Friday, April 20, 2007

Good Food in Tallahassee This Week

On Monday, I found these guinea-hen eggs from Zebra Truck Farm at New Leaf Market. I love their triangular shape and deeply pored texture.

We participated in Zebra Truck Farm's CSA program before owners Kevin and Penny Orr switched to having a table at the Saturday Downtown Farmer's Market.

Twice this week at New Leaf Market, I stood in line behind someone holding a liter of raw milk from local Kurtz and Sons dairy.

On a family walk after dinner yesterday, Matt spotted ripe blackberries! I didn't know that this is blackberry season in our area. Anybody know a good place for gathering blackberries?

The Grower's Market at Lake Ella was alive on Wednesday. FSU students took film footage for a vegetarian documentary. Keith Baxter (Kool Beanz Cafe) gave a cooking demonstration. Offerings at the market included sorrel (sold with recipes!), fava beans, red mustard, multi-colored beets, many kinds of lettuces, brussels sprouts, scallions, spring bulb onions, garlic heads, lettuces, chard, kale, rainbow bunches of radishes, hakurei salad turnips, shitake mushrooms, honey, fresh cut flowers, potted herbs, organic sauerkrauts and sprouted hummus.

Holy Cow, Tupelo!
I'm looking forward the Slow Food Tallahassee potluck this weekend. A taste of tupelo honey and a glass of Kurtz and Sons milk this week was an experience heightened to divinity with the addition of cream and vanilla beans. This tupelo-honeycomb candy (sometimes called cinder-toffee) will gild the local lilly.

Meanwhile, Matt will be keeping order at the National Homebrew Competition (1st round regional judging). We'll be missing the Mayhaw Festival in Colquitt, Georgia. I keep hoping to find some Mayhaw Jelly. It seems to be in abundant supply when I'm not looking for it. Any tips on where in/near Tallahassee I can find some Mayhaw Jelly?


Heads N Tails said...

cool blog... keep on writing..

downtown guy said...

I can't say as he'll be out there for sure, but for the last few summers there's been a guy selling mayhaw jelly and various types of honey from the parking lot of the gas station out Mahan right before you hit Bucklake. Not the Circle K, the one on the other side of the road - maybe a Petro? He sets up there on the weekends and some evenings when it gets hot out.

Food and Brew Love said...

Thanks, heads n tails!

Downtown guy -- thanks for the tip. I'll take a look when I'm out that way.

I met Bobbie Golden of Golden Acres Ranch yesterday at the Slow Food Tallahassee potluck. She brought some of her mayhaw jelly, and informed me that May (OH! I finally got it) is Mayhaw picking season. She has a stand mayhaws that seem to be producing despite our dry, dry conditions.

SO, perhaps if I still can't find any jelly for sale, I'll go a-pickin' and make my own.

Anonymous said...

You can usually find some at the Tomato Land stand on Thomasville Road.

Toni Sturtevant said...

Yay! Just discovered this blog.

Last year I picked blackberries beside the St. Marks trail and found plenty there. I picked them between the trail and the highway just south of the Munson Hills bike area.

I worried a little bit about eating fruit grown so close to a highway, but we rinsed the berries and no one got sick or had taste complaints. I made two or three pies and had plenty of berries to eat.

Food and Brew Love said...

Thanks for the tip on finding Mayhaw Jelly, Anonymous. Boy, when it rains, it pours! Yesterday I found Mayhaw Jelly in two places (both places carried Cedar Head Farms Mayhaw Jelly from Colquitt, Ga (Colquitt is the Mayhaw capital): Hoot Gibson's garage (corner of Meridian and Glenview, and at Ali's Market (corner of Crump and Hwy 90/ Mahan).

Toni -- someone was just telling me about blackberries on the St. Mark's trail -- must be a great spot! I took a stroll at the Miccosukee Greenway, (thanks to Sarakeith's tip) and saw some -- mostly unripe. Farmer Jack (Crescent Moon Organics) told me yesterday that if the roadside verges heading towards the coast are choc full of them.

It seems to me that the season is just starting -- is that right? How long does it usually run?

Cathy said...

Just found this blog. I live just north of Tallahassee in Georgia and was at the Mayhaw Festival. Mayhaw jelly is great.

At our church bazaar, we have pyracantha jelly -- it is treasured!

Food and Brew Love said...

Pyracantha jelly -- wow! Did you ever taste any? Did it taste like Mayhaw jelly?

What mayhaw products, other than Mayhaw jelly were available at the festival? Did you see any mayhaw wine or beer?

Anonymous said...

Best Mayhaw Jelly in the South!
Jem's Mayhaws
Jem's Mayhaw Jelly
Jim and Emma Moore
Rt 7 Box 47
Shiner Pond Road
Valdosta, Ga. 31605
We drive from Orlando to Valdosta to buy it by the case. 12 jars $45.00
From Tallahassee 1-1.5hrs. drive
Call First.

foodandbrewlove said...

Many Thanks!

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