Fresh Harvest Garden Gathering | May 7

Photo Credit: Matchstic

Photo Credit: Matchstic

If you haven't already, secure a seat for the upcoming "Share a Table" by Fresh Harvest. We will be preparing a seasonal feast at one of our favorite local farms- Woodland Gardens! If you haven't seen or tasted their amazing produce available through Fresh Harvest and several farmers markets- now is the time to do so!

Jason has put together the following tentative menu for the evening. It's BYOB too, so bring your favorite bottle, enjoy a farm tour and a community dinner. Oh, and Refuge Coffee Co. will be serving an after-dinner treat.


Woodland Gardens Organic Farm

1355 Athens Road, Winterville, GA 30683


Saturday, May 7, 2016

from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Photo Credit: Rachel Iliadis

Photo Credit: Rachel Iliadis


Mushroom Tart with Micro Arugula

Pimento Cheese and Crackers with Pickled Celery


Mixed Woodland Gardens Greens with Pistachio Crisps, Sweet Pickled Onions, Shaved Radish, and Lemon Vinaigrette


Jalapeño Corn Bread with Banner Butter

Family Style Main

"Shrimp Boil" with Pine Street Smoked Sausage

Creamy Polenta with Stewed Heirloom Tomatoes

Charred Bok Choy Salad with Pickled Turnips and Green Onions


Citrus Lavender Panna Cotta with Macerated Strawberry 

Heirloom Tomatoes by Woodland Gardens Organic Farm

Heirloom Tomatoes by Woodland Gardens Organic Farm

Woodland Garden Organics Farm | Heirloom Tomatoes

Harvest Sweet Potato Loaf Recipe + Baby Announcement


We have thoroughly enjoyed the temperature change here in Atlanta... and hope it's here to stay. To welcome Autumn in all it's glory we'd like to share the perfect hearty, wholesome (and tasty) quick bread. We adapted this recipe from the Piece of Cake'sGolden Pumpkin Loaf.

Did you watch the video?!? No, it's not a cooking tutorial, but rather a personal announcement we are pretty stoked about. Our dear friend, and talented photographer came to our house to photograph the stop motion.


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1-1/4 Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Baked Sweet Potato Puree
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 6 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Dried Currants
  • 1/4 cup Dried Raisins
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped



Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9x5 loaf pan and line the 2 long sides and bottom with parchment paper. Mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in medium bowl, using a hand whisk. Set Aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs and both sugars on medium-high speed until creamy and thick, for about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed, the add the pureed sweet potato, vanilla, and oil and continue mixing until smooth. On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing only until the flour just disappears.


Remove the bowl from the mixer, scrape the bowl up from the bottom and fold in dried fruit and nuts. Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 60-75 minutes, or until the loaf is well browned and a small knife emerges clean from the center. Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before releasing it to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Photos by the Photography of Haley Sheffield


Homespun ATL Summer Internship


The position is both work-from-home and on-site at our Atlanta,GA studio- Studio South. You must have reliable transportation. You will get hands-on experience working for a small, growing business. This is an unpaid position. A paid position after the internship is not guaranteed. We are looking for a rising-star that loves bringing people together, has a creative eye, and thrives on details and structure. The three month internship will begin immediately. Please note, the position is primarily administrative and does not involve cooking.


An intern’s duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Formatting + Writing content for online platforms (Blog+Website)
  • Manage Social Media Outlets
  • Assisting in planning, coordinating, and setting up for our monthly gatherings
  • Working with our contributors for bookings, and publishing event recaps
  • Assisting with photo shoots
  • Running Errands (Gas Reimbursed)


Applicants must meet the following:

  • Live in the Atlanta Area
  • Have a personal laptop
  • Internet savviness + social media etiquette
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (we use Google Docs)
  • Access to Photoshop is a plus
  • Good communication skills (written + verbal)
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Knowledge of: HTML + WordPress is not required, but would be extremely helpful
  • Available 5-15 hrs/week


This internship is not paid, but we offer some mighty fine (and tasty) benefits:

  • Leftovers, nibbles, and taste-testing. Enough said.
  • Exposure to many of the ATL talented creatives in the industry.
  • Learn cooking tips and all  the best places to source.
  • Behind the scenes look at how to run a personal chef (and creative) business.
  • School Credit, if applicable.

If you meet the listed requirements, please fill out the application (below) by Friday, June 13. Also, send your resume to

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We hope you're enjoying this holiday season as much as we are. It has been such a blessing this year to see the Homespun community grow (and turn into a fulltime job for Jason). We would like you to get all dressed up, and come celebrate Christmas with us!
Thursday, December 19th from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


LOCATION The Seed Studio - 434 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 *Park in the lot across the street.

