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Title: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on November 22, 2009, 05:22:07 AM
I go to BHFM just about every weekend, usually early Saturday morning when it's not very crowded. Best grocery section I've found in the city, plus an amazing selection of foods from many ethnicities, and not just Asian & hispanic.

Yesterday, I was poking about in the small African section and bought a package of Nigerian utazi leaves (which kinda looks like pot without buds), some ground 'extra hot pepper' (not sure of exact country this is from) and some plantain fufu flour. I guess you use the flour to make dough balls for use in ... something. You can use it as a batter, too. Dunno, I'll have to do some research.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 22, 2009, 11:45:13 AM
BHFM is a frequent destination of mine as well. It's close to home and I can find pretty much anything I need there.

Last visit I brought home seaweed salad, pickled and peppered daffodil stems, frozen naan, various ramen varieties, and paneer.They occasionally carry Lucozade too.  :)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 03, 2010, 07:31:45 AM
Have been to H-mart Doraville and BHFM in the same week.  The only thing H-mart has over BHFM is a parking lot without pot holes.  I may have a little trouble finding some things at BHFM but I do eventually find them.  Bigger selection and more variety at BHFM.  Even though we'll have to drive by H-mart to get to BHFM I believe that is exactly what we will do.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Beerbitch on January 03, 2010, 08:08:03 AM
These events sound like they could be fun:

www.chinesesouthernbelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/CSB_Classes_flyer.pdf (http://www.chinesesouthernbelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/CSB_Classes_flyer.pdf)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: GabrielsDad on January 03, 2010, 02:20:42 PM
Nice find!  Those do look like fun.  I'll have to try to check one out.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on January 03, 2010, 03:20:32 PM
They've been holding those Chinese Southern Belle cooking demos for a while now, but I haven't managed to be at BHFM at the right time.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 03, 2010, 03:36:51 PM
Very cool. Will try to hit the lunar new year one. Thanks!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on January 04, 2010, 03:02:28 PM
They've been holding those Chinese Southern Belle cooking demos for a while now, but I haven't managed to be at BHFM at the right time.

Anyone know what time they do them at?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 04, 2010, 03:12:21 PM
http://www.chinesesouthernbelle.com/
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on January 04, 2010, 06:32:41 PM
Thanks a bunch!  :)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on January 09, 2010, 05:44:06 PM
These events sound like they could be fun:

www.chinesesouthernbelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/CSB_Classes_flyer.pdf (http://www.chinesesouthernbelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/CSB_Classes_flyer.pdf)

Ironically enough, after seeing this mentioned, The Scientist and I just happened to walk in as one of these Saturday demonstrations was starting. We had gone to dim sum, drove up and down BuHi a bit, stopped at Plaza Fiesta and then went to shop at BHFM. Upon entering, I noticed the stand set up for the demo, and Margaret motioned for me to sit down and watch, which was OK by me, except for a couple of things. 1) I teach cooking classes, and these are kind of basic compared to some of the stuff I like to cook. I did like the explanation of some different types of spring roll wrappers, and I might not have thought to pan fry the thinner wrapped ones, but most of this was pretty elementary stuff. 2) The place where she does the demo is in the produce section, right in front of the entrance door, so as we sat there, the door pretty much constantly stayed open, so we were really frickin' cold. Well, at least I was. The Scientist can take some pretty cold weather.

Anyway, I didn't want to be rude and get up to leave, but I was really dying for her to finish so that I could do my shopping and get away from the drafty door. Still, it was a nice demo and quite popular.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: AndyBoy on January 10, 2010, 07:58:28 AM
We dropped in on one of her demos yesterday also, sorry we missed you. I liked the hand outs she gave that told what ailes to find all the ingredients she was using. We just walked through the market after she finished and didn't buy anything but did taste a few of the food stations. I don't think we have ever come away from there without a bunch of stuff. Really like the way they have rearranged the fish department and how fresh everything smells. We are so spoiled in Atlanta to have access to such fantastic ingredients.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Beerbitch on January 11, 2010, 05:54:37 PM
 I think the ones during the week are more "substantive." But I could be wrong.................
Title: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: LizR on January 24, 2010, 04:36:58 PM
Seems we don't have a thread, so here goes:

We headed up that way to pick up some crab legs from Super H and hit BHFM first. This place just keeps getting better and better. It is hands-down the best grocery store in the city, IMHO. THey have expanded the "European" offerings even more. Bought some terrific deli pickles, some absolutley wonderful rye bread - I  have been looking for this kind of rye since I moved from NY state-, great Taramosalata, lots and lots of veggies, meats, and other things. My three-year old was kept happy by an ongoing opportunity to try the samples they were giving out.

Really like that they now have "fancy" meats, the giant seafood selection, and "fancy cheeses". It is truly one-stop shopping.

Oh, and the bathrooms are comparatively deluxe.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: Barnum on January 24, 2010, 04:41:41 PM
Seems we don't have a thread, so here goes:

We headed up that way to pick up some crab legs from Super H and hit BHFM first. This place just keeps getting better and better. It is hands-down the best grocery store in the city, IMHO. THey have expanded the "European" offerings even more. Bought some terrific deli pickles, some absolutley wonderful rye bread - I  have been looking for this kind of rye since I moved from NY state-, great Taramosalata, lots and lots of veggies, meats, and other things. My three-year old was kept happy by an ongoing opportunity to try the samples they were giving out.

Really like that they now have "fancy" meats, the giant seafood selection, and "fancy cheeses". It is truly one-stop shopping.

Oh, and the bathrooms are comparatively deluxe.

Okay, as somebody from another part of town who rarely gets to this part of town, and then only to eat, not to shop, can somebody tell me where this place is?  When I google it, I get someplace outside the loop, but I could have sworn there's a place further down BuHi called the same thing?  Have seen a lot of discussion around here but everyone seems to think it's understood where this place is... or I am simply the last person to find it...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 24, 2010, 04:48:37 PM
Seems we don't have a thread, so here goes:

We headed up that way to pick up some crab legs from Super H and hit BHFM first. This place just keeps getting better and better. It is hands-down the best grocery store in the city, IMHO. THey have expanded the "European" offerings even more. Bought some terrific deli pickles, some absolutley wonderful rye bread - I  have been looking for this kind of rye since I moved from NY state-, great Taramosalata, lots and lots of veggies, meats, and other things. My three-year old was kept happy by an ongoing opportunity to try the samples they were giving out.

Really like that they now have "fancy" meats, the giant seafood selection, and "fancy cheeses". It is truly one-stop shopping.

Oh, and the bathrooms are comparatively deluxe.

Okay, as somebody from another part of town who rarely gets to this part of town, and then only to eat, not to shop, can somebody tell me where this place is?  When I google it, I get someplace outside the loop, but I could have sworn there's a place further down BuHi called the same thing?  Have seen a lot of discussion around here but everyone seems to think it's understood where this place is... or I am simply the last person to find it...


Yep, you are the absolute very last person on the planet to find it...   It is almost the very next thing on the left (North) side of Buford Highway when you go under the I-285 bridge..   turn left at the light and park under the guard tower, and you will be fine...

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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: Barnum on January 24, 2010, 04:56:56 PM
Yep, you are the absolute very last person on the planet to find it...   It is almost the very next thing on the left (North) side of Buford Highway when you go under the I-285 bridge..   turn left at the light and park under the guard tower, and you will be fine....

Thanks Mike, always nice to know there's somebody around who will quickly tell me where to go!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 25, 2010, 06:55:09 AM
The other market you're probably thinking of is "Atlanta Farmer's market", well south of 285, which is also pretty good, but nothing compared t oBHFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmer's Market
Post by: bettylouski on January 25, 2010, 08:22:17 AM
IIRC, the Atlanta Farmers Market folks are the ones who opened up the Hong Kong market on JCB.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on March 14, 2010, 05:55:01 PM
New find at Buford Highway Farmers Market: Sweetbreads. Well, actually I had to ask for them, and I didn't get any yet, and there is one other caveat. They're beef sweetbreads and not veal. I asked the gentleman at the very nice new meat counter about all of the new offerings, as I've noticed that they're carrying some lamb items that they didn't have before, and they have veal in packaged, ground form only, so I thought I'd just check on the off chance that it would be possible to get sweetbreads at some point in the future. I already come to this market once a week, since the selection of restaurants on Buford Highway in the same area is so terrific, and there is literally not one single market that equals BHFM anywhere in the metro area. . . Anyway, sweetbreads have been the one item I have to go to DFM to get, so if I could get them here, it would save me a lot of trouble.

He told me that they get sweetbreads about once every 2 weeks, usually on a Monday or Wednesday, but you can call and ask if they are in stock and they will save them for you. This is great news. I've never cooked beef sweetbreads before, but I really would love to try it out and see how they compare.

Buford Highway just keeps getting better and better. If either my husband or I worked in that area, I'd seriously consider lifting our house up off the foundation and moving it over there. <sigh>
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on March 14, 2010, 07:13:04 PM
i have pretty much stopped shopping elsewhere, save for a few Publix Greenwise items (Milk, Canned Veggies and Apple Sauce for my kids).  bhfm stocks enough american staples and cleaning supplies to make trips to kroger/publix unnecessary.  i was stumped today, couldn't find light-bulbs.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on March 14, 2010, 08:13:43 PM
i have pretty much stopped shopping elsewhere, save for a few Publix Greenwise items (Milk, Canned Veggies and Apple Sauce for my kids).  bhfm stocks enough american staples and cleaning supplies to make trips to kroger/publix unnecessary.  i was stumped today, couldn't find light-bulbs.

Scientist logged on as FG:

One big drawback to BHFM is that "regular" items that most people buy at Publix/Kroger/Ingle's are considerably more expensive at BHFM.  Don't go there expecting to find great deals on potato chips or breakfast cereal.  Go for the ethnic and exotic.  FG goes every week at least as much for the entertainment value as the merchandise.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on March 15, 2010, 07:25:04 AM
i have pretty much stopped shopping elsewhere, save for a few Publix Greenwise items (Milk, Canned Veggies and Apple Sauce for my kids).  bhfm stocks enough american staples and cleaning supplies to make trips to kroger/publix unnecessary.  i was stumped today, couldn't find light-bulbs.

Scientist logged on as FG:

One big drawback to BHFM is that "regular" items that most people buy at Publix/Kroger/Ingle's are considerably more expensive at BHFM.  Don't go there expecting to find great deals on potato chips or breakfast cereal.  Go for the ethnic and exotic.  FG goes every week at least as much for the entertainment value as the merchandise.

i don't buy or eat potato chips, but staples like flour, sugar and dried spices and considerably cheaper than they would be at kroger or publix.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Melomom on March 15, 2010, 08:16:16 AM
The produce and imported/ethnic items seem to be a lot less expensive at BHFM than other places to me.  However, on my last trip I was shocked to see King Arthur all-purpose and bread flour were $6.99 for 5 pounds, IIRC.  The flours are $3.99-ish at Publix.  Needless to say, I didn't buy them...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 15, 2010, 08:34:29 AM
I've never cooked beef sweetbreads before, but I really would love to try it out and see how they compare.

Of course let us know how it goes.  Sweetbreads in general are quite mild but then again it's usually veal, so who knows. 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on March 15, 2010, 08:41:03 AM
I've never cooked beef sweetbreads before, but I really would love to try it out and see how they compare.

