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Starting this Friday, the West End MARTA station will be home to a pop-up farmstand, showcasing produce from urban farms in Southwest Atlanta. The stand, which will operate every Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. until early October, is a pilot program that MARTA hopes to duplicate across its other 37 stations in Atlanta. The market will also double the value of SNAP EBT dollars for shoppers with food stamps.
Lyn Deardorff didn’t start canning until she got engaged and met her future, canning-obsessed, mother-in-law. Flash forward 40 years, and today she’s one of the South’s resident canning experts, teaching classes as Preserving Now at Piedmont Park, Serenbe, and the Nashville Farmers Market.
Once a month at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, chefs whip up small bites with ingredients sold on-site. The money raised from the dishes buys produce for Meals on Wheels Atlanta.
If you’ve ever enjoyed local produce in an Atlanta restaurant or visited an area farmers market, you likely have Ann Brewer to thank. More than two decades ago, she helped launch and run Georgia Grown Cooperative, which sold locally grown food to restaurant chefs and led ultimately to the founding of Morningside Farmers Market.
Five dining events to check out in Atlanta this month, including the return of farmers markets, Hogs and Hops, and more.
With approximately 40 farmers markets planted across metro Atlanta, farmers are doing whatever they can to win over customers, including extending their operating season beyond October. So before you start digging for cans in your pantry, here are a few alternatives.
Have you hated beets since you were a kid? Blame your parents for making you eat the mushy canned ones. But those of us who love this root vegetable know that fresh beets are sweet and nutty, firm in texture, and beautiful—emerging from the ground in shades of white, gold, magenta, candy-striped, and dark maroon.
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.
When the warm weather dissipates, farmers begin to fill their market stalls with hardy root vegetables: turnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, winter radishes. But this year, customers can also find an exotic tuber among the local mix: fresh ginger.