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June 14, 2012

Georgia Grown farmers showcase at Atlanta State Farmers Market

Ken Corbett Farms, Georgia Olive Oil and Gayla's Grits all registered vendors

- — In 2012, the Georgia Department of Agriculture launched the revitalized Georgia Grown program. As part of the program, Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black announced today a new initiative to increase the locally grown retail experience at the Atlanta State Farmers Market (ASFM).

 

The initiative kicks off with the free Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase event Saturday, June 16. Representing Lakeland, Ga., include Kevin, Sam and Jason Shaw from Georgia Olive Oil and Sara Ray with Gayla's Grits. From Lake Park, Ga., Ken Corbett of Corbett Farms, LLC, will also be attending. These local producers are three of more than three dozen vendors who will be in attendance at the event.

 

“Agriculture is the biggest industry in our state and this event will utilize the Atlanta State Farmers Market to show that off,” said Commissioner Black. “Georgia Grown has been revitalized this year and this event is one new effort to revitalize the retail side of the market. Whether you’ve been before or never visited, this is the perfect opportunity to see what the market is all about.”

 

On June 16, in addition to a wide range of Georgia Grown fruits and vegetables, locally grown and produced meats, cheeses, plants and flowers, and value added products (jams, jellies, honey, etc.) will be showcased. Those from similar areas of the state will be grouped together to regionally illustrate what agriculture in Georgia is all about.

 

Located off I-75 in Forest Park, the 150-acre market is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Most often known for as a wholesale food hub and terminal market, on June 16, Georgia Grown items will be the center of attention. Georgia Farmers Sheds 13 and 14 will be closed to through-traffic so visitors can park and walk through, mingling with vendors from across the state.

 

Beyond the Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase event, visitors can take advantage of on-site garden centers, wholesale and retail shopping opportunities, restaurants and a Georgia Grown welcome center. Two more Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase events are scheduled to take place this summer. Learn more at www.GeorgiaGrown.com or on the Atlanta State Farmers Market Facebook page.

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