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Author Deborah Geering

  • Deborah Geering

    Contributing Writer

    Before joining the Atlanta magazine team in summer 2010, Deborah Geering contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s food section for a decade as a writer, recipe tester/developer, and photo stylist. She has written about food, travel, and lifestyles for several regional and national magazines as well. When she is not cooking, writing, or scoping out farmers markets, she can often be found at a wedding, performing with the After Five String Quartet. She has lived in Decatur since 1994.


French breakfast radishes make better lunch treats

Pair them with buttered bread rather than a buttered croissant

It’s true that in France, cafe au lait and a croissant or baguette make up the morning meal. So where does the enigmatic name of the French breakfast radish originate? It dates back more than a century as a popular heirloom variety in Parisian markets, but how exactly the word breakfast became attached to its moniker remains a mystery. Read more...

Hydroponic farming bypasses Mother Nature's fickle nature

Jeff Adams, owner of Circle A Lettuce, has mastered the art

Cold winter, hot summer; too much rain, too little. It hardly matters to Jeff Adams, owner of Circle A Lettuce. Each week year-round, he harvests about 3,000 heads of lettuce from his hydroponic greenhouse in Cumming. Read more...

Mo' Mint & Thyme offers a fresh take on cocktails

All ages enjoy Byrma Braham's homemade mixes

Byrma Braham discovered the mojito—with its rush of mint and lime and its sunny taste of rum—during a trip to Cuba nearly twenty years ago. She began to perfect her own version, growing just the right kind of spearmint and serving her handiwork during parties at her now-closed Avisca Fine Art, a Marietta gallery. Read more...

Annual fruit tree sale set for Jan. 25

Take Homestead ATL's fruit tree class, then buy an orchard next week

January isn’t the season for figs, berries, or even apples, but gardeners know that this is just the time to get those fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in the ground. That’s why you’ll find Atlanta’s BIG fruit tree event, aka the Incredible, Edible Grow-it-Yourself Fruit Tree, Vine & Berry Bush Sale, perfectly timed for Jan. 25. Read more...

New farmers market to launch in 2014

Carter Center location offers ample shade, visibility, parking for shoppers and vendors

Atlanta will soon have a new weekly farmers market. The Freedom Farmers Market will be held Saturday mornings at the Carter Center from March 1 through Dec. 20. The name reflects not only its location along Freedom Parkway, but also its governance: The market will be run by a small group of vendors. Read more...

With a truck and the Internet, a farmer takes his food to the people

Heritage Farm uses online system to accept orders–and payment–for what's in season

Early Wednesday morning, farmer Greg Hutchins and his daughter Grace loaded up the family truck with milk, eggs, jam, grass-fed beef, pastured chicken and pork, Christmas turkeys, and produce like apples, carrots, and arugula. But they weren’t headed to market—the ones they frequent have already closed for the winter. Instead, they were headed to Cumming, Douglasville, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs to meet up with customers who had already paid for the food in the Hutchins’ vehicle. Read more...

Artisans join farmers markets for end-of-year festivities

If you hate holiday shopping at malls, here's your solution

Most of the area's still-open farmers markets will soon say goodbye until spring, but at least they’re going out in festive style. East Atlanta Village, East Point, and Peachtree Road markets, among others, are turning their final gatherings into holiday affairs. In addition to their usual vendors, they’ve invited local artisans to sell holiday gifts and crafts. Read more...

Sweet potato souffle, minus the marshmallows

Start with fresh sweet potatoes or use leftovers for these savory puffs

Not everyone likes super-sweet sweet potatoes. That casserole we all grew up on, with the marshmallows and brown sugar, always tasted more like dessert than a proper side dish to me. But not quite as good as pie. Read more...

5 local foods for your holiday table

Did you miss out on a Georgia pastured turkey? You can still feast locavore-style

If in the next week you somehow score a locally raised turkey that you did not reserve months ago, kudos to you. Local holiday turkeys are so popular that most are spoken for in spring, when they are just little gobblers. The impromptu Thanksgiving bird is elusive, though not entirely impossible to find. Read more...

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