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First of all, thank you to everyone that stopped by our food blogger bake sale on Friday! It was wonderful seeing familiar faces and many new faces as well. Despite the rain, we had a fun environment indoors at the Cook’s Warehouse at Ansley Mall, who were gracious enough to let us take over their cooking demonstration area and give out coupons to bake sale shoppers. If you were unable to come in person, please consider an online donation!

Chef Nick Melvin
Chef Nick Melvin

I ducked out of the bake sale for a little bit to head over to the nearby Morningside Farmers Market on Saturday. I’ve been meaning to check out Chef Nick Melvin’s new business, Doux South Pickles since it launched and this was my first opportunity to do so. I’ve heard rave reviews about his honey kissed turnips and I bought a jar to take home. They’ve come right out of the gate with a number of tantalizing options including drunken tomatoes, angry cukes, chow chow, little rock caviar & bread & butter tomatoes. As required by all vendors at Morningside, the product is local and certified organic. You can find more information about the products ( and much better photos than my iPhone can produce!) as well as other markets where you can purchase them, at DouxSouth.com.

While at the market, I had a chance to pick up a number of items for the week, including beets, arugula and strawberries from Woodland Gardens, near Athens. I’ve always enjoyed their produce and I’m in love with their signage at the market. I had a delicious meal recently at Farm 255, and Chef Whitney Otawka was raving about the tomatoes & strawberries she’d been receiving recently. In fact, the turnips in Doux South’s Pickles are procured through Woodland.

Woodland Gardens beets
Woodland Gardens

Woodland Gardens strawberries
Woodland Gardens

Woodland Garden turnips
Woodland Gardens

Last but not least, I picked up some beautiful radishes from D & A Farms. I love them in salads and of course with a bit of good butter & salt. For a comprehensive list of Atlanta area farmer’s markets, Atlanta Magazine has a great resource available. Outside of Atlanta? Check out the USDA’s site for locations nationwide.

 

D & A Farms radieshes
D&A Farms