Leading into Day 4 of the challenge I am falling into a good local food routine and extremely aware of my food and its origin. As I chowed down on my usual breakfast of True Blue Granola (Sweet Georgia Grains) and a Fuji apple (Mercier Orchards) at the Atlanta Public Schools’ District Wellness Meeting, I became even more inspired and reenergized about local food and overall health. Fueled by the morning nutrition momentum, I headed over to Castleberry to the newly remodeled Boxcar Grocer; a corner store with a conscious.
Boxcar Grocer offers a cornucopia of quality products from natural ingredients and free of harmful chemical additives. Many of these items are local. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and eager to please their customers’ local, healthy tastes. But the capstone of the market is located at the rear of the store where they offer a variety of freshly made, locally sourced, healthy grab and go sandwiches, wraps, salads and pastas as well as fresh made-to-order fruit smoothies (10a-2p only for smoothies). I indulged in a kale wrap with turkey, tomato and basil pesto, with a watermelon smoothie and Homemade Joy vegan chocolate chip cookie. Everything was DELICIOUS!
After such an awesome lunch, I thought my dinner would pale in comparison, but thanks to a last minute invite to Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL party, my dinner did not disappoint. I enjoyed an array of local pickled veggies like okra, carrots and peppers from Farm Burger. Dessert was supplied the ever so tasty King of Pops.
So I am more than halfway through the challenge, and you have read many of my stories, but I would love to hear yours! Stop by my GA Food Oasis booth at East Atlanta Village Farmers Market tonight 4:30-7p (market open 4-7) and tell me about your #EatLocalATL experience! You’ll receive a cool market worthy gift and the opportunity to be featured in my next blog.
-Cicely Garrett, Food Systems Innovation Manager