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Maiden South Grand Opening

I just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU to all my readers who sent well wishes or came to see us for our Grand Opening at Maiden South on Saturday.  You are all amazing and wonderful and I’m so very thankful for each and every one of you!

Jess and I (along with a handful of very close friends and helpers) had a VERY late night on Friday night, but we had tons of amazing people who helped us along that evening.

Embroidered Screen Door at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

We had our first sale at 8:01 AM Saturday morning.  Everyone was sleepy but excited!

First Ever Sale at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

And I thought it would be nice to share some updated pictures I snapped just before we opened Saturday to share with y’all.

Men's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Kids' Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Vignette at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Women's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Women's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Jewelry Deer at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Home Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Home Goods at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Even the kids who shopped had a great time at Maiden South!

Playing with Blocks at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South #regram | Oysters & Pearls

It was a surreal day for Jess and myself, and we are just so excited to be a part of downtown Bainbridge.  The Farmers’ Market was wonderful, yet again, and luckily I was able to send Wheat out into the fray (this was before the fray, obviously ;) to obtain our veggies for the week.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Sunday morning we spent a little time gardening, which seemed an appropriate way to spend time after such a crazy weekend.  #lettucepray

#lettucepray | Oysters & Pearls

Sunday evening we had a Bainbridge Farmers’ Market feast, consisting of: a salad of arugula and yukina savoy salad greens and salad radishes from Mountain Shadow Farm, sliced squash and tomatoes from a very nice man named Willie, green beans from Hopkins Farms, and bok choy from Mountain Shadow Farm.  Wheat put the venison on the table (and cooked it perfectly, to boot).  Be on the lookout for the sautéed bok choy recipe (along with other Market news) over on the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market blog!  It was a delicious addition to our meal, and we can’t wait to make it again next week.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market Feast | Oysters & Pearls

Overall, I am just so grateful, humbled, and happy after this weekend.  We worked SO hard, and it’s so very rewarding to see Maiden South come to life.  Thank you to the many people who helped us along the way.  We have some really amazing friends in this town!

And a point worth noting: our hours may change one day, but currently Maiden South will be open

Thursday 4 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 8 am – 2 pm

We apologize if you stop by on another day and we aren’t open for shopping (even if one of us happens to be there), but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, at least for the time being.  We hope you’ll understand and be patient with us!

Until Next Time

Farm to Table Supper Club: Part Deaux

Last Thursday night was our second incarnation of our farm to table supper club, this time hosted at our new friends, Randy and Carol Dupree‘s home.  I brought a shaved squash and zucchini salad (complete with a mountain of Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville Tomme) and a Georgia Peach and Blackberry Crisp – recipes forthcoming!

Georgia Peaches and Blackberry for a Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

If that doesn’t scream, “Southern Summer,” then I don’t know what does.  I got the peaches and blackberries from Lewis Produce Co. in Thomasville, and they were on point.

Sweet bee flour sack dish towel courtesy of Ashley at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Julie Guyot!

Cucumber Mint Margarita | Oysters & Pearls

Jessica made cucumber mint margaritas that were AMAZING.  Maybe she’ll share the recipe?  ;)

Jessica and Carol at the Farm to Table Supper | Oysters & Pearls Shaved Squash and Zucchini Salad with Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville Tomme | Oysters & Pearls

I told you it was a mountain of Thomasville Tomme.  I’m okay with that.

Farm to Table Potato Salad | Oysters & Pearls

This potato salad that Randy made had sunflower seeds in it.  Delicious!

Farm to Table Cucumbers | Oysters & Pearls

We set out all the food, grabbed cocktails, and those who hadn’t been there got the tour.  Randy and Carol turned a warehouse in downtown Bainbridge into the coolest house ever.  Everywhere you look, there’s a creatively recycled or repurposed thingamajig, and every time you get the tour, you see something you missed last time.  It’s pretty much amazing.

"Metal Man" Giving Wheat a Tour | Oysters & Pearls Farm to Table at a Giant Table | Oysters & Pearls

Their dining room table was purchased at a consignment shop in West Palm Beach.  It was once someone’s foyer table.  If you can believe that.  And that chandelier came out of a dumpster.

Old Fairbanks Floor Scale | Oysters & Pearls

This floor scale out of another old warehouse in town does duty on their back porch now as an outdoor dining table.

Farm to Table Part Deaux | Oysters & Pearls Old Fairbanks Floor Scale Turned Outdoor Dining Table | Oysters & Pearls

Randy and Carol are both talented metalworkers, and Carol showed us her latest plasma cutting project.

Plasma Cut Words  | Oysters & Pearls "Friends" | Oysters & Pearls Cocktails at Magic Hour | Oysters & Pearls

Bee Serene and Calm | Oysters & Pearls

I plasma cut that bee!

Molly  | Oysters & Pearls

We finally came back inside for the main event.

Farm to Table Last Minute Prep | Oysters & Pearls

Carol hand painted these little bags for farm to table utensil holders.  Naturally, the bee was my subtle place card. :)

Handmade Farm to Table Supper Club Utensil Holders | Oysters & Pearls Refinery Candle at the Farm to Table Supper Club | Oysters & Pearls

It was an epic feast!  Squash in every salad-form you can imagine, burgers, farm-fresh corn – it was all delicious.

Farm to Table Supper Club | Oysters & Pearls Second Farm to Table Supper Club | Oysters & Pearls Farm to Table Part Deaux  | Oysters & Pearls

And to top it all off, the peach and blackberry crisp was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.  The ice cream (not homemade – ooops) helped a lot!

Peach and Blackberry Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

Love farm to table eatin’ as much as we do?  If you’re in Bainbridge, come to the Firehouse on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to find out how you can help us get a downtown farmers’ market going!  Anyone who has veggies to sell or who wants to be able to buy veggies downtown at a market is welcome!

Email for more information, or for information on signing up for his Fall CSA from Mountain Shadow Farm.

Until Next Time