Madison, Georgia is one of the most bountiful of the state, in terms of fresh produce and artisan flavors. Part of the northern Piedmont region, they are proud-proud-proud of their farms, farm products and value added, locally produced foods. The results are clearly Southern, but in a fresh, modern sense . . . these fine ingredients have risen above cliche’ Southern diner type cuisine.
I was very happy to have been given the opportunity to savor the taste of Madison in a most lovely setting: at a live concert in a bandshell in Town Park at sunset. For more information, check out Madison-Morgan Conservancy and please look at the list items below.
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Artisan food from Georgia
Phickles are made in Athens, Ga. — not Madison — but the town appreciates that they’re an artisan product made from all natural, locally grown produce. That’s just one example of cool, upscale food being created. Greendale Farms is making huge, gourmet cheese wheels, such as Fox & Crow, Tomme and Mille Fleur.
More in their natural state treats included whipped cream from Johnston’s Dairy, strawberries from neighboring Watkinsville, Ga., and pecans from surrounding Morgan County.
Madison, Georgia: modern Southern
One particularly favorite delicacy of the South is pimento cheese. While each person has her own recipe, it generally consists of pimento pepper chopped, cheddar cheese and mayo combined. Some people like it drier or chunkier, while others add more mayo for creaminess. Some people add all kinds of hot sauces and seasonings. It’s used in all kinds of things, such as dainty tea sandwiches. It’s certainly a fun, new idea for Madison to use it as a spread on sliders!
Biscuits and rolls in Madison, Georgia
In the South, your ability to make tasty, perfect biscuits and corn bread is the mark of a good homemaker . . . the way a dust-free house might indicated the same in another part of the world.
Whether in a biscuit or as rustic dessert topping, you can’t beat fresh, handmade breads for adding that comforting touch to your meal.
Madison, Georgia’s veggies rock!
The evening in Madison, GA included all manner of locally grown veggies sauteed in grandma’s favorite: the cast-iron pan. Cast iron pans have been a prized cooking utensil for over two centuries, for their ability to create a nice sear, keep juices in and caramelize the cooked food.