  • Light bites, local meats & cheeses, sweet treats, & a special holiday cocktail.
  • BYOB
  • Live music by Haley Sheffield & Chris Crowell.
  • Discounted ticket if you bring 4 canned or nonperishable goods.


It's often said that this time of year is about giving, not receiving. We are going to gift a local family the full Homespun experience for an evening, but need your help. The proceeds from this party will go towards their meal, and we are also collecting nonperishable goods to stock their pantry.
RSVP Tickets available at Eventbrite. Discounted ticket if you bring 4 canned or nonperishable goods.
Festive Cocktail Attire
Floral Arrangement in Photo: Juli Vaughn Designs // Photo Credit: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Ode to Autumn


As a chef I aspire to provide wholesome meals. Homespun has become one of my outlets to do so...from the food that we source, to the preparation and techniques used. I try to bring the meal to life, while ensuring each guests leaves full and nourished.



For our Ode to Autumn dinner held in late September I had challenged myself to follow the Whole30 program while preparing the meal. I enjoyed having set parameters, and allowing the season’s availability to direct my focus. I found that in these guidelines my creativity was stretched in new ways. The menu was as follows:

BEET + ARUGULA SALAD Moonglow Pears, Golden Pickled Beets, Toasted Pecans with Onion-Pear Vinaigrette


PEPPERCORN CRUSTED PORK LOIN Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Onions + Kale


BRAISED CABBAGE, AFRICAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH + GALA APPLES with Fresh Basil philsanders_homespun_low-res-9547

FARM-FRESH BRAISED GREENS with Pickled Swiss Chard + Roasted Garlic



The menu was full of healthy goodness sourced from our local markets. Also I had the privilege to cook for one the farmers from whom I sourced shiitake mushrooms. Jonathan and his family run Abundant Harvest, and provide delectable produce at several markets around metro Atlanta. He is also one of my go-to farmers we use for our meals.

One of the benefits of cooking straightforward with local produce is the flavor. Using fresh, locally grown food gives me the peace of mind and confidence while preparing meals for the guest around the table.  For one, I know how fresh it is. Second of all, I know where and whom I am getting it from.  The meal was organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. Yes, you heard me correctly...even the guest assured me that everything tasted great.

Cooking and eating clean may take a bit more effort. After experiencing it, we quickly grow to appreciate going back to its humble beginnings.


LOCALLY SOURCED Morningside Market: Woodland Gardens, Crystal Organic Farm, D+ A Farm, Cimino Farm Peachtree Road Farmers Market: Abundant Harvest Niman Ranch

Photo Credit: Phil Sanders | Styling: Blue Eyed Yonder | Foliage: Lindsay Coletta Designs

Brunch Debut

View More: I love brunch. I have to admit, the guest got the full brunt of my excitement and appreciation of brunch food.  The menu offered a great variety and was filling to say the least.


  • Mini Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Local Parfaits with AtlantaFresh Yogurt, Gluten Free Pure Bliss Granola, Honey, Figs


  • Farm Veggie Salad - Local Tomatoes, Squash, Bitter Greens, Basil, Shaved Carrots with a Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
  • Riverview Farms Melon's with Fresh Basil and Honey
  • Stone-Ground Grits with BBQ Pork
  • Quiche with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Bacon
  • Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
  • Breakfast Meat Plate- Applewood Smoked Bacon, Housemade Breakfast Sausage
  • French Toast Bread Pudding with Blueberries and OrganiC Mountains Wildflower Honey
  • Crystal Farms Heirloom Potato Hash
  • End of Peach Season Basil Muffin

The table was filled with rich conversation.  It brings joy to me when I see people connect, laugh, and savor the moment. Wholesome food has a way of bringing people together. We all know how special of these moments around a meal. We often come to the point are hearts are yearning for nourishment for our bodies and our souls.  So why do we as a culture not take the time to deal with both?

I can only speak for myself, but it is when I get so caught up in work, email, errands, meetings, and the day-to-day grind that I feel so emptied and selfish. I encourage you to create opportunities to be present. Have co-workers over, asking the neighbors in for the first time, or just sitting down at the table with everyone in your household for a family dinner.  Step away from the busy.

-Chef J

Credits: Erin Wood of Paperlily Photography // Jamie Jimenez of Julia’s Poppies - Paper Goods

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