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farmers markets & the beauty of spring

It’s spring, and everyone is coming out to play. With farmers markets, festivals, and the beautiful sight of everything around you blooming, there are so many reasons to step outside and rub elbows with the people in your community. We like to practice what we preach, so we have been out doing just that. This week we have been to three farmers markets and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. As for the bountiful blooms, I have been a little on the obsessed side with the azaleas, camellias, and tulips (my personal favorite). They just make me happy.

We have been eagerly awaiting opening day of the farmers markets. Though we have kale coming out of our ears and an abundance of produce soon to follow, we will always browse the farmers markets to fill in the blanks. Whether we have a full shopping list in hand or just go for the fun surprises that we didn’t know we wanted to try, the whole experience is food for the soul. The market was the first place we felt welcomed into our new community (Atlanta) making small talk with the farmers and feeling connected to those on the front lines of making a difference.

With another season rolling in, we have been feeling a little nostalgic. So here is one of my favorites from last year.

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As for this year, this is what opening day looked like in our neck of the woods.

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We bought our first jug of raw milk this year. This stuff is gooood but controversial. In the state of Georgia, you can’t legally sell raw milk for human consumption, so it has be labeled as read below. There is a pretty good documentary floating around on Netflix (we love a good documentary) about milk and how we got to where we are today. We only drink almond milk, but with the health benefits and tasty goodness of raw milk, we were in.

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We had gone to a different market a few days prior to this but failed to take pictures (epic fail on the blogger front). It was somewhat small, but we scored some pretty tasty lettuce, a hefty amount of spinach, and met some nice folks. I wish we had taken pictures, not only to share with you, but also to capture the adorable little ones getting their groove on to the live folk music being played as you first walked in.

Grant Park holds one of our favorite farmers market (shh, don’t tell the others) and yesterday was opening day. Our kitchen was pretty well stocked, but we had to run a quick garden errand and couldn’t not go. Glad we did because we were able to get in on some favorites from last year (like honey) and it was a gorgeous day (camera in hand).

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Our favorite honey. We have been on an orange blossom honey kick. You can read more about them here

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You can walk below the bustling market and catch a chef demonstration here. It’s not uncommon to see future TV food show stars cooking up some pretty awesome treats.

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This caught our eye on the way out. Next time… next time.

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Grant Park is an accessible and intimate neighborhood spot with a sweet coffee shop we frequent. They have as many vegetarian items as they do anything else and the dessert…well, we almost always buy a sweet treat to split later in the day. If you are looking for something more in the city, Piedmont Park is must. This weekend we experienced the 78th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival that was held here. There was an abundance of booths from all over the country with some down right amazing treasures inside. We walked around oohing and awing for hours. Again, it was a beautiful day. With so much outdoor excitement in the city this week, mother nature couldn’t have been more kind.

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This cool play ground grabbed my attention.

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There were a couple stages set up for live music.

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Then we stumbled upon the 23rd annual Disc Dogs Southern Nationals, this was some addicting stuff. These pups drew quite the crowd.

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This lil gal was my favorite. She took the lead before we walked away.

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All in all it was a great weekend and we look forward to what the rest of the season holds. With more festivals to come, new adventures to be had, and all sorts of seasonal delights ahead.

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