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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.


This month's farmer's market find: blackberries

Mix the antioxidant-loaded fruit in ice cream, cobblers, or smoothies

Blackberries are about as common at markets this time of year as they are along roadsides, though the big, juicy berries that farmers grow are far more tempting. While many farmers maintain only a row of brambles, Ronnie Mathis of Mountain Earth Farms in Clarkesville has set aside an entire acre. Read more...

Heirloom summer squash can add flair to your salad

Moore Farms and Friends offers a versatile farmers market find

Kaleidoscopic tomatoes pull focus when they begin appearing at farmers markets this season, but another vegetable-that’s-really-a-fruit also waits to be noticed: summer squash. Read more...

Sweet onions: A unique breed

A true Vidalia can't be grown in Atlanta, but the substitutes are just as mild and versitle

You’ll never find a sweet Vidalia onion grown by an Atlanta-area farmer. Not technically, anyway. To be labeled a Vidalia, the onion—a hybrid known as yellow granex, developed to thrive in warmer climates—must be grown in a twenty-county area of southeast Georgia, which includes the city of Vidalia in Toombs County. Read more...

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...

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