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RE: Dekalb Farmer's Market (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: arley on 01.14.2010 at 08:54 am in Cooking Forum

I live about 3 hours east of there and make a pilgrimage at least twice a year.

Great deals on bulk spices. One thing to look for if you like spicy food: chipotle powder. You can find canned chipotles anywhere, but this is the only place I've found it as a powder. It's roughly equivalent to the hot pimenton (smoked Spanish paprika) but it's very smoky and very hot. Addictive, and very easy to use--I have a filled a dedicated salt shaker with it and keep it by my stove and add it to eggs, meats, whatever.

Great choice in oils. Lots of Spanish olive oils, classified as spicy or fruity or aromatic. Bulk organic coconut oil.

Ditto on the advice to bring a big cooler. Lots of meats, including stuff that's hard to find elsewhere: rabbit, fresh duck (whole, and duck legs & breasts sold separately as well)--they have a good selection of halal meats as well. (Halal goat seems to be a good seller.) Good sausages made there, including landjaeger.

Incredible seafood selection. They'll clean it for you right there. In addition to fish, they have all sorts of unusual items like octopus, squid, etc.

Breads and baked goods: made on the premises. Every item I've tried has been at least very good, and some have been outstanding.

Produce: lots of fresh veggies and fruits, including some really oddball stuff like durian fruit (don't ask--it's pretty nasty IMHO)

One thing to remember: you may wish to bring a sweater or jacket. They keep the whole inside area pretty cool.

It's a foodie paradise, and it's a good thing I live so far away; if I lived any closer I'd probably weigh 400 pounds. And as mentioned, it's cash or debit card only. No credit cards. Have fun!


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RE: Dekalb Farmer's Market (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: adoptedbygreyhounds on 01.14.2010 at 12:19 pm in Cooking Forum

Ditto what others posted about the cafeteria, meat, fish and cheese selections. (They have chicken feet!) It's a great place for buying a case of produce when you are in the canning mood and a good source for asian and other ethnic foods vegetables that you won't find anywhere else.

Be aware you have to check any large bag or backpack, including your own canvas bags, if you bring them. You pick them up right before check out.

There is one price for bagging your own produce, or pay slightly less if you choose the pre-bagged produce.

A few specific things I often get there are large cans of olive oil (Italian or Greek or Spanish, selection varies), dried Maine blueberries (the little ones), quark, kefir, and Greek-style yogurt, Chimay Cinq and other Belgian beers. Beer and wine is cheaper and the selection is good. 10% discount if you buy a case of any 12 bottles.

Just two or three blocks from there is a tiny bakery caller "Southern Sweets," mainly cakes and pies, though they also serve sandwiches and soups at lunchtime. They cater the desserts for a number of restaurants. For example, Chocolate raspberry mousse cake, lemon curd cheesecake and tiramisu layer cake.

Here is a link that might be useful: Southern Sweets Bakery


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