Field of Greens | A Celebration of Local Food

by Melissa on October 3, 2011

The Field of Greens Festival is one of my very favorite festivals in the Atlanta area. It is a festival that celebrates local food, and it takes place at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm out in Covington, Georgia.

What better way to celebrate local food, than at a local, organic farm?

Of course, you would find me snapping photo after photo of the animals at the farm.

This sheep was my favorite. She was such a sweetheart, while the others ran away from people at the fence, this little lady came right up and started licking our hands.

And of course, knowing us… we then found our way over to the kids area and milked a goat. Since we don’t have kids, I felt that we were allowed to play instead.

Aside from the animals, the farm grows some amazingly beautiful produce.

The highlight of the festival: The Chef’s Tent. Where some of the top restaurants in Atlanta came together under one big, white tent and created some amazing tastings from local produce.

This was the most memorable dish for me: Huitlacoche Quesadilla by Taqueria del Sol.

Huitlacoche, also known as Corn Smut, is a fungus that grows on corn. Only one farm in Georgia sells huitlacoche. The lady who grows it wasn’t even trying to grow huitlacoche, it just happened.

And this stuff… it tastes very similar to truffles. And… it’s expensive. Three ears of it costs about $15. You learn something new everyday.

There were very few vegetarian/pescetarian options (as expected), so I spent most of the time pushing my way through the throngs of people and snapping photos when I got the chance.

It’s just so great to get away and be outside for a few hours on the weekend. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Field of Greens festival!

 

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1 Alaiyo Kiasi October 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I so love festivals, and this looks like it was a fun one. I can imagine that you came away with many ideas for future posts. I’ve heard of corn smut, but your photo was the first time seeing it two dimensionally. You and other bloggers are inspiring me to go outside of the kitchen and write about (and photograph) food.

Cheers,

Alaiyo

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2 Melissa October 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks Alaiyo! Writing about restaurants and festivals really is a great way to step away from the kitchen and to also talk about the community. I love it!

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3 Chris October 15, 2011 at 6:47 am

Great pictures! You captured the Greens at its core. I didn’t hang in the Chef Tent long because it was too crowded for my liking, so I missed the Huitlacoche. Bummed about that!

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4 Melissa October 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Oh, the Chef’s Tent was ridiculously packed! But I saw the crowd around the Huitlacoche table so I braved the masses to get a shot of that one :)

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