Of course let us know how it goes.  Sweetbreads in general are quite mild but then again it's usually veal, so who knows. 

Yeah, I wouldn't expect them to get stronger with age. Both the pancreas and the thymus are endocrine glands, so they don't filter any toxins out of the body like the liver or kidneys, which would make them lose quality as the animal gets older. The thymus in cattle does get smaller as they age, so that's the primary reason for harvesting this organ from a calf. The pancreas changes very little so I expect that it will be about as tasty as those from veal.

I usually dredge them and fry them anyway, so I suspect it will work just about as well for me.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 15, 2010, 08:45:25 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't expect them to get stronger with age. Both the pancreas and the thymus are endocrine glands, so they don't filter any toxins out of the body like the liver or kidneys, which would make them lose quality as the animal gets older. The thymus in cattle does get smaller as they age, so that's the primary reason for harvesting this organ from a calf. The pancreas changes very little so I expect that it will be about as tasty as those from veal.

I usually dredge them and fry them anyway, so I suspect it will work just about as well for me.

Very interesting to know!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on March 15, 2010, 08:56:34 AM
The produce and imported/ethnic items seem to be a lot less expensive at BHFM than other places to me.  However, on my last trip I was shocked to see King Arthur all-purpose and bread flour were $6.99 for 5 pounds, IIRC.  The flours are $3.99-ish at Publix.  Needless to say, I didn't buy them...

guess i'm wrong on flour, but dry spices and items like canned and dry beans, rice..etc.. are definitely cheaper.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on March 15, 2010, 11:22:33 AM
i have pretty much stopped shopping elsewhere
Funny, but we were having this exact same discussion yesterday afternoon after leaving what was the madness of BHFM.  V said our $27 and change bill would have been double that at K-Roger or Publix.  Granted, our bags were full of mostly produce.  I do wish the meat packaging were in smaller quantities.  The cube steaks we've gotten in the past were some of the most tender gristle free we've ever found.

The place was a zoo yesterday afternoon.  I've never seen so many unruly kids.  And major traffic jams from the time we walked in the door until we got out of the parking lot.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on March 15, 2010, 11:31:48 AM
i've started going either saturday or sunday at 9am.  plus is no crowds, minus is no samples.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on April 07, 2010, 03:02:41 PM
Nice and empty on a Wednesday around noon. Mom and I had fun touring around.

Ridiculously cheap strawberries -I think around 1.69. Tons of great produce deals. Super fresh looking seafood that was so cheap (and supposedly wild-caught) that I don't know how they do it. I got a pound of very large American wild-caught shrimp for 6.99.

One weird thing - I wanted some celery root, but the ones they had were about the size of a dinner roll. Once you peel that, there can't be much left, so I skipped them.

Saveur needs to do a piece on this place. It has so eclipsed YDFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 07, 2010, 03:06:57 PM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on April 07, 2010, 04:27:20 PM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!


i find the half-sours to be a bit hit or miss.  when they are on, they are great, when they aren't i end up throwing away the entire container.  when they are off they are really fizzy...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 07, 2010, 06:53:05 PM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!


i find the half-sours to be a bit hit or miss.  when they are on, they are great, when they aren't i end up throwing away the entire container.  when they are off they are really fizzy...

Now that you mention it i have gotten a container that wasn't that good....
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on April 07, 2010, 07:37:54 PM
I love the regular sour pickles in the Eastern European section. Just picked up some more this afternoon.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on April 08, 2010, 09:12:14 AM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!


i find the half-sours to be a bit hit or miss.  when they are on, they are great, when they aren't i end up throwing away the entire container.  when they are off they are really fizzy...

Now that you mention it i have gotten a container that wasn't that good....

for the cost and potential reward, they are worth the gamble
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on April 11, 2010, 07:33:49 PM
bought a tub of the "Sour Tomatoes", these babies are insanely good.  basically they are pickled ripe red romas.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 11, 2010, 07:48:46 PM
i dont like the red ones..
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on April 11, 2010, 11:40:34 PM
Jason   - why?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 12, 2010, 05:07:12 AM
don't know. i just prefer the green ones.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on April 12, 2010, 07:32:28 AM
the red and the green are really apples and oranges.  the green are firm and what you would expect from a pickled tomato.  The red on the other hand have almost the same texture as a regular ripe tomato, but with the sour pickled flavor.  I was planning on buying the green ones, but they didn't have any, so i got a tub of the reds.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: The_Scientist on April 17, 2010, 06:45:51 PM
During our weekly trip to BHFM we were roaming the center aisles, something we don't usually do because the regular canned goods there aren't so great a deal as the fresh and frozen stuff.  In the wine aisle I spied some bottles of Pinot Evil, our favorite cheap pinot and one we had been buying at Publix until they apparently stopped carrying it a few weeks ago.  No idea if they are actually making it a regular item, but we were unreasonably happy at the discovery and bought two bottles.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on April 17, 2010, 09:28:21 PM
This place continues to be a real gem. Aside from the Pinot Evil - they could have the last bottles of a discontinued brand, or perhaps the winery is just waiting for more product to mature - we also found a new recipe for Thai green curry with chicken and pineapple, courtesy of the Blonde Thai, Philippa Kingsley. Very nice demonstration, though I didn't watch that much of it, but after trying the end result we decided to make that dinner for tomorrow.

Grapes for $1.29/lb., boneless chicken thighs for less than $1.69/lb., great produce and the bakery items just seem to keep getting better, not to mention the fresh corn tortillas. I just noticed some more neat cookware items as well. This place is quickly becoming the only grocery store I ever need to go to, were it not for the fact that I live in Marietta and sometimes need to go to Kroger or Publix for a last-minute purchase to complete dinner for that night.

I did look at the half-sours for a minute, but since I have homemade pickles in my fridge at the moment, I decided to wait until I finish those to try BHFM's version.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on April 26, 2010, 10:57:01 AM
Morels @ $35.99/lb!  The smallest package I could find was $3.06 worth.  Nice little treat.

Chinese Southern Bell had a curry dish that tasted like dirt.  8-(  Eastern European Deli had some strange stuff in styrofoam clam shells out for samples.  8-(  People lined up on the curb afraid to get the least little bit wet.  8-(
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Davo7 on April 30, 2010, 03:13:37 PM
Went their for the first time a week ago. Really liked it, got some good stuff.

However, I bought some chicken theighs at a good price, when I got home I opened the package, and their was a large fly under one of the theighs. Please tell me this is an isolated incident, I want to go to the BHFM more, but am a little hesitant.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 30, 2010, 04:38:45 PM
Davo, that's SO GROSS. I've never seen that, thankfully
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 30, 2010, 05:56:33 PM
Davo, that's SO GROSS. I've never seen that, thankfully

Me neither...   I'm sitting here not knowing exactly how I would have reacted or what I would have done... ?

I'm thinking that I would have washed the dern thing off and grilled it rather hard and tried to forget the fly?

what would you have done?

.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 30, 2010, 05:57:59 PM
I dunno...that's pretty gross.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on April 30, 2010, 08:27:12 PM
I agree that that is gross, but I have never had anything like that happen in my many years of shopping there.

I know you found the fly in chicken, but the fish seem cleaner and fresher than the fish at most Publix or Kroger's.

I will note that the last time I bought chicken thighs at BHFM I regretted it because there was so much waste and bone that they were a pain to prepare, and, therefore, not that less expensive comparatively.

I would have taken it back, or at least called to complain. And no, I don't think I could have "forgotten" the fly, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Davo7 on May 02, 2010, 10:36:33 AM
It's not the first time this has happened to anyone, and sure it won't be the last, so I am not putting too much stock in it.

The funny thing was that I was going to freeze most of them, and had individually wrapped each in plastic wrap, and had all 5 of them done, and the last one was where the bug was. I thought about keeping the other 5, but I have a 3 week old and a wife that is breastfeeding, I didn't want to take any chances.

I'll be back. I think.

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on May 02, 2010, 12:31:39 PM
That's pretty gross.  I tend to keep around a half gallon of saltwater brine in my fridge at all times, and I slowly use it up over the course of a few months.

A good brining or salting cleans the meat well, then give it a final rinse.  I wouldn't let it stop me from going there again, but if you notice a pattern...

For basic brine I use: 4 ozs non iodized table salt (it's a waste of money to use kosher salt for making a brine), and hot water to make 1/2 gallon.   Just use enough to submerge the chicken, often 12-16 ozs does the job.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: The_Scientist on May 02, 2010, 01:02:52 PM
Just wanted to report that BHFM has heirloom tomatoes (from Mexico I think) for $2.99/lb.  I've never seen them anywhere this early in the season, but we happily bought one and had it for breakfast today.  Luscious!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on May 02, 2010, 02:00:54 PM
Were the tomatoes good?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 02, 2010, 03:11:04 PM
Just wanted to report that BHFM has heirloom tomatoes (from Mexico I think) for $2.99/lb.  I've never seen them anywhere this early in the season, but we happily bought one and had it for breakfast today.  Luscious!

Harry's (in Alpharetta, at least) has carried heirlooms almost year round for the past couple of years, granted, the size of the selection is much smaller in February than it is in August...  They are clearly banking on the "heirloom" term so I'm not sure of the quality - I've never bought heirloom tomatoes in February -  but at some point you certainly wonder where you draw the line between "heirloom" and supermarket varieties if they are shipped from 1000 miles away.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on May 02, 2010, 05:10:41 PM
Just wanted to report that BHFM has heirloom tomatoes (from Mexico I think) for $2.99/lb.  I've never seen them anywhere this early in the season, but we happily bought one and had it for breakfast today.  Luscious!

Harry's (in Alpharetta, at least) has carried heirlooms almost year round for the past couple of years, granted, the size of the selection is much smaller in February than it is in August...  They are clearly banking on the "heirloom" term so I'm not sure of the quality - I've never bought heirloom tomatoes in February -  but at some point you certainly wonder where you draw the line between "heirloom" and supermarket varieties if they are shipped from 1000 miles away.

Well, I'm not eating heirloom tomatoes for any ideological reasons or pretending that they're local, although they might be from a local organic farmer who has a greenhouse for all I know. I wasn't paying that much attention. I eat heirloom tomatoes because they taste different from supermarket varieties in a good way. We did have to pick over the ones in the bin, since many of them were blemished and less than ripe, though I did consider letting some of them ripen on my counter. The one we did pick out was absolutely delicious. And the $2.99/pound price was quite reasonable, given the product we received.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 02, 2010, 05:28:42 PM
Well, I'm not eating heirloom tomatoes for any ideological reasons or pretending that they're local, although they might be from a local organic farmer who has a greenhouse for all I know. I wasn't paying that much attention. I eat heirloom tomatoes because they taste different from supermarket varieties in a good way. We did have to pick over the ones in the bin, since many of them were blemished and less than ripe, though I did consider letting some of them ripen on my counter. The one we did pick out was absolutely delicious. And the $2.99/pound price was quite reasonable, given the product we received.

You're absolutely right.  The taste of heirlooms in any form has got to be better than the cottony mega-mart alternative.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on May 15, 2010, 11:50:52 AM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!



Okay, I admit it. I was a BHFM virgin until this morning. The place rocks my world.

I remembered Jason mentioning these pickles and tomatoes but didn't know where in this cavernous space to look for them. Where will I find them next time?

