Past Meetup

Grand Opening of Artisanal Provisions Gourmet Food Store

Hosted by Hometown Atl Tourists

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Day Trip to Nature’s Harmony Farm in Elberton, GA

• Leave Atlanta at 10:00 a.m.

• Arrive around 12:30 (unless we stop for lunch in Athens)

• Artisanal Provisions is open from 10-4

In 2007 Tim and Liz Young radically changed their lives by selling their suburban home, quitting their jobs as a teacher and corporate executive and devoted themselves to sustainable farming even though they had never milked a cow, petted a pig or held a chicken. They wanted to reconnect to the earth where food really comes from. They tell their story in their book The Accidental Farmers. They raise pigs, sheep, cows, heritage chickens, and even bees. They also make award-winning cheese. Fortsonia, inspired by Gruyere and Comte, was named Best Food in the South by Garden & Gun Magazine in 2012. It also snagged two other awards that year and another this year. Six years after buying the farm they are realizing another dream: “taking a small step toward turning the industrial food tide…by opening a gourmet food store with a mission to discover exquisitely handcrafted food gifts from southeastern artisans and share their gifts with consumers who value health, local flavors and artisanal craftsmanship.” To read more about how this came about, the products they will carry and their producer criteria, check out this link:

Check out more farm photos by clicking here:

We will carpool up to Elberton to help Tim and Liz celebrate their grand opening by checking out the goods, wandering around the farm (maybe not all 126 acres in one day) and visiting the animals, peering into the cheesemaking room through glass doors and – I’m told – possibly taking a look at the cheese cave through windows if they finish up some construction in time.

UPDATED on 11/5/2013 (to include info on the cheese tour):

Cheese Room & Aging Space Tour

Tours Start Precisely at 1:00 p.m. each Saturday and must be purchased in advance

Due to numerous requests on the part of customers who plan on visiting Artisanal Provisions (, we are pleased to announce that we will offer one private tour per week of our cheese room and aging space. Each tour is limited to 8 people, first come, first serve.

We expect to make cheese on the day of each tour, but that is not guaranteed. Either way, the 45 minute tour will include:

A visit through the milking parlor where we milk our Jersey cows each morning and evening.After donning shoe covers, aprons and hair nets, we will enter the cheese room and discuss the process of making each of our cheeses, whether the cheese make is happening or not (NOTE: due to sanitation concerns we will observe any make processes from a safe distance).Finally, visitors will be allowed to enter the cheese cave, where we will discuss various issues, techniques and approaches that confront artisan cheesemakers as they hand tend hundreds of wheels of cheese over a several month period.

Please note the following:

Visitors must wear flat sole shoes. This is necessary for our shoe covers. Heels or boots are not appropriate.We reserve the right to exclude anyone from the tour that we believe shows visible signs of sickness. Children under 16 are not permitted. If children are 16, they must purchase a spot and have identification.Tours start precisely at 1:00 p.m. If the tour has already entered the cheese room, late arrivers may not join the tour for sanitation and food safety reasons.

Afterward we will head back and stop in Athens (will take an hour to get there) and explore a bit and then have some dinner. Listed below are some stores you may want to check out.

• Shiraz Fine Wines & Gourmet

675 Pulaski St. Suite 400

Athens, GA 30601

In addition to carrying over 200 wines, they carry 60+ craft beers, artisanal cheeses, olive oils and vinegars, specialty teas and coffees and much, much more.

• Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket

1689 S. Lumpkin Street

Athens, GA 30606

The products they carry contain no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats or artificial trans fats, colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and no antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones and no bleached or bromated flour.

• Daily Groceries Co-op

523 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA 30601

Carries healthy, local and organic food and other products.

Lunch/Dinner Options:

• Five & Ten

1073 S. Milledge Ave.

Athens, GA 30605

Open at 5:30 p.m.

• The Grit

199 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA

Open 10-3; 5-10

• The National

232 W. Hancock Ave.

Athens, GA 30601

Open 11:30-3; 5:00-?

• The Branded Butcher (they use Nature’s Harmony Farm cheddar cheese)

225 North Lumpkin Street

Athens, GA 30601

Open 11-3; 5:30-11

Check out their menu on their Facebook page.

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