The Chamblee-Tucker Farmers Market opened its 2011 season Saturday morning on the lawn of Northeast Baptist Church. Throughout the spring and summer, the market will be open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Local vendors set up their tents and tables to sell everything from organic produce to honey and eggs, jams, flowers, and even dog treats. Pastries and fair trade coffee are available, as well, both to enjoy while you shop or to take home.
This season's kickoff included Easter crafts and games, an Easter Egg Hunt for kids, and a visit from the Varsity's mobile truck, in addition to produce and other items for sale.
This year's vendors include Taylorganics produce, Ms. Betty's jam & jelly, Puppy Treats and People Eats, Our Coffee (fair trade coffee and tea), Bakeshop Artisan Bread and Pastries, Candy Bars Soap Company, Mr. Salsa Man, Hidden Springs Farm (local honey and eggs), Split Creek Farms goat cheese and strawberries from Washington Farms, as well as locally grown flowers and plants, jewelry for dogs (!) and more. Vendors are added and the selection changes as the season progresses.
According to the Chamblee-Tucker Farmers Market's web site, there are several reasons to buy sustainably produced, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Fewer fertilizers and synthetic pesticides on food means less in our bodies and less in the environment. The less distance food travels from farm to table, the more nutrients are retained and the less damage is done to the environment.
Buying local products supports farmers from our area, which means money is channeled back into the local economy instead of sending profits to other states or even countries. According to the Candy Bar Soap Company, "when you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local community. But, spend that $100 in a national chain, and only $43 stays here."
Farmers Markets are popping up all over, and there are other options to eat locally and support Georgia Farmers, as well. in Tucker is now open for the 2011 season (March through December). The Riverview Farms CSA will be starting their spring season in May, with a drop off location at . They have both a meat CSA and a produce CSA, and the Farm Mobile will also be stopping there on Wednesdays beginning April 27 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to sell grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, artisan breads, and local produce.
For more information on the Chamblee Tucker Farmers Market at 4046 Chamblee-Tucker Rd., please call 770-938-8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Riverview Farms CSA at St. Andrews, visit their web site or email Mary Evans at email@example.com.