To Oakhurst Market to Buy a Fat Fig

No figs in the produce section (yet)  – but plenty of other foodie stuff. This is the kind of market every neighborhood needs – the essentials are there, it’s convenient (within walking distance of the neighborhood homes), high-quality products, and it’s green.  Products are sourced for quality and responsible growing practices, and most are very local. Yes you will find eggs, milk and bread; even potatoes, onions, corn, and tomatoes; plus beef, pork, chicken and seafood. Deli meats and prepared foods. You can find most everything you need to prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and then some. Everything you need and a lot you will want.

Shopping this way is an adventure for me not a chore. The dairy case is loaded with Sparkman’s high-quality, Jersey cow dairy products from Moultrie,GA. How could I resist a big quart of beautiful fresh creamy cream or a block of light yellow unsalted butter? The produce is fresh — talk about local — some of it came from right down the street at Oakhurst Community Garden. On to the meat case to get dinner inspiration. The case takes up one whole wall – huge and loaded with freshly butchered cuts of beef and pork. You can also find veggie-fed chicken from Springer Mountain Farms (no artificial hormones, thank you) and some seafood. Did I mention the yummy cured sausages from Pine Street Market in Avondale?  

 Here is what is fun and where some wonderful green practices come in. Bring a jar and get it filled with olive oil, evoo or infused flavors. Real Italian olive oil is dispensed directly from huge metal kegs into an empty bottle. Simple and green. With all this good stuff before your eyes, its fun to imagine eating a nice dinner at home – but – maybe not having to cook it. Is that possible?  – Yes, spontaneous consumption is possible because there are prepared foods to fill this fantasy. Grab some boiled shrimp, tuna salad, or the best pimento cheese made at Steinbecks – fresh baked bread, plus other good stuff daily. Or, you can order a sandwich and let them make it for you. Other “want-to-buys” – beer, wine, ice cream, candy, tortilla chips with greasy stains on the brown bag (yum). Oh, I forgot to tell you, you will be assaulted by a case of beautiful baked goods the minute you walk in — cupcakes mounded with deliciousness, pecan tarts, berry tarts – I can’t go on.

This beautiful, wonderful place is a partnership between the Steinbeck/UJoint people and the wonderful Oak Grove market on LaVista Road. Thank you guys for making food shopping fun again.

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About mickeybaskett

It wouldn’t be prudent to disclose the number of years Mickey Baskett has been writing, editing, and producing art, craft, and lifestyle do-it-yourself books -- just know that she was intimately involved with Mac-rame in the day. The beginning of her love affair with food started when she was nine years old and manifested itself in the form of a casserole. Her published cookbook, Gourmet Garnishes, is proof of that long and loving relationship. The constantly evolving food scene in Decatur is fodder for her musings.
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