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 www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.

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 www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org 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 www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com 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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Every Saturday, rain or shine

What to expect at PRFM...

...open through December 13th, so don't forget your local farmers, food-makers, and artists when it comes time for...Halloween (we have a parade for that), Thanksgiving, and prepping for Hanukkah, Christmas, and those cold winter months when you'll be glad you froze/canned/stocked up on your favorite veggies and other treats.

...weekly Chef Demos! Check out the city's best chefs, nominated for demos by our very own market farmers (in other words, these ladies and gents are experts at cooking local and helping you to do the same). Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., sponsored by Country Financial. Take a look at the roster and other upcoming events here.

...amazing farmers and vendors who all grow, raise, or make their own goods (no resellers here). That makes PRFM the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. See a full list of our farmers, growers, producers, and artists here.


...live music (local artists, of course).
...kids' activities.
...the coolest dogs in town.
...and YOU!

- Jennifer Maley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A perfect summer demo

This week at PRFM...

Chef Demo at 10:00 a.m. with Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen, a shopper favorite with a demo reputation well-earned (folks are still talking about her teaching us the perfect omelette technique last year). Check out the demo tent this Saturday when chef Suzanne will show us how to make a delicious summer treat, watermelon tomato gazpacho with feta and herbs. Chef demos are sponsored by COUNTRY Financial.

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New restaurant, new school year, new tricks

This week at PRFM...

Chef Demo with Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood. For more on chef Todd, take a look at this. And be sure to visit the demo tent at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday to ask him all about his newest venture, The Pig & The Pearl, opening soon in Atlantic Station!

Also this week, bring the family by for a back-to-school Whole Foods Kids Activity. Stephanie Watson, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market Buckhead, will show your kids how to make both an open-faced breakfast sandwich and veggie skewers—perfect for healthy, quick, and easy breakfast, lunch, or snack options! Plus, all of the ingredients will be on hand from our PRFM vendors (think NaturAlmond and fruits and veggies from your farmers!).

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Farm Fresh Summer

This week at PRFM...

Chef Demo with Brent Banda of La Tavola. Check out our notes about this fabulous Fifth Group chef and see him at the demo tent at 10:00 a.m. for a summertime treat!

Also, this Saturday, don't miss Ag Tourism Day with a special book signing by Jodi Helmer. Jodi's Farm Fresh Georgia is a go-to guide for visiting all of the great farms and agricultural events in our fair state (farmers markets, farm stands, farms, u-picks, kids' activities, lodging, dining, dairies, festivals, choose-and-cut Christmas trees, wineries, and more). In addition to picking Jodi's brain about all things agriculture, you can also sign up to tour our PRFM farmers' farms!

- Jennifer Maley

Friday, July 18, 2014

This week at PRFM

Chef Demo with E.J. Hodgkinson of JCT. Kitchen & Bar. To learn more about E.J. (and why you shouldn't miss his demo), check here. Also, Happy Nest Kids’ Activities. Visit the Happy Nest tent for family fun from 8:30 a.m. to noon!

- Jennifer Maley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bringing the coast to PRFM

This week at PRFM…

Chef Demo with Craig Richards
of St. Cecilia
10:00 a.m. on 7/12
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Don't miss this week's demo with Craig Richards, chef de cuisine at Ford Fry’s latest hit restaurant, St. Cecilia. With a culinary pedigree that began with Pachamama’s in Kansas, then training with the “first lady of Italian cuisine,” Lidia Bastianich, and working as executive chef at Lidia’s in Pittsburgh, Richards knows how to create fresh, crave-worthy dishes. His Atlanta journey has included La Tavola Trattoria and Ecco before heading down the road to Buckhead for St. Cecilia, where he delivers tasty coastal European fare. Stop by this Saturday to see chef Richards' summer tips and tricks!

Special Guest
Holy Comforter Middle School Arts Program
Also this Saturday, check out The Friendship Center Arts Program, who will have representatives on hand to share about this initiative at Holy Comforter Church. The arts program offers a supportive studio environment that fosters creativity, self-direction, and mutual encouragement. A part-time arts director and a corps of volunteers offer skilled one-on-one instruction in painting, ceramics, woodworking, fiber arts, photography, and stained glass. Instruction caters to all ability levels, and the artists may sell their work at church and community art festivals. This program, with its individualized instruction, its freedom to pursue creative projects, and the opportunity for the artists to show and sell their work, instills a sense of confidence and self-worth.

- Jennifer Maley