Buy Local! Support Local!
What better way to make yourself feel better than to visit your local farmers market, coffee house or cafe! Our creative team spent the morning at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Atlanta today and it was great to see people out shopping and supporting local businesses, farms, and artisans. If you can't make the market or live in a different city, most of the vendors have e-commerce stores on their website and can ship products direct to you door. Check the vendor list for more details at the PRFM website.
14 Years of Local Goodness
2020 marks the 14th season at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Since its opening, the market has grown to be a leader in the good food community. PRFM is one of the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers.
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30am-12pm, with some modifications that will help maintain social distancing for the common good. Every effort is being made to keep the market safe for vendors and shoppers.
3 Ways to Shop the Market
1) Shop in person at the market Saturday mornings from 8:30am - 12pm. Be sure to check out the modifications below as they continue to keep social distance at the market. Masks are required and leave pets at home please.
2) Pre-order directly from market vendors and pick up from their booths on Saturdays from 8:30am-12pm.
3) Order from vendors at the PRFM online store for curbside pickup or pickup at the PRFM order online booth on Saturdays from 8:30am -12pm. Many of these vendors are not physically present on Saturday mornings.
List of vendors and more info can be found here.
Or shop any combination of the three!
Why are they open?
The City of Atlanta has deemed farmers markets to be an "essential business" because farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to obtain a diversity of healthy food options in an outdoor setting. Shopping at farmers markets gives you a way to acquire groceries while supporting your local economy, which is especially critical in this time of uncertainty.
Thanks for shopping local and supporting local businesses! Here are some quick shots from our visit today. Such wonderful, fresh and wholesome products! Stay tuned . . . more to come about local businesses re-opening and how you can get these products shipped direct to your door.
Grilled Squash, Sweet Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Toasted Pecans and Crumbled Blue Cheese
They might be small, but American Pecans™ are mighty — and have a lot to boast about. The pecan is a complex whole food, packed with multiple health-promoting nutrients and bioactive compounds. Each delicious pecan is a nutrition powerhouse. This simple grilled veggie recipe is perfect for Father's Day and celebrating the whole month of June as National Mens Health Month.
2 zucchini, sliced thin
2 yellow squash, sliced thin
1 acorn squash, sliced
¼ cup olive oil
Cherry tomatoes, optional
⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ Sunnyland Farms Mammoth Pecan halves
1 tablespoon honey, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
For the best flavor ever, set the Big Green Egg for indirect cooking with a convEGGtor at 375°F/190°C. If using another type of grill, heat to medium. Combine vegetables in a large bowl. Add olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper; toss well. Place vegetables on cast iron cooking grid. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred and tender.
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and stir until they are coated. Shake the pan to get them to spread out in a single layer. Toast the pecans over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring often, until they are fragrant and toasted.
Plate vegetables, sprinkle with toasted pecans and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
For another delicious recipe that features veggies, try this:
Big Green Egg Roasted Ratatouille
Infographic Source: American Pecan Council
Let's Celebrate Flavor!
Today is National Herbs and Spices Day! Let's celebrate the diversity and quality offered by using both fresh and dried herbs and spices in your cooking. Herbs and spices are essential to cooking. As the weather heats up, cooking with fresh herbs will bring brightness and flavor to your food. They not only add flavor to your meals but herbs and spices also add color bringing a vibrancy to every meal.
How To Start An Herb Garden: Tips from The Tasteful Garden
Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, soil that drains well, some watering, and a little fertilizer or compost. Herbs can be grown in pots; however, the plants always prefer to be in the ground where they can spread out. Some plants grow quite large (4-6 feet), and when placed in pots they can become stunted and can get stressed, which causes them to be very unhappy.
The main requirement for growing herbs is growing them in the proper location. Most prefer full sun as long as regular summer temperatures don't rise above 90 degrees. If you have very warm summers, then consider planting in and area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade in the summertime, or a place that receives filtered light (such as under a tree that allows some light to pass through). Check the area several times during the day to make sure that there are at least four hours of sun. (e.g., 8 to 12, 12 to 4, or from 9 to 11 and 2 to 4)
For planting herbs, you need approximately 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant, depending on the plant. Here are some general guidelines for plant sizes:
Next, you need to prepare the soil. Digging with a large garden fork loosens soil that has become compacted over the years. This allows water to drain and creates space for plant roots to reach down into the soil. This is the most important step--shortcuts here are disastrous for your plants. Adding compost to your soil, about an inch or so on top and then mixing it into the soil, helps prevent drainage problems and adds fertilizer to the garden.
The final step is to plant healthy, strong plants and water them when they become dry. Most herbs like to be watered as soon as the soil located a couple of inches below the surface is dry to the touch. Since temperatures and humidity cause drying times to vary every week, you must check the soil often. Do not over-water. More water is not better and can lead to diseases or just poor growing conditions for your herbs, which will result in reduced growth.
For more information about growing herbs and ordering starter plants , please visit The Tasteful Garden.
The Tasteful Garden, has been in operation since May of 1996. The are located in Heflin, Alabama which is directly between Birmingham and Atlanta, Georgia. They grow all varieties of culinary herbs and many types of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and other gourmet vegetable and pepper varieties which are sold through via their website and shipped all over the United States. They are certified organic.
