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Thomasville Companies in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Directly from the website:

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

This is where you will meet, learn from, and be inspired by fellow makers from around the country. Welcome.

That sums it up nicely, and y’all know how I feel about American-made items.  I’m opening up an entire store based on that very affection.  But there are three awesome companies based right up the road (a road I travel many times per week) in our own Thomasville, Georgia that are in the running to win the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!  I thought I would do a little spotlight on them and encourage you all to go vote for them!  Let’s help SoWeGa gain a little national recognition from my home girl.

Dreaming Cow Creamery

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows | Oysters & Pearls

Dreaming Cow Creamery‘s offices are located in Thomasville, but the gals (cows) are located on their farm in Pavo.  A sister company of famed Sweet Grass Dairy, Dreaming Cow Creamery makes New Zealand-style full fat yogurt that is out. of. this. world.  Wheat and I are obsessed with their yogurt and have been since I lived in Tallahassee.  It’s the bomb.com and my personal favorite-of-all-time yogurt.  Their cows are grass-fed year-round, and in the heat of the South Georgia summer spend their time under irrigation pivots.  They lead happy, happy lives, which much be why their yogurt tastes so darn good.

Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery!

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows Closeup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch Pepper Jelly | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve mentioned Blackberry Patch here before – they were at Due South’s Makers Market.  And they’re stuff is the jam.  (I know y’all love my puns…?)  Founded in 1988, Blackberry Patch makes all manner of fruity jarred goodness, including syrups, jams, jellies, and even salsas, using real fruits and family recipes.  They give back to the community, too!  Each year, a portion of the profits from Blackberry Patch goes to support four charities: Marion Medical Missions, providing clean water in developing nations; The Gideons, bringing the Word of God to millions each year, Habitat for Humanity, providing sustainable housing around the globe.

Vote for Blackberry Patch!

Blackberry Patch Syrups | Oysters & Pearls

Schermer Pecans

Schermer Pecans | Oysters & Pearls

You’ve seen Schermer Pecans here on O&P before, too – they sponsored the 2014 Southern C Summit!  A family-owned for 65 years and true Southwest Georgia-wide operation, Schermer Pecans‘ trees are just outside of Albany, Georgia, and their offices are in Thomasville.  Not just plain ole pecans, Schermer Pecans has candied pecans and tons of gift options, too.  Plus, y’all know I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of my beloved spaniels.

Vote for Schermer Pecans!

Schermer Pecans with Spaniels | Oysters & Pearls

All right, you’ve got the dirt on these three so… GO VOTE!  You can vote six times per day once you register, up until October 13th. It would be so great to see one of these win the Fan Favorite Award.  So be a doll and hop to it!

Martha Steward American Made Awards 2014 Nominees

Vote for Schermer Pecans
Vote for Blackberry Patch
Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery

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Shaved Summer Squash Salad

I’ve made this shaved summer squash salad multiple times since the first time.  It’s light and refreshing, and even Wheat was (mostly) content to have it as his entire meal for Meatless Monday.  Once.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad | Oysters & Pearls

It’s the perfect way to use those tiny, delicate summer squashes – both yellow crookneck and zucchini – without heating up a stove or an oven.  It’s best topped with a mountain of Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville Tomme and some feta, too.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad | Oysters & PearlsShaved Summer Squash Salad Recipe
serves 8


– 10 small summer squash, approximately half zucchini and half yellow
– 1/2 cup pickled red onions, roughly chopped
– 2 fresh banana peppers, sliced
– 1 or 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)
– 4 or 5 green onions, sliced thinly
– 10 or so fresh mint leaves, torn
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 tablespoons white wine or rice vinegar
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1/2 cup shaved Thomasville Tomme or Pecorina Romano
– 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


Using a sharp vegetable peeler, shave the zucchini into thin, wide strips.  I’m not joking when I say that purchasing this OXO Good Grips Y Peeler changed how I felt about vegetable peelers.  It’s amazing and a cheap kitchen addition that will make life much easier and enjoyable.

Using a sharp knife, cut the yellow squash into thin rounds.  Roughly chop the pickled red onions, slice and chop the peppers and onions, add the torn mint, and toss them all together with your hands.  In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper together.  Pour over the squash mixture and toss to coat.  Let sit for 20 minutes.  Add cheeses on top just before serving.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

The addition of mint to this salad makes it so refreshing for a light summer meal or a delicious side salad for burgers, fish, you name it.  It’s great on its own, served with a sliced homegrown tomato or two.

Shaved Squash and Zucchini Salad with Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville Tomme | Oysters & Pearls

 I brought it to our farm to table supper club over at Randy’s and Carol’s, and I can attest it’s a wonderful summer side dish as well.  Improvise how you see fit – ditch the peppers, add more, add pickled banana peppers instead of pickled onions… The world is your oyster.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad Recipe with Thomasville Tome | Oysters & Pearls

Happy summer gardening and eating!

Shop this post:
dinnerware (Lenox French Perle)
wooden serving bowl (Pottery Barn, Similar)
vegetable peeler (OXO Good Grips Y Peeler)

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Quick Pickled Red Onions
Hopkins Farms CSA
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Making Class
Farm to Table Supper Part Deaux
Farm to Table Supper Club
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Savory Baked Egg Muffins


Can you tell I’m one of those people who get on a kick and just can’t stop until they are sick of eating whatever it is?  I used to go through after-school snack phases.  I would eat a Nestle Crunch bar every single day after school for months, then one day a switch would flip and I wouldn’t eat another one for 5 years.  I’m weird like that.

Baked Egg Cups with Rainbow Chard | Oysters & Pearls

Clearly, right now I’m on a savory eggs kick.  I want eggs with greens any way I can get them.  And if I can get them highlighted with some balsamic vinegar and balanced with some Sweet Grass Dairy Lil Moo cheese, even better.

Balsamic Sauteed Rainbow Chard for Savory Baked Egg Cups | Oysters & Pearls

Again, I like to sautee my hearty super greens with a dash of good olive oil and a hefty splash of balsamic vinegar.  It tames the strong flavors and helps to break down the fibers, but you don’t cook them long enough to lose a lot of nutrients.  Just a handful of minutes will do ya.

Savory Baked Egg Cups with Balsamic Chard | Oysters & Pearls

Savory Baked Egg Cups Recipe | Oysters & Pearls Savory Baked Egg Muffins Recipe
serves six


– 2 cups cooked greens, drained
– six eggs
– 1/4 cup whole milk
– salt and pepper
– six tablespoons of Sweet Grass Dairy Lil Moo (or another soft fresh cheese, such as chèvre)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray and fill cups halfway with cooked and drained greens.  In a separate bowl,  whisk together eggs, milk and salt and pepper.  Pour over greens into muffin tin.  Top each “muffin” with one tablespoon of cheese.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

Rainbow Chard Egg Cups | Oysters & Pearls

Healthy Egg Muffins | Oysters & Pearls

The rainbow chard is so pretty for these cute lil’ muffins, but you can use regular swiss chard, kale, spinach, etc.  Whatever you’ve got growin’!  They make a delicious breakfast on the go.  I made this batch on Sunday morning and they’ve been awesome to grab and go on my way out the door to work this week.

Healthy Egg Muffins with Rainbow Chard | Oysters & Pearls

Baked Egg Muffins with Super Greens | Oysters & Pearls

Have I sold you on savory baked eggs yet?  If not, maybe you’ll luck up and I’ll be on another kick soon.

Until Next Time