My favorite Saturday morning activity is back! The Athens Farmers Market has now been open for two weekends of their new season. On their website you can find the two goals of the market: “To foster improved business conditions for local farmers, gardeners, food processors, artists, and craftspeople” and “To provide the community with a place to buy fresh produce, crafts, objects of art, and food direct from producers in a congenial atmosphere.” Seriously, my favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings is to go to the market, grab a cup of coffee from 1000 Faces, munch on a pastry from the Comerian, and find some delicious fresh food for the week ahead.
A new addition to the market this season is the revival of the Farm Cart. Some of you may remember the cart nestled outside of Farm 255 selling delicious lunch before their closing. Michael Farfour is now using ingredients from Full Moon Farm and Backyard Bread to bring you delicious grits and southern style biscuits with all of the fixins--bacon, eggs, cheese, jam, even pork belly. Rumor has it the cart will also be making appearances at the Wednesday Creature Comforts market.
One of my favorite spots at the Market is 3 Porch Farms. This farm from Comer comes every Saturday with their homemade Honey Pops and beautiful flower arrangements. Last weekend they had the most amazing Ranunculus in the warmest spring colors. Their honey pops are made entirely from fruit and honey making them a delicious and healthy treat for the hot summer ahead. And these guys take sustainable farming seriously. Not only are they “certified naturally grown,” they are entirely solar powered and their vehicles run on recycled vegetable oil from restaurants in Athens. If you can’t wait until Saturday to see these floral beauties, check out Moonflower Floral Design studio for some of their florists creations.
The Sultan, located on Baxter street, is home to some of Athens’ best Middle Eastern fare. While I have never eaten at the restaurant, I love picking up their baba ghannouj and pita chips at the Market (and the occasional baklava treat!)
Candace, the owner of Rabbit Food, began eating vegan after the birth of her son. Wanting to teach her family to eat healthy, she grew tired of the bland vegan products she bought at the grocery store. Rabbit Food was her solution to a delicious alternative. And boy is it tasty. Their sundried tomato pesto spread is an awesome nutritious vegan alternative to the fattening pizza dips all over Pinterest. I personally am not vegan and don’t know much about vegan diets, but I know this stuff is GOOD.
Saturday was my first time trying All Hearted Soul teas. They believe the art of tea drinking has been lost due to bigger tea corporations and hope to create an intimate relationship with customers. For this reason, they don’t do any online sales. All Hearted truly knows their stuff. I have drank tea for years, but don’t know much about the process of making teas. They were so fun to talk to about the different blends while getting a cup. I had the Nourishing Soul blend (perfect start for the weekend!)--a green tea with rose petals, lemon verbena, and lavender.
I love what the weekly musical performances add to the atmosphere of the market, but last weekend was honestly the first time I really stopped to the act. I found a spot to sit, picniced with my market finds, and enjoyed the musical stylings of Hope for a Golden Summer. This duo is folksy definitely worth checking out.