Happy Birthday, Mercantile

The Mercantile in Candler Park is celebrating its one-year anniversary on September 20. They’ll be handing out chocolate chip cookies between noon and 3 and Larry and I plan to be eating chocolate chip cookies between noon and 3. Sweet.

Want a side of milk with your cookie? Russell Johnston of Johnston Family Dairy near Madison (no Georgia; I know what you’re thinking) and a Mercantile vendor, will be a featured guest at the soiree. The Johnston Family Dairy does what unethical producers (un)scrupulously avoid – invites people to come in and take a look at their operations.You can arrange to visit the farm, tour the milking barns in between milkings and even pet and feed the cows.

That level of transparency is a good indication that the Johnston family has got nothing to hide. Those of you who liked milk until you read that scary, downer dairy farm scenario in Peter Singer’s book, The Way We Eat; Why Our Food Choices Matter, can now regrow your white mustaches sans guilt – as long as you buy from a producer like Johnston.

If you’re thinking, “that’s great for milk – if only the Johnston Family Dairy made cheese and yogurt…” you’re in for a treat. AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery takes the Johnston Dairy milk and combines it with other Georgia ingredients to turn it into fresh and delicious grownup snacks. These folks will also be at the party so you’ll have a chance to taste a variety of their products there and grab some more to stock up at home.

Happy Birthday, Mercantile. And many more.

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