ATLANTA – Written by Mel
Whether you are relocating to Georgia or you have been here for most of your life, it is always fun to discover new things around this great city. When I was out and about this week driving around my neighborhood, I noticed a really neat outdoor farmer’s market, so I decided to pull over and check it out. Lost Mountain’s Farmer’s Market is a weekly farmer’s market that sets up shop every Tuesday at the park on Lost Mountain Road in Dallas, Georgia.
I didn’t know what to expect when I got out of the car, but I bought my camera with me just in case. I’m a thrill-seeker so anything new excites me especially when it is in my own backyard. This is a great little niche Farmer’s Market which has a few great Georgia owned and operated businesses set up to serve customers.
Let me start with one of the most significant finds on my outing and that was none other than fresh Georgia peaches. There is nothing on this earth more succulent than a sweet, fresh Georgia peach! The peach is what our state is known for, so I had to grab a few and let me tell you, these peaches deliver! They were soft, sweet, juicy and according to the vendor, only a few hours off of the tree. Yummy! If you ever get a chance to check out this venue, you have to buy and eat these peaches!
I didn’t go crazy with the spending although these food items here can make you spend, spend, spend because they are exciting. Instead, I opted to take photos of some of the items, and when I visit again, I will try them. I found this table to be quite intriguing. This vendor was selling honey. I thought that this was fascinating because he brought one of the shelves of his honey bees with him.
He had some delightful treats one being homegrown honey, of course. But it didn’t stop there. He also had these honey sticks. When I asked him what the honey sticks were, he said they are “like pixie sticks but with honey in them.’ Imagine that! An old school classic remixed to include honey!
A few feet over from the honey vendor was another delightful vendor that I think is well worth your time if you get a chance to visit. This vendor was selling grass fed pork and beef products. Like most of you, I’m not keen on what animals eat before they arrive at the grocery store but I will say this; I tried a sample of the grass-fed product, and the freshness of the meat was unbelievable! Tender, juicy, tasty, savory — all of the above and more. What animals are fed during the raising process obviously makes a difference in taste!
Moving on – I witnessed a few other places that I will try when I return. One was the Lemonade stand, and the other was this nifty little restaurant that served griddle cakes. Unfortunately, I had just eaten lunch, so I didn’t want to overdo it with eating. Word to the wise: visit this place on an empty stomach, and it will be much more worthwhile!
One last place that I had to visit on the way out was a nice little vendor that sold cheesecake, pumpkin rolls, and peanut brittle. As full as I was from lunch, I couldn’t pass this by. I didn’t want to give in but I am a sweets bandit, and I just couldn’t resist the sample that she was offering.
I have to warn you that once you try the sample, you will be left yearning for more! When I tell you that eating these sweet treats was like tasting a bit of heaven, I’m not exaggerating! I can’t even describe to you how marvelous the cheesecake tasted and that pumpkin roll — there are no words in the English language that can describe how delicious it is!
Overall, I was very impressed with this little hometown, homegrown farmer’s market and the items that were there packed a huge punch. I definitely want to visit again and you should too. Just don’t make the mistake I made and go there full because trust me you will want to delight in the tasty treats that they have waiting for you – every Tuesday from 3-7 pm!
*Jewels of Georgia is a Move Me To ATL blog segment that features great finds throughout Georgia that very few people know about.
Photos by Mel