master gardeners

A masterful market

This week at PRFM, get your garden on with the Central Fulton County Master Gardeners and the Georgia Daffodil Society sharing their expertise (and plants) all morning; buy your fall bulbs and start planting for a beautiful spring now! All that garden talk might make you hungry, so plan to stop by the Chef Demo at 10:00 a.m. with Chris Edwards of Holeman and Finch Public House. He'll show you how to make a delicious fall dish sure to bring comfort on cool nights ahead, turnip and mushroom gratin. Remember, fall hours are in effect (9:00 a.m. to Noon through December 19) and the Buy 7 contest is back!

Save the dates...

Market Pumpkin Patch
October 24, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Bring your cameras, kids, and pups to take Halloween photos at the Market Pumpkin Patch! Pick out your pumpkins for harvest decorating and stock up on healthy snacks for your Halloween party!

7th Annual Halloween Parade
October 31, 11:00 a.m.
Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. at the Info Tent! We welcome kids of all ages, dogs, and their people to the Market Halloween Parade. Bring your kids and your pups in their favorite costumes and join the parade around the Market to have a chance at the following prizes.

Dog Costume Prizes:
*Most Farmers Market Inspired
*Best Duo Costume (person & dog in complimentary costumes)
*Most Original

People Costume Prizes:
*Most Farmers Market Inspired
*Best use of Recycled & Green Materials
*I'm too young to protest (under 18 months)

Shop for the holiday weekend with us!

Pick up meats and veggies for the grill, fruit and cheese for the bar, and much more at PRFM this weekend!

Chef Demo - 9/5 at 10:00 a.m.
Lesley Cavender | Avalon Catering
Avalon Catering's pastry chef Lesley Cavender has baked professionally for 12 years, but has been in the kitchen since she was a small child watching her grandmother and mother bake and cook. Her professional career began in Birmingham and has taken her from fine dining restaurants to a small French-inspired bakery to Atlanta and her current position at Avalon Catering. Lesley is also the only chef whose demo sample - muscadine tarts - had shoppers bidding to buy the samples! No bids required this Saturday, so grab a seat under the demo tent and see what Lesley whips up.

Central Fulton Master Gardeners
9/5 ongoing all market
Let your Central Fulton Master Gardeners help you grow your fall garden! Not sure what insect is decimating your herbs? Want tips on planting spring bulbs now? Need a recommendation for year-round blooms? Ask the Master Gardeners this Saturday!

Piedmont Healthcare 
Healthy Eating Tips - Salsa!
Not only does fresh salsa taste amazing, it's great for you and packed with superfood nutrients. Health benefits of fresh salsa:
  • Tomatoes: Rich in the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene.
  • Bell peppers: Full of vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber and potassium
  • Red onion: Packed with anti-inflammatory flavonoids like quercetin, which gives these onions their color.
  • Hot peppers: Some studies show eating spicy foods can boost metabolism.
  • Fresh garlic: Antiviral, antibiotic and heart-healthy.
  • Cilantro: Adds tons of flavor for about 1 calorie per 1/4 cup and contains vitamins A, C and K.
Lauren Carey, Market Manager, shares this easy recipe for fresh salsa.

Everything's better with PRFM

This week at PRFM...
Mother’s Day weekend is here. Don’t worry, PRFM has got you covered. Pick up some flowers and jewelry plus all the fixings (strawberries, anyone?) for a super-impressive brunch that any mama is sure to love—almost as much as she loves you.

Chef Demo
with Zach Meloy of BETTER HALF
10:00 a.m. on 5/9
Chef Demos are sponsored by
Piedmont Hospital
Chef Zach Meloy is a native Georgian who has experience in kitchens across the Southeast (with chefs like Gerry Klaskala, Jay Swift, and Frank Stitt) as well as in Latin America (including Costa Rica, where he met his "better half," Cristina). In 2011, Zach and Cristina launched their popular supper club, PushStart Kitchen, which gained such a following that the couple decided to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant (funded on Kickstarter by their many fans). At the end of 2013, they opened BETTER HALF, recently named by Garden & Gun as one of the five most exciting new restaurants in the South. Check out this week's demo and see exactly what all the buzz is about!

Master Gardeners Info Tent
Let your Central Fulton County Master Gardeners help you grow your garden! Now is a great time to plant, and the master gardeners will share their tips for getting your spring garden going. Got a garden question? They'll help you identify that mystery plant or figure out why your herbs aren't flourishing.

Food for thought...

Piedmont Healthcare's 
"Living Better"
Berries are coming into full swing now! Not only are they delicious, but they help keep you healthy! Read more about the health benefits of berries at Piedmont Healthcare's "Living Better" website. Lena Beal, a therapeutic dietitian at Piedmont's Fuqua Heart Center, shares the three biggest benefits of these super-food fruits as well as ways to incorporate them into a balanced diet.

Save the date...

3rd Annual Sunday Supper
Join us on June 14th at 5:30 p.m. for the 3rd Annual PRFM Sunday Supper! Nine Atlanta area chefs will serve up family-style dishes made with farm-fresh, local ingredients sourced from PRFM farmers and vendors. Guests will dine at a table with a farmer and enjoy drinks from Second Self Brewing Company and Brookhaven Wines.

Chefs include Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar, Adam Evans of The Optimist, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market, Jenn Robbins of Avalon Catering, Thomas McKeown of The Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Sarah O'Brien of Little Tart Bakeshop, Suzi Sheffield of Beautiful Briny Sea, and Adam Waller of Bocado. 

Tickets are $75 each, or you can buy a table of 8 for $550. The fundraising dinner will be held in Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets.

This event is sponsored by Country Financial and funds raised support Market programs including Wholesome Wave GA food stamp doubling, operating costs, children's programming, and healthy eating initiatives.

- Jennifer Maley

A market any mother would love

This week at PRFM...
Mother’s Day weekend is here. Don’t worry, PRFM has got you covered. Pick up some flowers and jewelry plus all the fixings (strawberries and asparagus, maybe?) for a super-impressive brunch that any lady is sure to love almost as much as she loves you.

Chef Demo with Chris Hall
of Local Three
10:00 a.m. on 5/10
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
We've said it before, but it's worth saying again: Chris Hall is good people. The self-taught chef is managing partner of Local Three, a founder of The Giving Kitchen, and a partner of Staplehouse (the upcoming restaurant is his fourth Atlanta venture). Stop by the demo tent this Saturday to check out a chef that we're sure makes mama proud.

Master Gardeners
These experts will be on hand to share tips and help you grow your garden! Get advice on how to use our farmers' transplants to create or add to your veggie patch. Got a garden question? Go ahead, let them help you identify that mystery plant or figure out why your azalea just won’t bloom.

Save the date!
Our 2nd Annual Sunday Supper is June 22 at 5:30 pm at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Featuring ten chefs cooking their take on "Sunday supper," plus local breweries, wine, live music, and an outstanding auction. Tickets are $70 and available online here (create an account and choose the "make a payment" option). Watch for more details!

- Jennifer Maley