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Win it at the Market: Hobby Worm Farms

Our farmers and local vendors appreciate everyone who comes to our markets every week. For all the folks who go the extra mile and bring a new person along to one of our My Market Club markets, we want to thank you! As a token of our gratitude, each month, My Market Club will hold a raffle for great free prizes. Bring a friend who is new to the market along on your next visit! They’ll get $5 and you’ll be entered to win free goodies from your favorite local vendors.

This month, the raffle prize at East Atlanta Village Farmers Market comes from Atlanta’s own Hobby Worm Farm. They sell worms, as well as soil tonics and worm castings. We asked Ken of Hobby Worm Farm a few questions to get to know a little bit more about them.

How did you get started in the business?

Eisenia-fetida-red-wigglers2-150x150I was fishing in the Toccoa river one weekend and was complaining to my wife about the price of worms. I purchase two containers each time i go and it runs me close to $10. She made a suggestion that ‘Why don’t you grow your own?’. The rest is history. I began growing red wigglers in a storage bin and was so successful it became two bins then four bins all stored in our basement. Today, one year later, i have 12 wooden boxes (4ftX2ftX2ft) and six tubs of very active red wigglers. Needless to say I no longer have to purchase worms.

 

What’s your favorite thing about your market?

I love the good it returns. You feed the worms saved table scraps you would have otherwise sent to the landfill and you turn it into magical fertilizer.

What is your number one passion outside of work?

Fishing. I spend a lot of time in the north Georgia mountains fishing the Toccoa River catching beautiful trout.

What’s your favorite food or recipe?

It has to be the wet burrito I prepare. I season lean meat with my favorite Mexican ingredients stick it in a flour tortilla shell, cover in cheese and red enchilada sauce and microwave for a couple minutes and there you have it! Ok now i’m hungry.

If it’s purchased food, by far Antico’s Diavola pizza pie.

 

A big thank you to Hobby Worm Farms for your donation to My Market Club at East Atlanta Village Farmers Market!

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