Yesterday, my boyfriend Chris and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the blooming flowers. We visited opening day of the Athens Farmers Market where we joined hundreds of other Athenians. I was happy to see a tent for a tea vender in addition to the usual 1000 Faces Coffee tent. (I love coffee but need my tea sometimes, too.) After meandering through the crowd, we grabbed a bag of kale, some cheese from Morgan County Cheeseworks (I grew up in Morgan County; so, I was drawn to this) and tabbouleh. All of which we made into a tasty, fresh lunch when we got home. If you don't know what tabbouleh is, don't worry. I just discovered it yesterday. It's a delicious mix of tomatoes, mint, parsley, onion, couscous, olive oil, lemon and salt.
Before we left the market, we also made a stop by Full Moon Farm's Farm Cart, a cart at the Farmers Market that sells biscuits, bacon, grits, cheese and more. The line was long, and by the time we made it, a lot of the items were sold out. So I suggest getting there early if you want to "BUILD YOUR OWN HOT BISCUIT."
I can never make my treats from the Market last long; so, naturally, we ate everything for lunch right after. More reason to go back next Saturday! Once our bellies were full, we headed over to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. I've never seen so many people there! Families everywhere. Chris enjoys the indoor Tropical Conservatory and spent a lot of time taking pictures there. It's very interesting to see the different types of orchids (and that they're all alive! I can't keep them healthy), giant leaves and mango trees.
But it was a nice day, and I wanted to be outside.
The gardens were beautiful, as always. However, ironically, I found my favorite thing in my own front yard: the wisteria that takes over briefly during the spring in Georgia.