Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Support Your Local Farmer's Market

This past Wednesday, my mother and I visited a local farmer's market located across the street from Arnall's Grocery, next to the refurbished Newnan Historic Train Depot. The Newnan market is open for business every Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It's called Our Community Farmer's Market and there is also one located in Peachtree City Saturdays 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on MacDuff Crossing near The Flying Biscuit. Both showcase local farmer's and artisan's products beginning June 1st through fall. You can discover more details on www.ourcommuniyfarmersmarket.com.


Pictured above are Mike and Cindy Christie, Crossroads Garden Club Members who volunteer a lot of time to New Leaf Community Garden. The mission statement of this community garden is "The purpose is to educate, feed and nourish our community through a sustainable community garden." What an awesome concept. Check out their website at www.newleafcommunitygarden.com to find out more information and how you can become a part of their quest.


Mike and Cindy were busy selling organic vegetables grown in the New Leaf Community Garden located just blocks away at 32 Salbide Street. I was able to buy heirloom tomatoes called "Amish Paste" off their table. The seeds are drying now for an early 2014 crop in our garden.


I didn't get the info from the gentleman selling these peaches but my mom bought a basketful, so I know they were good because she gave me a few to bring home. Yum in my cereal!


The Yves Garden table pictured above is owned by Master Grower, Sabrina Clough located in Douglasville, Ga. Her card reads, "We grow specialty herbs, vegetables and exotic spices." Her website is www.YvesGarden.com.

Wally Bee's Honey had a display at the market. This honey is raw, unheated and unfiltered. Wally and Lynn Batchelor own the business and are glad to give anyone a taste that stops by their tent. They sale honey to lots of local stores including Arnall's Grocery across the street. You can contact them at 770-328-3472 or wallybeeshoney.com.


Mike Mangham raises his vegetables in Pike County. His daughter was in charge this day, I'm betting her name is Amy, as she expressed these were grown in "Amy's Garden," the name of her dad's business (770-550-0999).

Denise Prince, pictured above, was at the market, "Connecting lives one thread at the time." There were actually two looms working this day and it's called SAORI weaving. She lives in Peachtree City and owns HanDen Studios. Although, I didn't have much time to spend talking with her, I know this is a total art form. The results are beautiful. Contact at www.handenstudios-saori.com or 952-200-4869.


And if you like fresh salsa taste some made by Kellie Mariani from Sharpsburg. I tasted all but the hot because I didn't have any water with me. The peach-mango was great! She told me it's not being bottled right now, but she's working on it. You can look her up for a taste at www.kelraeemar.com or call 770-354-0737.

I bought more heirloom tomatoes, "Purple Cherokee" from Joe Wallis who owns C. J. & J. Farms and Landscaping. His card states, fresh grown produce, tractor work, trash removal & hauling, pressure washing, minor plumbing & electrical work, plus more. Call 678-663-9695 for a free estimate.

And if you have problems with allergies try something baked from Magnolia Manor Sweets, "A dedicated gluten free kitchen." This company is also located in Sharpsburg, but I can assure you, they sell something to calm your sweet tooth. The brochure is to full to name everything, however you can see on their website at www.magnoliamanorsweets.com or telephone at 678-664-4342.

Another plus to visiting the farmers market is that they allow pets, as seen above. I'll have to take Tia and Todd next time.
Regardless of what your interested in, Please Support Our Community Farmer's Markets." Remember it's also boosting our economy and all our local towns and communities can use that today. 
Until Next Time............
Happy Gardening 2013!
Posted by Wilma Smith

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