Got red snapper and OYSTERS (8.99 lb.) that were said to be from the Gulf. We're having them for lunch today so if they're good we're going to hurry back for more.

Bought something from the meat case called beef sashimi - have no idea what cut of beef it is, but a very nice Asian lady shopper told me I can slice it thinly and quick fry it or cut it up for steaks

We spent an hour there and still barely scratched the surface of what we wanted to look at. . . .

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: mikeamor on May 15, 2010, 12:33:08 PM
Okay, I admit it. I was a BHFM virgin until this morning. The place rocks my world.

Popped my cherry 2 weeks ago.
Wow.  Makes Super H look like a Target.
I am perfectly willing to make the trek from Roswell to go play here once
a week (plus we get to hit up some interesting lunch spot ;D).
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on May 15, 2010, 01:35:56 PM
They have GREAT half sour pickles...and the pickled green tomatoes....SO GOOD.
now that i've told you all, i'll never find them!



Okay, I admit it. I was a BHFM virgin until this morning. The place rocks my world.

I remembered Jason mentioning these pickles and tomatoes but didn't know where in this cavernous space to look for them. Where will I find them next time?

Got red snapper and OYSTERS (8.99 lb.) that were said to be from the Gulf. We're having them for lunch today so if they're good we're going to hurry back for more.

Bought something from the meat case called beef sashimi - have no idea what cut of beef it is, but a very nice Asian lady shopper told me I can slice it thinly and quick fry it or cut it up for steaks

We spent an hour there and still barely scratched the surface of what we wanted to look at. . . .



They're in the section with the eastern european deli meats
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on May 15, 2010, 03:30:33 PM
Oh, that's one of the many sections we didn't get to. Cart was already full!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on May 15, 2010, 04:07:50 PM
I don't always look in the European section, but it is nice knowing that it's there. We usually make our trek around the perimeter of the store, going through produce, bakery, meats and seafood, then finally the various Asian aisles, usually hitting up most of the samples along the way.

We got a couple more heirloom tomatoes today, plus some other cheap produce, chicken breasts for chicken salad, ground pork, chicken livers, some sashimi-grade tuna, a couple bottles of Pinot Evil and the usual banh mi rolls and croissants. The bakery continues to get better and better. The samples today were very good as well. I loved the chocolate-coated ginger candies, but didn't buy any because I don't have any room for them in my thighs.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 15, 2010, 09:42:47 PM
Oh, that's one of the many sections we didn't get to. Cart was already full!


Cart? Brave and patient soul.  Its a basket or nothing for me.  I couldn't stand being stuck in the sea of careless cart drivers. The parking lot is bad enough.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on May 16, 2010, 04:38:32 AM

Cart? Brave and patient soul.  Its a basket or nothing for me.  I couldn't stand being stuck in the sea of careless cart drivers. The parking lot is bad enough.

Exactly right. One of the reasons I'm typically there every Saturday between 9 and 10, as opposed to later, is all those freakin' horrible cart drivers who crowd the store later in the day. I always use a hand basket, even though it usually ends up so full that my arms are straining by the time I get to the checkout. Part of the experience.  :)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on May 16, 2010, 08:14:42 AM
a couple bottles of Pinot Evil

I was in the wine section looking for Pinot Evil based on one of your earlier posts, but didn't see it on the shelf. Granted, I was trying to hurry. Was it with the other pinot noirs?

We made a point of being there no later than 9:30 Sarurday a.m. because we have had too many horrible shopping experiences later in the day at places like Harry's.

It's a bit of a trek for us from northeast Cobb, so the early Saturday traffic on 285 is an added bonus.

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on May 16, 2010, 11:14:02 AM
a couple bottles of Pinot Evil

I was in the wine section looking for Pinot Evil based on one of your earlier posts, but didn't see it on the shelf. Granted, I was trying to hurry. Was it with the other pinot noirs?

Yes, on one of the middle shelves. It has a labeled slot, but they ran out recently. I only checked for it yesterday on the off-chance that they had somehow restocked. It's getting increasingly hard to find, and when some stores run out, they stop stocking it, so I don't know how long it will last. Truthfully, I should have just bought them out yesterday.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on May 18, 2010, 09:06:20 AM
Oh, that's one of the many sections we didn't get to. Cart was already full!


Cart? Brave and patient soul.  Its a basket or nothing for me.  I couldn't stand being stuck in the sea of careless cart drivers. The parking lot is bad enough.
Call me a brave patient soul.  Last Saturday I grabbed a cart from outside.  V asked if we wanted one of those rolling baskets instead.  We continued with the cart.  In the produce section I try to find a good place to park it so that it is not in front a a busy section and is accessible to us.  We then go back and forth to the various bins.  I move the cart ahead as we get further along.  We had put a few things in the cart (pineapple, lemon, lime, avacado, jalepeno, etc).  I went back to see if there was any arugula we could snip and I would try to root.  When I went back to where I had left my cart the lemon, lime, and avacado were no longer there.  8-0  We rarely seem to fill the cart up anyway.

Not much in the way of samples at 2:30/3:00 either.

We sometimes get one of the meat pies at the European Deli.  V has found that if you don't look or sound European it can be difficult to get service there.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 18, 2010, 09:17:28 AM
See.  If only you had a basket (even a rolling basket, if you must) there would have been none of this produce-napping.  ;)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 30, 2010, 06:34:11 PM
Food find: FRESH mangosteen at BHFM.  Maybe I'm not super-observant but I've only seen fresh mangosteen once or twice before.  Ever.  Go grab some if you want 'em.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on May 30, 2010, 08:06:19 PM
oh shnap. and i'm not in town....must go immediately!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Larkemon on May 30, 2010, 08:56:50 PM
We saw them today as well.  I think they're from Thailand.  I hadn't noticed them before and probably wouldn't have today but my dad pointed them out.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: AndyBoy on May 31, 2010, 02:12:19 PM
I was in there this morning and they did't have any. I even asked the guy at the computer if they had any and he laughed and said no. Just wanted to give them a try.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 01, 2010, 08:24:28 AM
I'm surprised they went that fast, I guess the shipment was small.  When I got there one of the managers was unloading them from the box into the selection bin, so I was among the first to grab some at least at that time.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on June 28, 2010, 07:12:23 AM
Quote
We picked up a mixed box of man doo from the dumpling maker at BHFM, half with kim chee and half beef, and that will probably be tonight's dinner.
The dumpling maker being at the very far left past the restrooms and videos?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on June 28, 2010, 03:49:26 PM
Has anyone had the 'budin' from the baked goods area?  It's good.   It's a dense, slightly sweet bread pudding.  It actually tastes a lot like a sweet kugel.  Not much to look at, but we find it tasty.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on June 28, 2010, 08:54:23 PM
Quote
We picked up a mixed box of man doo from the dumpling maker at BHFM, half with kim chee and half beef, and that will probably be tonight's dinner.
The dumpling maker being at the very far left past the restrooms and videos?

That's the one.  :)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 28, 2010, 09:17:05 PM
Yep, man doo dumplings over by the restrooms. Always appetizing.

HA!  Couldn't resist...  ;D
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on July 03, 2010, 12:27:50 PM
I made the rounds this morning, stopping in at BHFM. On a whim, I also stopped in at Super-H. While BHFM was already fairly busy by 9:30, Super-H was not. I do like BHFM much better, but was surprised that Super-H was that slow.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on July 19, 2010, 09:46:44 AM
Made a Sunday morning run with no particular shopping list in mind, just to pick up whatever caught our fancy.

Among our cartful of finds were grouper cheeks, which I sauteed last night with white wine, butter and garlic; a really dense and totally delicious loaf of Russian bread made with rye, molasses, mashed potatoes, caraway and other stuff I can't recall; and capelin, a small skinny "trash" fish that's a smelt relative. I treated them like fresh sardines and pan fried them in a little olive oil. They were good but I'm not in a rush to repeat the experience.

Also picked up sour and half sour pickles, which really do rock. And fresh from the bakery flatbread, which we paired with some Romanian feta, Amish farmer cheese and Italian roasted peppers.

No other place I've been can compare.

 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: biskuit on July 19, 2010, 03:24:51 PM
It is just outside the perimeter on BuHi, on your left heading North. The one inside the perimeter used to be called that or something very similar and I think now is called International Farmers Market maybe? No comparison. Head to BHFM. It is the best in town, better than Super H, better than YDFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on July 20, 2010, 03:05:30 AM
Also picked up sour and half sour pickles, which really do rock.

I bought a tub of the sour pickles - they're pretty good and not what I expected.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on July 20, 2010, 08:01:33 AM
Also picked up sour and half sour pickles, which really do rock.

I bought a tub of the sour pickles - they're pretty good and not what I expected.

To me they're just good old fashioned deli pickles, the Real Thing, which have been lacking in our visits to area delis.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on July 26, 2010, 03:36:16 PM
Made the trek today and ended up getting a few of things that I haven't seen there before - namely mango nectarines, grouper cheeks, and a raw lamb kabob. Looking forward to trying them! Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 26, 2010, 03:52:39 PM
Made the trek today and ended up getting a few of things that I haven't seen there before - namely mango nectarines, grouper cheeks, and a raw lamb kabob. Looking forward to trying them! Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.



If the weather holds out in your area, grilling the cheeks is a good option. 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on July 26, 2010, 03:58:01 PM
Hmmm...would you marinate them first?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Minerva on July 26, 2010, 04:08:47 PM


Among our cartful of finds were grouper cheeks, which I sauteed last night with white wine, butter and garlic;
 

They were very good but I probably should have dusted them first.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 26, 2010, 04:10:56 PM
Made the trek today and ended up getting a few of things that I haven't seen there before - namely mango nectarines, grouper cheeks, and a raw lamb kabob. Looking forward to trying them! Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.



I was at DFM hoping I would see you..    I thought Thursday was your market day ?

I got neat things, but they seem to be geared toward a winter meal rather than this hot Monday..   The house smells good though cooking/browning the big beef chunks..

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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on July 26, 2010, 05:19:56 PM


Among our cartful of finds were grouper cheeks, which I sauteed last night with white wine, butter and garlic;
 

They were very good but I probably should have dusted them first.

Forgot about that, thanks!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on July 26, 2010, 05:27:50 PM
Made the trek today and ended up getting a few of things that I haven't seen there before - namely mango nectarines, grouper cheeks, and a raw lamb kabob. Looking forward to trying them! Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.



I was at DFM hoping I would see you..    I thought Thursday was your market day ?


Nope, I'm off on Mondays so we usually go grocery shopping then. Sorry we headed in the other direction today but glad to visit BHFM!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Beerbitch on July 26, 2010, 09:13:03 PM
Made the trek today and ended up getting a few of things that I haven't seen there before - namely mango nectarines, grouper cheeks, and a raw lamb kabob. Looking forward to trying them! Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.



I was at DFM hoping I would see you..    I thought Thursday was your market day ?

Monday is my fake day off.....We could share a trip to the State Farmers Market and Super H Riverdale.....


