A twist on individual apple tarts that everyone is sure to love. Because, BACON!
We baked our tarts on our Big Green Egg in the Lodge Cast Iron Mini Cake Pan. To do this, preheat your Egg to 400 degrees with pizza stone and bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until pie crust is browned and filling is bubbly and topping looks happy.
Oven directions listed in recipe below.
Decatur is greater! We spent the past two weekends in Decatur, GA and had such a fun time spreading our mountain grown goodness to the Atlanta area.
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is a two day event on the historic downtown square in Decatur, GA. Celebrating its 11th year, this is the largest independent book festival in the United States. The festival is family friendly, diverse and well organized, with authors from around the world.
Our booth was part of the Georgia Grown pavilion and we enjoyed catching up with AmericasMart alums from Oliver Farm and Pecan Ridge Plantation, as well as Natalie from Chinese Southern Belle and Georgia Grown Executive Chef Holly Chute.
They kept the Eggs going all weekend with Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, Pine Street Market Bacon, okra, peaches and some other things that smelled heavenly. The Culinary Stage hosted a few of my favorite cookbook authors but spread duty called so I missed Marissa McClellan but caught a few minutes of Peter Reinhart. Earth Fare from Emory Point was there with a delicious assortment of cheese as well.
We stayed busy fixing samples and talking with people, so I don’t have many pictures to share with you, nor do I have a report on the other authors and events that were there. I would definitely recommend you attend next year based on our experience there though.
The weekend following the Book Festival, we participated in the Locals Pop Up Market in The Cook’s Warehouse in Decatur. This foodie paradise has every kitchen item you could ever want, and we joked with each other that it was important not to spend more then we sold that day. If you’ve never shopped The Cook’s Warehouse, put them on your To Do List, and your Santa List! With three locations and cooking classes, its a culinary destination.
Decatur, we love you and thank you for a great couple of weekends. We look forward to coming back soon and sharing more of our mountain goodness with you.
AmericasMart is one of the largest permanent wholesale trade centers in the world. Located in downtown Atlanta, there are four skyscrapers, some connected to each other with tubes, elevators, escalators and over seven MILLON square feet of showroom space. Wrap your head around those numbers. Mind boggling, especially to a couple of mountain folks like us.
Being members of Georgia Grown has opened many doors for us, and when they came knocking with the opportunity to be in their booth at AmericasMart, we saw it as a big opportunity. Exhibiting in the Georgia Grown booth, we were at a huge advantage because we didn’t have the expense of building out and transporting a booth set up, we were simply responsible for our table in the booth. Such a fantastic way to experience AmericasMart for the first time. Thank you Georgia Grown for providing great opportunities to your membership!
Our products pair with cheese and entertaining, so we partnered with Georgia Crafted to showcase their Georgia made cheese boards and we had a delicious display.
We met people from all over the state, drawn in by the Georgia Grown backdrop. But we also met people from as far away as Alaska, Russia, California, New York, North Dakota. We are still shipping orders to far away states and are tickled to have had such a warm welcome from buyers.
Everyone who is at AmericasMart is required to register, and wear an ID badge that shows their name, business, state and if they are an exhibitor or buyer. We met people there from both national and local media, buyers from large and small gift shops, gift companies, florists, designers, corporations looking for gifts. If they buy wholesale, they come to AmericasMart! Our booth was in the gourmet food section of the temporary area (there are permanent showrooms there too) and everybody samples their products, so its quite the foodie destination.
There is an army of staff at AmericasMart and every single employee I encountered was both helpful and friendly. There was one day I went upstairs to buy lunch, and got lost trying to find my way back to our booth. Getting lost seems to be a pretty common occurrence, because I ran into Valerie who was there with her husband Clay from Oliver Farm and she was lost too! Luckily, we found a helpful employee who told us how to get back to the temporaries floor. Clark lost his car on the first day, so it wasn’t just me. Clark is the guy who can bushwhack up the side of Mount Yonah, remember every single detail about a mountain bike trail and is the finder of lost stuff, including an iPhone out in a field (don’t ask). All concrete parking structures look alike.
In the sea of people, there were also familiar faces that stopped by. The Pioneer Woman’s BFF, Hyacinth and her daughter Meg came by, checking out merchandise for The Mercantile. Hy and Meg were quite gracious and humored me by posing for goofy photos.
Local friends stopped by as did some of our great retail partners. Clark and I both have high school friends at AmericasMart, my friend Tammy was there as well as Clark’s friend Jimbo. We also had some of Clark’s cousins stop by.
It was a big undertaking, a bit stressful at times, exhausting and rewarding. I can’t wait to go back again in January.
Locally grown fruit is the best part of summer and Georgia Grown peaches are one of my absolute favorites. Last week I bought a box of “scratch and dent” peaches at Jaemor Farms. While they may not be as pretty as the first quality peaches, they are perfect for making ice cream and peach sorbet.
Here’s a delicious Peach Sorbet recipe inspired by Martha Stewart, no ice cream maker required, just your food processor.
Georgia Grown peaches must be sweeter then the peaches Martha gets, as I was able to increase the quantity of fruit and decrease the quantity of sugar.
Bundles of Joy were born because I needed a fast appetizer to take to a party over the July 4th weekend. I was short on time since I took a late afternoon nap after doing product demo at Habersham Winery.
This delicious appetizer using puff pastry recipe was inspired by Pepperidge Farms. My version uses only 4 ingredients and is simple to put together, so you can go ahead and take a nap before your get together. You’ll awaken refreshed and ready to receive compliments on your dish.