Monday, July 14, 2008

New farmer's market in my hood - Studioplex Green Market

Saturday morning farmer's markets are one my favorite things. There's nothing as relaxing to me as rolling out of bed, heading to a nearby market, and picking out some produce and flowers that I normally wouldn't have even noticed at a grocery store. Japanese eggplants? Never cooked with them before. Lemon cucumbers? Never even heard of them? Heirloom tomatoes? Love them and find them overpriced at Whole Foods. What's not to love?

This week marked the start of a green market in walking distance of my place. Even better! Alas, it's a pretty small market with only 6 or so tables set up all from one farm, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I do the larger Morningside market. This week included tomatoes (not my beloved ugly heirlooms alas), corn, peaches, peppers, and eggplants amongst other things. The market is in a grassy patch across from Studioplex lofts, and without any shade, it was sweltering hot there as of 10 am. We were done with the whole shopping experience within 10 minutes, so it didn't quite give me the slowly meandering around checking out the options experience I so love. That said, the people working there were friendly and enthusiastic, and I'm sure the number of vendors will grow.

So after we walked home, we headed to Morningside, which as usual, didn't disappoint. We scored, garlic, arugula, bacon, and wildflowers that I didn't find at Studioplex. And somehow, even though it was later, it wasn't nearly as hot there as it was at the Studioplex market. I'll definitely visit the Studioplex market again, but for now bigger is better for my farmer's market shopping.

STUDIOPLEX LAUNCHES GREEN MARKET IN ATLANTA’S OLD FOURTH WARD

July 02, 2008

ATLANTA – July 2, 2008 – Studioplex will begin hosting a weekly green market starting Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. – noon (rain or shine). The Studioplex Green market will be held every Saturday through the fall, and will be set up across from the main entrance to Studioplex on Irwin Street near the corner of Auburn Avenue (at the water tower triangle) in the Old Fourth Ward. A portion of the profits from the market will benefit City Church-Eastside (www.citychurcheastside.org), led by Pastor Scott Armstrong, which regularly meets in the community room at Studioplex. In addition, vegetables not sold during market hours will be donated to Project Open Hand, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization (www.projectopenhand.org).

“This green market will be especially convenient for the residents of Studioplex and our neighbors in the Historic Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and the surrounding communities,” said Dillon Baynes, principal of Studioplex LLC and one of the three partners in the in-town development. “It may even save some shopping trips!”

Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and squash will be some of the initial produce available and will be “competitively priced,” according to Baynes.

“In following the farm-to-table concept, our goal is to efficiently bring an abundance of fresh produce from farmers in Habersham and Rabun counties in North Georgia to the heart of Atlanta. We are all eager to do our part to promote sustainability,” said Baynes.

Danneman’s Coffee in the Old Fourth Ward will have their coffee available for purchase at the Studioplex Green market.

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