Nope, I'm off on Mondays so we usually go grocery shopping then. Sorry we headed in the other direction today but glad to visit BHFM!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on July 27, 2010, 08:02:32 AM
Any suggestions for the cheeks? I am leaning toward dusting them with salt, pepper and flour and just sauteeing them in butter with a squeeze of lemon at the end.
Grilled grouper cheek tacos w/cilantro, onion, and habenero salsa from BHFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on September 04, 2010, 05:04:19 PM
My family is away on vacation at the beach this weekend (I had to work today), so in order to comfort myself I thought I'd head over to BHFM and stock up on stuff I like to eat. Bad idea around 4pm on Saturday of a holiday weekend but I managed to make it through using a somewhat surgical-strike approach; meaning no cart and no aimless wandering. I did stop and sample some teriyaki chicken bits and some "mini wontons" filled with spicy garlic chicken. The wontons were so good that I went back and got a package. Maybe I was just hungry, but I am looking forward to cooking some up and trying them again. They are called All Natural Mini Wontons and are made in the US with pretty good sounding ingredients - though who knows what "chicken meat" really means. Maybe it is an unfair bias, but sometimes I wonder about the mystery fillings of dumplings made in China or Korea. Anyone else had these?

http://www.cjomni.com/

Now I just have to figure out what to do with myself alone for three days - it has been a long, long time since that happened!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on September 05, 2010, 06:50:12 AM
My family is away on vacation at the beach this weekend (I had to work today), so in order to comfort myself I thought I'd head over to BHFM and stock up on stuff I like to eat. Bad idea around 4pm on Saturday of a holiday weekend but I managed to make it through using a somewhat surgical-strike approach; meaning no cart and no aimless wandering. I did stop and sample some teriyaki chicken bits and some "mini wontons" filled with spicy garlic chicken. The wontons were so good that I went back and got a package. Maybe I was just hungry, but I am looking forward to cooking some up and trying them again. They are called All Natural Mini Wontons and are made in the US with pretty good sounding ingredients - though who knows what "chicken meat" really means. Maybe it is an unfair bias, but sometimes I wonder about the mystery fillings of dumplings made in China or Korea. Anyone else had these?

http://www.cjomni.com/

Now I just have to figure out what to do with myself alone for three days - it has been a long, long time since that happened!
Had one about the same time as you.  8-)

Others shopping yesterday seemed to also be using the "surgical-strike approach" because I got struck about 5 times.

Saw a big pile of sweet potato leaves at the entrance.  What does one do with those?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on September 05, 2010, 07:04:08 AM
Saw a big pile of sweet potato leaves at the entrance.  What does one do with those?

Eat them? :)

You can use them any place you might use other dark leafy greens.

I was at BHFM yesterday and didn't notice them, but perhaps they weren't put out yet. i get there early to avoid those doing 'surgical strikes' with their carts.  :D
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on September 05, 2010, 07:06:18 AM
Funny. Actually, the leaves that I saw near the front were labeled "pumpkin leaves", maybe there were both? I remember bc I went over and touched them and then thought "what would I do with them?". I suppose sautee them? Dunno.

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on September 05, 2010, 07:27:33 AM
Yes LizR, they were pumpkin leaves.  They seemed to be too tough for a saute.  Probably have to braise.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Northside Chip on September 05, 2010, 08:22:01 AM
Was there myself yesterday and the pumpkin leaves looked good but was not what I was looking for... I have done them up with a peanut sauce in the past or some coconut milk also does nicely.

NC
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on September 18, 2010, 10:04:03 AM
It was probably me, but the aliens (the extraterrestrial ones) and zombies who mill around the aisles of BHFM without a care or thought that others exist in their world were particularly annoying this morning.  :P
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 19, 2010, 12:41:38 PM
Fresh mangosteens @ BHFM today, right at the entrance. $7/lb. I got 4 of them....hope they're ripe!
I haven't been back to this market in a month or 2, and it's more amazing every time i go. It's more beautiful than ever.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on September 20, 2010, 02:57:34 PM
Fresh mangosteens @ BHFM today, right at the entrance. $7/lb. I got 4 of them....hope they're ripe!
I haven't been back to this market in a month or 2, and it's more amazing every time i go. It's more beautiful than ever.

Cool. 

One of the 3 or 4 I got a few months back, one was moldy on the inside.  There was no outward appearance of it being bad, but lesson is, definitely buy a few just in case one isn't good.  Also, is there a good way to open these things?  The skin is pretty hard and woody so a paring knife did the best job at getting into it.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on September 20, 2010, 03:11:08 PM

. . .
Also, is there a good way to open these things?  The skin is pretty hard and woody so a paring knife did the best job at getting into it.

I've just dug my thumbs into them and popped them open.  With a little practice, red thumbs can be minimized.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 20, 2010, 03:40:15 PM
i just pressed them between my palms, and the skin split open...
I haven't tried it on these yet though..
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on September 20, 2010, 08:35:18 PM

. . .
Also, is there a good way to open these things?  The skin is pretty hard and woody so a paring knife did the best job at getting into it.

I've just dug my thumbs into them and popped them open.  With a little practice, red thumbs can be minimized.

Ha ha--got some here today, and I'd have to be Superman to pry these open with my thumbs.  I've never encountered one with a hard, woody shell.  I indeed had to cut them open with a paring knife.  So are these overripe or yet to ripen?--I've found conflicting information.  The interior was somewhat mushy, difficult to remove neatly in segments, and tasted a little on the old/fermented side, so I am skeptical that they will improve with time.  Does anyone know?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on September 20, 2010, 10:12:40 PM

. . .
Also, is there a good way to open these things?  The skin is pretty hard and woody so a paring knife did the best job at getting into it.

I've just dug my thumbs into them and popped them open.  With a little practice, red thumbs can be minimized.

Ha ha--got some here today, and I'd have to be Superman to pry these open with my thumbs.  I've never encountered one with a hard, woody shell.  I indeed had to cut them open with a paring knife.  So are these overripe or yet to ripen?--I've found conflicting information.  The interior was somewhat mushy, difficult to remove neatly in segments, and tasted a little on the old/fermented side, so I am skeptical that they will improve with time.  Does anyone know?

I tried the push and split method but I ended up pushing and mushing, so I decided the knife was the best trick in an effort to preserve the fruit.  I'm not sure what the hard shell/skin/rind means.  I think part of the reason they are so rare is because they are very perishable, so my guess would be eat them ASAP rather than wait.  Just a guess though.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 21, 2010, 07:58:51 AM

. . .
Also, is there a good way to open these things?  The skin is pretty hard and woody so a paring knife did the best job at getting into it.

I've just dug my thumbs into them and popped them open.  With a little practice, red thumbs can be minimized.

Ha ha--got some here today, and I'd have to be Superman to pry these open with my thumbs.  I've never encountered one with a hard, woody shell.  I indeed had to cut them open with a paring knife.  So are these overripe or yet to ripen?--I've found conflicting information.  The interior was somewhat mushy, difficult to remove neatly in segments, and tasted a little on the old/fermented side, so I am skeptical that they will improve with time.  Does anyone know?

I tried the push and split method but I ended up pushing and mushing, so I decided the knife was the best trick in an effort to preserve the fruit.  I'm not sure what the hard shell/skin/rind means.  I think part of the reason they are so rare is because they are very perishable, so my guess would be eat them ASAP rather than wait.  Just a guess though.

Uhm...yeah. I did that last night. It exploded all over my shirt. The small pieced i tried were not very good and had a nasty texture.
Tonight i'll knife them.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 21, 2010, 08:28:41 PM
Well, my $5 single mangosteen was ok.
Out of 4, 1 was edible and had an ok texture. 2 were rotten or i don't know. The other was ultra mushy and gross...
Won't re-purchase.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on September 21, 2010, 08:54:50 PM
That's too bad... especially considering the shirt squirt.  Could have been a bad batch that sat around too long (?). 

$5 for one?  I don't remember them being that heavy? 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 21, 2010, 09:43:08 PM
No, it was $5 for all 4. But one was was edible so it ended up being $5 for one really!
Who knows if it was his batch or if it's always a crapshoot
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on September 21, 2010, 10:26:44 PM
Found some nice basil and $3.50/lb heirloom tomatoes today. Guess what I had for dinner tonight!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 22, 2010, 06:25:18 AM
Found some nice basil and $3.50/lb heirloom tomatoes today. Guess what I had for dinner tonight!

Mangosteens?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on September 22, 2010, 08:24:04 AM
The heirloom tomatoes have been a great deal.  They seemed to be picked pre-vine ripened because the ones we've gotten have changed colors on us.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on September 22, 2010, 08:39:09 AM
No, it was $5 for all 4. But one was was edible so it ended up being $5 for one really!
Who knows if it was his batch or if it's always a crapshoot

Oh OK.  I get it. :)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 26, 2010, 08:42:05 PM
There used to be a refrigerated section in front of the fish section before theynexpanded it. In that section they used to haVe pre chopped lemongrass as well as lemongrass and chilis. I could not find it today for the life of me. I spent at least 15 minutes looking for it.
Anyone k lw where the hell it ended up??

There also seemed to be much more frozen stuff before the big reorg. Now there is only 1 row of Asian frozen stuff and 1 of american stuff. Am I missing a whole section or so something??
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on September 27, 2010, 02:37:47 AM
I don't know where the lemongrass/chiles ended up. Maybe they don't have them anymore. Did you look in the corner over by the organic produce?

The big frozen aisle has more than asian & american. Along with other stuff in that aisle, there's also the frozen section in the hispanic section.

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 27, 2010, 06:35:14 AM
i didnt see the hispanic frozen section...i'll look.

where is the organic section?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on September 27, 2010, 06:43:54 AM
I don't know where the lemongrass/chiles ended up. Maybe they don't have them anymore. Did you look in the corner over by the organic produce?

The big frozen aisle has more than asian & american. Along with other stuff in that aisle, there's also the frozen section in the hispanic section.


The 'frozen Hispanic section' (Quick, get that man a blanket!) is just to the left of the produce section as you walk in the entrance.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on September 27, 2010, 08:24:09 AM
Organic is just to the right as you walk in.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 27, 2010, 08:30:19 AM
Organic is just to the right as you walk in.

Oh yeah..no , it's not in there. They also used to have various japanese items in this mystical refrigerated section......whih i did find...but no the lemongrass...seems weird.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on September 27, 2010, 09:16:22 AM
Not sure about the pre-chopped lemongrass, but I don't think that they carry the Pixian broad bean chili paste. I even showed Jason's picture to one BHFM lady (though I think she was Japanese) and she pointed me to aisle 27, which had no refrigerated items in it. I did find another jarred brand and got that one, but then when I got home I was kincking myself for not just driving around the corner to Dinho.

It is hard to find some things since the reorganization.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 27, 2010, 09:17:51 AM
Dinho is the only place that i was told carries it, but the person who told me where to get it...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on September 27, 2010, 09:32:01 AM
I got the pre-chopped lemongrass about 6 months ago after JK posted about it in Food & More.  It is in the big wall of freezers just past the wine,fish, eastern european section.  Basically the last big set of freezers.  If you are coming down that aisle from the back/fish section it is about 2/3 of the way down before you get to all of the Chinese dumplings.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 27, 2010, 09:49:37 AM
maybe they were out of it then...i looked there 4 or 5 times....
i'll get it at the Cobb international mkt...i know they have it there, i just figured it would be fresher @ BHFM
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on October 02, 2010, 10:03:25 AM
spotted today @ BHFM, fresh and dry:
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Qe4KleSN3Go/TKc90xb8WkI/AAAAAAAABz0/413jeDN469c/s400/photo.JPG)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on October 02, 2010, 04:20:14 PM
Jason - did you buy any?

Those don't quite look like the ones I've grown, but chiles do vary quite a bit.

