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.
Greatness starts in the field.
To make something great, you have to start with something great.
Its been a dry summer so far here in north Georgia wine county, but the grapes are coming along nicely and the vineyard managers are hoping for a great harvest.
We have simple recipes, with ingredients you can pronounce, so its really necessary to start with great fruit.
Staying true to our core beliefs, all of our products are made from fruit that grows in our region.
We’re fortunate that that the mountains of Georgia are the perfect climate for a variety of wine grapes and we get to enjoy watching the vines change throughout the year and sometimes even help our winery friends at the harvest.
Our Vineyard Spread and Vineyard Fire are both made with Chambourcin that we source from a local winery here on the Unicoi Wine Trail. Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid grape and grows well in our region.
For a true Georgia mountain entertaining experience, serve Vineyard Fire with soft and creamy goat cheese, and a local wine from one of the many vineyards here in our area. Our current local crushes, pun intended, are Habersham Winery 2014 Chambourcin, Serenity Cellars Traminette and The Cottage Vineyard and Winery 2014 Vidal Blanc and Stonewall Creek 2015 Yukari.
Come visit the wineries on the Unicoi Wine Trail and tell them The Jelly People sent you.
We love jamming in Asheville so when Ingles Markets invited us be part of their Taste of Local store event in Asheville, we immediately agreed.
After a fun sampling event with other local vendors like Annie’s Bread and Roots Hummus in the Ingles deli, we checked into our hotel, and headed out for some more jamming. Clark and I love a walkable town, and were glad to park our car and enjoy some time exploring downtown.
Asheville is a big foodie town, with so many dinner choices! After checking Yelp reviews, we decided to eat at the venue, and the tacos did not disappoint.
The Grey Eagle has a great sound system and the band really brought a high energy crowd out. Good times indeed.
The band has been out on the road for a while now. In Asheville, they were 3000 miles away from home, so we spread some Unicoi Preserves to them after the show. We’re gone from home a lot and understand a little bit about life on the road.
Cheese pairings with our locally sourced jams is something we love to share with friends, so when we were invited to be a part of the filming of Appetites and Anglers at Stonewall Creek Vineyards, we stopped by Ingles Markets on the way for supplies.
We started in the produce area and picked up some juicy grapes. Next up was our crunch element, so we got a scoop of almonds from the bulk section en route to bakery for a baked-in-store fresh, whole wheat baguette.
Cheese, glorious cheese, was next.
Ingles has an extensive specialty cheese section and their buyers source cheese from all over the world, so we had a lot of choices.
Clark and I each picked three cheeses and this is how we paired them with our spreads.
Chaumes with Salted Caramel Peach. Get this cheese, soft, smooth and nutty, you won’t regret this choice.
BelGioioso Sharp Provolone with Apple Cider Pepper Spread. A crowd favorite!
Landana Milk Goat Cheese with Vineyard Fire. Mild goat cheese is a nice choice for a crowd
Supreme Creamy Soft Ripened Cheese with Vineyard Spread. Rich and satisifying
We also enjoyed Applegate Uncured Genoa Salami as part of our cheese plates.
I challenge you to try a new cheese, share it with friends and pair it with Unicoi Preserves. Let me know what pairing you create.
Sunday is our day of rest, at least from selling jelly. We’ve been taking more time to play outside lately and while we were riding at Jackrabbit yesterday, it occurred to me that riding mountain bikes is a lot like selling jelly.