Tomatoes

             It’s that time of the summer; the time when the ground grows those delicious red gems known as farm fresh tomatoes. At Atwater’s our menus strive to feature the best in local food which means tomatoes only appear on our menus when the farmers have them. We’re excited to partner with farmers to source the very best tomatoes Maryland can offer. Combine those local tomatoes with our bread and other fine ingredients and you have sandwich heaven

            The first sandwich added to our summer lineup is the Tomato Mozzarella. This vegetarian delight is made with local DiPasquale’s mozzarella, local tomatoes, Atwater’s Farm basil, gardinaire, garlic mayonnaise, and black pepper on our Ciabatta. The second sandwich is the Vegetarian Greek made with zucchini, local tomatoes, marinated cucumbers, red onion, feta olive spread, and lettuce on our Ciabatta. And last but certainly not least, the crown jewel of the summer lineup, the B.A.L.T. This sandwich features North Country bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and garlic mayonnaise on toasted Country White bread.

           

Pull up a patio chair and enjoy one of these great summer sandwiches before they’re gone! 

Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce

            Now introducing Atwater’s own hot sauce! We are pleased to share our new Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce with our customers. It gets its name from the deliciously spicy fresno peppers that we carefully selected for our hot sauce. Fresno peppers are right around the jalapeno pepper on the Scoville Scale. Fermentation captures the flavor of the peppers but also preserves the nutritional benefits. Jenny, who also makes our jam and pickles, prepares the fresno peppers and then combines them with sea salt and herb infused organic apple cider vinegar. She then puts them in pottery made locally by Beaumont Pottery to begin our traditional two week fermentation process. Fermentation captures the flavor of the peppers but also preserves the nutritional benefits. After the blend has successfully fermented for two weeks it is strained and bottled. The result is a spicy kick with unique herb notes. Goes great with our chicken salad, egg sandwiches, nachos, grilled cheeses, rice dishes, and more! Look for it on our shelves and our tables.

The Legendary Turkey Jack

         One of the most iconic sandwiches on any Atwater's menu is the Turkey Jack. The Turkey Jack seems like an unlikely fan favorite. Served on Raisin Pumpernickel bread it is often met with a bit of trepidation from the customer. The idea of slightly spicy pepper jack cheese with roasted turkey on a bread that has hints of sweetness and golden raisins can be intimidating. We understand, sometimes we can be intimidated as well. I myself must confess that it took years before I stopped substituting white bread for the classic Raisin Pumpernickel. 

          But then a change happened. I ordered the Turkey Jack without alteration and was simply transported. Transported to a place of deliciousness and heavenly delight. The smooth avocado was punctuated by the kick of the pepper jack cheese. The coleslaw combined with the roasted turkey and crisp lettuce for a texture profile so perfect I didn't even need my customary side of potato chips. And the bread. The Raisin Pumpernickel bread that for years made me a skeptic has now made me a believer. A believer that a bread with subtle notes of coffee and raisins can be the perfect vessel for a turkey sandwich.

            Don't just take my word for it, visit any Atwater’s location to try one today.

            

Summer Jams

            Strawberry season is underway! That means you’ll be seeing these delicious berries appearing all over our menu. One area in particular is our jam department. Jenny has been hard at work cleaning, cutting, and cooking pounds of strawberries and rhubarb. Fresh Maryland Eastern Shore strawberries and local rhubarb make this jam as delicious as it can possibly be.

            Looking for more ways to utilize our delicious homemade jam? Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat this delectable summertime treat:

1.      Indulge in a childhood classic PB+J with creamy peanut butter and fresh Atwater’s jam

2.      Use on wheat toast (perhaps our Sunflower Flax) for a healthy and delicious breakfast

3.      Make your favorite pancake batter and mix in semi-sweet chocolate chips and our Strawberry Jam for a combination so incredible you’ll want to make these every morning

4.      Entertain guests with a simple cheese plate pairing our jams with cheeses of your choice

5.      Heat up over the stove for a delicious ice cream topping

Nothing goes better with summer sun and good company than delicious food to share.

Twenty Pounds of Kale

                 As the weather heats up one of my favorite midday activities is to take a walk out to the Farm and check out what Sam has growing. It's a beautiful thing to walk from my office through the kitchen making soup, the pastry tables making cakes, and the bread department hand shaping loaves to right out back where we have lettuce, kale, mint, basil, and tomatoes growing.

                 Just yesterday in my conversation with Sam he told me he had harvested 20 pounds of kale! That's 20 pounds of kale for our soups grown right here in our own backyard! Farm to bowl has never been more true. We are excited to see where the rest of summer takes us as we look forward to more harvests and more vegetables such as delicious tomatoes in August. 

New Ice Cream Flavors

            Even though the weather seems to have some other ideas about getting ready for ice cream season we do not! We are excited to unveil our two new summer flavors, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Rhubarb.

            Atwater’s is one of the few places in Baltimore that makes ice cream the old fashioned way. Our eggs, milk, and cream come from local farms. We use these fresh and local ingredients to start each batch from scratch. You won’t find any mixes or pre-separated eggs in our kitchen. Ian, our head ice cream maker, cracks and separates each egg yolk by hand. He then cooks each batch of custard before churning and packing the containers.

           Our Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip is the finest mint ice cream you’ll have this summer. The mint used to give this ice cream its fresh flavor comes from Tuiy’s garden at the Big Kitchen. Tuiy works in our savory department here at the Big Kitchen, but also tends to a small garden plot that he uses to grow peppers, mint, and other herbs.

            Our Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream is made with fresh Maryland Eastern Shore strawberries and local rhubarb. Partnering with farmers, whether as far as the shore or right here in our own backyard, is what gives our food its incredible quality. There is no substitute for fresh, local fruit! The strawberries and rhubarb are cooked before being mixed with our Sweet Cream ice cream for a sweet burst of flavor.

            Stop in for a scoop at our Belvedere, Canton, or Falls Road locations today!

Mother's Day!

            May is for Moms! Mother’s Day is May 8th and we are ready to celebrate. Treating Mom to breakfast or brunch at home? Stop in to Atwater’s for delicious muffins and scones. Or perhaps a hearty loaf of bread with our jams. This year we have a very special Mother’s Day Cherry Berry Rose jam. This jam is made with cherries, blackberries, blueberries, organic sugar, a touch of lemon, finished with rose petals and rose water. It is a delicious and vibrant treat for Mom!

If you really want to start the day on a sweet note why not pick up a box of our Mother’s Day Mini Cupcakes? These delicious little cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat. They come in three flavors; carrot cake with cream cheese, chocolate with vanilla, and coconut with vanilla. For a dollar each it will be easy to spoil Mom with these little gems.

            If you’re venturing out to celebrate stop by our locations for brunch! Our Canton or Belvedere Square locations are great places to sip on mimosas with Mom. Or if you want to have a day of shopping dine in at our Kenilworth location and then head over to the mall for the Shops! If you want to take Mom out on an active adventure bike over to our Falls Road or Catonsville locations.

            Atwater’s wishes a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!