…to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety jig. Well, I didn’t buy a fat pig but I did go to the market. Yesterday I took a trip to Atherton Mill Market to stock up for my upcoming “Local Week.” I was successful in my search for edibles and managed to make it home without any of the dairy spoiling in the 80 (!) degree weather.
At the entrance of the Market, Microfarm had a stall set up with an awesome backyard chicken coop beside it. We have wanted to get chickens for a while and even joined a chicken co-op (more about that later) to get some experience. Our major concerns are space and our dog, Buster, who enjoys ‘playing’ with the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds a little too much for our liking.
Inside, the abundance of fresh, green things (not to mention all the green clothing-Happy Late St. Patrick’s Day!) overwhelmed me. Never the less, I found foodstuffs to sustain me. I got pecans (locally grown and roasted) from Chosen Roaster. The samples were sweet and still warm from the roaster, which was new to me. Then I took a trip to Pickleville, where, surprisingly enough, I didn’t get pickles. My mother got pickles-she’s the only one in the family who likes them, but more for her-and I got Texas Red salsa. At Coldwater Creek Farms, I purchased some yams (I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam), and commiserated over Duke’s embarrassing loss with the guy running the stand. Then I headed over to Simply Local, which gathers local products from across the state and sells them at Atherton Market (grocery store inception!). While there, I got both fresh and dried apples from Perry Lowe Orchards; peanut oil from A2A Living Oil; goat cheese from Bosky Acres; cheddar from Ashe County Cheese; butter and skim milk from Homeland Creamery; and, finally, some potatoes. All of these items, in addition to the produce we get from our garden, should give me many options for delicious meals in the coming week.