So, we’ve been to scope out the Farmer’s Markets around the area. Let me show you what we found right down the street. Seriously, we can ride our bicycles.
For such a small town, St. Marys really surprised me. At the St. Marys, Georgia Farmer’s Market, not only did we find much better prices than in Norfolk, Virginia, but a great selection, and much of it grown organically!
Saturday from 9 until 1:00 p.m. The Garden of Eatin’ and Sullivan’s Produce and More sell fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, cold drinks, and free-range brown eggs from their stalls. Honest Dan sells pure, raw local honey from his bee farm right here in town. Simply Home Grown sells native plants. After all, why pay nursery and store prices when you’ve got a grower right here in town from Irises to spider plants? His selection is great! Karen’s Kakes is a real treat to the taste buds. Her table is abundant with freshly made breads, cakes, cookies, and Vidalia onion pies. She even makes sugar-free! Karen also sells eggs! Sugar Mama and Chunky sell sweet potato pies, pecan pies, and all sorts of Southern sugar-laden treats as well as fresh ice-cold lemonade. Bags, hand-beaded jewelry, greeting cards, specialty cupcakes, and hot food from Sue’s Thai Egg Rolls are sold fresh and made to order. Sue stands in the back rolling and frying them just for you as you shop at the neighboring stalls. It’s like going to the State Fair every week!
We politely decline the plastic bags and leave with our canvas bags full of ripe, red tomatoes, dark green zucchini, acorn squash, corn, sweet potatoes and even a watermelon! Plenty for the week, and then some! Nothing’s packaged or shipped from overseas. There is no plastic or styrofoam (except for the Crowder peas, but I’ll reuse that bag again.) It’s all grown right here in our city’s back yard.
Do you have a local farmer’s market in your town? What have you brought home?