Opening Day of 2015 Season!

by Kaela Horne - AFM Outreach Intern

It’s happening, y’all. All winter we’ve suffered through frozen veggies & store-bought eggs, spending each Saturday longingly wishing for beautiful 8am springtime market mornings (we’ll pretend those frigid days in December never happened). Well you can dust off your reusable market bags and cozy AFM sweaters, because this Saturday, April 4th is OPENING DAY! There are a of couple exciting changes (and a lot of the same ‘ole awesomeness) coming to your market this season, so check out below for a quick rundown.


 

 

 1.) Farm Cart

 

Photo credit: Hillary Brown of Flagpole magazine

This magical box of delicious is back in action. Although no longer under the management of the late and great Farm 255, the new ownership features 3 veteran market vendors: Michael and Iwalani Farfour of Full Moon Farm Co-op and Carole Brucato of Backyard Bread. In keeping with AFM’s mission of “local and sustainable”, the cart will source ingredients locally as much as possible, focusing on available products of vendors within the market. This go-around the cart will be serving up delicious and hot breakfast, with options like buttermilk biscuits, Red Mule grits, and much more. I hope to see you all chowing down on some scrumptious locally-driven breakfast treats come opening day!

2. Pop-Up Kitchen


(In?)Famous middle “K Girl” and sous chef in training Olivia at a 2014 market

Rather than the cooking demos of seasons past, this season will feature Pop-Up Kitchens, where some of Athens’ finest chefs and foodies will whip up delicious mini-meals that will be available for purchase. These pop-up kitchens will begin at 9am sharp each Saturday, giving you plenty of time to hit up you’re your market hot spots before grabbing a tasty snack. Up first: Heirloom Cafe! 

We will still have free cooking demos from the one and only Craig Page once per month, and occassionaly free demos from other well known Athenian cooks. 

 

3.) As always, AFM houses the best and brightest of Athens’ growers, food purveyors and artisans. Here is an updated list of our 2015 market vendors:

1000 Faces Coffee

3 Porch Farm

All Hearted Souls Tea

Antonio's Fresh Pasta

Apiary and Gardens

Backyard Bread

Bedzunas Glass

Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm

B&G Farm

Billabay Farm

Booger Hill Bee Company

Buttercup Farm

Catcophony Wearable Art

Cedar Grove Farm

Dayspring Farms

Diamond Hill Farm

Farm Cart

Farmington Herbals

Four Bellies Farm

Front Field Farm

Full Moon Farms

Haggard Road Farm

Harvest Moon Garden

Hickory Hill Farm

Jena Guerin Design

KSST Soap and Stone Studio

Lakeshore Pottery

Lazy Willow Farm

Mana In Our Foods

Natural Earth Potions

Oscar Bites

Pastures of Rose Creek

Piedmont Provisions

Pony Trail Farm

Rabbit Food

Rhonda's Blueberries

Sanvi's

Sara Lee Parker Textiles

Songbird Soaps

Spring Valley Eco Farm

Starks Valley Farm

Suds and Lather

Sundance Farm

Tagyerit Farm

Tarangela Studies

The Comerian

The Natural Baby

The Sultan

Tom Homann Pottery

Veribest Farm

Weckback Family Creamery

Whirly Wraps

4.) Return of My Market Georgia!

The Georgia Organics sponsored incentive program is back for round 2 at AFM! Check out Landon’s upcoming post about what the return of this program means for our market, our vendors, and [you] our incredible shoppers.  

5.) New intern Sam!


Although I will be leaving AFM after the first market, everyone’s favorite market friend Landon will be sticking around through the season. We will also be welcoming an incredible new intern, the lovely Samantha Eberhard. A sophomore at University of Georgia, Sam has demonstrated a commitment to improving sustainability initiatives both at UGA and Athens as a whole. She is going to be an invaluable asset to the AFM team, and we are all excited to bring her on board!

6.) Also….PAID INTERNS!!!

 Thanks to the valiant efforts of Jan Kozak, who most of you know as Athens Farmers Market’s AWESOME Manager, both Landon and Sam will be officially PAID INTERNS for the 2015 market season. This is a big deal. If you’re a nerd (like me) and are interested in statistics describing how paid vs. unpaid internships affect career opportunities and income later in life, check out the studies here and here.  For those who aren’t, I’ll sum it up for you: the data makes it clear that overall, paid internships provide far greater opportunities for personal advancement. Landon, Sam and myself are incredibly thankful that AFM is willing to allocate precious funds towards building their interns’ futures. Most importantly, thank you to Jan for being an all around champion of market managers. We think you rock.

See all of you bright and early Saturday morning!

AFM