we flock to: the farmer fund launch party

At Aviary, we love few things more than our community. And our community is founded upon relationships with local and global farmers—they help us plant the seeds for your renewal by growing the bounty used in all of our products. So we were excited to learn about The Farmer Fund Launch Party, taking place this coming Monday, August 10. The Farmer Fund is a new nonprofit working to serve the Metro Atlanta farmers who feed our families. By focusing on serving farmers in the face of natural disaster, they keep farmers farming and our tables (and stomachs) full. So, in celebration of that, they’re kicking off in the only way they know how—food, community and fun. Lots of it.

The night will include everything from beer and food from local breweries and restaurants to an apron fashion show, live auction and live music from Athens-based band The Darnell Boys. All is included in the price of a ticket, as well as benefits The Farmer Fund, so head here to snag one for yourself. We hope to see you there!

let's flock to root city market

Spring has sprung in Atlanta, and it’s brought sunny Beltline walks, floral friends and a charming coat of yellow pollen along with it. But something else is popping up this week, and that’s Root City Market. A quarterly pop-up makers market founded in 2013, Root City will open its doors at our neighbor StoveWorks this Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 4pm.

Featuring 40+ vendors ranging from apparel and accessories to bath products and art, Root City is showcasing our buds The Bitter Southerner, Xocolatl, Modern Giant and Plywood Made, among so many others. But Root City doesn’t stop there. In addition to the vendors, graphic designer and community virtuoso Sarah Lawrence will present interactive installations celebrating our community like a giant coloring book titled “Exquisite City,” local recording studio The Cottage will provide some tunes in the form of singer-songwriter Sydney Eloise and, of course, Earth Day-inspired activities will be available for the kiddos.

A family affair and community celebration, Root City is bringing it all to the table this year, and we can’t wait. Check out specifics (including information on the $500 Makers Giveaway) here, and be sure to say hello. We’ll be walking around, taking it all in and eating goodies from local favorites including Doggy Dogg, Homespun and Wanderlust. Did we mention it’s free? See you there!

All photographs by Jess Smith, courtesy of Root City Market

wonder city, wonderfarm

Prepare to engage all five senses this coming Saturday at the first-ever Wonderfarm. A celebration of our unique community, Wonderfarm will combine farm food and local art to benefit two special Atlanta nonprofits – Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot. The evening will include a seated dinner curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and feature more than 10 of Atlanta's most crave-worthy chefs. Interactive performances, demonstrations and installations organized by WonderRoot will also be in progress.

It is Community Farmers Markets’ mission to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. WonderRoot also believes in inspiring positive social change through uniting artists and community.

In addition to a delicious dinner and equally enticing art, Wonderfarm will include a cocktail reception and silent auction from your favorite local businesses. And did we mention that this is the first time that the new Krog Street Market opens its doors to the public?

Head over here for ticket information and how to get involved. This is an Atlanta evening not to miss.

team hidi update (let's do something extraordinary)

On April 15, our friends Ryan and Jen Hidinger announced that they are moving forward with their new restaurant, Staplehouse. They also excitedly announced their new, purpose-driven direction for the restaurant. Staplehouse will act as the flagship for The Giving Kitchen, an entity whose mission is to provide Atlanta's restaurant and hospitality employees financial relief from medical or other unanticipated hardships. Check out the attached documentary for more details, their story, and to see that Ryan and Jen are two of the most extraordinary cats around.

But Ryan and Jen can't do it alone. They're asking for contributions via Indiegogo and we urge you to head over and check it out. In the words of the Hidinger's themselves, "If you love food, contribute
. If you like good people, contribute. If you hate cancer, contribute. If you effing hate cancer, contribute. If you think Staplehouse will make Atlanta a better place, contribute. If you want to take care of the industry that’s taken care of you, contribute. If you want to make history, contribute. If you like awesome chefs with beards, contribute. If you like to contribute, um, contribute. If you don’t have money to contribute, share."

Let's do this, Atlanta.