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Independence Day Market Report: What’s Hot at Pepper Place Farmer’s Market

Sunburst Tomatoes Week 8: July 4, 2009
Weather: 72 degrees and sunny

Arugula
Basil
Beets (Chiogga, golden and red)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts (baby)
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Collard Greens
Corn (merit, peaches and cream, and silver queen) Continue reading →

June 27 Pepper Place Farmer’s Market Report

Eggplant

Week 7: June 27, 2009

Weather: 86 degrees and sunny

Arugula

Basil

Beets (Chiogga, golden and red)

Blackberries

Blueberries

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cantaloupe Continue reading →

June 20 Market Update: What’s Hot at Pepper Place

Mixed Tomatoes Week 6: June 20, 2009

Weather: 77 and sunny

Arugula
Basil
Beets (Chiogga and red)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Bok Choi
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cantaloupe – Athena Continue reading →

Market Update June 13: What’s Hot and Pepper Place

Week 5: June 13, 2009

Weather: 67 and raining

Arugula
Basil
Beets (Chiogga and red)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Cilantro
Collard Greens
Corn (silver queen)
Cucumber (lemon, oriental, long green, small trey’s, burpless, pickler)
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First Bite: Saw’s BBQ, Homewood

Saw's BBQ Ribs Plate and Sides It was a stroke of luck that there weren’t any Saw’s BBQ ribs left in my fridge this morning because I certainly would have eaten them. Cold. What I am about to write cannot be overstated: Saw’s BBQ ribs are the best I have had in Birmingham.

Available at retail for some time, Mike Wilson’s tangy Saw’s BBQ Sauce can now be found at the source. Located on Oxmoor Road in Edgewood in the former Broadway Barbecue space, Saw’s is a cozy, slighly smokier version of Miss Myra’s in Cahaba Heights.

So far, I have tried the ribs,  chicken and white sauce, pulled pork, turnip greens, and the macaroni and cheese. Saw’s ribs offer a stark contrast to many of the other options in the city. I visited the restaurant twice, about two weeks apart, and found the ribs consistent in their tenderness, tanginess , and heft. Saw’s serves up a rib plate of four ribs and two sides, $9, of which I gladly took two ribs and one side home. The chicken and white sauce and pulled pork share the ribs’ supple juiciness.

The quality and depth of flavor of the main dishes overshadow the sides. The turnip greens are my side of choice thus far, doused with Saw’s sweet and acidic sauce. The mac’n’cheese is a bit disappointing for its blandness.

Other than the bland mac’n’cheese, the only recommendation I’d have for Saw’s is that they beef up their buns. The white sauce rendered the chicken bbq sandwich soggy and inedible almost instantly. To repeat: delicious sauce, wonderful chicken, but the bun could use some work. That said, Saw’s is off to a great start. Check them out here:

1008 Oxmoor Road
Homewood, AL 35209
205.879.1937

Saw's BBQ Ribs Plate and Sides-2 Chicken and White Sauce Sandwich and Beans Saw's BBQ Ribs Plate and Sides Saw's BBQ Exterior Saw's BBQ Interior

Dan is the producer of ‘Ham Sandwich. He’s never eaten ribs cold, but he would. Read about his cooking adventures as Skip on The Gourmetro and learn about his work on aisle-9.net.

Market Update June 6: What’s Hot and Pepper Place

Mixed Tomatoes Week 4: June 6, 2009

Weather: 59 and sunny

Arugula
Basil
Beets (Chiogga and Golden)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Broccoli Rabe
Butter Beans
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Cayenne Peppers (sweet)
Chocolate Mint
Cilantro
Collard Greens (Morrishead)
Cucumber (oriental, long green, small trey’s, burpless, pickler)
Dandelion Greens Continue reading →

Market Update May 30: What’s Hot and Pepper Place

photo by Dan Schumacher - bhamsandwich.com

photo by Dan Schumacher - bhamsandwich.com

Week 3: May 30, 2009

Weather: Sunny, dry and a little breezy
Temperature: 61 degrees
Arugula
Basil
Beets (Chiogga and Golden)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Bok Choi (and baby Bok Choi)
Broccoli
Butter Crunch Lettuce
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower (Gold, and Purple)
Cayenne Peppers (sweet)
Chocolate Mint
Cilantro
Collard Greens (Morrishead)
Corn (222)
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Dill
Eggplant
English Peas
Fava Beans
FIlet Beans
Frisee Continue reading →

Market Update May 22: What’s Hot and Pepper Place

Pepper Place Market TableI hope you all got to the market before the deluge last week. It was quite the first of the season showing. Dan is out of town this week, so he’s reached out to a few of the Pepper Place Saturday Market farmers to see what they’re offering. Because he can do this ahead of time, these posts will appear on Fridays. It’s like getting tomorrow’s news today.

My guess is that most farmers’ offerings will not have changed much from last week. Some producers cited heavy rains as a cause of setbacks, so perhaps we’ll see more variety once the weather starts cooperating on a more consistent basis. In a bit of exciting news, The Terminal has seen signs of a year-round farmer’s coop.

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Market Update: What’s hot at Pepper Place

Rora Valley Farmstand at Pepper PlaceStarting today, Dan will head out to Pepper Place Market at the crack of dawn each Saturday to let you know what’s hot and happenin’.

Week 1: May 16, 2009

Weather: Mostly cloudy, feels humid
Temperature: 66 degrees

Arugula
Beets (Detroit Red)
Bok Choi
Broccoli
Butter Crunch Lettuce
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower (Gold, and Purple)

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UPDATE: Another Broken Egg Cafe to open in Mountain Brook Village

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Dram Whiskey Bar and Avo (previous posts) won’t be the only new kids on the block in Mountain Brook Village for long. This morning I noticed a bit of plywood (as the guys at Eater would say) on a walk through Mountain Brook Village: King’s House Antiques’ former residence will be taken by Florida-based franchise Another Broken Egg Cafe. Menu looks diner-casual with a predictable abundance of eggs, though hamburgers and quesadillas get some space as well. The only signage notes that they will serve breakfast, brunch, and lunch. This could be a welcome addition to the village where lunch, and especially breakfast, options are few: Gilchrist, Browdy’s, Olexa’s, Davenport’s Pizza, and Sneaky Pete’s.

The interior is quite demolished. Once I have my camera, I’d like to go back and get a shot of the pile o’ ceiling fans. The cell phone was not going to do it justice.

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