Saturday mornings are changing in Northwest Georgia. With two farmers markets now in Rome as well as another in downtown Cartersville, there’s a different buzz this summer especially as shoppers sample both the traditional farmers market at Ridge Ferry Park (also open on Wednesday mornings) as well as the month-old Between the Rivers Farmers Market at Bridgepoint Plaza.
Even Saturday morning’s on-and-off (and on) showers didn’t keep the customers away. One reason: breakfast was served. In addition to fresh produce and craft items, Doug’s Deli Downtown, Lyons Bridge and Sunflour Community Bakery were selling custom biscuits, pastries and other items.
Doug’s, for example, had two biscuit options with the ingredients cooked on site as you browsed a few neighboring booths. We tried the steak, avocado and egg biscuit and will do so again ($5.50; photo to the right). It was a smart way to cross reference the Broad Street restaurant and bakery’s new weekday breakfast offerings.
Sunny Shropshire Knauss of the newly opened Sunflour Community Bakery was fully equipped with muffins (cherry chocolate chip included) as well as take-home loaves of bread and other options.
Adding to it: The porch at Moe’s Original Barbecue served as a nice spot to enjoy the biscuits, muffins and coffee from Swift & Finch between rain drops. A tip of the rain cap to Jeremy Duke and Tyson Dobe for their hospitality outside Moe’s.
The farmers market adds to some fresh offerings in the expanding downtown Rome footprint. Friday evening, we tried some of the great grilled cheese offerings Hillery “Speakcheesy” Sawyer is preparing as part of the Hoptimist at Rome City Brewing Co. at 333 Broad St.
Looking for a little red meat? Try Hillery’s new Mangover burger. It comes fully equipped with “a seasoned smash burger patty topped with smoked pulled pork, Wisconsin White Cheddar, and grilled mango and pineapple.” It all pairs well with the craft brews from just one story below courtesy of Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault. RCBC’s tap room expands to food service Thursday through Sunday this week.
And one more new touch downtown that is catching on is the third Friday evening concerts at Courtyard Rome Riverwalk. Kevin Allen and friends perform live on the patio overlooking the Oostanaula River (from West Third Street) from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. on June 21. It is one of the closest things we have to riverfront dining and libations in Northwest Georgia.