Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Athens Farmers Market

There are very few reasons I will wake up at 7:00 in the morning on a Saturday, but there is nothing like the Athens Farmers Market to get a girl up and running! The AFM is a group of local farmers, growers, and craftspeople who gather to share their wares every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM - Noon at Bishop Park in Athens, Georgia. The market runs from May to November, so every weekend holds a surprise for what produce will be available. This morning, the hubby and I started the morning off with breakfast (he had a coffee from 1000 Faces and I had a watermelon juice from Righteous Juice; both had scones from Big City Bread) and a quick stroll around the market to see what all was available. Now if you think shopping at Publix is expensive, think again. But what you've got to remember is that you're supporting small, independent farms that are in rare existence today, and I for one am willing to spend $3 a pound for heirloom tomatoes in order to help the little wo/man out. We came home with a couple of beautiful tomatoes, two types of zucchini squash, new potatoes, a braided rosemary & sea salt bread, and an elegant bouquet of wildflowers. What better home for them than a Ball Mason jar? If you're ever in the Athens area on a Saturday morning during the summer, be sure to visit the AFM: When you eat a tomato, basil, and brie sandwich from your finds at lunch, you'll be a repeat customer for sure.


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