Farmer’s Market


I didn’t get to opening day of the 2012 Snellville Farmer’s Market but I did manage to make it to the second day. My wife was preparing that day to meet a friend she hadn’t seen in over 15 years, so it was my daughter and I that prowled the grassy lanes of the market. Parking is harder than it was the first two years, and I recommend showing up as early as you can to get a decent parking space.

Support by Snellville’s finest is gratefully appreciated.

Hours, dates, and sponsors listed here.

The vendors that show grow more interesting and diverse each year, and the arrangements they have for live music more professional. If you want the freshest produce, and the most reliable source of grass fed meats in the Snellville area, the Farmer’s Market is the place to be.

I like the new stage for performers.

The King of Pops, back again.

In all, enjoyable, and wonderful to see how this market is maturing.

It’s a market in one of the strip malls at the corner of Dogwood and Oak Road, the side that has the Sonic and the Bank of America, and behind the old Blockbuster. It’s now one of four in a chain. Two of the others have been reviewed here previously, as Gwinnett International Farmer’s Market and Lilburn Farmer’s Market. That should give you some clues as to what they do, and what they do well. For those wanting more recent discussion,  there is an active thread on 285 Foodies discussing the chain.

Virtues here will be seen mostly by large families. The meat prices are staggeringly low. I saw good looking T bones at $4/pound, a ton of other meats in the 3 dollar per pound range, roasts in the 2/lb range. Chicken breasts are about half the price, per pound, of the local chains. A considerably larger supply of offal – organ meats, chicken feet, bony cuts, ox tails, etc, is available at Nam Dae Mun than other stores.

Meats can be incredibly inexpensive at Nam Dae Mun. There are butchers, under the "Seafood" sign, who can cut up meats for you.

There is a European section, with Swiss and Croatian chocolates and Russian pickles, and an Asian section, with a ton of useful sauces (yu xiang sauce, for example, and perhaps 10-20 different kinds of Kikkoman products). I saw plenty of Caribbean spices and condiments. There was durian and jack fruit – huge things. There were plenty of red jalapenos, sugar cane, Korean sweet potatoes (asian yams), habaneros, exotic spices. Silky and firm tofu were available for about $1.60 a container.

There is a bakery. Though pretty modest, they are selling cookies and Danish that look useful. There is a seafood section. Among other things, they have live catfish and live lobster for sale.

Nam Dae Mun Farmer’s Market
850 Dogwood Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(678) 580-6730

Two locations reviewed previously are:

Duluth:

3825 Shackleford Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(770)921-8288

Lilburn:

4805 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770)381-0490

There is a location in Smyrna that I’ve not seen, but the address is:

2350 Spring Road
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678)309-0007

Maps to the various locations can be found here.

Remind me never to avoid the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market for any length of time, because there are things there I just don’t see other places, such as long chunks of sugar cane

and this Malaysian fruit, rambutan.

Rambutan

So how do you eat rambutan?

Woo! It’s begun again, the absolutely most reliable source of grass fed meats and organics in Snellville. And of course, it’s hosted by some of our finest. Can I say how much I appreciate  the  police presence at this corner? Perhaps not in words, but in pictures I can.

This man rocks.

They have a sign now, and a Facebook page, which I’d suggest ya’ll friend, if this is a place you shop.

My wife wanted fruits. I didn’t see any, and I forgot to  get cash, so all I could do was stroll and gather photos. I was hoping  Darla of Snellville Eats would show so I could say “hello”, but no such obvious luck. She was tweeting this opening as if there were no tomorrow, though.

I'm told their popsicles are awesome.

The King of Pops were there. I’ve not seen them before.

And other vendors, too many to mention by name.

Water was being served by the people who set up this market.

Entertainment was starting about the time I was leaving.

Held on the same block as City Hall, and living on a cordoned off street on Friday afternoons, the Lilburn Farmer’s Market wasn’t one I had been to before.I managed to sneak into the market on a day when there were spotty thunder showers, lots of lightning, and quite a few umbrellas packed in preparation. That didn’t eliminate the smiles and friendly people, however, nor did the fresh breads, cakes, and produce run away.

Anthony Bourdain has a new book, called “Medium Raw”. I bought it pretty much immediately through Amazon after reading the Washington Post review online, and it arrived the next day. I’m perhaps a third of the way through it, and it’s wry, funny, well written. I was laughing out loud as I was paging through it.

The second edition of the Snellville Farmer’s Market started up, with a lot more produce and a lot more shoppers. One nice thing to see were police directing traffic. It made the whole situation a lot more controlled than the previous week.

There were people making music and dancing to the same

and there  were a lot more vendors of produce. I bought quite a bit of produce from Dillwood Farms, in Loganville. They had leafy vegetables and talked me into trying squash flowers (delicate in flavor).

And I was very glad to see White Tail Farms there. I had done business with them in Norcross, buying eggs. The number of people leaving with a dozen eggs as I approached City Hall was pretty impressive.

Finally, I ran into Mike Stock of 285 Foodies. I think we’ve made irregular plans for perhaps 2 months to get together, and we met in a Farmer’s Market when we thought we’d not be able to run into each other. Nice fella, with a very nice camera. I’ll end with a series of uncommented photos, in which I may have found a painter or two, but can’t be sure if any of them is Darla, of Snellville Eats.

Final photo is my 3pm meal, care of a broken Hoover vacuum cleaner  (for which I had to fetch parts) and Royal Tofu House (on the way to the parts).

Baked goods, and produce, and vendors of meats, poultry and eggs all were on display at the first Snellville Farmer’s Market. Rather than say much more about it, I’ll let pictures do the talking.

The Norcross Farmer’s Market (aka the Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market) is open on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 pm. I got off work early to take a quick peek.

Organic produce, free range eggs and grass fed beef were available there. If I manage to get back, I’ll be sure to take more than the $10.00 I showed up with.

Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market
Alongside Thrasher Park
Buchanon Street
Norcross GA

The Atlanta State Farmer’s Market occupies 150 acres, carved out of a wholesale district and wholesale shipping zones for trucks, and will never be mistaken for the foot-only traffic of the markets Tony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern prowl in Southeast Asia (or for that matter, the foot-only traffic of The Flea). Cars drive right up to the shops they like and produce is offloaded directly into vans and the trunks of cars and trucks. After watching this behavior a while, my wife said, “It wasn’t anything like I expected it to be.” I’m sure she was expecting something more friendly to pedestrians.

A lot of the shops do not sell in small quantities. They want to sell a basket or a bushel, minimum. So it’s not a particularly good market for singles, small families, or someone on a budget. It is however, an eyeful, and worth a look if you’ve never been.

Atlanta State Farmer’s Market
16 Forest Pkwy,
Forest Park, GA 30297
(404) 675-1782

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