Normally, N and I shop at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, but every now and then we trek out to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. The Buford Highway Farmer’s Market (BHFM, from here on out) seems to be cheaper and offers a wider range of produce and ethnic foods, but it is farther out from our home and it’s so big that it’s easy to spend way too much time there, which isn’t good if you have a busy schedule.
We stocked up on plenty of produce, of course, and picked up some other good finds such as a cheap package of agar agar, some Thai tea leaves and large tapioca balls for making bubble tea drinks.
The BHFM, once out of the very large produce section, is arranged by countries/regions. One of my favorite things to do there is to go down the European aisles and hunt for things that you wouldn’t think were vegan but are.
I especially like playing this little seeking game on the aisles with cookie and tea biscuits. We found several things that were vegan including the aforementioned cookie/biscuits, vegetarian pate and chocolate halva. Most tahini based halva is vegan, but rarely do you find huge tubs of chocolate halva for under $5.
Vegans should stay away from the very back of the BFHM, because just like at the Dekalb FM, it’s nothing but dead animals. Other than that, it’s fun to take the time to explore. I found these quirky little bottles of wine for sale.
Since the Buford Highway area is sort of a trek for us, we also stopped in at the only place (Pho 96) I know that has vegan pho (if you’re not aware, I love pho). Service is touch and go with this place, but the owner is super nice and she’s assured us that the vegetarian version of pho does not have fish sauce and is vegan friendly. We ordered the veggie spring rolls.
N ordered a vegan version of a bun dish. He requested this from off the menu, and they happily obliged.
I got the vegan version of their pho, which also has to be requested as it’s nowhere to be found on the menu. They bring it with a fresh herb and bean sprout condiment tray. It was slurpy goodness.
So thanks BHFM, I did enjoy a bright and glad day.
*These were adorable bento boxes in the kitchen supplies section of the BFHM*