The Nitty Gritty
- Expires August 22nd, 2013
- Check in at the Information booth
- Must be 21 to purchase
- East Atlanta Farmers' Market is every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Yes, Georgia is home to such legendary exports as Waffle House, Jimmy Carter and Gucci Mane. But in our humble opinion, there's no quintessential made-in-GA product nearly as delicious as a fresh, juicy, velvety Georgia peach. (No, not even you, Burt Reynolds' sumptuous mustache.) And from what we've seen, no one knows peaches quite like the folks at Pearson Farms. After all, they've only been doing for a century (that's five generations, and all in the family, mind you). Nowadays, they not only supply the likes of Bacchanalia, Empire State South, South City Kitchen and Watershed with the fruits of their labor; they also haul their goods all the way from Peach County (seriously) to local farmers markets in ATL—like the East Atlanta Farmers Market each Thursday, where there's a bag of peaches with your name on it.
But lo, fellow fruit connoisseur: a bag of fresh-picked Pearson peaches is just the beginning. After checking in with the Pearson folks and claiming your sweet prize, you'll also be bequeathed with a few other peachy-keen goodies: a voucher for a free hotdog slathered in peach barbecue sauce, a token for a free Terrapin peach beer across the street at the Midway Pub, and a $10 market credit to use at any of the EAVFM vendors. To market, to market, y'all.
Once you're perusing the market's vendors (with that $10 credit at the ready), you'll probably see precisely why this happens to be one of Atlanta's favorite farmers markets. (Hint: it's not just because you don't have to wake up early on a Saturday to get the goods.) A true neighborhood market, EAVFM has everything from heirloom tomatoes and fancy dog treats to fresh yogurt and handmade soap (with, yes, a peach-scented version), thanks to over thirty farmers, artisans and purveyors who line the market's paths each week. And one of our favorite EAVFM purveyors just so happens to sell some of the tastiest hotdogs in town. That'd be Doggy Dogg, and they're not cooking up regular ol' weiners. These folks use Spotted Trotter meats, Holeman & Finch buns and other local products in their creative twists on classics to make a damn good weiner. And they happen to love a good Georgia peach just as much as we do. Hence, the Dope Dogg, a juicy beef dog (or veggie, if that's what you're into) slathered in homemade peach barbecue sauce. Don't get us wrong; we love us a classic ballpark-style hotdog every now and then. But these guys are taking the weenie to a whole 'nother level.Finally, once your belly is full of Doggy Dogg's finest, your market basket overfloweth with farm-fresh provisions and your heart is brimming with local love, it's time for the