Thursday, April 30, 2015

Show and Tell

This week at PRFM…

Chef Demo
with Joey Ward of Gunshow
10:00 a.m. on 5/2
Chef Demos are sponsored by
Piedmont Hospital
This Saturday under the demo tent, one of “Top Chef” Kevin Gillespie’s “hired guns,” Joey Ward, will bring his passion for local foods and farmers. He's the real deal—knowing he wanted to become a chef as a young boy looking up to his grandfather, a Navy cook. Ward worked in some of Atlanta’s favorite spots, from Woodfire Grill to H. Harper Station, before Gillespie recruited him (and his creativity) for Gunshow. He's since been named Jezebel’s “Rising Star Chef” and listed in Zagat’s “30 Under 30" of people redefining the hospitality industry. Oh, and he’s also the two-year consecutive champ of the Kevin Gillespie Super Bowl Dip Off/Snack Attack competition. Get ready to think outside the [produce] box, y’all.

Chef Pop-Up with Nick Leahy
Grab a bite from Saltyard’s Nick Leahy and support the PRFM Meals on Wheels program, where produce is bought from farmers after the market to serve local seniors in need.

Mercer University Health Screenings
Mercer University student pharmacists will be on hand to provide blood pressure screenings and discuss the results with you. They’ll also share lifestyle modifications for patients with hypertension and info about cardiovascular diseases.

- Jennifer Maley

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Birthday to Us!

This Saturday you're invited to Peachtree Road Farmers Market's eighth birthday party (don't worry, we'll be nice and dry inside)! Bring the whole family to visit our special guests of honor, farm animals from Fairywood Thicket Farm, and enjoy birthday cake from Sweet Auburn Bakery. After visiting with the animals, you and the kids can keep the celebration going by stopping by the Your Happy Nest tent for creative activities celebrating PRFM's birthday all morning long. And all that partying will work up an appetite, so don't miss this week's Chef Demo at 10 a.m. with Nick Leahy of Saltyard. Party on, y'all!

- Jennifer Maley

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Root to Leaf to PRFM!

Chef Demo + Cookbook Signing
Saturday, April 18 at 10 am
Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
Chef demos are sponsored by Piedmont Hospital
The New York Times has called him the "Vegetable shaman," and that's just a small taste of the praise Chef Steven Satterfield has received. In 2010, the James Beard Foundation recognized his restaurant Miller Union as a semifinalist for the national award of best new restaurant. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was named a nominee for Best Chef: Southeast by the organization. He is clearly the real deal. And if you'd like to learn how to wield a vegetable like the best of them, you'd better consult the best. Enter Chef Satterfield and his recently debuted cookbook, Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, with easy-to-make dishes for the home cook. Your kitchen will never be the same, y'all. 

The Cathedral Book Store will be selling the book at the Market all morning, so stop by their tent to get your copy and have it signed after this special demo!

News of note...

PRFM Chef of the Year - 2014
Chef Thomas McKeown is our Peachtree Road Farmers Market Chef of the Year for 2014! PRFM wants to recognize the efforts of Chef Thomas over the past year to incorporate farm-to-table menu items at his restaurant and Hyatt Hotels nationwide, his partnership with our local farmers, and his willingness to give back to the Market through our vendor appreciation breakfast, Sunday Supper, Meals on Wheels chef pop-ups, and so much more. He has also held training sessions with farmers and other Grand Hyatt chefs to incorporate local offerings into the menus at Hyatt hotels worldwide. Thank you, Chef Thomas!

- Jennifer Maley

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 11 is Opening Day!

It just doesn't feel like spring has sprung until Peachtree Road Farmers Market opens for the season. Good thing that’s happening. This Saturday. So ready your shopping bags, y’all, cause it’s going to be a great year at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The ninth season will welcome a few new faces: 100% Artisan Foods (fresh tamales and salsas made from our farmers' produce and Georgia farm-raised animals), Boom Biscuits (biscuits and sweet and savory biscuit sandwiches), Oliver Farms (cold-pressed nut and seed oils from locally sourced ingredients and home-milled nut and seed flours), Proof Bakery (artisan breads including baguettes, country sourdough, multigrain rye, and more), White Oak Pastures (goat, lamb, leather goods, and beef tallow soap out of Bluffton, GA), and Yalla (handcrafted sodas made from local fruits, vegetables, and herbs). Check out all of our vendors here and come on by to meet them this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Opening Day Happenings

At 9:00 a.m., COUNTRY Financial and Peachtree Road Farmers Market will announce the third annual PRFM Reusable Bag Design Contest winner. Atlanta high school students were invited to use their creativity to show what the market and this year's theme, "Live, Love, Be Green," mean to them. We'll unveil this year's design and award the winning student a $1,000 scholarship. Be sure to pick up a free 2015 bag, hot off the presses!

