Saturday, April 3, 2010

Three Days - Countdown

Today's Market: The Atlanta State Farmers' Market

This is considered THE big market in Georgia.

Located at 16 Forest Parkway, in Forest Park, Georgia, the market takes up a vast 150 acres. It is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is open year-around. Huge truckloads of produce are delivered to the market each day.

It features a garden center (I read lots of comments from people who buy their yard plants there - the selection must be huge), wholesale and retail activities, and is a major marketing hub and distribution point for fresh produce in the Southeast and throughout the country. It also has a restaurant that serves meals prepared from market foods -- sounds like a great idea.

Also in the comments I read -- haggling is the only way to go at this market. The vendors are prepared to negotiate, and there's lots of competition.

Some businesses only operate from the market:
General Produce, Inc., the largest full line wholesale produce house in the southeast, is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Georgia. The Georgia State Farmers Market is located just 10 miles south of Atlanta and is the largest in the United States. We offer a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables year round from the best growers and shippers in the world.

Must be a great place to shop.

Today's Easy Recipe: Tastes Just Like Fried Chicken . . . But Isn't Fried
Again, this is another one of my son's favorite recipes. I found it on a website some time ago, but I didn't keep the exact address. I serve this for dinner, or I use chicken strips and serve it as finger food for things like Super Bowl parties, etc. The strips are great with ranch or bbq dipping sauces.

4 skinless chicken breasts (about a 1 1/4 pound)
1 cup low-fat milk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons salt
vegetable spray

- Place chicken in gallon storage bag. Pour in milk and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Pour vegetable oil in baking pan, coat the bottom completely.
- Place flour, salt and pepper into another gallon storage bag. Shake until all ingredients are blended.
- Remove chicken from first bag (one at a time) and put into flour bag. Coat completely.
- Place chicken in prepared baking dish.
- Coat top of chicken with vegetable spray.
- Bake in center of oven for 20 or 25 minutes, or until chicken is browned on outside and cooked thoroughout on the inside.

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