It’s the week before Thanksgiving and you enter the store looking for the crowning touch to your holiday meal. Row upon row of sliced hams and smoked turkeys are ready for the picking. A couple of weeks later, it’s time for the annual neighborhood Christmas party. Placing a catering order of smoked meat trays is the perfect solution. However, what you may not know is that you can drop by Logan Farms and Market Café in Jackson’s Maywood Mart on a typical Tuesday or Wednesday, not to pick up a sliced ham, but to enjoy a complete Southern-style meal.
So, here’s the tip of the day: Logan Farms is much, much more than a holiday meat destination. Most know about Logan Farms’ honey-glazed hams and smoked turkeys, but less known is the fact that Logan Farms has an in-store dining area in which to enjoy a variety of menu items.
These include daily blue-plate specials, soups, veggie plates, salads, and specialty sandwiches. In short, almost everything on the menu at a traditional restaurant menu is offered at Logan Farms in the spacious dining area. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch of homemade Southern specialties.
For starters, there are fried dill pickles ($4) – yes, Logan Farms has fried dill pickles! The battered and sliced dill pickles are served with a side of homemade ranch dressing. Other appetizers included fried onion rings ($4) served with homemade comeback dressing; fried green tomatoes ($5) served with homemade tomato sauce and barbecue pulled pork nachos ($10). Almost a meal by itself, this dish consists of homemade fried tortilla chips topped with slow-smoked pulled pork, barbecue sauce, Rotel cheese, and jalapeno peppers.
If you’re in the mood for a poboy (starting at $5 for a half, $10 for a whole), you’ve come to the right place. Selections include ham, turkey, roast beef, and beef, dressed with traditional toppings and served on homemade Leidenheimer poboy bread.
A variety of Logan Farms classic sandwiches ($6 and up) can be made to order by selecting from a variety of homemade breads and choosing from among pimento cheese, BLT, chicken or tuna salad, egg and olive, and pulled pork, among others.
On the lighter side, a soup of the day ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl) is offered, along with salads ranging from chef ($8) to chicken or tuna salad plate ($7).
Looking for a heartier lunch reminiscent of your grandmother’s table? Logan Farms can send you back to yesteryear with one of its blue-plate specials ($8.50 for small, $10 for large).
Dishes that are always on the menu are smoked chicken, hand-battered fried chicken tenders, chicken and dumplings, barbecue, and sliced ham or turkey. However, if you like a changing menu, Logan Farms doesn’t disappoint.
Specials that rotate according to the day include fried chicken Parmesan, smoked pork loin or fried pork chop, pot roast or country fried steak, meatloaf or hamburger steak, and fried catfish or baked Parmesan catfish.
Each plate comes with a choice or two or three sides according to size and a bread selection. Over 20 fresh vegetables and sides from which to choose include black-eyed peas, creamed corn, pasta and potato salad, turnip greens, fried okra, broccoli salad, and mac and cheese.
As mentioned, a spacious dining area is available for those that prefer to eat-in. However, takeout is available for those that prefer this option.
Okay, now that you’re convinced that Logan Farms is much more than a holiday meat store, a little information on the items for which it is famous.
Along with daily lunches, Logan Farms sells honey-glazed hams, boneless turkey breasts, hickory-smoked, and Cajun spiced turkeys. All are popular items for holiday dinners, parties, and gift giving year-round.
Logan Farms also offers Southern cooked vegetables, homemade casseroles, desserts, gravies, and sauces. In short, everything needed for a complete holiday meal or party can be picked up to make life simpler during this hectic time of the year.
Logan Farms can cater any size event and for any occasion. Selections include hot meals, barbecue, boxed lunches, sandwich trays, breakfast items and more. Online shopping and ordering can be done at www.jackson.loganfarms.com.
Logan Farms is located at 1220 East Northside Drive in the Maywood Mart Shopping Center. Lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; sandwiches and barbecue are served all day. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday. Call 601- 366-4267 for more information.