Peaches, Peppers, Potatoes and More!
By Kelly Bainbridge on in Event Updates
If you love the taste of fresh local produce, now’s your chance to indulge. It’s National Farmers Market Week, and here in west Georgia you’ll have plenty of opportunities to savor the best homegrown flavors. Local markets are hosted weekly from Tuesday through Saturday in Roopville, Bremen, Villa Rica and Carrollton. For a listing of exact times and locations of west Georgia markets visit www.gethealthywestgeorgia.org/ resources/events/.
Farmers Market Week was created by the USDA to promote the growing number of farmers markets, estimated at around 8,100 nationwide in 2013. New markets have opened rapidly in the last two decades, expanding by 700 percent since the mid-1990s according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture. A new program this year allows the Cotton Mill Farmers Market in Carrollton to accept SNAP dollars from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, opening access to healthy foods to many more local families. SNAP participants get double the value on approved items for every Food Stamp dollar spent at farmers markets, stretching their grocery budgets even further.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables provide incredible bang for the buck due to primarily organic farming methods and minimal added costs from packaging or transportation. This means your farmers market purchases are fresher, less processed and loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Your investment directly supports local farmers and encourages a healthy economy and environment. So check out our west Georgia markets this weekend. Your body and your budget will thank you!
Held at Sewell Mill every Thursday from 3- 6 pm
126 Hamilton Avenue, Bremen, Georgia 30110
Carrollton: Cotton Mill Farmers Market
2013: April 20 through at least the end of September
8 am to 12 pm rain or shine
401 Rome Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
Roopville: Roopville Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 am – 12 pm
Between the old Post Office and Sheriff Satellite Office
Villa Rica: Market @ The Mill
Tuesday from 4 pm – 7 pm from June through October
Temple Street parking lot amphitheater.
106 Temple Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180