Monday, August 15, 2011

Fresh from the garden Farmers markets spring up

by Amanda Thomas/Times-Georgian

With news of a salmonella-related death and the recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey that was distributed at the retail level nationwide, it’s nice to know where your food comes from.

Farmers markets are offering residents just that by providing fresh, local produce, dairy products and more.

“Look what’s in the paper today on the salmonella in turkey,” said Eddie Holtz, a board member of the Bowdon Farmers Market. “Here are people who are buying from grocery stores. But those grocery stores have no idea where their food comes from — or minimal idea — so when you get sick, they throw up their hands. Whereas, when you buy butter from one of our local folks you see the lady that made it and if you got a problem, you call her on the phone.”

Holtz, the owner of Bowdon Coffee Roasters, said that anything that’s grown locally is going to have a better flavor.

“You need to come down,” he said. “I’ll make you a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with some of the tomatoes we grew out back in our composted coffee ground garden and they’re just scrumptious — homemade tomatoes on a BLT, there ain’t nothing like it.”

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