Purple potatoes

Still plenty of fresh produce at Jasper Farmers Market

By Xaviere Chatagnier

September is an in-between season but you can still find everything you need. Life at a farmers’ market is a vicious circle (not as vicious as concrete diving). The fewer the customers the less farmers we have, the less farmers we have the less produce we have to buy. I would like to encourage you to go to the market, you will be surprised how much is really there. Even if you don’t find everything you need, you can still get terrific grass-fed eggs, a great cup of coffee and wonderful fellowship.  That being said, we still left loaded with vegetables, beef and soaps.

Fall produceNext Saturday, Zach Henson plans to have zucchini, squash, figs, okra, potatoes and hopefully beans. Floyd (coolest birdhouses ever) also sells wonderful eggs. Now that the temperatures are cooling down at night the chickens are laying.

The Johnsons had cherry tomatoes, okra and pumpkins. These pumpkins were massively cool looking in different hues of orange, pink and green. A friend said that the pumpkins came right out of Harry Potter. Denise Seibel sells figs, fantastic fig jam and the best goat milk soap. 

Jenny Fellenbaum had okra and her wooden candle holders, rolling pins, wine stoppers. It is never too early to shop for Christmas. Sargent Pepper still makes the best pepper jelly you have ever had and his spices are a treat.

Jackie Carlisle plans to be at the market this Saturday with her healthy Ezekiel bread, whole wheat and English muffins. She actually makes a ton of wonderful breads and glutton free options.

Big Ridge Farms won’t be at the market for the rest of the season so I stocked up on beef and pastured ground pork. They sell grass fed beef and pastured raised pork plus winter squashes. Josh Tatum meets customers every Wednesday at New Beginnings with custom orders. If you wish to have really good healthy meat please contact them to place an order. Josh also sells bacon that is nitrate free for $8 a pound. In the big city that quality of bacon runs $12 a pound. Josh Tatum’s number is 770-265-1666. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Facebook: Big Ridge Farms.  Once you switch to grass fed meat you won’t go back. Yes, even my dogs eat grass fed meat whenever I can get it. Though admittedly, last night a friend made us outrageously good steaks (not grass fed) that were cooked to perfection.

Tomatoes and more tomatoesI went to Home Restaurant with some friends this week and had a delicious tomato, red pepper soup and a Philly style brisket sandwich. It is bell pepper season and John is making the most of it. Of course, we had Stacey’s organic sprouts on the halibut plus my green beans on the side. John just bought a few pounds of green beans and peppers from me. He has been buying lettuce, okra and squash from Donny Hunter, bell peppers and more from Whitney Carnes (Big Canoe resident), and Chad McKinney (Big Canoe favorite son and organic farmer). We saw Alex (the Lupis’ daughter) and she just looks amazing. Her wedding is November 11 and she is beaming ear to ear! I have known her since she was a babe in arms and it is still hard for me to believe how time just flies by.

Of course, after the market we went to 61 Main for breakfast. Our breakfast group changes week to week but it is always a fun and interesting group. If you see us at 61 Main just pull up a chair and join. I had killer grits and chicken sausage gravy (Jenna can make you a vegetarian option); 61 Main is open for breakfast on Saturday 9-3 p.m.

Lily 2I am going back to the Motherland for a couple of weeks and won’t be able to write my market updates till the end of the month. See you at the market towards the end of the month.

Eat Local and Buy Local,

Xaviere

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