Go to a Farmers Market
Farmers markets in Georgia have seen incredible growth in the last decade. Find one near you using our Good Food Guide!
5 Tips for Your First Trip to the Farmers Market
- Get there early. Check the farmers market website to see what time the market opens. Good farmers have very devoted fans, and may sell out of food.
- Ask questions. Get to know your farmer and don’t hesitate to ask about his or her farming methods, tips for cooking, or chemicals they may or may not use.
- Look for certified organic or certified sustainable farmers. Certification means the farmers use natural methods to avoid chemicals that could harm your health and the environment. Learn more about what organic means here, and why organic foods are better for you here.
- Bring your own reusable bags. Most farmers markets don’t have grocery bags. Don’t forget the chilled bags for your meats!
- Check out what’s in season. Consult with the Georgia Organics Harvest Calendar to see what’s in season, and then plan your menu accordingly. But don’t be afraid to try new things. Farmers are helping to keep heirloom varieties around, most of which aren’t sold at a typical grocery store anymore, so they may look weird at first glance. Don’t be scared of purple carrots!
Join a CSA
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and in this system customers pay a lump sum up front in exchange for a weekly (or bi-weekly, or monthly) delivery of produce from a farm. Your CSA membership is helpful for farmers because it makes crop planning and budgeting easier, and it’s a great way to get fresh, local food. (You may even get to visit the farm!) Check out our online Good Food Guide to find a farm with a CSA near you. Treehugger.com has five great ways to make the most of your CSA haul.
Stop by an On-Farm Stand
Many farmers will sell you produce, dairy, or meat right off the farm. They might even let you take a gander at their operation! Our Good Food Guide can help you find growers who do on-farm sales.
Many farmers now sell through products online. Locallygrown.net has chapters all around the state!