BTW, if you posted this at 10AM, we probably passed each other in the aisles.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on October 02, 2010, 04:31:59 PM
I didn't. Wouldn't have a use for them. I was there from about 9 to 10
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: geonuc on October 03, 2010, 01:19:11 PM
I went back today and bought some.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on October 03, 2010, 04:21:11 PM
they used to haVe pre chopped lemongrass as well as lemongrass and chilis. I could not find it today for the life of me. I spent at least 15 minutes looking for it.
Anyone k lw where the hell it ended up??
Not the same product I got several months ago but may serve your needs.  Aisle 22, right under a big "Fish Ball" sign - chopped lemongrass w/chilis.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on October 03, 2010, 06:15:15 PM
they used to haVe pre chopped lemongrass as well as lemongrass and chilis. I could not find it today for the life of me. I spent at least 15 minutes looking for it.
Anyone k lw where the hell it ended up??
Not the same product I got several months ago but may serve your needs.  Aisle 22, right under a big "Fish Ball" sign - chopped lemongrass w/chilis.

i'll have to check again...thanks. worst case the market by my house has it for sure...in fact, they have it in multiple configurations and containers.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on November 22, 2010, 07:14:33 PM
I snagged some super-tiny champagne (ataulfo) mangoes at BHFM last week.  They are my favorite mango.  The tiny ones don't taste any different, but the cuteness factor could not be avoided.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 09, 2011, 02:07:35 PM
We have been enjoying the frozen mini-wontons, though the chicken and ginger are our least fav variety. Found a litle plastic children's chair for $5.99 yesterday. I usually avoid the dishware/appliances section because it is almost all over-priced, but I will check it more often now.

If you think that it is crowded and difficult to navigate on a normal Saturday, you should have been there yesterday at 3:30! It was INSANE. Had to go get a cart from the nether regions of the parking lot, all checkout lines extended into the actual aisles, and getting out of the parking lot took more than 5 minutes. Maybe it was weather-related? Who knows, but it was miserable.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 09, 2011, 02:09:04 PM
yesterday mornign BHFM was no problem...i think in the afternoon people started getting freaked out about the weather.

publix was insane.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on January 09, 2011, 02:37:32 PM
There wasn't a single bolillo or telera roll left in BHFM by the time we got there at about 4:00. It's a good thing we still have some bread left from last week. It was definitely a madhouse, but I managed to get enough food to hold us until the blizzard passes.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on January 10, 2011, 02:48:29 PM
i was there Saturday at about 430 and it was by far the most crowded that i have ever seen it.

anyone know what's up with their beer / wine license?  the cooler was shuttered and had a sign saying they were have "regulatory issues" i think...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 02:52:11 PM
Things were fine 2 weeks ago. Wonder if they forgot to pay for the license?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on January 20, 2011, 11:16:07 AM
I was there Saturday as well and noticed that they are unable to sell beer and wine. Perhaps they owe some taxes before they can get the license renewed?

And that big discount store next door is already going out of business.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: The_Scientist on January 20, 2011, 12:01:22 PM
Don't know what the deal is with BHFM's license, but I found out that AJ Wright's, the discount clothing store next door, is owned by TJ Maxx, and they have decided to close all of those AJW locations.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 12:36:41 PM
About the license - I was talking to some of the stockers, and one said that they hadn't paid for the license. I tried to press them on it, and the other guy said, "read the sign", grabbed the first guy, and went into the backroom. Guess there's something going on. I heard that there's only one person in DeKalb that processes liquor/beer/wine licenses, and he took a 3-week vacation right before Thanksgiving last year. Dunno...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: bigedatl on January 22, 2011, 03:31:42 PM
BHFM posted this on Facebook about the alcohol issue today.
"Addtionally, due to a new Doraville City regulation beer and wine will be purchased at a separate register located next to the beer and wine section apart from your grocery items. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
and
"All cashiers must have a license to sell alcolhol. Essentially it is a servers permit. It is easier for us to put it all in one place as the permit fees would be very expensive if we were to license every cashier."
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 22, 2011, 05:33:56 PM
Wow.  That is a real pain in the ass.  Isn't Doraville making enough cash off their speeding tickets? 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 22, 2011, 09:02:41 PM
i did see the beer section open today at BHFM...so if you buy even a single beer you have to go thru a single register...wow
is that the same for publix and kroger in doraville?
that's super stupid
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: CodePoet on January 23, 2011, 08:19:18 AM

Here is an article about the changes to the alcohol laws in Doraville.

http://championnewspaper.com/news/articles/763doraville%E2%80%99s-alcohol-law-has-problems-763.html (http://championnewspaper.com/news/articles/763doraville%E2%80%99s-alcohol-law-has-problems-763.html)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 23, 2011, 02:48:15 PM
Obviously they were not operational this morning, but there were actually 2 registers in the beer and wine section.  One at the end of the dairy section and one near the cut through from produce to the registers.

Oh, and Doraville's finest was ensuring several people on I-285 were starting out their Sunday morning in a lovely mood.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: AndyBoy on January 27, 2011, 08:27:36 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 08:57:52 AM
Andy ,i think the same thing every time i leave BHFM....it's amazing.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 27, 2011, 09:16:34 AM
Has anyone else been buying the arugula that still has roots attached?  The past few weeks it has been pretty beat up.  I picked through it last weekend to find a bunch that wasn't too abused.  That bunch wilted in my refrigerator in a couple of days.  We've tried reviving it by cutting the roots off and putting in a glass of water but that's not doing the trick.  The bunch is a little large for consuming day of purchase.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 09:19:22 AM
i bought some, and it actually kept for weeks...i was really surprised. Wrapped it in paper towels and then put in bag.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on January 27, 2011, 09:19:45 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.

As we left the checkout a couple of weeks ago my wife and I said the same thing to each other, realizing that we had a cart loaded to the brim for about a hundred bucks.  We avoid shopping at the Kroglixes as much as possible.  Far wider variety for less money at BHFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 27, 2011, 09:23:25 AM
Has anyone else been buying the arugula that still has roots attached?  The past few weeks it has been pretty beat up.  I picked through it last weekend to find a bunch that wasn't too abused.  That bunch wilted in my refrigerator in a couple of days.  We've tried reviving it by cutting the roots off and putting in a glass of water but that's not doing the trick.  The bunch is a little large for consuming day of purchase.

i bought some, and it actually kept for weeks...i was really surprised. Wrapped it in paper towels and then put in bag.


I think that's part of question.  How do you store it?  I'm not 100% sure myself but JM's method seems like a good one.  Of course it can be too old and beat up to recover which was probably the case for totm, but if it's in good enough condition and you keep the roots moist with a damp paper towel and cover the whole thing with a bag to avoid drying out in the relatively dry air of the fridge, it could/should store for quite a while (?).  
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 09:29:43 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.

As we left the checkout a couple of weeks ago my wife and I said the same thing to each other, realizing that we had a cart loaded to the brim for about a hundred bucks.  We avoid shopping at the Kroglixes as much as possible.  Far wider variety for less money at BHFM.

The prices explode when you buy "Caucasian" items like milk, yogurt and non-hispanic cheese...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on January 27, 2011, 09:39:13 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.

As we left the checkout a couple of weeks ago my wife and I said the same thing to each other, realizing that we had a cart loaded to the brim for about a hundred bucks.  We avoid shopping at the Kroglixes as much as possible.  Far wider variety for less money at BHFM.

The prices explode when you buy "Caucasian" items like milk, yogurt and non-hispanic cheese...

i still buy all of my "american" staples at Kroger or Publix, though in a pinch it is nice that they have a pretty well stocked "american" aisle.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 09:57:41 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.

As we left the checkout a couple of weeks ago my wife and I said the same thing to each other, realizing that we had a cart loaded to the brim for about a hundred bucks.  We avoid shopping at the Kroglixes as much as possible.  Far wider variety for less money at BHFM.

The prices explode when you buy "Caucasian" items like milk, yogurt and non-hispanic cheese...

i still buy all of my "american" staples at Kroger or Publix, though in a pinch it is nice that they have a pretty well stocked "american" aisle.

Agree, i don't often like to make 2 trips, so i just buy my milk and american stuff there too normally...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 27, 2011, 11:05:25 AM
I went shopping yesterday and got a trunk full of groceries, mostly produce but also milk, cheese, a couple of pre-made appetizers and my wife's favorite green tea ice cream bars with azuki bean paste inside. No meat or fish but all this added up to $40.77. What an incredible resource BHFM is. I could drop that amount at Publix about half way down one aisle.

As we left the checkout a couple of weeks ago my wife and I said the same thing to each other, realizing that we had a cart loaded to the brim for about a hundred bucks.  We avoid shopping at the Kroglixes as much as possible.  Far wider variety for less money at BHFM.

The prices explode when you buy "Caucasian" items like milk, yogurt and non-hispanic cheese...
There are some non-produce, non-seafood, non-hispanic, non-asian items that are actually a much better price than conventional grocery stores. Canned Sardines are one example, $.99 at BHFM, ~$1.20 at K-Roger/Publix; as well as Winn Schuler's (sp?) cheese.  Granted that's not huge but if you know prices and shop a little even some of the items in the center of the store can be cheaper.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on January 27, 2011, 07:35:15 PM
They also don't sell organic milk, my 1.5 and 3.5 y/o's drink the top shelf stuff.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 08:21:33 PM
Daniel, yeah they do. I've bought it there for my daughter.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 27, 2011, 10:06:01 PM
Me too. I think it is Horizon IIRC.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 10:21:47 PM
I got some other brand I had never heard of.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on January 30, 2011, 12:41:04 PM
That's good to know.  I don't usually go any further down that aisle than the Mexican cheeses except for a quick stop at the eggs.

Mohamed is doing a heck of a job with the butcher counter.  Today there was loose and cased mild and hot italian, ground veal, beef/lamb/chicken kabobs and the ground lamb kabobs.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: nelu on February 06, 2011, 02:20:32 PM

They sell organic milk, Horizon. But it is 4.99 while at Publix you can often get it for less that 4.00. BHFM also sells grass-fed cow milk which is great (a NJ brand, don't recall which). My daughter can tell the difference in one sip, and despite my pleadings she does not like it. I guess it tastes too much like how milk is supposed to:)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on February 06, 2011, 02:59:34 PM
i'll have to try the grassfed cow milk. Haven't noticed it there..
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on February 07, 2011, 10:46:23 AM
Is it just us, or do others have difficulty getting served at the eastern European deli counter?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: morebread on February 07, 2011, 12:49:35 PM
Last time we tried to buy a cake the lady was phenomenally rude, felt just like back in Soviet Russia. A very authentic experience for sure. We just let her eat her cake since thankfully we are not in Soviet Russia.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on February 07, 2011, 02:03:41 PM
V asked the woman behind the counter what was in one of the stuffed pastries and the woman just stared at her.  Then she asked if it had cheese in it and the woman "no cheese".  The lamb pie she ended up with had good flavor but a bit of gristle.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: nelu on February 08, 2011, 10:36:19 AM
I always got good service at that counter. I do not speak russian, and I noticed that they speak russian to the russian customers. In any case, I kind of expected bad service to begin with, but this was not the case and I 'blamed' it on the fact that I speak english. You kind of have to be assertive though, as they are not very inviting by default (which is rather standard in east european commerce).

