A highlight of my trip to Atlanta a few weeks ago was an excursion to the Sweet Auburn Curbside Market.
Owned by the city of Atlanta and located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood downtown, the market was founded in 1918. Its mission?
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market exists as an urban farmers’ market that unites rural and urban Georgians through food and activities that celebrate local agriculture, the history of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and the diversity of the city of Atlanta. To achieve this mission, the market operates as a self-sufficient entity that houses a wide variety of food vendors, including restaurants and food stands, and serves as a year-round destination and lively gathering place for community members and visitors.
A destination for meat, fish, veggies and fruit for Atlanta home cooks, it's also a spot increasingly populated with eat-in restaurants like the popular Grindhouse Burgers and Afrodish Restaurant, featuring Caribbean cuisine. I had lunch -- pork and beef tacos and sweet tea -- from the Sweet Auburn Barbecue truck. Holy yes. So good.
I also had an ice pop from the Pop Shop, a cart manned by the very friendly John, who used to live in D.C., so we had that to chat about. He also handed me a grapefruit rosemary frozen confection that I can taste right this second, so that was nice.
(I was standing in direct sunlight, managing a big old camera and direct sunlight, so apologies for that photograph. Just know you'd want one, if you could get one. Nice job, Pop Shop ATL.)
They're on Etsy now. Can they really send me frozen treats through the mail? Time and emails will tell. Lemon buttermilk, please.
The Sweet Auburn Bakery was especially popular with the crew of bloggers on my bus, but that's what happens when you give people samples of sweet potato cheesecake, yes?
I had a chance to chat with Sweet Auburn Market's manager Pamela Joiner the next night at the BlogHer Food closing party, and heard a lot about her hopes for the market and its impact on the surrounding community. It gets a lot of support from employees of Grady Hospital, which is right next door, and other businesses in the area, but will need to keep growing in order to benefit the businesses that set up shop in the space. If you're in the city, I recommend a visit. I know it will be on my agenda when I return to Atlanta -- and hopefully it won't be long.