The Marietta Square Farmers Market opens this weekend. 9am Saturday, but here’s a tip. They actually will start selling a little earlier. So hit it early if you are looking for something in particular, like fresh eggs.
For those of you who live in Georgia, there is put out by the state a market bulletin.
It has free ads for people who want to sell food. You can find pecans, eggs, meat, honey and fresh vegetables for sale from the growers. The best part is that it is online! Click here for it.
Last year I found a lady nearby selling figs by the gallon, she lived only 1 mile from my house. Pretty convenient..
Also I get food occasionally at the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market. It is always best to go early for the best selection, especially if you want fresh eggs. I went at closing and they hardly had anything left. The odd part of this market is that there are at least 2 stands where produce is being sold by people who are not the actual farmers. They go down to the State Farmers Market at the airport, buy cheap and then mark it up at the Square. You can tell because you see the boxes marked with other states on them. Something just seems wrong about this.
No offense, but I would rather buy directly from the guy who grew it and is excited about his harvest. There is one guy there, an obvious ex marine as his hat states proudly, who grows heirloom tomato plants and garlic and sells them earlier in the summer and sells actual tomatoes and onions and later in the summer. I only had 60 cents left by the time I got to him. Since I liked the guy, I asked him if had anything to sell me for 60 cents. He did, I got a pound of smaller onions. If you want to save money this is one way of doing it, just ask when they are closing up, they would rather sell it to you than reload and take it home.
I also bought some delicious zucchini and collard greens for 2 bucks each. The kids ate it up. The kids saw the farmer and were excited to eat them. Daddy sauteed it in olive oil and salt and they ate every bite!
The other exciting thing I found was a new goat dairy in Georgia. Its called CalyRoad Dairy. They sell fresh goat cheese. Its pasteurized but it is awesome! Very mild, not overly goaty. I got 4 ounces of herbed goat cheese for $5.50. I know, its a bit more than Zombiemommy would pay at the grocery store, but local is so much better for you and our economy and our bodies in too many ways. Check out the slowfood movement for more information about local buying.