With regard to the grass-fed milk, it comes in an old-fashioned milk bottle in the regular milk section, so look for that.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on February 19, 2011, 01:33:54 PM
I'm amazed every time i shop here. They have not 1, but 2 local milks. Sparkman and Southern Swiss Dairy, PLUS the grassfed milk. The SSD milk is not homogenized so it has to be shaken before use.
I bought a 1/2 and 1/2 of SSD and it's really tasty because it's not ultrapasturized like every other 1/2 and 1/2..it's just pasturized.
Also bought a grassfed milk. Not THAT different tasting than regular milk, but tasty.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on February 19, 2011, 01:41:17 PM
I'm amazed every time i shop here.

+1. It is SUCH a great place lately that I am starting to worry superstitiously that something will happen and it will go away! BHFM really spoils you against Kroger or Publix produce. And meat. And seafood. And bread. And tortillas. Etc.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on February 19, 2011, 07:39:41 PM
Love the place, there is nothing even close in the ATL, imo.  Bought and then grilled a hanger from the butchers counter that was fantastic.  Also grilled some of the Mexican Zuchini and a couple Raddichio.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on February 20, 2011, 10:14:10 AM
We do maybe 95% of our food shopping at BHFM and YDFM.  I reluctantly stop in at a Kroglix only when we need something in an emergency.  The Kroglixes just cannot compete on price, selection and quality, plus the people at the BHFM checkouts actually know the names of the vegetables.  If I have to hear a checker at Kroger ask me one more time "what kind of chile pepper is this?" or "what do you do with bok choi?" I will blow my top.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on February 20, 2011, 05:14:39 PM
...plus the people at the BHFM checkouts actually know the names of the vegetables.

I was in line at Publix a couple/few months ago and the cashier was struggling with a vegetable.  I was far enough back to see she was endlessly flipping through the laminated pages of vegetable names and associated codes but couldn't see what was holding her up; the cloudy produce bag obscured my view... until she held it up and asked the customer what it was.  It was asparagus.   :o
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on February 25, 2011, 11:20:52 AM
I overheard 2 cashiers talking and that as of yesterday they can sell alcohol at all registers.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on February 25, 2011, 11:44:08 AM
I overheard 2 cashiers talking and that as of yesterday they can sell alcohol at all registers.
I guess they either made everyone get licensed, or they straightened out the law (or the interpretation thereof).
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: baconwrappedrob on March 08, 2011, 05:43:13 PM
On an unrelated note:  Does anybody know of any plans to get a farmers market like BH or DeKalb in the GA400 corridor?

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 08, 2011, 08:24:43 PM
On an unrelated note:  Does anybody know of any plans to get a farmers market like BH or DeKalb in the GA400 corridor?



No one lives there, cars just streak past going to OTP land and peace and quiet.   ;)

....
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 08, 2011, 08:32:14 PM
On an unrelated note:  Does anybody know of any plans to get a farmers market like BH or DeKalb in the GA400 corridor?



Other than Harry's?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 08, 2011, 08:53:43 PM
On an unrelated note:  Does anybody know of any plans to get a farmers market like BH or DeKalb in the GA400 corridor?



Other than Harry's?

Or Super H?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 08, 2011, 10:09:52 PM
On an unrelated note:  Does anybody know of any plans to get a farmers market like BH or DeKalb in the GA400 corridor?



Other than Harry's?

Or Super H?

If you mean the PHR one, that may be stretching the definition of GA400 corridor a bit. While I liked Harry's better when the namesake Blazer owned it, still tough to complain about the choices. Whole Paycheck has whomped up the price tag though.

As a grubber and not a whatscooking guy, it's so tough for me to get past that seafood bar with the pre-made real seafood salads and soups. My wallet takes a pounding.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: baconwrappedrob on March 09, 2011, 08:19:45 AM
yeah, Harry's is pretty expensive.  I think I'll check out super H.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 09, 2011, 08:45:25 AM
If you mean the PHR one, that may be stretching the definition of GA400 corridor a bit.

Abbotts Bridge was in my mind.  It's probably a little farther from 400 than Harry's is but it's a North Fulton option that I would consider.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 11, 2011, 02:35:14 PM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on April 11, 2011, 02:41:26 PM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 11, 2011, 02:47:28 PM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on April 12, 2011, 05:58:18 AM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.

First step is to pay $20 for a pound of ramps.   ;)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on April 12, 2011, 08:14:27 AM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.

First step is to pay $20 for a pound of ramps.   ;)

Good plan...now you should execute!
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on April 28, 2011, 08:16:09 AM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.

First step is to pay $20 for a pound of ramps.   ;)

Good plan...now you should execute!
FAIL!  I could not, I did not execute.  I understand that ramps are seasonal and a rarity but to pay $20 for the vegetable, plus roots, plus dirt is a little outrageous.  I do wonder if they could be propagated though.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: KoPP on April 28, 2011, 08:20:05 AM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.

First step is to pay $20 for a pound of ramps.   ;)

Good plan...now you should execute!
FAIL!  I could not, I did not execute.  I understand that ramps are seasonal and a rarity but to pay $20 for the vegetable, plus roots, plus dirt is a little outrageous.  I do wonder if they could be propagated though.
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-133.html
I can taste them already...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on May 02, 2011, 07:53:32 AM
$20/lb ramps ain't nothing.  How about $60/lb morels?  Does BHFM sell foie gras?  Waygu? Toro?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Elijah Snow on May 07, 2011, 10:54:32 AM
Honestly, I'd be pumped if they sold foie.  ;D
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on May 23, 2011, 11:41:07 AM
Saw really nice looking fresh ramps @ BHFM this weekend. $20/lb.

Pickle some for me and you'll be my BFF.

wouldn't know where to start.

A woman from either New Hampshire or Vermont called in to "The Splendid Table" asking about pickling ramps (she makes rampini's with them).  The pickling process was essentially; clean and trim ramps (you only want the white stem/bulb), boil some white vinegar with kosher salt for a few minutes, pour over jar of ramps, store in refrigerator.  You can add other items for additional flavor.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Beerbitch on May 23, 2011, 04:14:31 PM
Ramps are delicious grilled.......
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: bettylouski on June 06, 2011, 09:44:46 AM
Saw BHFM truck making a delivery to Book Chang Tofu House in the big Super H Mart plaza in Duluth - interesting that they don't use their neighbor.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on June 06, 2011, 09:58:40 AM
I got some wax apples there this weekend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_samarangense
Curious fruit. Tastes like eating a crunchy watery flower/herb.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on June 06, 2011, 10:52:19 AM
I got some wax apples there this weekend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_samarangense
Curious fruit. Tastes like eating a crunchy watery flower/herb.


I had to click on the wiki link.  Aha!--I know these as "rose apples."  Interesting fruit, but I don't care for them that much--VERY crunchy and not very sweet, if I recall.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on June 06, 2011, 12:38:46 PM
I got some wax apples there this weekend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_samarangense
Curious fruit. Tastes like eating a crunchy watery flower/herb.


I had to click on the wiki link.  Aha!--I know these as "rose apples."  Interesting fruit, but I don't care for them that much--VERY crunchy and not very sweet, if I recall.

Nope not sweet. Crunchy, watery, very pretty, and herby tasting
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on June 06, 2011, 01:55:49 PM
The wax apple / rose apple post reminds me that I saw dragon fruit there last week.  Another crunchy, refreshing fruit. 
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 06, 2011, 01:59:00 PM
The wax apple / rose apple post reminds me that I saw dragon fruit there last week.  Another crunchy, refreshing fruit. 

And another that doesn't have tons of flavor.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on June 08, 2011, 08:27:59 AM
Does anyone have any hint of what these things on the shelf at Buford Hiway Farmers Market are ?

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Dontknowwhatyourare.jpg)

If Rau Mong Toi is the same as what I know as Rau Muong aka Water Spinach aka Water Morning Glory, I would love to get my hands on some.  I ate a ton of it in Vietnam.  Delicious and abundant.  But I had read that it was classified by the USDA as a noxious weed and could not be grown/sold legally.
It is a BFW farmers market most days..  go and grab a bunch, cook it and tell us how delicious it is..
One of our favorites things to do in the produce section of BHFM is to find an item (usually greens) that we haven't cooked before and just give it a try.  That usually happens towards the end of the Asian oriented section.  I don't remember seeing Rau Mong Toi before but bought it last weekend.  I sauteed it in olive oil with some sliced vidalia onion, garlic, and fresh ginger and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice.  Very tasty.  Reminded me of substantial spinach with denser stems.  I considered blanching the stems separately but they were tender enough without being blanched.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on June 08, 2011, 09:12:49 AM
I've seen them there for years. It makes me sad b/c it reminds me that we can't get rau muong/water spinach.
I believe rau muong toi is malabar spinach? I'll have to try it.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: gwilson on June 08, 2011, 10:17:09 PM
Quote from: 'totm
One of our favorites things to do in the produce section of BHFM is to find an item (usually greens) that we haven't cooked before and just give it a try. ...

This is my standard rule.  Anytime I shop there or DeKalb Farmers Market or similar places, I have to buy some ingredient (doesn't have to be produce) that I've never heard of.  Then I take it home and try to figure out what to do with it.  It really expands my food vocabulary, and I've learned about a lot of new things.


-Greg
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on June 09, 2011, 06:41:05 AM
We USED to do that, too.  But we've found so many things at BHFM that have become staples in our cart that we hardly have room/time for the experiments anymore.  There's so much good stuff at BHFM, especially the produce, and we get so carried away in our shopping, that some of the produce ends up wilting in the fridge before we can use it as intended.  It sometimes ends up in "clean-out-the-produce-bin soup."  Bok choy and its choy cousins make good soup, by the way.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on July 13, 2011, 03:27:58 PM
I know a pic would have been funnier, but I spotted the following on the price label of a package of surimi in the seafood department: "wild caught"

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on August 07, 2011, 04:58:57 PM
May be old news to some but there appears to the workings of a food court in the makings.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on August 07, 2011, 08:41:35 PM
Cool! i didn't notice last time i was there...not sure why i'm excited given that i normally go around 10am:)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on August 27, 2011, 05:25:49 PM
Has anyone noticed that the fruit at BHFM is awful? It is both flavorless, and seemingly 2nd rate, and it molds or rots/molds within a couple days of buying it.

I don't remember it always being like this. It's as though they're buying reject fruit to make their price point....i'm not buying fruit from there anymore.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Elijah Snow on August 27, 2011, 08:08:01 PM
We buy quite a bit of fruit there. Haven't noticed that at all. In fact, the dino plums we bought last weekend are still going strong.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on August 28, 2011, 09:18:18 AM
Curious. I've experienced this with :
peaches (AWFUL, mealy, dry, terrible)
saturn peaches (molded after 2 days)
lychee (molded after 2 days)
plums (seem to have rotted from the inside out, even though externally they gave no appearance of being overripe)

Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on August 28, 2011, 09:21:00 AM
I've had issues with bananas (and non-fruit issues with corn) but have had good results with peaches, oranges, clementines, and apples (if I pick through them).
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Elijah Snow on August 28, 2011, 01:31:17 PM
I will say that the doughnut peaches we bought there were pretty flavorless. We've had good luck with bananas, grapes, plums, asian pears, and mangoes.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on August 29, 2011, 02:20:16 PM
We've bought lousy, dusty peaches from there.  It's best to look at the bottom of the strawberries.  Some of them have been 'on their way out' and needed eating up in the next 2-3 days.  Yesterday they had the double size strawberries on sale for 2.29, so I got one and they looked fine.

