Decatur Farmers Market Spring Opening

April 4, 2016

Hi everyone 🙂

I hope your weekend was fabulous! Mine was wonderful in every sense of the word, so I’m writing this post with a very full heart. Some of the highlights included a Goodwill-themed party at my future roomie’s house, cooking fish tacos for a dinner party, getting a pedicure, checking out the spring opening of the Decatur Farmers Market, and a dinner date at Farm Burger.

YUM. So many good times and good eats crammed into 2.5 days! I could go on forever about how delicious and fun it was, but the real reason I’m here is to elaborate on the trip I made to the Decatur Farmers Market.

After saying that I was “interested” in the event on Facebook and getting a reminder notification from my app on Saturday morning (love that feature), I knew I needed to check it out. Believe it or not, this was only my second farmers market experience, and my first one in Atlanta. It makes no sense at all and blows my foodie mind!

After getting ready and making some breakfast, I recruited Blake to accompany me on my excursion.

The Decatur Farmers Market changed locations for this season, so we found ourselves in the yard of the First Baptist Church on Clairmont Road at 10:30 am ready to shop.

There were about 15 booths out for the first day, ranging from local organic produce, to farm fresh eggs and meat, to coffee, to food vendors, and even organic, locally made dog treats! I felt so in my element, and was overcome a rush of pure, child-like joy. I had no clue where to start, so it was only logical to start with coffee. 🙂

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I was beyond thrilled to find that Wanderlust Coffee had set up shop among the booths. Wanderlust makes small batch cold brew coffee here in Atlanta, and I’ve been dying to try them out for quite a while. I opted for a classic cold brew with a splash of almond milk, while Blake got a cup of their nitro-infused coffee.

The nitro coffee is made by putting cold brew in a keg, where it is then infused with nitrogen gas. This gives the coffee a creamier texture and stout-like taste. I was very intrigued by the concept, and Blake was kind enough to share a sip. The best way I can describe it is smooth and creamy with a hint of Guiness-like flavor, which was a little weird but oddly good. I will personally stick to plain cold brew in the future, but if you’re a fan of Guiness then you should definitely give it a try! You can find Wanderlust on tap at a few coffee shops around Atlanta (like Octane), and their bottles at a few smaller markets throughout the city.

After grabbing coffee, I decided to make the rounds and explore the produce. I was really happy with the selection the farmers brought out – they had everything from local greens, asparagus, apples, strawberries, herbs, potatoes, turnips, and radishes. I wanted one of everything!

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I ended up purchasing rainbow chard, beets, broccolini, asparagus, pink lady apples, strawberries, and local pasture-raised eggs. Everything was local and organic, yet it only cost me $28 in total. My eyes were practically bugging out of my head over what a steal it was!

After purchasing the goodies, we scoped out the local food vendors so Blake could grab some brunch. There were booths selling belgian waffles, artisan toasts (the butter, fava bean, and micro greens combo caught my eye), and roti rolls. There was basically no question that he was going to get a roti roll after the delicious smells wafting from their booth. We were practically drooling!

Charleston’s infamous Roti Roll food truck recently expanded to Atlanta, where they’ve been making themselves known at various breweries and farmers markets throughout town. They had tons of delicious-sounding options ranging from carnivore to vegan-friendly. Blake ended up selecting the Eye Opener, which has braised pork, kimchi, a fried egg, micro greens, and green sauce all snuggled up in a roti roll.

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He was one happy camper, and I don’t think that thing lasted more than five minutes! I ended up purchasing a jar of their homemade kimchi after chatting with the woman at the booth about how they made it. She couldn’t give away any secrets, but she sold me by saying it was super spicy and had lots of ginger. I can’t wait to add it to salads and even try it on some avocado toast!

After eating, we took a few more laps around the booths before heading out. I was so happy about the trip, I could not stop texting all my friends about how much fun it was. I even arranged all my loot and sent a picture to my mom, hyping up the deliciousness to come in the following week. 🙂

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I’m already excited to go back, and can’t wait take advantage of all the farmers markets we have in Atlanta this spring. If you’re local or in the area, I highly suggest checking out the Decatur Farmers Market! We might even bump into each other 🙂

Your turn:

Are you a Farmers Market regular? If so, what is your favorite part of going?

Have a great week!

xo, Bailee

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3 Comments

  • Reply Savannah Thaler April 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m so happy you found that place! During my internship I lived right across the street with my aunt. I would often walk home and I usually stopped by the Farmers Market on the days it was there. SO FUN! The Marietta Farmer’s Market is a great one if you ever venture up highway 75. It’s pretty sizable. That’s where I had my first ever cold brew coffee. My mom and I got caught in a rainstorm and sought refuge under the cold brew tent 🙂 We got to know the guy really well. Ha! They don’t have quite the selection of hot prepared foods, but there’s great bread, pastries/muffins and coffee in addition to the awesome produce and lots of handmade wares too. It got so large they expanded it to Saturday and Sunday! And I miss the Athens Farmers Market terribly. The market where I live starts this month and I can’t wait to try it out! Fingers crossed it’s a winner!

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com April 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Oh my gosh… The dream! I would die of happiness if I could walk by one on the way home from work! And I’m actually living in Kennesaw until May when my new lease starts so I will have to go by one of these weekends with my mom!! You have sold me! Keep us posted and do a blog post when you go 🙂 hope you had a great Monday!!

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