This weekend I drove to Atlanta to visit with my parents. We went to dinner on Friday evening, and then visited Saturday morning. (We had a lovely visit !)
On Saturday afternoon, we went to the Dekalb Farmers Market. WOW !! This place was absolutely incredible -the length of two football fields. Everything "food" was represented ... plus a resturant, a wine shop, a coffee bar, a deli, and a bakery (with lovely desserts and all sorts of breads) .... and I think most nations of the world were represented both in languages I heard spoken and in styles of clothing .... it was a geography lesson indeed ... AND all of the food that was imported has signs stating it's place of origin.
There were hundreds of freshly prepared herbs and spices (many I had never even heard of), fresh loose teas, seafood of nearly every kind from all over the world, fresh meats cut to order .... and the produce .... I have never seen so many different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in one place in my whole life. The shelves were stocked with all sorts of organic pastas, freshly ground flours, beans, organic cereals and grains ....
The prices were reasonable, but the choices were nearly endless.
I drove home with fruit for my family -- some old favorites (blueberries, strawberries, fresh whole pineapple, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines), and something new (mangos and fresh apricots) to try. I also bought some fresh corn on the cob along with snow pea pods, fresh green beans, and a few other things. We will have those tonight with dinner.
If you live in Georgia, or if you are just passing through, this place is a MUST SEE .... and be sure to take a cooler along for your purchases.
I am definately going to the Dekalb Farmers Market again .... perhaps I will make a trip or two later this summer to get some fruits and veggies for the freezer or to can .... apricot preserves would be lovely (and I cannot find fresh apricots here in our area of TN) ....cherries and other berries to add to yogurt .... pear butter .... blueberry syrup for pancakes .... fresh marmalade .... oh the possibilities are endless. And I will definately take the children with me next time; they will LOVE it. (And I will be sure to take the big van for the next trip so that we can stock up !)