Pick Your Own Produce

Victoria Vazquez 2008

Victoria Vazquez 2008

If you don’t have time to maintain a fruit and vegetable garden at home, but still want very fresh produce, try picking your own at a local farm. If you have children, they will enjoy the picking as well as the other activities offered at some of the farms, like petting zoos and hayrides. The farm doesn’t have to be organic for the activity to help the environment. If the farm is nearby, the gas you use will probably be substantially less than what it would have required to ship the same fruit or vegetable to the grocery store. Also, you can reuse the buckets used to collect the produce. If there aren’t any nearby farms that allow you to pick your own food, check out a local farmer’s market. Some towns, like Athens, Georgia, even have a farm co-op (Full Moon Farm Cooperative) where you buy a share in the farm and in exchange receive weekly fresh produce during the growing season. Check out PickYourOwn.org to find a farm or market near you.

Farm/Market Fruit/Vegetable When
Whippoorwill Hollow Farm* Blueberries Mid-June to early-August
Harry Stacy Farms Strawberries Check site for details
Washington Farms Strawberries, blueberries April, Mid-June
Morningside Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 8-11:30am
Decatur Square Wednesdays, 4am-7pm
Atlanta State Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings
Athens Farmers Market May 9-Nov 14, Sat 8am-12pm

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