My cousin said to me, “Just wait until you get here! You’re having a hard time finding a farmers’ market in Virginia? Surplus produce is sold on every corner in these little Georgia towns. It’s fresh and it’s cheap.” And that’s exactly what I’ve found.
Rick and Anne from Garden of Eatin’ are branching out, and expanding their Saturday morning market stall to their very own store at 507 Charlie Smith Senior Highway in St. Marys, Georgia! Coined FARM MARKET it sells local fruits and vegetables, flash frozen local shrimp and Rick’s original recipe of southern boiled peanuts! And they are delicious.
Anne gave the perfect explanation about buying local. “I always say the only difference between the tomato you bought at the grocery store, and this local tomato is 2,000 miles. The one from the grocery was picked two weeks ago, still green, and shipped here. The one you’re eating right now I picked this morning in my backyard. That’s why it tastes better.”
Still enjoying the last warm days of the season, you can spot them from the road still selling outside before the wind drives them indoors. Anne painted all her signs free hand on recycled cardboard. I am so impressed with that!
I stopped by today and picked up Roma tomatoes, bananas, and two different types of avocados. Anne educates me every time I see her about the local produce and how to grow it, and Rick gives great tips about how to cook it!
There’s just something about the south. The people are so friendly down here, and food grows year round. Thrilled to hear Rick and Anne are expanding, I had to share it! Because that’s what southern people do! Stop by! You’ll be glad you did! Open Thursday and Friday 11-5 and Saturday and Sunday 1-5:00 at 507 Charlie Smith Senior Highway. Find them Saturday mornings at the downtown water front St. Marys Market from 9-1.
Have you had a chance to visit a local farmer’s market lately? How about this summer? What were your great finds?
- Reginelli in New Orleans, LA (foodographer.net)
- Frozen? Yes, Please! (healthnutnutrition.wordpress.com)
- Cook Fast, Live Young: Fresh vs. Canned or Frozen Food (savings.com)