FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday,December 10, 2013
Georgia Department of Agriculture to host first ever Georgia Grown Christmas Showcase
Following the success of this past summer’s Georgia Grown Farmer Showcase events, Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black announced today that the Georgia Department of Agriculture will host the first ever Georgia Grown Christmas Showcase on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Atlanta State Farmers Market. The Showcase event is aimed at increasing the consumer retail experience at the Atlanta State Farmers Market and connecting consumers with producers and products that are exclusive to Georgia.
“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 holiday season, we felt that a Christmas showcase would be a great way to offer consumers an opportunity to purchase local products that you cannot find in stores. The showcase encourages consumers to remember Georgia’s producers and agribusinesses during the holiday season, while also supporting our state’s local economies.”
The Georgia Grown Showcase will serve as a “one stop shop” for holiday gifts with over 60 Georgia Grown vendors in attendance. Visitors will find a wide range of locally grown products including holiday gift baskets, greenery, Christmas trees, pastries, sauces, salsas, jams, jellies, honey, pecans, wines, cheeses, olive oil, homemade soaps, candles, candy and more. In addition to Georgia Grown products, visitors may also enjoy a visit and photo with Santa from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and chef demonstrations that will be taking place throughout the day.
Located on exit 237 off I-75 in Forest Park, the 150-acre Atlanta Farmers Market is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The showcase will be held in the market’s Exhibit Hall where visitors may enjoy indoor shopping with free parking and admission. Additional information on this event can be found at www.GeorgiaGrown.com.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visitwww.agr.georgia.gov.
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.