Headed to Madison for the annual Holiday Tour of Homes, November 30 through December 2? Make a small detour just south of I-20 to Farmview Market. You can have a delicious meal, take home prepared foods and stock up on your favorite Georgia groceries.
Creamy Hickory King Grits
Each day, the staff at Farmview Market grinds Hickory King corn into delicious grits and cornmeal. You can watch the grist mill in operation through the window in the market’s grocery store. The corn comes from Rock House Farm in Leesburg, just north of Albany. Hickory King is an heirloom non-GMO variety and produces grits that are yellow with brown flecks. You can sample the grits in the market’s restaurant. Once you taste them, you’ll definitely want to take home a bag (or three). Be sure to follow the package directions. The step of combining the grits and water and letting them stand for a few minutes allows you to remove all the bits of chaff before you start the cooking. It’s genius. $2.99 per 16-ounce package.
The Richest Chocolate Milk Ever
Farmview Market carries Rock House Creamery’s creamline milk. Remember (or maybe you’ve just heard of) the days when you could get pasteurized milk that wasn’t homogenized? The cream would rise to the top and you could skim that off for other uses, or shake up the milk and enjoy some of the richest milk ever. The milk comes from the farm’s herd of Jersey-Holstein-Swedish Red cows and is especially high in butterfat. We tried the gourmet chocolate milk and it was the best chocolate milk we’ve ever tasted. Delicious cold, it would have been just as wonderful warmed, but no one was willing to wait long enough to turn their chocolate milk into hot cocoa. Ask at the market about signing up for a guided tour of Rock House Creamery and learn how they produce their milk and cheese. $2.09 per 1-pint bottle. $4.99 per quart.
Chewy Savory Beef Sticks
Beef sticks have become a popular snack thing – high in protein, low carb and flavorful. They’re satisfying to chew and depending on ingredients, are popular on diets like Paleo and Whole30. They’re basically spiced sausages – unlike beef jerky that is slices of flavored beef. Farmview Market’s beef sticks are made from 100 percent grass-fed beef and contain minimal preservatives. They process the meat, grind it, flavor it and smoke it all at the market. We brought home the Sweet Maple Bacon and Tex-Mex flavors and they were a hit. The sticks are also available in Habanero, Habanero BBQ, Sriracha, Land Jaeger and Mandarin flavors. $12.99 a pound.
Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Highway, Madison. farmviewmarket.com