At the end of February, a group of farmers came together for the first Growers Market at Decatur Brew Works. I really thought the event would end up with a handful of farmers standing around with a beer. That wouldn't have been terrible, but what happened was even better. People came who didn't know how a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) works, showed up. They asked great questions, signed up, and are on board. People who have lived in other communities and were looking for the same experiences here, showed up. People who are all about supporting local, eating local, and flowering local, showed up.
When this event was coming together, there was some concern with having 4 CSA options, 2 flower farms and the bonus of honey and beef all meeting the same customers. So from the flower farmer perspective, and I think this applies to the others farmers as well, there are 31,000 households in Decatur and that means 31,000 tables to provide with flowers and local food. Can you imagine what that might look like? Whoo, I can. And it is BIG.
Over The Rainbow Farms https://www.facebook.com/Over-The-Rainbow-Farm-318391878245846/ brought caramel corn that was the best. Bushel and Peck Wildflowers https://www.bushelandpeckwildflowers.com/ is a flower farm that is growing and knocking it out of the park. Maddox sweet corn http://www.maddoxsweetcornfarm.com/ has a CSA and should really have a count down clock for when their stands will open. Double D Farms https://double-d-farms-organically-grown.business.site/ sells out of their CSA every year because it is so good. Rubber Ducky Farms helped pull the event together. Rubberduckyfarms@gmail.com https://graized.com/ Graized beef is selling direct to consumer and also locally to Red Barn Kitchen https://www.redbarn.kitchen/ My boys love the honey sticks from McGrath Farms & Artisan Soaps. https://www.facebook.com/mcgrathfarms/ Let's keep building this community and these relationships until everyone has local food and local flowers on their dinner table.
And to be clear I am fairly competitive- I want to grow the best, tallest, earliest, prettiest and funkiest flowers out there, just not at the expense of building a locally grown movement in Macon County. On that note- Wren's Gate Subscriptions are available at https://www.wrensgate.com/store/c4/subscription