At 10:00 a.m., check out our first Chef Demo of the year, sponsored by Piedmont Hospital. Join frequent market shopper, Chef Thomas McKeown of Grand Hyatt Atlanta under the demo tent. If you've ever walked with Chef McKeown on one of his market tours, you know just how passionate he is about local foods. See how this European born and trained chef creates delicious dishes out of the sustainable ingredients indigenous to the South. Chef McKeown highlights local and organic as the executive chef at Grand Hyatt Atlanta’s Cassis restaurant and oversees all of the hotel’s weddings, social gatherings, and corporate shindigs. He’s also a member of Hyatt’s Sustainable and Responsible eating team—yes, that is a thing, and yes, it is very cool. Don't miss his intro to spring this Saturday! 

Coming next week!
Join us on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. for a special Chef Demo and cookbook signing by Chef Steven Satterfield. Root to Leaf is not a vegetarian cookbook, it's a cookbook that celebrates vegetables, and a must-have for your kitchen!  

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reusable Bag Art Design Contest

Third Annual 
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Reusable Bag Art Design Contest
Deadline: Friday, March 6 at 4 PM 

market bags
COUNTRY Financial® and Peachtree Road Farmers Market invite all Atlanta high school students to participate in the third annual Peachtree Road Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest.
The winning design will be revealed April 11, 2015 at opening day of the Market. Three finalists will be invited to the unveiling.

The student with the winning design will receive a $1,000 scholarship. His/her design will also be displayed on thousands of reusable canvas bags distributed to shoppers this season at Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Two runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship. Their designs will be showcased at the kick-off press conference.

Students' designs should reflect this year's theme: Live, Love, Be Green." Participants are asked to include imagery inspired by the spring/summer season and corresponding regional market goods, such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. We also ask students to illustrate the spirit of the city. All entries must include the phrase "2015 Peachtree Road Farmers Market."

All participants must submit their entries by Friday, March 6, 2015, at 4 pm EDT to Peachtree Road Farmers Market office at 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Ask your principal or art teacher for more information or visit for a look at last year's winner.  

Click here for more details and the contest form.

Country Financial    PRFM Logo

Join us Saturday, April 11, 8:30 am-12 pm, for our 2015 Opening Day Market! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Words of Thanks from Manager Lauren Carey

Hard to believe that our 8th season is ending. At this time of the year, we are so grateful for all the gifts 2014 has brought us. A few words of thanks...

First and foremost, thanks to our amazing shoppers! We've watched your families grow, adding new members (on two legs & four) and sending those we knew as children off to college. You shop with us in all weather and make local food part of your family values. The Market cannot happen without your support. We appreciate being a delicious part of your weekly routine, and we can't wait to see you on opening day, April 11, 2015.

I'm thrilled that we have been able to continue to serve a broader community this year through both our Wholesome Wave Georgia SNAP program and our new partnership with Meals on Wheels. Wholesome Wave allows us to double food stamp benefits at the Market, making fresh local foods more accessible. Our partnership with Meals on Wheels has been the perfect circle of giving. Amazing chefs like Thomas McKeown at The Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Jenn Robbins of Avalon Catering, and Nick Leahy of Saltyard did Chef Popups to raise funds for Meals on Wheels to buy veggies remaining at the end of Market. These purchases provide seniors with additional fresh vegetable servings.

The Market could not happen without the incredible hospitality of The Cathedral of St. Philip. While the Market is self-sustaining, the Cathedral offers a home to us indoors and out during the week and on Saturdays. The values of grace, hospitality and excellence are inherent in all we do. As Dean Sam Candler always says "we don't need a big Sunday coffee hour. We have one each Saturday!"

Our generous sponsor Country Financial has done so much more than provide a donation to the Market. They have become a part of our community through the high school bag contest, support of our Sunday Supper, and as a regular part of our Market. Whole Foods Market Buckhead has supported us for years by supplying staples for the chef demos unavailable at the Market as well as drinks at our information tent.

