Buford Highway Farmers Market Fallout [What I Ate Wednesday]

by Sarah on January 8, 2014 · 7 comments

As I have said time and time again, traveling for me is really just an excuse to discover new foods, which often translates to spending time in many different grocery stores. Or, in the case of my trip to Atlanta a few weeks ago, a very large farmers [slash] Mexican [slash] Asian market known as the Buford Highway Farmers’ Market.IMG_20131214_124942_108 (800x450)

Laura did not exaggerate when she said I would flip out upon arrival, and the excitement I felt upon seeing the wide expanse of produce spreading before me was perhaps unnatural.IMG_20131214_130057_836 (1024x576)

I only slightly restrained myself, but have since worked through nearly everything I purchased on that visit–honey powder, two Korean sweet potatoes, and that last kabocha remain–IMG_20131214_144653_499 (1024x576)

–meaning it was about time to share with you, Jenn, and any other farmers market aficionados  out there, how I ate my Atlanta finds.WIAWbuford

After going okra-zy upon seeing rather gorgeous fresh okra for the first time in months, I naturally ate most of it straight from the roasting pan.IMG_0207 (800x533)

Some did, however, make it onto a plate with eggs and one of the Holman & Finch Bread Company rolls I’d received for free from my adventures at the local Whole Foods, which I toasted and topped with some Grapefruit and Smoked Sea Salt Marmalade from Anarchy in a Jar.IMG_0238 (800x533)

I was also rather shocked at the size of the beets at Buford.IMG_20131214_125323_906 (800x450)

After experiencing smoked beets for the first time at Cakes & Ale, I smiled real pretty and convinced The Professor to smoke half of that giant beet for me.IMG_20131218_203612

Eaten first (maybe)* alongside salad and a rather shockingly delicious previously frozen (and perfectly triangular) tortilla crusted tilapia filet from Sea Cuisine (topped with homemade salsa)…

*Memory lapse.IMG_20131218_205335

…I quickly discovered that smoked beets (and my New Years “Good Luck” Grapes and Greens) taste great with runny eggs.IMG_0443 (800x533)

As do plantains.

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(Also purchased at Buford Highway Farmers Market)IMG_0725 (800x534)

The other half of that beet was roasted in coconut oil and paired first with kohlrabi (from BHFM), tortillas, and baked tilapia…IMG_0583 (800x533)

…and then blended up into my Cherry Ginger Beet Smoothie.IMG_0696 (800x533)

What happened to the remaining plantains, you ask?IMG_20131216_203328

Well, after baking up a bunch covered in cinnamon and cumin–and only nibbling on a few with these mahi mahi tacos–IMG_20131216_221503

–they made a perfect ring around the rosy chili I’d thrown together with leftover Chipotle pinto beans (saved and frozen) from the catering extravaganza earlier this fall.IMG_20131217_152409

The chili also paired incredibly well with the salt-and-pepper, coconut-oil roasted jicama fries made from one of the two jicamas I brought back from Buford Highway.IMG_0597 (800x533)

Lucky for me, my local Walmart has begun to stock jicama, and I can consume the veggie now whenever I so desire. (Which is…always?)IMG_0751 (800x534)

You might be thinking I MUST have reached the end of my farmers market fallout by now…but NO.IMG_0378 (800x533)

Brussels sprouts roasted and tossed (and first dipped in eggs) with fake bacon and roasted delicata was slightly to salty, but nonetheless tasty.IMG_0252 (800x554)

And, well, I’m not even going to get into the white and Korean sweet potato obsession.IMG_0984 (800x533)

But consuming two in rapid succession from the oven is not an uncommon practice.IMG_20131222_181243

SO maybe you’ll send me some more, Laura? Maybe? :)sprint2atlanta

Along with these giant puff corn and rice cakes. I’d like some more of those, too.IMG_1099 (1024x683)


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Marina @ Lazy for Diet January 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

It is a lot of good food… The girl, about such it is necessary to warn! I want to try your idea with bananas – sounds well. I so understand, they become spicy and sweet? Caraway seeds – unusual seasoning for bananas.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Plantain, beets, Tilapia! O my that is a wonderful mix of eats <3

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I’ll send you more of anything you like! Wait. I demand you come see me to get it yourself. Bwhahahah! Or maybe I’ll cash B’ham. Is it warmer there?

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate January 9, 2014 at 2:38 am

I have no words for that produce mountain…except maybe “heaven”. When I traveled to visit relatives recently I spend half my time scoping out smoothies places and wandering Whole Foods aisle.

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

I’m pretty sure everything tastes better when dipped in a runny egg. I also really need to find and try these Korean sweet potatoes.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Ok… I NEED to go there! I want all that food!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli January 22, 2014 at 5:30 am

Omg, I looked ALL OVER for those puffed rice cakes when I was visiting Laura last year and they didn’t have any! There’s a little Asian market here that carries them, but they’re all the way on the opposite side of town and I always forget to go over there. Need to put it on the list…they are great to make little eggy breakfast pizzas out of! (and yeah, I kinda get a kick out of hearing it *snap, crackle, and pop*) 😉

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