It’s been well documented that I have a grocery problem.
“Problem” meaning I could spend $1000 a month EASILY at the grocery store. I mean, if the budget (and income) allowed it. I buy, for the most part, good stuff. We eat a lot of fresh stuff, but also a bit of crap. In comparison
I’ve toned it down some. I’m better. I’m in recovery.
But now I’m obsessed with Farmers Markets. Sweet Lord Have Mercy!
Last weekend we hit Your DeKalb Farmers Market. It was heavenly as usual. We came out with a ton of stuff and only spent about $65. Henry was so very excited about picking out funny shaped and colored fruits and vegetables. And *surprise* he ate a lot of it.
Fresh foods for lunch and supper every day. Lots of choices that, unfortunately, Publix doesn’t offer. (Or Fresh Market and Whole Foods, sadly) It was a week of delicious eating.
(side note: why do they call it YOUR Dekalb Farmer’s Market? Is it really mine? I think not.)
Anyway, today we decided to hit up the Buford Highway Farmers Market.
DUDES. Why didn’t you people tell me about this?
It’s close to my house. It’s easy to get to. It’s clean.
It’s like a real grocery store on performance-enhancing drugs.
I… I… I was left speechless.
The aisles were wide. There was a ton of each item. People actually smiled at you and said “excuse me” when they were in your way (I’m never in anybody’s way, but say “scuse me, sorry” all the time.)
The samples… we should’ve just eaten lunch at the sample tables. Henry tried a bunch of new stuff he would have NEVER tried before.
We have a fridge and freezer full of things like live blue crab, dragon fruit, unusual mangoes, seafood dumplings, some sort of Mexican cookies, queso, fresh mozzarella, yellow tomatoes, bread that I don’t know what it’s called but it’s delicious, and all manner of other crazy awesome stuff that I can’t pronounce. For $138.
I know lots of you will disagree with me on this, but in my mind this is how the Atlanta Farmer’s Market analogy goes:
YDFM : WalMart as BHFM : Target.
I’m not sure I need to go to the real grocery store again. I think I’ll be landing at the Buford Highway Farmers Market for food from now on.