Leslie and Dave Lennox, founders of Hope's Gardens, at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.
Leslie, Dave, and their daughter Hope (the namesake) in the greenhouse. (right)
Hope's Gardens Greenhouse, a 1937 Lord and Burnham greenhouse restored by Leslie and Dave. (above)
HOPE'S GARDENS PESTO
In the spring of 2007, we were invited to take part in the newly created Peachtree Road Farmers Market (PRFM) in Atlanta, GA. The first market featured only ten vendors, selling fresh pasta, vegetables, eggs, and flowers. At the time, I sold my handmade greeting cards under the name Anzix Collections at the market. At home, we were urban farmers, growing herbs, lettuces, tomatoes and other produce in our greenhouse and garden. We soon realized we could use this opportunity to explore selling our garden goods and our fresh pesto, adored by friends and family. We soon discovered we were on to something after selling out several weekends in a row. Hope's Gardens was born.
We became regulars at the PRFM for close to ten years, as well as other Atlanta farmers markets. Our products were sold in Whole Foods locations in Georgia and featured in great restaurants and gourmet stores around town. Today, our pesto is served on International Delta Airline flights, in meals curated by James Beard award-winning Chef Linton Hopkins.