FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase returns to the Atlanta State Farmers Market this weekend with new vendors
Following the success in May of the Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase event, Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black announced today this event will be returning on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Showcase events are aimed at increasing the consumer retail experience at the Atlanta State Farmers Market (ASFM) as they bring together farmers and producers with consumers in the metro region.
“We have seen tremendous support from both producers and consumers of Georgia Grown products across the state for our showcase events,” Black said. “As we head into the summer season, the showcase is the perfect opportunity to pick up fresh, locally grown produce along with other items produced in our own state that you cannot find in stores. We would like to encourage everyone to come out and support our local producers.”
On July 27, Market visitors will find a wide range of locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as pork, beef, poultry; plants, flowers and other nursery items; olive oil, jams, jellies, barbecue sauces and honey; and baked goods and other prepared foods. In addition, visitors will find unique Georgia made soaps, candles, beeswax lip gloss, candy and more. As well as Georgia produced goods, there will be activities for kids and adults such as a watermelon seed spitting contest, food safety tips, a tractor show and a kiddie train.
Located off I-75 in Forest Park, the 150-acre market is one of the largest of its kind in the world. 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 as they shop. 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. Learn more at www.GeorgiaGrown.com.
About Georgia Grown
The Georgia Grown program provides a powerful new branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Learn more today at www.GeorgiaGrown.com.
If you are interested in an interview at the showcase with Commissioner Black, please contact: Mary Kathryn Yearta at (404) 831-1377 or Mary.Yearta@agr.georgia.gov or Jenna.Saxon@agr.georgia.gov