Many of the country’s Farmers' Markets are winding down, or even closing for the season, but not here in Southwest Georgia! Our area farmers are making the most of the milder weather to grow a cornucopia of cool-season crops.
Expect to see a great selection of "Thanksgiving" foods showing up at market including collards, mustards, turnips, sweet potatoes, pecans, and butternut squash. Your favorite market farmers will be bringing spaghetti squash, eggplant, cucumbers, broccoli, radishes and a large variety of greens including kale, chard, arugula, and Asian greens. And did we mention CARROTS?
Other crops you can expect to see in Georgia include apples, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, lettuces, mushrooms, persimmons, and more winter squash. Farmers who extend the season via greenhouses and other methods will continue to harvest cucumbers, tomatoes, and cut flowers.
Not sure how to cook some of the produce you come across at our market? Make sure to follow our blog for recipes from local cooks, or find us on Pinterest for a collection of great recipes highlighting local and seasonal foods.
Can't make it to the Farmers' Market every Saturday? We’d love to see you there, but there are still some great places around town to buy local produce! Dixie Dandy, Harvest Moon Market and Long Farms all sell produce from area growers during the week (please visit their websites for days and hours). Harvest Moon Market (Bainbridge) and Hopkins Farms (Cairo) also sell Farm-to-Table boxes for those of you who'd like to pick up a produce box each week.