Local farmers’ markets are peaking with Georgia produce in late August through September. I ran across a post from Serious Eats that gives six rules of a good farmers’ market.
One tip that’s not given that a few of our best local markets heed (particularly Morningside and Peachtree Road markets) is using local chefs as a drawing attraction — chef demos and tastings are a great way for people to get a taste test of the produce on hand, and they also offer lots of fun and a little farm theater.
And speaking of local: Georgia muscadines and scuppernongs are on grocer’s shelves now. Don’t peel that thick skin: Eat it! Research is showing that the skins are high in polyphenols, a group of chemical substances naturally found in some plants that have antioxidant qualities. The skins are full of fiber, too.