BJ Reece Orchards

Welcoming this Fall season with two big bushels of Mutsu and Pink Lady apples from BJ Reece Orchards. Started in 1960 by Boyd Jackson Reece, Reece Orchard has been long family owned and operated. B.J. sold apples from underneath a shed at his house about a half-mile west on Hwy 52 from the present building. He built the Apple House in its current location in 1970.  It has since continued to be a thriving business with many return customers  every year. Several varieties of apples, along with vegetables, and some canned goods are all offered on site. The Orchard offers apple picking, apple cannons, tours and an interactive educational experience. Be sure to grab a world famous fried pie next time you are headed North on I-75 toward Elijay. Stop by BJ Reece Orchards for a fresh taste of Fall in Georgia! Lookout for many different varieties of apples this season at trackside featured in special menu items and crafted cocktails. 

 

 

Hometown Honey

It was 1992 in Kennesaw Georgia on a small one acre lot, within a subdivision, when a man asked himself a simple question. Why wont my fruits and vegetables grow? Could it be the lack of honeybees in Kennesaw? Nineteen years later this same man now keeps bees on eleven properties(soon to be thirteen). Beekeeping on farms is very beneficial for both the keeper and the farm. The entire natural system must work together to keep strong in order to stay alive. Plentiful rains in the Spring call for a good honey harvest. A dry summer can result in loss of honey and bees. The act of treating crops can disorient our little pollinators resulting in death. Our changing environment is affecting our overall well being. Can honey bees help the turnaround of our agricultural system? Beekeeping is by no means an easy process. Honey ranges from clear to black and is made up of seven different varieties. The darker the honey the more vitamins and minerals you can expect to receive. Different seasons bring us different types of honey. Sourwood is predominant in Georgia late Summer.  Atlanta's Hometown Honey mixed flower, light amber variety reigns golden champion after winning first place in the country for taste. Brian Higgins and his son Branden run Hometown Honey with the help of several others you can find happily awaiting at your local farmers markets in the Atlanta area. Next time you purchase raw honey be sure to check the label , it should read “100% pure honey”. Enjoy Wildflower honey now at Trackside. Ask your server what dishes and cocktails Hometown Honey is sweetening up this week.

 

Can you find Queen Bee? Most Beekeepers mark their Queens with a small dot. This allows them to better keep track of each hive. 

Can you find Queen Bee? Most Beekeepers mark their Queens with a small dot. This allows them to better keep track of each hive. 

Fruitland Augusta

The history of Augusta is much more than golf. Once home to one of the largest Peach Farms in the 19th century, “Fruitland Nurseries”. Berckmans, known as the “Father of Georgia Peaches” produced over 300 varieties of peaches as well as many other kinds of fruit trees. Some describe Fruitland as a “ Southern Horticulture Mecca”. By the time of Berckmans death millions of peach trees had been planted allowing Georgia to become forever known as the Peach State. Soon after, a group of investors including Bobby Jones purchased the land and designed the course that is recognized worldwide as Augusta National Golf Club. Today, Augusta is known for golf while peach production has become a faded memory. Augusta will always be the place that put Georgia on the map as the "Peach State" with its humble beginnings at Fruitland and the vision of the Berckmans family. Fruitland Augusta produces a beautiful spirit to remind us  how delicious the velvety skin of Augusta can be. With Peach season coming to a close, Trackside introduces Fruitland Peach Vodka to help us keep Georgia on our mind. Try something new today. Ask your server or bartender about Fruitland Cocktail options.

Pearson Farms & Carroll Farms

Georgia Peaches. Arguably, the finest in the land. Near 60 different peaches can be grown in the state of Georgia. Throughout this summer season many varieties have entered and left our local Farmers Markets. Each variety bears fruit at different times between mid May - mid August. Pearson Farms in Fort Valley, Georgia and Carroll Farms in Woodburry Georgia have provided Trackside Grill with Peaches all summer long. Aside from unbelievably sweet, juicy peaches, one thing both growers have in common is the practice of sustainability in preserving portions of the farm to balance the natural state of the land. Carroll Farms started in the early 1900's by Thomas Hynes Carroll and is currently managed by his grandson Walter Hynes Barnes. A small scale family operation sticking to what they know best. Pearson Farm is slightly larger and has been perfecting its peaches and delicious buttery pecans since the 1890's. Catch our Peaches and Greens salad featuring Pearson Farm peaches and Pecans before its gone! Enjoy our Peach Crisp for dessert. Weekend specials starting Thursday evenings.

Pearson Farm                                                               https://www.facebook.com/ThePearsonFarm/?ref=br_rs

You can order online from Pearson Farm directly here:                      http://www.pearsonfarm.com/

Carroll Farm                                                                                   https://www.facebook.com/Carroll-Farms-Peaches-131614226915675/fref=t

Alberta, known as Ugly Peaches. Heirloom variety. 

Alberta, known as Ugly Peaches. Heirloom variety. 

July Flame. 

July Flame. 

Red Skin. 

Red Skin. 

Alberta. 

Alberta. 

CalyRoad Creamery

Tracksides relationship with CalyRoad is fresh with plenty of room for growth. "Atlantas only artisan cheesemaker, uses farm fresh ingredients and commits to quality in order to create the delectable flavor brought forth by artisan cheeses. Owner, Robin Schick, was formally trained at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese and along with her team, skillfully prepares and ages all selections on site, by hand. CalyRoad uses all natural cows milk, and regionally sourced goat curd for a variety of gourmet fresh and semi-fresh cheeses." Look for CalyRoad Creamery's expanding varieties this summers end! Featured on our Peaches and Greens salad is Little Stone Mountain Goat Cheese. "An in house aged goat cheese with a bloomy rind combined with a dusting of ash. Perfect summer cheese paired with sweet fruit or a nice crisp, cold white wine." Need your cheese fix? Stop by Trackside and ask us about our Southern Local Motive. Check CalyRoad out in Sandy Springs and follow them on line @ http://www.calyroadcreamery.com/

Little Stone Mountain Goat Cheese featured now on a seasonal Peaches & Greens salad. Enjoy yours with a glass of white wine to help beat the heat. 

Mama J's Produce

The name that speaks for itself. Years of trial and growth have done well for this expanding operation. Located in Cartersville, Georgia, up I-75 N. Hydroponically grown lettuce that will change your mind about how a salad should be experienced. During the summer expect a variety of tomatoes like heirloom, mountain fresh, green zebra, sun gold and many others we can't pronounce. The heat brings us peppers, eggplant, beans, zucchini and other ingredients grown down the road, featured at Trackside during peak season. Expect great specials highlighting Mama J's all year long. You can find Mama J's lettuce on our "Peaches & Greens" salad this summer. Get to know the Growers at Marietta Farmers Market on Saturday mornings or keep up with them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/MamaJsProduce

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