Their greenhouses are located on our farm property with cows, horses, dogs, & cats. They stay extremely busy getting plants ready to be shipped all over the country. They are not open to the public for visiting but you are welcome to pick up your plants at their location on specified days in order to save shipping costs. Please order through our online catalog and choose "Will Call" as your shipping method.
We encourage you to support local, buy local!!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Plant an herb garden and start using those herbs to create your own supply of herbs and spices. Some great plants to start with include dill, fennel, basil, sage, thyme, and cilantro.
Another way to participate in the celebration is by reviewing your stock of dried herbs and spices. Over time, their quality degrades. Be sure to store dried herbs and spices in a cool, dark area and in sealed containers. How do you know if your spice or herb has lost its punch? Your nose is your best friend here. Crush or rub some into the palm of your hand and take a sniff. If the fragrance is still pungent, then the quality is still there. However, if you only catch a dull, dusty smell, it’s probably time to replace the herb or spice.
If you’re new to using herbs and spices,
Bacon and Pumpkin Dog Treats
From Morgan's Kitchen to Yours! Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for your dog. As conscious consumers, we all look at food labels, and try to buy the most nutritional products on the market So why not do the same for your furry best friend? By making homemade dog treats you have more control and options - plus it is a fun, family activity that your kids and dog(s) will love!
This recipe includes bacon and we know your pup will love it. Since bacon is high in fat and salt, only give your pup very small amounts. This recipe calls for just one slice finely chopped. Just enough to give the treats that tasty bacon flavor - sometimes referred to as "meat candy!"
This is a recipe from Morgan's Kitchen made especially for Zu, our mascot.
This is a Flavors of the Season signature recipe featuring Sunnyland Farms Junior Pecan Halves, also known as Elliots. These Georgia grown pecans are both nutritious and delicious. They have a naturally high oil content with a buttery, sweet flavor and light crunch. They are only available through select growers and we prefer Sunnyland Farms in Albany Georgia.
Did you know that the pecan is the only tree nut native to North America? Its buttery flavor and unmatched nutritional content have resulted in its growing worldwide popularity. Tracing its origin to the 16th century, the name “pecan” is derived from the Native American (Algonquin) word “pacane” (pacane) that described “nuts requiring a stone to crack.”
‘Elliott’ is a seedling selection made by Effie McLean Elliot, the wife of Henry Elliot, in Milton, Florida in the early 1900s and is now considered "Jewels of the Pecan Crop."
1 pound flat-leaf kale (about 2 bunches)
⅓ cup olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
4–6 fresh strawberries
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1½ cups)
¼ cup of Sunnyland Farms Junior Pecan Halves, also known as Elliots
3–4 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
Wash and dry kale and mint leaves. Cut kale into ribbons discarding any tough stems. Place in bowl and drizzle with olive olive, salt and pepper. Massage the kale for a few minutes to infuse the olive oil. This will also soften the kale. Add the mint leaves and toss.
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil - or Sunnyland Farms Pecan Oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt, and sugar together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved; set aside. Drizzle over salad when served.
Gourmet Georgia Pecans from Sunnyland Farms
Sunnyland Farms is a 1,760 acre Georgia pecan farm that offers
Georgia grown pecan nuts in a number of different varieties: halves, pieces, raw, mammoth, toasted, honey-kissed, unsalted, salted, and in-the-shell. They start with fresh pecans for all of our products, including their decadent candied pecans and Southern pralines. They also offer unique items made from Georgia pecans, including pecan meal and pecan butter.
Order yours online today! Click the logo below to learn more.
Summer Chicken Salad
As summer approaches, we celebrate the warmer weather harvest with the release of Flavors of the Season: A Nourish and Flourish Companion Cookbook. This beautiful, 70+ page cookbook is packed with original photos and simple, easy-to-follow recipes - with no advertising to distract you from all of this appetizing, wholesome food.
This issue showcases several Sunnyland Farms signature Pecan recipes that our team developed, tested and photographerd exclusively for this edition. We have also included hyperlinks to expanded editorial and videos about the farm. Download or order your copy today to try these recipes for your family today!
Thank you Sunnyland Farms for being one of our brand collaborators. They offer delicious, high-quality grove-to-table products including Georgia pecans, chocolate treats and candies, and gourmet nut products .
We are thankful . . .
As we come together to share a meal, let us first remember how it came to us and be thankful to the people who made it possible. This food was born from the bounty of the Earth, in warm sunlight, rich earth, and cool rain. May it nourish us, in body and mind, and provide us with the things that are good for living a healthy life.
We are grateful to those who cultivated it, those who harvested it, those who brought it to us, and those who prepared it.
May its consumption bring about the pleasures of friendship, love, and good company. Enjoy!
Summer Chicken Salad with Sweet Mini Peppers, Toasted Sunnyland Farms Pecans and Green Onions. Recipe to come!
Photo by Nancy Suttles. © 2020 Nancy Suttles, All Rights Reserved.
You can order a digital download or a printed copy of Flavors of the Season. Click button below to learn more.