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

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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!

 

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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,

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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.

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