Down at the Farmer’s Market – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
By Jennie Guido
The downtown farmer’s market keeps growing every season. What was once a place to find vegetables, fruits, cheeses and preserves has become a mecca for talent in our region.
A new face in town and at the market is Taylor Stamp and its freshly baked loaves at The Lady and The Pig. “The concept of The Lady and The Pig started when I was living in Mexico with my boyfriend where I was always looking for the best torta (sandwich),” Stamp explained. “We were spoiled with authentic stewed meat piled on fresh bread every day. It was such a treat.
With her ideas in tow, Stamp became a Natchezian and soon began sharing her treats with locals. “I recently moved to Natchez hoping to bring back some of the authenticity I have learned during my past six years of travels in Mexico and Vietnam. Once a market gardener myself, I have always made it a point of honor to supply homes and restaurants with local products and provisions. I like to draw attention to the importance of fresh food and its origin. Food has an incredible capacity to bring families and communities It is a pleasure to be part of the shared experience.
Stamp’s story for creating the name of his bakery business comes directly from his experience in Mexico. “There’s a phrase you hear commonly while dining out in Mexico and after feeling quite satisfied (also known as a food coma),” Stamp said. “The locals will say that I arrived at “el mal del puerco”. It translates directly to bad pig, but it refers to that happy feeling you get after a delicious meal. That’s when I thought of the name – The Lady and the Pig. Fresh bread certainly enhances any sandwich or pairs perfectly with a home-cooked meal. Artisan bread, which is celebrated around the world, can be enjoyed in so many ways.
With a name for his company and a concept formed, Stamp began producing breads of all styles and tastes. “With a culinary and agricultural background, artisan bread was naturally the next step,” Stamp added. “I continued to practice the techniques of the trade and I found a new love, pastry.
“You can find our fresh breads and homemade treats at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Some favorites have been our rosemary French baguettes, our ciabatta bread, our New York style bagels and our loaded pecan and almond granola. We’re always trying new things and you can expect exciting things in the future from Lady and The Pig. We also provide limited quantities of fresh bread at the Natchez Olive Market Thursday through Saturday. At this time, we are happy to coordinate special orders.
Do you want to follow the journey of the Lady’s bread? You can find her on Instagram or at the Saturday market.