Bananas and watermelon have been fine, but I'm annoyed that on my last two visits they didn't have any cut up watermelons.

The communal snack bowls in the snack aisle kind of creep me out.  I've carefully taken-what-I-touched for my kids, and I've eaten a thing or two, but I don't like to push my luck there too much.  Probably a good way to get a stomach bug.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: bettylouski on August 29, 2011, 03:22:34 PM
Generally, I find the produce at YDFM to be cheaper and MUCH fresher.  I usually don't have a problem with keeping things for at least a week from there, unlike BHFM and Super H.  The latter two do seem to buy some closeouts that they can sell for a ridiculously low price from time to time, but the quality is hit or miss.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on August 29, 2011, 04:15:31 PM
We haven't had problems with the fruit, and we literally buy some every week. However, I am super-picky when I pick out the fruit I'm going to take. We've gotten some of the unripe peaches and let them ripen on the windowsill, had lots of good apples, cherries, grapes, bananas, watermelon and a few exotic fruits. We've also bought blood oranges there, but I won't eat oranges under any circumstances, so you'd have to ask The Scientist about those.

I was looking for squid ink or squid ink pasta the last time I was there, and I thought I'd be able to find it, but I looked seemingly everywhere and found none. I didn't ask anyone for help, though.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on August 29, 2011, 08:42:58 PM
I've never had any significant problems with any produce or fruit from BHFM; certainly not what I would say about Publix or Kroger, which are almost always yucky and shrivled and outrageously expensive. And their increasing reliance on the pre-cut, pre-shredded, pre-bagged-for-microwave cooking produce drives me nuts. No wonder there is a debate about whether poor people can afford healthy food. They sure can't if they are forced to buy this crap. Anyway, I spent a bunch of money at BHFM today and enjoyed it as much as usual. And, personally, we love the food samples. DD had a mung bean sweet and two freshly-made, hot off the frying pan black bean/cheese taco samples and really enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: The_Scientist on September 19, 2011, 09:44:53 PM
http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/lifestyle/food-drink/priciest-grocery-store-produce

An article lists the ten most expensive produce items in grocery stores. No surprise that truffles are #1. What's remarkable is that I do believe I've seen every one of these items in BHFM except finger limes, which I must admit I've never heard of before this. They've been available in this country for about a year, and they've become all the rage with some chefs. Anyone know about these, or anyone using them?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on September 20, 2011, 07:02:41 AM
I'm surprised tamarillos aren't on the list. They're a bizarre fruit from south america, and they're $15/lb at BHFM.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamarillo

they're interesting tasting.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on September 20, 2011, 09:48:42 AM
I'm also surprised morel mushrooms aren't on that list.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on September 20, 2011, 12:36:24 PM
http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/lifestyle/food-drink/priciest-grocery-store-produce

An article lists the ten most expensive produce items in grocery stores. No surprise that truffles are #1. What's remarkable is that I do believe I've seen every one of these items in BHFM except finger limes, which I must admit I've never heard of before this. They've been available in this country for about a year, and they've become all the rage with some chefs. Anyone know about these, or anyone using them?

BHFM has truffles?  Whoulda thunk.

I've never heard of finger limes.

The tropical fruits in the article bring back fond memories of travels, but I just can't bring myself to pay the high prices these things sell for in the U.S. when they're dirt cheap in the countries that grow them.  Of course, I've noticed that some of these tropical fruits are now U.S.-grown, though still expensive.  Maybe increased demand will bring the price down in a few years.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on October 12, 2011, 11:53:10 AM
Interesting to read Hector Santiago's (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/sep/21/atlanta-restaurant-ownerformer-top-chef-to-demo/) shopping experiences/method.  Apparently one of those markets he goes to on a regular basis is BHFM.  V saw him there 2 Thursday's ago a little before noon with several full carts.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: jpellett251 on October 18, 2011, 05:36:32 PM
I'm liking the Moscow ham with chunks of garlic in it.  The Morkskiy cheese is also nice.  I can't believe how many times I've walked past the Eastern European deli without buying anything.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 18, 2011, 08:17:37 PM
I'm liking the Moscow ham with chunks of garlic in it.  The Morkskiy cheese is also nice.  I can't believe how many times I've walked past the Eastern European deli without buying anything. 

I know where you are coming from.  I have strayed away from those spicy sausages and the dried fish.  I need to go see what they have in that counter.

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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on October 19, 2011, 08:17:01 AM
The "holiday grapes" at BHFM are amazing. They're huge and thin skinned and filled with delicious juice and a seedless pulp....
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: jpellett251 on October 19, 2011, 02:09:58 PM
By far the best tofu I've ever found in a store is the stuff made in house here.  Added bonus that it's only about $0.70 per pound.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Larkemon on October 19, 2011, 02:24:53 PM
By far the best tofu I've ever found in a store is the stuff made in house here.  Added bonus that it's only about $0.70 per pound.
I haven't had any tofu from there.  Have you ever had the tofu from Viet Tofu or VN Tofu?  They also make it in house.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: jpellett251 on October 19, 2011, 02:28:55 PM
By far the best tofu I've ever found in a store is the stuff made in house here.  Added bonus that it's only about $0.70 per pound.
I haven't had any tofu from there.  Have you ever had the tofu from Viet Tofu or VN Tofu?  They also make it in house.
I haven't.  Is Viet Tofu the place in Orient Center on the other side of the farmer's market from Penang?  Is it good?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Larkemon on October 19, 2011, 02:32:08 PM
By far the best tofu I've ever found in a store is the stuff made in house here.  Added bonus that it's only about $0.70 per pound.
I haven't had any tofu from there.  Have you ever had the tofu from Viet Tofu or VN Tofu?  They also make it in house.
I haven't.  Is Viet Tofu the place in Orient Center on the other side of the farmer's market from Penang?  Is it good?

Yes it is.  It's a Vietnamese fast food/carry out place.  They have multiple varieties, all freshly made in house.  We love buying the fried lemongrass chili tofu to use in stir fries.  They also do tofu fried spring rolls (50 cents each) which are great.  Actually I think they taste better than the meat ones.  They have a second location off of Jimmy Carter in the same plaza as HK Supermarket.  It's called VN Tofu.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: jpellett251 on October 19, 2011, 02:49:48 PM
By far the best tofu I've ever found in a store is the stuff made in house here.  Added bonus that it's only about $0.70 per pound.
I haven't had any tofu from there.  Have you ever had the tofu from Viet Tofu or VN Tofu?  They also make it in house.
I haven't.  Is Viet Tofu the place in Orient Center on the other side of the farmer's market from Penang?  Is it good?

Yes it is.  It's a Vietnamese fast food/carry out place.  They have multiple varieties, all freshly made in house.  We love buying the fried lemongrass chili tofu to use in stir fries.  They also do tofu fried spring rolls (50 cents each) which are great.  Actually I think they taste better than the meat ones.  They have a second location off of Jimmy Carter in the same plaza as HK Supermarket.  It's called VN Tofu.
The vegetarian girlfriend will be pleased.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 23, 2012, 12:51:43 PM
BHFM now has duck fat. It's sitting out in quart tubs by the, now empty, live fish tanks.
$6/lb.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Foodgeek on January 23, 2012, 04:11:20 PM
BHFM now has duck fat. It's sitting out in quart tubs by the, now empty, live fish tanks.
$6/lb.

I noticed that on Saturday when we went! I was pretty surprised because I'd never seen it there before and I was wondering why they would be rendering their own duck fat, since the ducks I've seen there before were frozen whole, but after checking out the freezer case, I noticed that they are now also selling duck feet, duck wings, breasts (2 per pack) and leg quarters. The breasts are considerably larger than the ones on the frozen whole ducks, so they must be getting ducks from a different supplier, breaking them down and rendering the extra fat. Too bad they don't sell duck chicharrones in the display case with all of the pork cracklings!

At any rate, this is a much easier option for someone who would like to make duck confit without doing my whole duck breakdown, since you can simply buy the leg quarters and some extra fat and you're good to go! Also, BHFM is now one of the stores that sells alcohol on Sundays, so if you decide at the last minute that you'd like to make duck for dinner or duck fat fried potatoes, you can pick out a suitable beer or wine to have with it. Pretty sweet!

Now, if only I could drag this place with me to Oregon. . .
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 23, 2012, 04:19:29 PM
BHFM now has duck fat. It's sitting out in quart tubs by the, now empty, live fish tanks.
$6/lb.

Regarless of the price it has to be a better option than what I brought home from a different Farmers Market during my last endeavor to make some good confit.   

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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on January 23, 2012, 04:31:59 PM
My wife and I noticed the increase in duck options and bought a package of breasts and a package of livers last weekend.  We haven't cooked the breasts yet, but my wife made the livers into an experimental pate.  We marveled at the whole duck--head and all--but we took a pass on that one.  The only thing cooler than that that we saw was a smoked goat head.  Gotta love BHFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Jmolinari on January 24, 2012, 11:46:38 AM
If you follow BHFM on facebook they often post new items that are coming in. They recently posted about the duckbreasts, pheasants and squab (all availailable in teh freezer section).
A commenter asked for duck fat, apparently they got it in for him:)
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 24, 2012, 03:31:24 PM
Wow, that is great news! And I didn't even think of liking them on FB. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on May 14, 2012, 07:40:04 AM
This post could go in about 4 or 5 places (here, festivals, gardening, ingredients, chefs, restaurants ...) so move if appropriate.

I stopped by the Pura Vida station in the Tacos and Tamales tent at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival (thank you Creative Loafing).  Chef Hector was there plating a poached shrimp on corn masa with a foamy thing and a chile sauce.  I asked him what chiles he used.  I had a little trouble understanding at first but finally understood Rocoto or Rococo.  I wondered if the chiles were from his rooftop garden.  He laughed and admitted that he got them from BHFM.  He said he has tried to grow those chiles but all he got were buds and no fruit.  That particular chile grows high in the mountains of South/Central America.  Then I mentioned that I had ordered Rocoto from New Jersey/Cross Country Nurseries (kudos to Geo) and said he knew of them very well.

After the festival we needed to stop by BHFM for a few things.  They had containers marked "yellow habenero peppers" that I'm guessing were the Rocoto chiles.  The shape was the same as habenero peppers from the Caribbean. Lesson learned is that the labeling at BHFM may not be fully indicative of the product contained within.
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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 14, 2012, 08:50:34 AM
This post could go in about 4 or 5 places (here, festivals, gardening, ingredients, chefs, restaurants ...) so move if appropriate.

I stopped by the Pura Vida station in the Tacos and Tamales tent at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival (thank you Creative Loafing).  Chef Hector was there plating a poached shrimp on corn masa with a foamy thing and a chile sauce.  I asked him what chiles he used.  I had a little trouble understanding at first but finally understood Rocoto or Rococo.  I wondered if the chiles were from his rooftop garden.  He laughed and admitted that he got them from BHFM.  He said he has tried to grow those chiles but all he got were buds and no fruit.  That particular chile grows high in the mountains of South/Central America.  Then I mentioned that I had ordered Rocoto from New Jersey/Cross Country Nurseries (kudos to Geo) and said he knew of them very well.

