GET ANSWERS: Finding Locally-Grown Food

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Bertha, a soon-to-be Central Georgian, wrote to us saying, "I will be relocating to this area in the next few weeks. I have enjoyed getting fresh vegetables at our local Farmers Market. Where is the nearest one to Warner Robins? Are there CSAs in this area?"

Naomi Davis spends her days turning little seeds into ingredients for a meal and growing her Roberta community-supported agriculture farm, or CSA, just like the fruits and vegetables she pulls from the ground.

A CSA is formed when a farmer sells shares in a farm to help it operate. People pay money to keep the farm in business and get food at a cheaper rate in return.

"It's a group of people who want to have close ties with a local farmer, not only buying from them, but also helping to support them financially," said Davis of Davis Farms.

Right now, about 45 people help share the cost for Mo the goat and his family, along with seeds and fuel for equipment, and other farm costs.

They pay about $75 and get farm fresh produce at wholesale prices year round. They can also e-mail orders and tell Davis what crops they want to sprout from the soil.

"They want to support local farmers they don't want to have their food shipped across the country," said Davis.

She says she grows different types of common crops, like red carrots that you wouldn't find in a grocery store.

"The shareholders really welcome a taste of new things and being exposed to the different varieties that we grow," she said.

She plants herbs and flowers as well, and with the help of some new grants she'll expand the farm.

Davis hopes to add some chickens and more goats to produce things like eggs and yogurt, and though she's looking for new ideas, the old thought off the less she handles the food the better, remains.

"You'll find the potatoes still have dirt on them, the carrots still have dirt on them. It's your job to rinse them off. It's our job to grow them and harvest them and bring them to you as fresh as possible," said Davis.

If you're interested in purchasing a 12 month share with Davis Farms you can contact them at 478-836-4564. 

If you'd like to get some fresh food without purchasing a share you can find Davis and other growers at Macon's City Market on the Green, another place to get from fresh food. It offers produce, organic food, baked goods and some arts and crafts.

 

It's open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. up until December 18 this year.

The market won't be open July 10, but otherwise you can find it along Poplar Street between 3rd street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

There's also the Macon State Farmers Market on Eisenhower Parkway. They're open seven days a week, but farmers come in on varying schedules.  Their number is 478-752-1097.

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