Summertime on the Farm

It has been a few weeks since our last post, but we have been very busy getting our summer vegetables ready for harvest and planting cotton and peanuts. The weather has certainly warmed up and summer is here to stay. With the warm weather, comes an abundance of fresh summertime produce. Sweet corn is in full swing and is perfect for creaming and putting in your freezers. We will continue to have sweet corn throughout the summer until we close at the end of July. The sweet corn we plant is called Xtra-tender. It is a white sweet corn with an outstanding flavor and larger ear size than traditional sweet corn like Silver Queen. A lot of people are skeptical to try this newer variety because of their loyalty to Silver Queen. We encourage them to try the corn, and around 99% of people fall in love with the great flavor and sweetness of the xtra-tender sweet corn. It is not GMO product and is simply an updated version of the classic sweet corn variety. We have also started pulling cantaloupes, and the flavor is outstanding this year. The cantaloupes are erupting with a sweet, sugary smell making them irresistible to pass up when you come to our market. This is the prelude to watermelon season and everyone is very anxious to sink their teeth into the sweet, crunchy flesh of a ripe watermelon. We are anticipating having watermelons in store around June 14th. Peas and butterbeans are also very close to harvest time. We will begin with green butterbeans, pinkeye peas, and purple hull crowder peas first. Cream 4os, sadandies, zipper creams, blackeyes, Big Boys, and speckled butter beans will follow. It is hard to beat fresh shelled butterbeans and peas, so mark your calendars and do not miss the peas. A few new produce items are also very close to harvest. Attention all eggplant lovers: If you love the purple eggplants fried, baked, or in stews, you have got to try the white eggplants we have planted this year. They are just as good (maybe a little better) than their purple counterparts and make a great eye appealing dish when mixed together. We will also begin canary melons very soon. These hit our store for the first time a year ago and were an instant crowd flavor. These dark yellow melons are similar to a cantaloupe and honeydew mixed. They are extremely sweet and have a crisp white flesh. Our peppers are also slowly trickling in the store now and include sweet banana, bell pepper, jalapenos, and cayenne.

Apart from produce, we have also added numerous other new GA grown products and other specialty items from across the USA. Stop by and try Abby’s J’s fire roasted salsas and over Flavor of GA winning product field to fork sweet fire pickles. Her products are amazing and the crowd favorite is definitely her Black Bean & Herb salsa.  We have picked up Sunflower honey from Honey on the Hill out of Eastonelle, GA. If you have a sweet tooth, try the cookie brittle line from California Wine Country in a variety of flavors including chocolate toffee. These crispy, butter cookies are the perfect addition to a cup of coffee. We are constantly adding new products, and they are all worth a try.

Don’t miss out on all these great summertime treats. Stop by and try them before its too late!!