Huge thanks to all our chef demo chefs, who not only teach us how to cook each week, but support the farmers at their restaurants. I especially want to thank two chefs, who have personally and professionally gone above and beyond for the Market this year: Chef Thomas McKeown of The Grand Hyatt Buckhead and Chef Jenn Robbins of Avalon Catering. They've served at the Sunday Supper, done Chef Popups, served our vendor appreciation breakfast, and most of all bought out the occasional bumper crops from our farmers. Our gratitude to these chefs is measured in grit bowls served and veggies bought.

Your Market is special and unique because of the committed farmers, growers, food creators and artists that come rain or shine each week. All these incredible and talented small business owners fill our plates not just with food but with love. 
Appreciation goes to our volunteers that make the market shine. The weekly newsletter, blog, website, chef demo sound/videos and food assistance, tent and table setup, receipt-taking, garbage cleanup, and the friendly information tent services are all compliments of an incredible team that volunteers an estimated 100 hours a week. Bo, Sara, and I are so lucky to serve not just the vendors, but you our shoppers and the local food community!

I hope you count the Market among the things for which you are grateful as well. Please consider PRFM in your year-end giving. Donations can be made securely online through the Cathedral's website at You need to create a quick account, select Donations, and then choose Farmers Market.

Eat local,
Your Market Manager
Lauren Carey

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PRFM + Meals On Wheels

Peachtree Road Farmers Market and Meals On Wheels Atlanta Collaborate:
Farm to Table for Seniors in Need

Meals On Wheels Atlanta and the Peachtree Road Farmers Market at The Cathedral of St. Philip are partnering to provide the freshest locally grown vegetables to senior clients of Meals On Wheels Atlanta. At the market on Saturday mornings, Meals On Wheels Atlanta purchases - at a discounted rate - vegetables left at the end of the market to deliver to their senior clients.

Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard is on the Board of Trustees for Meals On Wheels Atlanta and was instrumental in developing this partnership. “It’s a win-win for everyone. Local farmers are able to reduce waste and Meals On Wheels Atlanta clients benefit from fresh local vegetables,” he said.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market at The Cathedral of St. Philip is open every Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM through December 13, 2014. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta. The market has created Chef Pop Ups that will benefit the Meals On Wheels Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmers Market partnership. The Chef Pop Ups feature local chefs preparing a delicious dish for shoppers utilizing market produce. The shoppers can choose to make a donation which will help offset the cost of the vegetables provided to Meals On Wheels Atlanta. Upcoming Chef Pop Ups benefiting the partnership will be on October 11, November 8, November 22 and November 29.

Lauren Carey, Executive Director at Peachtree Road Farmers Market, is responsible for working with the market farmers and providing Meals On Wheels Atlanta with their weekly supply of vegetables. “Our farmers are so excited about this partnership. It really is the perfect relationship. Shoppers enjoy Chef Pop Ups made with market veggies, the money goes back to supporting the farmers who are helping to feed seniors in need,” she said.

In Georgia, one in six seniors does not know when or where their next meal will come from. To combat senior hunger in the Atlanta community, Meals On Wheels Atlanta will deliver more than 130,000 meals this year to local Atlanta seniors in need.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide fresh vegetables from local farmers to our senior clients. This partnership shows how Atlanta’s nonprofits can team up to do what’s best for the seniors in our community,” said Jeff Smythe, Executive Director for Meals On Wheels Atlanta.

To make a donation to support this partnership, please visit

About Meals On Wheels Atlanta
Founded in 1965, Meals On Wheels Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that supports senior independence through meals, shelter, education and community. Through extensive programming, Meals On Wheels Atlanta delivers more than 130,000 meals annually, repairs hundreds of senior homes, manages seven neighborhood senior centers, provides community and wellness education, and helps seniors and their families manage Alzheimer's and dementia. Meals On Wheels Atlanta serves approximately 2,400 seniors annually. For more information on how to volunteer or donate to Meals On Wheels Atlanta, please visit or follow them on Facebook and Twitter or call (404) 351-3889.

About Peachtree Road Farmers Market
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market was founded in 2007 and exists as a program of The Cathedral of St. Philip. Now in its eighth year, Peachtree Road Farmers Market is a leader in the community connecting over 70 farmers and local producers to over 2,500 weekly shoppers. PRFM is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers. The Market takes place on Saturday mornings beginning in April, rain or shine, until mid December. PRFM accepts and doubles SNAP (EBT/food stamp) benefits. For more information please visit our website at or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Photo credit: Sara Craig-Goodell. L-R: Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard, Asner Jean and Vanessa Ashi with MOWA, Lauren Carey with PRFM, and Farmer Michael Hendricks of Indian Ridge Organic Farm.