After the festival we needed to stop by BHFM for a few things.  They had containers marked "yellow habenero peppers" that I'm guessing were the Rocoto chiles.  The shape was the same as habenero peppers from the Caribbean. Lesson learned is that the labeling at BHFM may not be fully indicative of the product contained within.
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I had success growing those chiles in my raised beds in Norcross, that is a variety of pepper that though similar to Habenero are a different variety altogether.  They are in a group of Pubescens chiles grown in the Eastern (and now other) parts of South America and now in Central America and for a few years in Norcross  ;D.  They just take so dern long to produce peppers here (almost 120 days) that if you want them to produce you should start the seeds indoors about Jan. 1st and then put them out as early as you can. They did take the cooler temps in the spring quite well and did produce an interesting fruit flavored pepper that while very hot really tastes excellent.  They are apart from the Aji that are more well known and available and different too from the Chinesis Habenero/Scotch Bonnet peppers.  My plants overwintered here and were fairly large bushes by the third year, an over aggressive new soaker system I installed killed them in year 4 and I never replanted them. Fantastic peppers, I still have some whole chiles in the freezer along with some Aji's (Amarillo) that I grew during that time. 

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Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 30, 2012, 09:57:23 AM

What a resource this place is.  Much more than YDFM..  I found stuff there both edible and exotic, I always find things I have to take a picture and come home and Google it, and that is good. 

I ALWAYS spend too much money there, but I didn't buy the lamb shabu shabu nor did I buy the medium size  squid bodies.  I did get some curry leaf, I did get a replacement on my GOOD short grain rice (grown in this country), and some short skewers, and some herb replacement to refill my pantry in a way.  They have really good prices on some things and impossible prices on others, you HAVE to be a shopper to get good results there.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on December 22, 2012, 07:56:02 PM
Cafeteria is OPEN.  Mexican place that was next to exit just shifted left.  Crepe station was of interest.  Steam table had everything from Turkish to Korean to Southern American.  Various items appeared to be from other vendors in BHFM.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: FlyinBrian on December 23, 2012, 12:03:08 PM
I went yesterday with a short list of items, mainly produce/herbs and fish.  Herbs were fresh and cheap.  I found all the produce I wanted except yellow squash.  The fish selection was great and the prices were amazing.  Later I went to Harry's to get yellow squash and discovered that their Snapper was $6/lb more.

-B
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 02, 2013, 11:16:51 AM
Cafeteria is OPEN.  Mexican place that was next to exit just shifted left.  Crepe station was of interest.  Steam table had everything from Turkish to Korean to Southern American.  Various items appeared to be from other vendors in BHFM.

Now THAT is wildly exciting!!! Thanks for sharing. Did you try any of it?
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 02, 2013, 11:56:55 AM
Cafeteria is OPEN.  Mexican place that was next to exit just shifted left.  Crepe station was of interest.  Steam table had everything from Turkish to Korean to Southern American.  Various items appeared to be from other vendors in BHFM.

Now THAT is wildly exciting!!! Thanks for sharing. Did you try any of it?
Sorry Liz but I was hoping it would something to be wildly excited about.  Personally, I was disappointed.  I was expecting more variety and made to order options.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on January 02, 2013, 12:13:48 PM
Hmmm, sorry to hear that.

They have just set the bar so high for themselves that I suppose I assumed it would be good.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on January 02, 2013, 10:14:23 PM
I think she is just referencing the new cafeteria.  I have walked thru it a couple times now, but am pretty underwhelmed.  I was hoping it was going to be more along the lines of what Super H has.  Individual stalls of different cuisines.

I am planning to get lunch from the steam table this Friday, will report back...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on January 04, 2013, 08:37:56 AM
I, too, had high expectations, thinking it was going to be a food court, not a cafeteria.  YDFM has a steam-table cafeteria, and I don't care for it.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on January 08, 2013, 12:02:34 PM
It's not a huge setup at the buhi, but I thought that the steam table had some tasty looking things. I'm not crazy about the configuration: you have to leave your cart outside (I think that you can carry paid-for items inside), but I fear my groceries getting stolen from the area where you're supposed to leave them).

I guess the easiest thing would be to eat first and shop second.  I'm not inherently biased toward the food stalls at H mart b/c our limited experience was that our take-out from them was just so-so (edible and ok, but not really high quality).

One wild idea I had (but I'm sure will never happen) is for the Buhi to take over the shuttered restaurant/club out in the parking lot and turn it into some kind of Buhi FM cafeteria/food stalls/taqueria/sushi house...
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: totm on January 08, 2013, 01:07:59 PM
They were handing out samples from the "cafeteria" Saturday afternoon.  The one bite I got was cold, dry, minimally spicy fried chicken nugget.   :P  The number of samples for products for sale has diminished considerably.  Especially in the Asian dumpling/noodle area.

Friends wanted to check the place out because they had never been and knew we go often enough.  They were amazed.  Though crawfish boil buddy was expecting more of a "Farmers Market" with stalls staffed by the farmers themselves.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on January 08, 2013, 06:14:53 PM
I noticed that the cafeteria had a crepe station, where a sign indicated savory crepes like ham and cheese.  Of steam-table items, nothing looked appealing, though I was intrigued by the "Russian cabbage rolls."  Past the steam-table station are serve-yourself hot and cold packaged items under heat lamps and refrigeration, respectively.  I took a package of ready-to-eat mandu, which are the same as the mandu available in the store itself.  They also had gimbap, bbq eel, sushi and other items that are the same as those available back in the prepared foods section of the store.  I have on occasion bought these things to eat as take-out, but now I suppose I could eat them in the cafeteria area.  Not much of an improvement, if you ask me.

It doesn't seem to be what most of us envisioned.  It would be great if they had a stall where they make, say, tacos to order, or Korean dishes like the stall at H-Mart.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on January 23, 2013, 09:26:20 AM
Finally got a bite to eat at the food court.  It wasn't mobbed, but the steam-tray area had a steady flow of customers.  Was kind of cumbersome since I had 4 bags of paid-for food, and I had to sit them on the floor while taking out my wallet to pay for things.

Tried: Turkish lamb stew--this was 'ok'.  Kind of fatty and 'lamby' because they don't trim up the meat as good as I do at home.
Chicken tikka masala - perfectly fine.
garlicky kale - simple, tasty, freshly made.
spicy hot tofu with greenbeans- very good, with a surprising amount of heat.

They weigh it before putting rice in, and then you can advise them on whether you want 2 or 3 scoops or so. Kind of cumbersome to eat here (unless doing so before shopping), but I'd definitely get some takeout.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Elijah Snow on February 10, 2013, 03:17:32 PM
Went by today for the first time since the food court opened. It's not what I would have liked, but there are some good things. The crepe station also serves little pancakes that are cooked on a takoyaki device. My daughter ordered some with butter and sugar. I had a taste. Damn, were those things good. I talked to a guy there that seemed to be in management and expressed my disappointment. Said I would have like a Chinese BBQ place. He said they considered one but were trying to offer things that were unique. I said I didn't know about the unique part but that I would buy char siu every single time I visited BHFM if they had it. We'll see how this all develops.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: waynehoobler on February 21, 2013, 09:24:25 AM
I got some takeout again, but was disappointed by 2 things: the selection doesn't seem to change at all, and the green beans in the spicy bean and tofu were not cooked, they were just added to it raw.

They need to step it up.  I don't know why there are 3 or 4 varieties of potatoes.  Also too many fried things.  There were a couple of chicken dishes (chicken paprika and something else) that looked pretty good, but I was chickened out (eating too much chicken lately).

Ended up getting the spicy tofu and kale (although the samosas looked good too).
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: AndyBoy on August 26, 2013, 08:09:51 AM
We were visiting Atlanta this weekend and I met a old friend at BHFM. We did some shopping together, he was cooking dinner for his girl friend and I wanted to stock up on some staples, mainly Gochujang pepper paste. I cooked some Korean fried chicken wings last week and needed it. We had lunch at Gu's, dan dan noodles, dry fried eggplant and a chicken dish he ordered, can't remember exactly. It was all very good.

After checking into our hotel we decided to eat supper at Alon's perimeter location. It had been a long day of driving and we had our dog with us. Great lamb sandwich and a salad with soba noodles. I really miss being able to enjoy Atlanta's food scene and it was great to be back.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on December 30, 2013, 11:27:27 AM
Has anyone tried the Russian caviars in the Eastern European section?  For New Year's Eve we traditionally get a small jar of relatively inexpensive American caviar along the lines of Paddlefish, Bowfin, Transmontanus, etc--usually ordering on-line, but I haven't done anything yet, and it's down to the wire.  I was in BHFM this weekend and saw they had several different types of Russian fishy-eggs, but exactly what kind of fish they are from is a mystery.  I'm game to try some.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: tansu on December 30, 2013, 02:15:24 PM
Have you tried the (Russian ?) outlet on Covington Hwy about 1/2 mile inside 285 ?
It is hidden/impossible to find.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on December 30, 2013, 02:24:50 PM
Have you tried the (Russian ?) outlet on Covington Hwy about 1/2 mile inside 285 ?
It is hidden/impossible to find.

Haha.  Nah.  If my objective were simply to buy caviar, I'd probably get some from one of the gourmet-ish shops like Star or Alon's.  I was just curious about BHFM's Russian stuff, since it's relatively inexpensive.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on December 30, 2013, 02:32:22 PM
I'm always tempted by that as well. Let us know if you try it. By the way, DH is there now and says it is a madhouse.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Daniel on December 31, 2013, 08:00:16 AM
I have bought salmon roe, ikura, but not the Russian caviar.  The ikura was good for the price point.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on December 31, 2013, 08:39:25 AM
I have bought salmon roe, ikura, but not the Russian caviar.  The ikura was good for the price point.

Yep, I've bought the ikura, too.  They have it both in the Eastern European section and in the sushi section.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: Lorenzo on January 05, 2014, 02:43:38 PM
I did not end up returning to BHFM on New Year's Eve for caviar to avoid the "madhouse," but today I noticed that all types of caviar (except ikura) were completely sold out.  Those Russians like to party.  They had a live balalaika band today, and people were dancing in the aisle.  Gotta love this store.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: nelu on January 22, 2014, 03:03:41 PM


 I got some caviar noticing how affordable it was. The container seemed legit. The caviar was decent, but I think that it was not as good I remembered it. I had it last time about 10 years (same type) but then it was more flavorful. Maybe my taste buds have changed over the years.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: AndyBoy on February 03, 2014, 02:47:17 PM
I hit BHFM yesterday on the way back home. Needed to stock up on a bunch of ingredients that are just not available locally . I spent over 70 bucks, that is a lot, but I had bags and bags of stuff. We had Pho for lunch today and I used fresh sprouts from there and lemongrass in the stock. I really miss this place.
Title: Re: Buford Highway Farmers Market
Post by: LizR on March 04, 2015, 04:08:09 PM
Thanks, I'm not losing my mind! Don't know why it wouldn't come up for me.

Those of you who haven't been in a couple of months should head out soon. They have a new aisle of European (Spanish Italian, Danish, French, etc.) goods that is absolutely amazing. We were oohhing and aahhing like crazy and then we would turn around and say "look at this!". I was totally impressed and kept reminding my DH that my birthday is coming up in June and I could really use some grapefruit vinegar, or some smoked salt, or some clotted cream, or some Spanish Tapas, or some French fruit preserves. Can this place get any better?