Grassroots Coffee Company's caffeinated connoisseurs boast fresh-roasted beans and brews, complemented by a bevy of fresh-baked treats. Sip on selections of java, roasted on-site daily, including a medium americano ($2.65), latte ($3.60), or freshly brewed coffee ($1.87). Those with rumbling stomachs can suppress abdominal earthquakes with an array of scones ($2.35), muffins ($2.25), and bagels ($1.25), or enjoy bites from a new lunch sandwich menu in the café's hip wood and exposed-brick interior. Grassroots Coffee Company's seasonally rotating beans come from all over the world, including selections such as the Brazil Buena vista ($10.20/lb.), Ethiopian Sidamo ($11.85/lb.), and Sumatra Mandheling ($12/lb.). To the delight of diary lovers and self-obsessed cows alike, experienced baristas wield only local Sparkman's Dairy products.
With 140 acres of grazing goats and masticating Jersey cows, Sweet Grass Dairy crafts artisan dairy delectables in a variety of styles. Curd-cravers can choose from a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates, such as Finn's Finest Fodder, stacked with finocchiona, creminelli barolo, speck, chorizo, Vilux dijon mustard, cornichons, and crackers ($20). Meanwhile, wine lovers can test their matchmaking skills by pairing up lonely cheeses with a bottle of one of Sweet Grass's type A grape bloods ($22–$30). The wine menu changes weekly, but always offers myriad choices in different categories, including smooth white wines, big and bold reds, and attention-seeking sparkling varieties that perpetually fizz at top volume, even on subjects they know little about.
The blue-aproned confectioners of Peterbrooke Chocolatier dip, layer, and glaze every possible goodie. Milk chocolate poured over golden popcorn creates a movie-worthy brittle (12 oz. for $14), and pretzel twists ($10), pretzel rods ($15), and Oreos (two for $3) enveloped in white, milk, and dark chocolate transform snack jars from decorative tchotchkes into functional givers of sweets.
The cooks at Connie’s Ham have been treating the Tallahassee area to hickory-smoked, spiral-sliced, and honey-glazed hams since 1986. These kitchen wizards whip up a slew of ham-centric salads, sandwiches, and plated specials that can be enjoyed in their casual eatery or packed up for carry-out for family dinners, holiday celebrations, or neighborhood ham-throwing competitions.
Tomato Land opens up a world of fresh produce from local farmers and vendors eager to uproot plants and vegetables and replant them into the mouths of hungry consumers. The market deals exclusively with retail and wholesale produce roused from its slumber and purchased on a daily basis. In addition to a plethora of eponymous, Florida-grown tomatoes ($2.49/lb.), Tomato Land proffers red-skin potatoes for mashing, baking, or stuffing into a spud gun and firing at unassuming crash test dummies ($1.10/lb.). Local squash and zucchini stack up next to green beans and pole beans, along with eggplant, cucumbers, and collards. Fresh local okra is ideal for frying, while fruit lovers can crack open ripe Florida watermelon and cantaloupe ($0.99/cantelope). A range of organically grown produce is also available, raised without the use of pesticides or bulked up with controversial backside injections of human growth hormone.