Dose of Good Eats – 3 Ways to eat locally and seasonally this Spring

As we savor one of the few first sunny days of Spring 2015 and officially close out the last day of Earth Month, check out my segment on today’s Atlanta & Company with three easy ways to enjoy the freshest food with your family.

Farmers Market Finds….

Reasons to shop at your local farmers market:

  1. Taste True Flavors and embrace the season – Straight from the farm – no time spent shipping or in storage.
  2. Support Local Farmers and connect with your community – hearing how and where your food is grown from the farmers themselves is an amazing opportunity with the added benefit of knowing more about what you’re consuming.
  3. Help protect the environment: Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

Where to Find Your Closest Farmers Market: Atlanta Community Farmers Markets
http://www.farmatl.org/
Great resource to learn about happenings in the local food movement and connect with farmers markets, CSA programs, events, and opportunities in local agriculture.  They also support a network of local markets: EAV, Grant Park, and Decatur Farmers Markets.

A few of our favorite local markets:

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
http://www.farmeav.com/
Thursdays from 4-8pm mid-April through December
Located in East Atlanta Village at 561 Flat Shoals Ave

Featured vendors:
Scharko Farms
Cosmos Organic Farm
Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet
Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

Grant Park Farmers Market
http://www.grantparkmarket.org/
Sundays from 9:30am-1:30pm mid-April through December
Located at the historic Milledge Fountain in Grant Park at 600 Cherokee Ave

Featured vendors:
Freewheel Farm
Atlanta Fresh Artisan Creamery
Decimal Place Farm

Decatur Farmers Market
http://www.decaturfarmersmarket.com/
Saturdays year round, 9am-1pm
Located at the corner of North McDonough St And East Trinity Place next to Decatur High School
Wednesdays mid-April through December, 4-7 pm (Apr-Oct), 3-6 pm (Nov-Dec)
Located at 308 Clairemont Ave on the lawn of the first Baptist church. Park for free in the garage.

Featured vendors:
Global Growers Network
Honeycreek Mushrooms
Urban Sprouts Farm
La Calavera Bakery

Freedom Farmers Market
www.freedomfarmersmkt.com/
Saturdays 9am-1:00pm March 1 through December 20
Located in the parking area of the Carter Center at 453 Freedom Pkwy NE

Featured vendors:
Simply Seoul
Sparta Imperial Mushroom
Storico Fresco Pasta

Peachtree Road Farmers Market
http://www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com/
Saturdays April 11 – December 19
April to September from 8:30am to 12:00pm
October to December 9:00am to 12:00pm
Located at Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Road, NW

Featured vendors:
Banner Butter
Beautiful Briny Sea
Garnish and Gather
Pine Street Market
Preserving Place

Piedmont Park Green Market
http://www.piedmontpark.org/programs/green_market.html
Saturdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Located inside the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE park entrance.

Featured vendors:
http://www.piedmontpark.org/programs/GM_Merchants.html

Truly Living Well Farmers Market & CSA Program
http://trulylivingwell.com/produce/farmers-market/
East Point Location:
Open year round Wednesdays 2:00pm-Dusk
3353 Washington Road
Downtown/Wheat Street Garden Location:
Open year round Fridays 2:00pm-Dusk
75 Hilliard Street NE

Seasonal produce is harvested fresh from the Truly Living Well farm on market days. Purchase fruits, vegetables, herb and flowers at TLW markets. TLW accepts cash, credit, debit and EBT. EBT customers may double their value for produce through Wholesome Wave Georgia. TLW offers a Community Supported Agricultural program (CSAs) for families, individuals and seniors.
CSA info:  http://www.trulylivingwell.net/produce/csa-program/

 

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they periodically receive shares of produce.

Global Growers Network
http://www.globalgrowers.org/csa/

Truly Living Well
http://www.trulylivingwell.net/produce/csa-program/

Serenbe Farms
http://www.serenbefarms.com/food/csa

Fresh Roots Farm
http://www.freshrootsfarm.com/FreshRoots.aspx

Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens
http://www.loveislovefarm.com/our-csa/

Wylde Center
http://wyldecenter.org/csa/

 

Garnish & Gather (https://garnishandgather.com/)
Organic, locally and sustainably sourced meals…delivered to you with all of the ingredients, the step by step how-to recipe and even a fun Table Topic card to get the conversation going around your dinner table

How it works…They prepare gourmet cook at home meal kits with locally sourced food, so you can enjoy the art of cooking and save time! By finding amazing local farmers, ethically raised meats and sustainable seafood, they ensure that you are eating wholesome foods that support local business and sustainable farming practices. Their chefs create seasonal recipes that are not only gourmet, but quick! Let us take care of the planning, prepping and shopping so you can spend your time with friends and family.

Their meal list changes on a weekly basis and they feature a rotating selection of recipes by noted local chefs.  This week they feature a recipe from Aria.

Meals can either be picked up from one of their convenient pick-up locations or delivered directly to you for a small fee.

VALUES

GOOD FOOD: To provide the very highest-quality, best-tasting, all-natural, and local food and recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients.

LOCAL: To promote sustainable farming methods and local family farms.

COMMUNITY: To create community with our customers, providers, employees, and local food communities that promotes responsible and sustainable food systems.

FUN: To provide a healthful, productive, and enjoyable workplace for all employees, with opportunities to gain new skills and advance personal career goals so that employees can have fun serving our customers.

SHARING: To help people come back together around the dinner table and spend time with the ones they love.

 

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