We always have a great time visiting Country Living Magazine Fairs, and this year’s Atlanta Fair was as festive and fun as ever. For whatever reason, the crowd that comes to our cooking demos there always bring out the best (and most mischievous) in us. This year we led an impromptu model walk parade during the demo, invited Atlanta’s youngest “SWAT” team member onstage to help us fill lasagna rolls, and gossiped about the Amazing Race. (Don’t worry, CBS, we didn’t give away any spoilers!)
This year we also had the great opportunity to visit the Morningside Farmers’ Market, the city’s only certified organic farmers’ market, and also one of its oldest. And a previous season’s Amazing Racer stopped by to chat. Check out the slideshow to read more about our trip. (We weren’t able to capture the information of all the shots of vendors’ wares that we took. If you have additional information, please share in the comment section below.)
Brent starts the day with one of Alon’s famous cinnamon sticks.
At first we thought these were Josh’s favorite heirloom tomato variety, “Black Cherokee,” but instead they were a close cousin, “Black Krim.”
Normally we would dispute this title, but Hazelbrand’s soaps were pretty great. We’ll declare it a tie.
Hazelbrand’s most popular variety of soap is “Buffalo Bird Woman.” Anyone get the literary allusion?
Brent chats with the owner of Little Red Hen Farm, who actually knows one of our neighbor farmers here in Schoharie County.
We’ve never seen freshly dug ginger and tumeric before! The colors were beautiful, and we brought some home with us.
Josh with one of his ex work colleagues from years ago in the 1990s. We both look exactly the same.
Fall brings out the best colors in beets…
We liked this sign for grass fed beef…
…and its companion sign for pork.
You know you’re in the south when there are mounds of collard greens.
Riverview Farms also sells their own grits.
This helpful Riverview Farmer gave us tips for growing tight flower heads on broccoli – something we haven’t yet mastered on Beekman 1802 Farm. Thank you!
We think it’s great when Farmers’ Markets have entertainment. It makes every outing an event.
These men make beautiful baskets out of kudzu vines. Finally a use for this invasive species.
Rubra worked with lightning speed. It was fascinating to watch.
Pure Bliss Organics had some great flavor combinations for their granola and snack bars. We tried one that used fresh ginger juice. Much different than dried ginger.
Finally we found Purple Cherokee tomatoes. Except these were picked green. Fried Green Purple Tomatoes, anyone?
Great shape on these hot peppers.
Autumn farmers’ markets are always the most colorful!
It’s not easy finding bakeries that use all organic ingredients. Magnolia Bread Company had a wide variety of flavors and styles.
They sell out pretty quickly, though. Get there early.
Later in the afternoon we headed over to the Country Living Magazine Fairgrounds in Stone Mountain to get ready for our cooking demo.
Our *mis en place* for our Butternut Squash Lasagne Rolls.
Great crowd! It’s always so fun to spot familiar faces, too.
Dottie was celebrating her 90th birthday with us. We can’t tell you how special that makes us feel.
These were great looooong stockings made from feed and flour sacks.
Another one. This is something you could easily craft for yourself.
A woolen tree angel ornament.
Grandmother’s Buttons is an amazing jewelry design company, born from a rummage through a grandmother’s jewelry box. Check them out at: http://www.grandmothersbuttons.com
Brent discovers a new use for one of Grandmother’s Buttons necklaces.
Glittermoon! We met the owner of Glittermoon Cards at last year’s fair, and convinced her to come sell at Sharon Spring’s Harvest Festival. She did, and we now consider her an honorary resident. Her vintage Christmas decor items are amazing. They’re on our holiday wishlist. http://www.glittermooncards.com
We love old picnic kits. We would buy every one we saw, but does anyone ever actually wind up using them? Maybe if we had one…
What was this item made from? Any guesses? It’s a great decorative dish now.
Beautifully simple punched metal Christmas ornaments.
Are these “Twister” chairs fun? Another easy craft you could do yourself. (Be sure to use a heavy clear plastic over the twister plastic though.)
What’s a “Combination Table” you ask? Well…
…it’s a display shelf…
…and a flat table….
…and a bookshelf all in one! Not bad for a 100+ year-old design. Wonder if that patent is public domain yet?…
We ran into Cari Cucksey from HGTV’s hit show “Cash and Cari.” What a sunny, friendly person! Looking forward to her next season. Check out the show at: http://www.hgtv.com/cash-cari/show/index.html
Someone at the Farmers’ Market in the morning was raving about “King of Pops” popsicles, so we were thrilled to find them at the Fair.
We had the Sea Salt Chocolate. Which would you have chosen?
Hey…look who was nice enough to come say “hi”: Justin Young from Season 19 of The Amazing Race. Wish we’d met him before…he could’ve given us some tips! So glad he’s doing so well, and we welcome him to NYC for the marathon. Some racers never quit racing, apparently.