What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
I’m just back from Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and you may know that when I travel I explore markets and embark on culinary adventures. In D.C. we dined at “The Pig,” and had a true whole animal experience… pigs’ ears on a salad, and various organ meats that you can ask me about in person. If you are hankering for your own whole animal feast, we still have a few seats available to the underground dinner at the Atherton Market on Saturday, December 15th. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the menu and information about seating.
If you are waiting to hear more about the Tuesday Nourish offerings at the market, you can check their Web site, or stop by to see what they deliver. We’ll post to Facebook when their meals arrive in the fridge at Simply Local. At Simply Local you’ll also find several new and seasonal products including apple cider, eggnog and peppermint ice cream from Homeland Creamery, and Tito and Tony’s hummus in three flavors.
We still have a good supply of Gingerbread House kits, so come by and get yours from the market this week so you can get to work. There are several categories to enter, whether you are an individual achiever or on a team. We are assembling a panel of special judges, and the vendors are working on a creation of their own (not qualified for the contest – just for fun!) so come check on their progress. Judging takes place on December 8th at noon.
Our Holiday Arts Market on December 7th from 4:00 until 8:00 pm is going to be a beautiful evening of music, familiar vendors spiffed up for the season, and visiting artists, as well as food and drink. You will be sure to find unique items for nearly everyone on your list, so don’t wrap up your shopping until you see what we have to offer. Earlier in the day come enjoy Bill Averbach’s 2nd Annual Latkes Demonstration at 10 am, which promises to be entertaining and tasty.
Speaking of art, Orange Cat Art will be bringing their scenic photography to the market this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Matted and framed prints make great gifts for art and nature lovers, and their North Carolina Seasons desk calendars are always a popular choice. Be sure to check out their handmade holiday cards, too!
If you’re wondering what’s in season from the farms, we’re seeing lots of greens like spinach and kale, as well as winter squashes, sweet potatoes and other root veggies. The Food Hub is expecting an abundance of spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes, so look for a special later in the week with recipes to give you fresh ideas in the kitchen.
The holiday trees are in from Horse Creek Tree Farm. If you’ve gotten one from Kevin in the past, you know that he grows his own and has a commitment to quality and your family. He also has wreaths and garlands to beautify your home with fragrant pine. Come and get lost among trees when you are ready for yours!
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager