Know Your Farmer #7 in the 2019 Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

deb-Bee’s Honey

Always a favorite at the Market is deb-Bee’s Honey. Once you “get to know” more about Debbie and Kevin, and what makes their honey so special, you’ll understand why the customers flock to their booth.

deb-bee-1.JPG

 A few details about deb-Bee’s Honey:

They sell only their honey, from their bees. They are not honey brokers.

Spreading out the location of their hives is what makes their honey special. They partner with other farmers and landowners in numerous locations throughout north Georgia to place their hives, keeping only ten to twenty at each spot. The reason behind this is so that there is enough of a natural food supply (flower nectar) for the bees at each location. If too many bees are kept in one place their feed has to be supplemented with cane sugar and corn syrup, resulting in honey which is not pure, but part syrup.

The hives being spread out so far does make the bee-keeping more time consuming, but it’s beneficial to the environment by sharing the pollinators over a larger area. What we love about it is that we get pure, unheated, strained (but not micro-filtered) honey. You can truly taste the difference!

deb-bee-6.JPG

Favorites and new this year:

deb-Bee’s Honey produces what is widely thought of as the “best honey in the world” - Sourwood Honey. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in north Georgia are ideal for making Sourwood Honey due to the weather conditions being perfect, and the sourwood trees being abundant.

deb-bee-4.JPG

You’ll want to stop by their booth and do a little “honey” tasting, but we’re betting choosing a favorite will be a tough task. Besides the sourwood they offer wildflower honey, flavor-infused honey, and, our personal favorite, bourbon barrel aged honey.

deb-bee-2.JPG

Coming soon is creamed (or spun) honey and deb-Bee’s will be offering three flavors - Blackberry, Raspberry and Peach. You can always check out their website to keep up with what’s available.

What do you love about Norcross Community Market?

Kevin told us that they love the Norcross Community Market because the shoppers love them. Repeat customers are the highest honor any vendor could have, and deb-Bee’s has faithful honey lovers that return over and over.


deb-bee-5.JPG

Stop by the deb-Bee’s booth for a visit

Kevin is usually there and will happily let you sample the honey because he knows that after one taste you’ll be hooked. deb-Bee’s sustainable bee-keeping and love of the environment means that they produce pure honey with out-of-this-world flavor.

deb-bee-3.JPG

This is the final installment of the Know Your Farmer Series for 2019. We hope that you having enjoyed learning more about the farmers as much as we have enjoyed sharing their stories and photos of them and their fine, local products. We would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Remember to buy and eat local!

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers market grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #6 in the 2019 Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

Simply Southard

This week we’re pleased to get you “re-aquainted” with Margarie Southard of Simply Southard. We say re-aquainted because many of you will recognize Margarie as she has been with the Norcross Market since the Whistlestop Market days.

simply-southard-6.JPG

 A few details about Simply Southard:

The mainstray products of Simply Southard are jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butters, relishes and pickles. They produce about 90% of what goes into their products and what they don’t grow, they buy from other farmers at the market.

Everything they preserve is done by Margarie herself, one batch at a time. Nothing is mass produced, and keeping that personal touch is important to Margarie. She’s constantly listening to her customers and watching what appeals to them, and this means her line up of offerings is always being tweaked. This year she added pickled carrots, jalapeno relish and apple, pecan and fig conserve.

simply-southard.JPG

What else is available?

Margarie brings whatever is fresh to the market with her, along with her preserves and pickles. Last week when we visited she had the most beautiful and colorful peppers, as well as bi-color corn. We brought some of the corn home with us, and can personally verify that it tastes wonderful!

simply-southard-5.JPG
simply-southard-3.JPG

Certifications, memberships & future goals

Simply Southard is a proud member of Georgia Grown, and all products are canned in a kitchen inspected by the Department of Agriculture. They have a ServeSafe certification, and a Better Process Control School Certification for all processed items (jams, jellies, pickles, etc.)

Future goals are continued expanding of the product line and expansion of the list of brick and mortar stores carrying their products.

What do you love about Norcross Community Market?

We love asking this question because there are some common threads in the answers, but each farmer also has a unique way of looking at the Market. Margarie said that Norcross Community Market has been awesome from the beginning. It’s a perfect fit for her products. She told us that the customers are always nice, and she loves that they are looking for healthier and more wholesome options than can be found in big grocery stores.

A final word from Margarie of Simply Southard:

“We take great pride in the growing, and making of our products. Basically, we grow it… we pick it… we make it.”

Stop by and visit with Margarie this Saturday and each Saturday through the summer.

Margarie Southard

Margarie Southard

The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until then,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers market grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #5 in the 2019 Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

Faithful Farms

This week we’re excited to be introducing you to a new farm at Norcross Community Market. Faithful Farms are actually ranchers, and they’re bringing grass-fed beef to us.

Paul and Laura Davis, along with their adorable four children, are a personable young family who is passionate about their farm and their meat products. Stop by this Saturday to say hello and try one or more of their delicious cuts.

The Davis Family

The Davis Family

 A few details about Faithful Farms:

They’re located on 150 acres in the beautiful countryside of north Georgia, near Lake Hartwell. Paul and Laura do their own breeding and they are building a herd of Murray Grey cattle. (More on these cattle below.)

Faithful Farms works directly with consumers, and their belief is that this enables them to guarantee quality and transparency to their customers. Visit their website at Faithfulfarms.com to find out more about their products.

Their pasture is a medley of bermuda and fescue grasses, red and white clovers and vetch. It is never sprayed with chemicals for weed control. They rely on their goat herd and the occasional bush hog for that.

High on their list of future goals is to begin offering pastured poultry. Follow their Facebook page to keep up with when the poultry becomes available, and all the activity at Faithful Farms.

faithful-farms-3.JPG

Benefits of Eating Grass Fed Beef

Through information provided to us by Faithful Farms we learned that the following are just a few of the reasons you should be eating grass fed beef:

  • More Omega 3’s

  • 4 times the Vitamin E

  • Less Calories

  • Low Saturated Fat

  • Supplies Linoleic acid

  • Exceptional flavor

  • Excellent texture

  • No antibiotics

  • No hormones

faithful-farms-5.JPG

About Murray Grey Cattle

Murray Grey is a breed of beef cattle originally developed in Australia in the early 1900’s. Murray Grey’s have been in the U.S. since the late 1960’s. They are highly sought after for their oustanding meat quality, which is well-marbled and tender, without the use of grain-based feeds.

photo courtesy of National Murray Grey registry

photo courtesy of National Murray Grey registry

The Murray Grey’s gentle temperament makes them very easy and enjoyable to work with. They have learned to respond to Paul and Laura’s call, which prevents the typical stress involved in a round-up. From the time they are born on the farm they are able to graze freely with minimal handling.

There are still relatively few Murray Grey herds in the U.S. At Faithful Farms they are working to introduce high quality genetics from Australian bulls to improve their herd, and pursue excellence in their beef.

A word about the name “Faithful Farms”

From Paul and Laura: “We stand in awe of God’s faithfulness in our lives, and desire to be faithful stewards of what we have been given. We are enjoying the opportunity to work a piece of land with our family in beautiful NE Georgia and are working to produce high quality food for anyone interested in improving their health!”

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

faithful-farms-2.JPG

Be sure to look for Paul and Laura at the Faithful Farms booth. Let them know you read their story here.

 The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until then,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers market grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #4 in the 2019 Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

Phoenix Gardens

This week we’re proud to feature and help you “get to know” Phoenix Gardens.

Of course, many of you already know Gwendolyn and Brennan Washington, because they’ve been fixtures at the Norcross Community Market since day one. In fact, their loyalty to our fresh vegetable-loving community dates back to the old days of the Whistlestop Market.

Gwendolyn Washington

Gwendolyn Washington

 A few details about what makes these farmers so special:

For starters, Gwendolyn has officially “semi-retired” from her corporate job to make farming her full time endeavor. We celebrate her having more time to devote to bringing us those gorgeous and delicious vegetables, herbs and farm-fresh eggs. She’s always visiting with her customers and the other farmers at the market, and is able to answer most any question you could ask her.

Brennan is physically at Norcross Community Market less than Gwen, but his presence is nonetheless apparent. He is co-founder of the Georgia Farmers Market Association, of which our market is a proud member. He is also the 1890 Land Grant Liaison and Southeastern Outreach Coordinator for Southern SARE where he promotes sustainable agriculture in 13 states, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

What is unique and new at Phoenix Gardens?

New this year in farming methods is tower gardening where vegetables are grown in aeroponic towers. This fascinating method of farming uses only water and nutrients. See photos and keep up with all the latest happenings at Phoenix on their Facebook page.

Phoenix-5.JPG

Also, Gwendolyn has begun offering recipes with many of their products. As a shopper, you may sometimes feel unsure about trying a new or unfamiliar vegetable, or just be in need of some inspiration. Just ask her, and Gwen can give you ideas - often with a printed recipe. This happened to us with garlic scapes. We didn’t know how to use them and she gave us several suggestions. Of course, we thought they were so beautiful that we had to take photos first.

Phoenix-3.JPG

The biggest news of all? Just days from now Phoenix Gardens will be offering on-line sales. Through their new site customers will be able to pre-order before the market for those fabulous vegetables and herbs. Click the “Email Signup” button on the left side of their Facebook page and they’ll keep you informed of special sales and more. Just think…. you’ll be able to arrive at the Norcross Community Market on Saturday mornings knowing that your Phoenix Gardens order is ready for you to pick up.

Phoenix-6.JPG

What Keeps Phoenix Gardens Coming Back to Norcross?

This was an easy question for Gwendolyn to answer. “It’s my home!” she said. She grew up in this area and considers Norcross Community Market their “home market.” She told us they wouldn’t consider being anywhere else on Saturday mornings in the summer. We like that answer!

Future Goals and Plans?

Besides the web-based ordering mentioned above, Phoenix plans to become SDA Certified Organic. They also plan a deeper involvement in the agritourism industry and their goal is to offer tours and events.

An Interesting Story…

When we first talked with Brennan and Gwendolyn last year we were curious about the name "Phoenix Gardens.” There are actually two stories.

In the early days of the farm it looked as though Gwinnett County would need the Washington's land for the Sugarloaf Parkway extension. At the last minute, a rerouting of the parkway was decided on and their farm was spared, thus the rising Phoenix.

And then, in 2015 Phoenix Gardens suffered a devastating fire, and were out of production for 18 months. They've worked hard and have come back better than ever, and now their farm is truly a Phoenix rising from the ashes. 

A final look at some of their beautiful peppers, potatoes, and again those artful garlic scapes.

Phoenix-2.JPG

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

Be sure to look for Gwendolyn at the Phoenix Gardens booth. Ask her for some ideas on how to cook her beautiful produce and she’ll be more than happy to help you out.

Phoenix-7.JPG

 The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until then,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #3 in the 2019 Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

Clark’s Fresh Cut Flowers & Produce

This week we're featuring a longtime favorite of shoppers at the Market - Clark’s Fresh Cut Flowers & Produce! You will recognize Lao and his young son, Clark, because of their smiling faces and their beautiful produce and flowers.

Clarks-5.JPG

Clark is one of three children and the family farm is named for him. He’s 10 years old, and will be going into the fifth grade this year. When you purchase some of their fresh vegetables and gorgeous flowers Clark will most likely be the one who carefully bags it all and counts your change.

Clarks-4.JPG

Clark’s has been a staple of Norcross Community Market since the beginning. When asked what keeps them coming back, Clark quickly answered that he loves the music. Lao shared with us how the customers feel like friends.

Clarks-3.JPG

Clark’s Fresh Cut Flowers & Produce is located in Barrow County on 5 acres. New this year in their farming methods are raised beds. Just look at what beautiful vegetables those beds are producing!

Clarks-6.JPG

Besides vegetables they also raise gorgeous flowers - a favorite of shoppers at the Market. Plan to take a bouquet home to grace that table full of summer vegetables.

Clark-Farm-6.jpg

Asked about goals for the future Lao told us that they would like to buy more land and increase the size of Clark Farms.

One final question was “What else would you like everyone to know about you and your farm?” Young Clark’s enthusiastic reply was “It’s epic!” You’ve got to love that almost as much as those smiles!

Clarks-1.JPG

Come on out to Norcross Community Market every Saturday from 9-1 through August 31st. Clark and Lao will be waiting to say hello with a smile and fresh vegetables and flowers.

In the meantime, we’d love to have you pop over to our southern food blog, Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.  Each week we share a new recipe and it would be great to have you be part of the family.

bab sara and pam.png

Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Logo AgSouth  2018 Think Outside the Store logo (green-black) (3)[5153].jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.

Know Your Farmer - Pearson Farm

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit

 

Lawton and Al Pearson, Pearson Farm generations 4 and 5

Lawton and Al Pearson, Pearson Farm generations 4 and 5

Pearson Farm

Pearson Farm fresh Georgia peaches and pecans are staples at the Norcross Community Market each year. We love that everyone coming to the Market can depend on those peaches being delicious. We’ve all been to the grocery or other markets and find that the peaches are ripe and delicious sometimes, but the next time they’re hard and tastless. This is never the case with Pearson’s peaches. You can count on that!

 

Pearson-5.jpg

Family Owned and Operated

Pearson Farm is in Crawford County, Georgia, and dates back over 130 years. It was then that Winlock “Lockie” and Emma Pearson moved into the area and planted the first peach trees for the Pearson family. Their dedication and hard work continue to be family traditions even today as Pearson Farm remains one of the very few family owned peach farms left in the state.

pearson-2019-2.JPG

Recognition and Awards

Pearson Farm was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for growing the WORLD’S HEAVIEST PEACH! It was an Early August Prince Peach and weighed in at a whopping 1 pound, 12 ounces. (Read all about Prince Peaches in this article written by Pearson Farm’s own, Angela Young).

Besides those wonderful peaches you can get their Natural Georgia Pecans (and pecan meal) at the Market each Saturday. In 2017 Lawton Pearson was named the Pecan Grower of the Year. One taste of Pearson pecans and you’ll agree how deserving he is.

pearson-2019-3.JPG

On the Pearson Farm website you’ll find even more, from cakes and preserves made with fresh peaches, to pecan pies and cookies straight from Mary Pearson's kitchen. 

pearson-2019-5.JPG

A few words from Mr. Al

When we asked about future plans and goals for Pearson Farm he had this to say “We are working to learn more about our customers. We strive to accommodate and make necessary changes to be a good supplier of the very best peaches and pecans we can grow!”

Asked what else he would like everyone to know about Pearson Farm he shared this “We love growing peaches and pecans almost as much as we love sharing our bounty with others. Pearson Farm is proud to have our peaches in your market, and invite you all to visit us at the Farm!”

See You Saturday!

This Saturday, stop by the Pearson tent for some of those beautiful and delicious peaches. But, you may want to get there early. As hard as they try to have enough for everyone, sometimes their peaches (and pecans) are so popular that they sell out.

pearson-2019-4.JPG

We love getting know our farmers and giving you all the chance to know them better too. We invite you to stop by our blog, Biscuits & Burlap and check out our Southern recipes and sign up to get them delivered to your inbox every week!

 

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farm Credit as a part of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers market grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market and our farmers with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here.

Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #1 in the 2019 Series

We’d like for you to “know your farmer” in such a way that you’re aware of what makes each of them unique before you ever set foot at Norcross Community Market.

Here is the first in our Know Your Farmer series, thanks to local mother-daughter bloggers Pam Brand and Sara Brand and a grant from AgSouth “Think Outside the Store” grant.

Read More

Know Your Farmer #9 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

In Case You Missed It

know-your-farmer-title.jpg

We hope you've enjoyed the features this summer on eight of the farmers at our Market. It is our hope that we have helped you come to see each of the farmers as individuals with a story to tell. We think they're all interesting and unique, and it has been our pleasure getting to know them a little better ourselves as we prepared to share more details with you all. 

With several more markets still ahead, please take advantage of this opportunity to refresh your memory, or, if you missed one or two of the farmer features to read them now. 

We're bringing back a photo of each of the farmers, along with one of our favorite photos of their beautiful products, and a link to the article so you can be sure you "Know Your Farmer".

Gilliam's Community Garden

Farmer P. and Lovey Gilliam

Farmer P. and Lovey Gilliam

Squash, Okra and Tomatoes from Gilliam's Gardens

Squash, Okra and Tomatoes from Gilliam's Gardens

Musa and Micole Hasan

Musa and Micole Hasan

Kale and Chard from Bread and Butter Farms

Kale and Chard from Bread and Butter Farms

Reggie Ramos (not pictured Roger Ramos)

Reggie Ramos (not pictured Roger Ramos)

Gorgeous radishes from Grow with the Flow LLC

Gorgeous radishes from Grow with the Flow LLC

Wayne Swanson, Jr.

Wayne Swanson, Jr.

Livestock at the suburban Swanson Family Farm

Livestock at the suburban Swanson Family Farm

Keisha Cameron with son Zach (not pictured is Warren Cameron)

Keisha Cameron with son Zach (not pictured is Warren Cameron)

Onions, lavender and basil from High Hog Farm

Onions, lavender and basil from High Hog Farm

The Pearson Family

The Pearson Family

Those famous Pearson peaches

Those famous Pearson peaches

ToJuan, Gwendolyn and Brennan Washington

ToJuan, Gwendolyn and Brennan Washington

Farm Fresh Eggs from Phoenix Gardens

Farm Fresh Eggs from Phoenix Gardens

Clark and Lao of Clark Farms

Clark and Lao of Clark Farms

Beautiful onions from Clark Farms

Beautiful onions from Clark Farms

Click here to learn more about Clark Farms

Thank you for visiting the Know Your Farmer series. We hope you'll stop by and meet all of the farmers in person at the remaining markets this summer. Please note, not all the farmers are at every market.

We would also love to have you read a little more about us below and sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Happy Market Shopping, Cooking & Eating,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Biscuits-Burlap-4-14-18 (3)rs.jpg

 

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #8 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

Clark Farms

This week we're highlighting our last farmer of the Know Your Farmer series. Next time you're at the Norcross Community Market stop by and check out Clark Farms! 

Clark-Farm-5.jpg

I had the pleasure of meeting Clark and his dad Lao at the Norcross Community Market and they are just the sweetest pair! Lao and his wife Ka run the farm in Winder along with their 3 children. 

Clark-Farms-8.jpg

Clark Farms has been selling their produce at the Norcross Community Market since the market's start. They offer onions, green onions, beets, kale, squash, zucchini, and potatoes. For the next couple weeks they expect to have cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots as well!

Clark-Farms-3.jpg

Aside from their yummy veggies, Clark Farms also sells cut flowers. Sweet little Clark passes out sunflowers to other vendors at the market from time to time and his smile is contagious!

Clark-Farm-6.jpg

The pair will be at the market this Saturday so stop by to say hey, grab some produce and gorgeous flowers, and tell Clark and Lao that you read about them in the Know Your Farmer Series!

Clark-Farms-1.jpg
Clark-Farms-2.jpg

Week after next will be the last edition of the Know Your Farmer series as we wrap up the end of the season.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link. 

Thanks for reading!

bab sara and pam.png

Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Logo AgSouth  2018 Think Outside the Store logo (green-black) (3)[5153].jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here

Copy of Know Your Farmer #7 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

Phoenix Gardens

Thanks for stopping by for the latest edition of the Know Your Farmer series. This week we're proud to feature a staple at the Norcross Community Market -  Phoenix Gardens. The farmers at Phoenix are Brennan and Gwendolyn Washington, and their son, ToJuan.

Phoenix-1.jpg

 

A Few Facts About Phoenix Gardens

Phoenix is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Norcross in the Lawrenceville area, which is largely suburban. Brennan and Gwendolyn have about 2.5 acres that they've been farming since 2005. 

2.5 acres is really quite small by most farming standards, and this compact space is one feature that makes Phoenix Gardens unique. Brennan and Gwendolyn have worked hard to make the land really work for them. They have become quite the experts at producing good quality products from such a small space. Their farm includes 3 coop houses, plus a greenhouse, and they raise crops in high tunnels, raised beds and more traditional fields, while staying true to their pledge to be good environmental stewards. 

Phoenix-3.jpg

 

What Does Phoenix Gardens Produce?

Brennan, Gwendolyn and ToJuan grow a diverse selection of vegetables, fruits (including lemons and limes!), and herbs, and they produce year round. In the fall and winter they will move from traditional summer crops like peppers, squash and tomatoes to greens and other cold weather produce.  Recently added to the selection from Phoenix is ginger, turmeric and aronia berries. A special favorite of folks at our market is their beautiful farm fresh eggs.

Phoenix-4.jpg

What Certifications, Recognition, Achievements and Memberships are You Most Proud of?

Brennan is the founder of the Georgia Farmers Market Association, of which Norcross Community Market is a proud member. Phoenix Gardens is Certified Naturally Grown, and Brennan serves at the Southeast Outreach Coordinator for SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education). Read more about that granting organization by clicking here.

Beginning this very week at Phoenix Gardens is a training program for other growers, including some small scale farmers. This program is made possible through a Foodwell Alliance grant.

Future Goals and Plans?

Just ask Brennan Washington this question, and he bubbles with enthusiasm. There is so much he and Gwendolyn have in the works. He personally is working to establish a meat processing plant in Georgia that would be led by a producer organization. They are working on adding a frost-tolerant grove of citrus, now in development at the University of Georgia. 

Why Norcross?

The answers to this question have been as unique and diverse as the farmers themselves. Brennan and Gwendolyn just plain feel at home in Norcross. They've been here since the old days of the Whistle Stop market and they have a soft spot in their hearts for our community. We feel the same about them and we hope to keep seeing them here for many years to come. 

Phoenix-2.jpg

 

One More Interesting Fact

Curious about the name "Phoenix" Gardens we were sure there was a story behind the name. We were wrong! There are two stories.

First Story: In the early days of the farm it looked as though Gwinnett County would need the Washington's land for the Sugarloaf Parkway extension. At the last minute, a rerouting of the parkway was decided on and their farm was spared, thus the rising Phoenix.

Second Story: In 2015 Phoenix Gardens suffered a devastating fire, and were out of production for 18 months. They've worked hard, and have come back better than ever, and now their farm is truly a Phoenix rising from the ashes. 

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

Be sure to look for Brennan, Gwendolyn and ToJuan at the Phoenix Gardens booth, and let them know you read their story here.

Phoenix-5.jpg

 

The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until then,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #6 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

 

The Pearson Family

The Pearson Family

Pearson Farm

If you've ever been to a farmers market in Georgia, you've probably seen Pearson Farm with their crates of juicy peaches and bags of shelled pecans. They are a staple at most markets and Norcross Community Market is no exception!

 

Pearson-5.jpg

Five Generations of Farmers

The Pearson family boasts a long history of Crawford County, Georgia peach farmers going back over 130 years. Today, the farm is owned and operated today by Al Pearson and son Lawton Pearson. It is the oldest family-owned peach farm in the state. 

 

Pearson-Farm-H1.jpg

More Than Just Peaches

When you visit the Pearson Farm booth at the Norcross Community Market, you'll find more than just the delicious peaches. You'll also find their pecans!

Pearson-1.jpg

On their website is even more, from cakes and preserves made with fresh peaches to pecan pies and cookies straight from Mary Pearson's kitchen. 

 

Pearson-4.jpg

Visit the Farm

During peach season (May-August), the Pearson family invites you to come visit their farm in Fort Valley, Georgia. Fort Valley is about 2 hours South of Norcross, just below Macon. While you're there, try their fresh peach ice cream, which received rave reviews from Southern Living Magazine!

See You at the Market!

This Saturday, stop by the Pearson tent and just get a whiff of those peaches. You won't be able to resist buying a bag.

 

Pearson-2.jpg

We have had so much fun getting to know the farmers at the Norcross Community Market this year and still have more to meet! Be sure to stop by our blog, Biscuits & Burlap and check out our Southern recipes and sign up to get them delivered to your inbox every week!

 

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here

Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #5 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

Keisha Cameron, and son Zach

Keisha Cameron, and son Zach

High Hog Farm

New to Norcross Community Market this year is High Hog Farm, owned by Keisha and Warren Cameron, and operated largely by Keisha and their family.

A Visit to High Hog's Vendor Tent

Stepping into the shade of their tent is stepping into an explosion of sights, smells, colors and touch. The beautifully fragrant bunches of lavender blended with purple onions and the lightly purple tones of basil. Add to that the "light as air" feel of the bags of beautiful, gray angora fiber, and you've got a real treat for your senses.

High-Hog-9.jpg

 

A Few Facts About High Hog

High Hog Farm is located about 20 miles east of Norcross in the Grayson area, which is largely suburban. High Hog has 5 acres that they've been farming on for about 5 years.

Keisha and her family are focusing their farming techniques around keeping some of the old methods alive and well. While "permaculture" is a relatively new term, the thought processes behind sustaining the fertility of the land, while at the same time producing food, is really ages old. 

What Does High Hog Farm Produce?

While we were able to enjoy the beautiful vegetables, herbs, fiber and lavender, the biggest part of their production is from livestock. They raise poultry (turkey, ducks and chickens) and pork, as well as producing raw goat milk. 

High-Hog-1.jpg

Future Goals and Plans

High Hog is planning to move into greater volumes of fiber production. The fiber is a true love of Keisha's and she is working toward fiber being their farm's primary product. Stop by for a visit and ask to touch this Angora. You'll be amazed.

Angora Fiber

Angora Fiber

 

In keeping with that goal, Keisha plans to move the gardening portion of the farm to the less labor-intensive products that come from orchards and perennial gardening. 

Achievements to Be Proud Of

High Hog Farm is the proud recipient of a Food Well Alliance grant. In case you're unfamiliar, Food Well Alliance defines their organization this way:

"As an Alliance, we unite communities in Atlanta to build a robust local food system - a network of individuals and organizations that grow, process, distribute and consume fresh local food. We connect people, ideas, leadership and capital to build a city that values healthy, locally-grown food."

They are also a cohort of the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute of the 1890 Land Grant University System. Read more about that program here.

Why Norcross?

It has been fascinating to hear the answers of each of the farmers in this series. Keisha Cameron, like the other farmers, had a quick and sure response. She wants to see healthy food, like she produces at High Hog, get to those areas that need it most. Many reading this may not realize that areas of Norcross are designated as "food deserts". As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture food deserts are "low-income communities located more than one mile from a reliable source of fresh produce and other healthy whole foods." We applaud Keisha for her efforts, and we're excited to have her join our market.

Lavender grown at High Hog Farm

Lavender grown at High Hog Farm

 

One Last Question: What are you most proud of?

After giving it a bit of thought Keisha explained how moved she is by the connection her family is building to the land. She chuckled a little as she told about one of her children recently showing a long-awaited interest in raising food after they're grown and gone from High Hog Farm. That's success to be proud of!

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

Be sure to look for Keisha Cameron of High Hog Farm and tell her about reading her story here. 

High-Hog-3.jpg

The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until then,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #4 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

fb.jpg

Swanson Family Farm

Norcross Community Market is happy to welcome again this year Swanson Family Farm, owned and operated by Wayne Swanson, Jr., of Henry County, Georgia

A few details about Swanson Family Farm

Wayne Swanson followed his father's footsteps into the business of being an electrician. Years later, though, he felt the call to take those footsteps another generation back, and become what his grandparents had been - farmers. 

Swanson Family Farm's location is unique by being in the suburbs. It's totally surrounded by subdivisions of homes, as you can see in this photo.

29314464_10215576095177745_5964084684936708096_n.jpg

 

What does Swanson produce?

Actually more ranch than farm, Swanson Family Farm raises livestock for meat. Their main products are grass fed beef, pastured pork, goat and lamb. Wayne tells us that they have built their farm on the belief that God does not make mistakes. He intended for animals to live in pastures and feed on grass and that's the way their animals are raised.

31944375_10215972860576632_2467184559494529024_n.jpg

Recognition and Achievements

Wayne is proud to be one of the founders of a local 4-H Club in partnership with Future Mountain Movers. 4-H is well known for their mission to empower young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime, but you may not have heard of Future Mountain Movers. Its Leadership Development Program's mission is to motivate, empower, and encourage young men through education, leadership, development, mentoring, activities and other resources.

Wayne himself also received this award for dedication to providing farm fresh grass-fed meats to the local businesses and communities in Georgia. It was presented to him in February by the Georgia Women in Agriculture Association and he has the award proudly posted on his and the Swanson Family Farm's Facebook page.

34864474_10216218552238770_7754787048925429760_o.jpg

What are you most proud of?

This is a question we've asked the other farmers in this "Know Your Farmer" series and our hearts have been touched by every one of their answers. Wayne's reply is no different. He's most proud of his son. Through involvement with the family farm, his son has decided to pursue his education and become a veterinarian. Not only that, but as he starts college in the fall, he has chosen a school close enough to home that he can continue his involvement with the farm.

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

Be sure to look for Swanson Family Farms at the market. Stop by to say hello,and stock up your fridge and freezer with those grass-fed, pastured meats that they so proudly raise and bring to us.

29473231_10215613265346976_4219557578771791872_n.jpg

 

The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until next time,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #3 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

Grow with the Flow LLC

ramos-em.jpg

 

Grow with the Flow LLC, owned and operated by brothers Roger (not pictured) and Reggie Ramos, is the vendor we're highlighting this week at the Norcross Community Market.

About Grow with the Flow

The Grow with the Flow farm is located in Tucker and they grow a little bit of everything: leafy greens like spinach, kale, and lettuce, squash, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, herbs... At the Norcross Community Market you can pick up not only what's being harvested right now, but also plants for putting in your own garden!

 

Grow-With-The-Flow-H1.jpg

Grow with the Flow is so much more than just a farm. They are dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally grown produce and they are doing it by converting lawns into productive market grow spaces. They work with homeowners to build aesthetically pleasing gardens in the unused parts of their yards and the homeowners receive produce weekly in exchange for the use of their land.

Reggie says their biggest goal is to encourage others to do what they're doing. Grow with the Flow is proud to not only grow beautiful, delicious produce, but to also "grow farmers" through mentoring.

Grow-With-The-Flow-H2.jpg

The brothers are very proud of their accomplishments and there have been many. Because of their innovative idea to utilize lawns for growing produce, they were accepted into the Start:ME program from Emory University's School of Business that gives a boost to small, start-up businesses. They have also received a grant from the Food Well Alliance, awarded to entrepreneurs who are using local food as a transformational tool to build healthier communities. 

preacher-chicken-2.jpg

Stop by the market this Saturday to say hey to the Ramos brothers and pick up some gorgeous produce for the week. After that, get online and visit our blog, Biscuits & Burlap, to find delicious Southern recipes you can make with that produce like the salad above, made with Grow with the Flow's lettuce and our Preacher Chicken.  

Keep an eye out next week for the next installment of the Know Your Farmer series. We'll see you at the market!

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer #2 in a Series

Norcross Community Market

Proudly Presents

Know Your Farmer

sponsored by AgSouth Farmers Credit

bread-and-butter-3.jpg

Bread and Butter Farms

New to Norcross Community Market this year is Bread and Butter Farms, proudly owned by husband and wife team, Musa and Micole Hasan.

A few details about Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter is located east of Norcross in the Monroe area, and one very unique feature of their farm is that they deliver. And, they deliver as far away as Atlanta. Every Sunday finds them on the road bringing fresh produce directly to your homes. Just give them a call at 404-435-2935 or 770-864-8511 for more details.

At Bread and Butter Farms they’re focused on producing healthy plants from the beginning. Their attention to the microbiology of the soil makes sure young plants have strong roots. A healthy start gives the plants what they need to flourish in the sometimes harsh conditions of Georgia.

Currently the farm is being managed full time by Micole as Musa is employed away from the farm. However, most Saturdays will find them both at the Norcross Market, and they invite you to stop by and say hello.

bread-and-butter-5.jpg

 

What does Bread and Butter Produce?

The core of Bread and Butter’s products are vegetables, with an emphasis on greens, but there is a wide variety, and they are sure to have something to satisfy every pallet.

bread-and-butter-6.jpg

 

Just feast your eyes on this beautiful Dino Kale and Rainbow Chard.

bread-and-butter-1.jpg
bread-and-butter-4.jpg

New this year for Bread and Butter are beets, and they are selling like hotcakes. Try to get to the Norcross Market early to get yours before they run out.

Future Goals and Plans

High on the list of plans for Bread and Butter is a fruit orchard, and they are planning to have a variety of fruits. We can’t wait to see what goes in their orchard.

In addition to the orchard, they are planning to get more involved in Agri-Tourism. In case you’re unfamiliar, this is the business of bringing visitors to farms. The visitors might be groups of school children or adults, as well as individuals interested in learning more about a certain aspect of farming, or just a general overview.  These visits can be strictly a tour of the farm, or it might be a hands-on experience, and Musa and Micole are excited about the prospects.

Certifications, Grants, Recognition, Achievements, Memberships

Bread and Butter are very proud of their achievements. They are Certified Naturally Grown which means they don't use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO seeds.

They’ve also received a grant through a partnership with Tuskegee University to develop better organic practices for growing watermelons and tomatoes.

Why Norcross?

As we visit with different farmers throughout the summer we’re asking them all the same question. It will be so interesting to hear all of their answers. We found it especially intriguing that Musa and Micole of Bread and Butter answered the same way as Lovey and Farmer P. from Gilliam’s Gardens. Why Norcross? The diversity of the shopping community was a big factor that attracted them.  Having two farm teams answer the same way just reinforces the fact that we are a true community market.

What are you most proud of?

Musa and Micole are proud that they have been able to leave corporate America behind and be successful as farmers. An unpredictable endeavor like farming holds extra challenges, but they’ve made it work, and the pride they feel shows in the beautiful produce they bring to our market each week.

See you at the Norcross Community Market!

Be sure to look for Musa and Micole and let them know you read the article “Know Your Farmer” about them.

bread-and-butter-7.jpg

The next in the Know Your Farmer series will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we would love to have you sign up to receive weekly Southern recipes from Biscuits and Burlap by clicking this link.

Until next time,

bab-sara-and-pam.png
Logo+AgSouth++2018+Think+Outside+the+Store+rs.jpg

Norcross Community Market has been selected to receive a grant from AgSouth Farmers Credit as a part of  AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers grant program.

The funds are designated to be used for promoting the market, and Norcross Community Market was chosen based on our plan to increase public awareness of the market with this “Know Your Farmer” series.

To read more about this series, please visit the first edition here


Meet the Writers

Pam and Sara are local residents (Pam lives in Norcross and Sara in nearby Clarkston) and are a mother-daughter team of food bloggers at Biscuits and Burlap. They are huge believers in buying local to support your community and cooking with the freshest food possible. Visit their blog and try some of their Southern recipes!

Know Your Farmer # 1 in a Series

We’d like for you to “know your farmer” in such a way that you’re aware of what makes each of them unique before you ever set foot at Norcross Community Market.

Here is the first in our Know Your Farmer series, thanks to local mother-daughter bloggers Pam Brand and Sara Brand and a grant from AgSouth “Think Outside the Store” grant.

Read More