felt pretty bloated and gross. So I went to the farmer’s market and bought a bunch of green fruits and vegetables. I actually didn’t realize that nearly everything I bought was green until I got home.

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Green apples, broccoli, lettuce, zucchini, kale, avocados, spinach that you can’t see and limes. I think my body was subconsciously telling me something, that it needed cleansing food. I also got some red grapes, but they didn’t go with the green theme.

I know that some people rely on greasy food to combat a hangover, but I honestly find myself craving healthy food, especially vegetables when I’ve had too much to drink the night before. When I used to go out a lot, I would often get a Whole Foods salad the next morning while all my friends were getting Chik Fil-A or Waffle House. I never said I was normal. It works for me.

I wanted to get some of those chia muffins while I was at the market, but they were out. Guess I shouldn’t go on Sunday nights. Next time.

I did, however, get the ingredients to make veggie burgers and corn for tonight. I originally thought about grilling them, but by the time we got home from the gym and showered and everything, it was already 8 so we just baked the veggie burgers and corn. I used Mama Pea’s veggie burger recipe and followed it to the T.

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With the burgers, we had a side of corn. I coated the corn with 1/2 tbsp melted Earth Balance, lime juice, chili powder and salt, wrapped them up in foil and baked them for 20 minutes. This was an easy and satisfying weeknight meal.

Long weekend this weekend! We’re actually going to Las Vegas. I’ve never been. Any recommendations?

Quality Time at the Farmer’s Market

I feel like lately, all I’ve been blogging about is Jason’s crappy work schedule. His schedule has been crappy since we met 4 years ago, so I’m not exactly sure why it’s been bothering me so much in the past couple months. I have to constantly tell myself that instead of feeling sorry for myself all the time, I have to make sure that we do get to spend quality time together when we can fit it in. Quality time doesn’t have to mean brunches or dinners out, sometimes it means going to the gym together and this morning, it meant going to a farmer’s market.

There’s a very small farmer’s market by my house, about 2 miles away. We went there a few weeks ago and while we came home with some stuff, I wanted to try a different, bigger one. Kristy suggested the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market which is about a 20 minute drive from my house.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get there until 11 and a lot of the produce was gone.

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We managed to find some stuff though like my favorite Greek yogurt (25 cents cheaper than at Whole Foods).

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The King of Pops was also there. I wasn’t in the mood for a popsicle but Jason had the Arnold Palmer.

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We ended up with a loaf of Holeman & Finch Multi-grain bread, two Greek Yogurts and a quinoa mix that Jason liked.

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It wasn’t a great haul, but it was nice to be out and about with Jason before he had to go to work.

Farmer’s Market Morning

This morning, Jason and I got up early and decided to walk to a little farmer’s market near our house with Murphy. It was about 1.75 miles each way.

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When I typically talk about the Farmer’s Market, I’m talking about Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market which is really more of a grocery store. This was a traditional farmer’s market. It was pretty small.

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There were about three or four other booths that aren’t pictured. Despite the small size, we managed to find some good stuff.

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Murphy was the hit of the market. We got there pretty much when it opened and there weren’t that many people around. Everyone came up to us and wanted to pet him. He loved the attention. He’s really gotten to be a lot calmer as he’s gotten older. He’s four now and he was very well behaved. In the past, he would have jumped all over everyone but today he just let them pet him. Of course, the almost 2 mile walk to get there might have had something to do with it.

We came home with a pint of strawberries, some bok choy, local honey and some jam. And a tired out dog, which really was the best part.

Grocery Haul

My intention for yesterday afternoon was to strip glue off the walls (fun!) but somehow the day got away from me. I went to the gym and then to the Farmer’s Market and made dinner and suddenly it was after 9pm and the walls still had wallpaper glue on them. Oops.

I love a trip to the Farmer’s Market. Like I’ve said before, it’s not a traditional farmer’s market at all. It’s more like a big warehouse that sells pretty much any type of produce you can think of, grains, dairy, meats and breads. And it’s cheap!

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Here’s what I got:

Brown Rice Syrup
Organic Spelt Flour
Pearl Couscous
Rice Wine Vinegar
3 Chobani yogurts
2 cup of soup type things
2 cans chickepas
Cinnamon Flatbreads
2 organic apples
2 red peppers
package of mushrooms
1 head garlic
1 lb bag organic carrots
2 sweet potatoes
1.25 lb sugar snap peas
2 broccoli crowns
1 acorn squash
2 cucumbers
cashews
2 avocados
romaine lettuce
organic dinosaur kale
organic bananas (I don’t typically buy organic bananas, but that’s all they had)
sage
organic eggs
crumbled goat cheese
ginger

And guess how much I paid for my loot? $55.26. I love the Farmer’s Market. I also ran into someone that I graduated college with. Considering I went to college over 1000 miles away, seeing someone who went to the same school, much less in my graduating class, does not happen often.

I came home and started dinner. What was on the menu? Soup, of course! My desire not to eat soup for every meal was short lived, apparently. I consulted my “recipes to try” bookmarked folder and came up with Garlic Soup with Quinoa and Snap Peas.

(Recipe from nytimes.com, link above)

1 1/2 quarts chicken stock, vegetable stock or water (I used half low sodium veggie broth and half water)
6 garlic cloves, minced or sliced
4 small or 2 large sage leaves
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
2 eggs
6 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 1/3 cups cooked quinoa, warmed

1. Combine the stock or water, garlic, sage leaves and salt in a heavy saucepan or soup pot, and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes until the flavor of the garlic is no longer sharp. Taste and adjust seasoning.

2. Add the snap peas to the simmering soup, and simmer two to three minutes until crisp but tender.

3. Beat the eggs in a bowl with the olive oil. Whisk in about 1/2 cup of hot soup. Take the soup off the heat, then whisk the tempered eggs into the soup. Taste and adjust seasoning.

4. Place 1/3 cup of quinoa in each soup bowl. Ladle in the soup and serve.

Yield: Serves four.

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This needed a lot of salt, but after I added enough, it was very tasty. It reminded me a lot of egg drop soup.

The plan for today is to do 7 miles with my friend Joan. We’re waiting until it warms up a bit. I am such a cold weather running wimp. I’ve done this race four times in the past, obviously I trained during the winter! I just can’t seem to get into it this time. In my defense, we are having a very cold winter this year.

Oh, and the wallpaper glue, I guess I should do that today too.

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