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Simply Homegrown Farmers Market: Providing the Community Sustainable, Locally-Sourced Foods Weekly

Sep 15, 2016 05:36PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Simply Homegrown Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of their Facebook page.

The Simply Homegrown Farmers Market (SHG) is known for providing the surrounding communities farm fresh, locally-sourced foods weekly. Each week, they gather a diverse group of sustainable and organic farmers looking to not only sell their tasty products, but to also get to know the community. They are open each Saturday from 9 to 1, May through November. 

We were lucky enough to get in touch with their Market Manager, Ginny Blades, and learn a bit more about the history of the Simply Homegrown Farmers Market and the many great things they offer. 

In 2002, Jane Nelson, owner of the Root Cellar, and Joe Gatins, a local food guru, got together to form Simply Homegrown. Their first ever farmers market was set up on the County Courthouse Lawn. Since then, they have continued to move up, and are now located in the Clayton Municipal Complex. 

Their current location allows for people of all ages to come and not only go shopping, but also stay for a picnic. There are plenty of picnic tables, a large playground for children to enjoy, is dog-friendly, and has a walking path. This location is one of the many reasons why SHG has been able to continue to grow its success. 

SHG encourages sustainable and organic farmers from all surrounding areas to join them, but also welcomes anyone into their market. They aim to diversify and keep what is offered fresh. 

Some of the more popular items that are sold include plenty of greens, locally-sourced eggs, honey, and seasonal produce. Baked goods are also always a hit.

One booth that is incredibly popular is K&H Farms, which sells USDA-approved poultry and pork. K&H Farms is a local-area family farm, and in high demand when it comes to the market. People will come to visit specifically for their products. They attend every second Saturday, and will be there this coming Saturday, September 17th. For more information about K&H Farms, you can visit their website

Each year in July, SHG hosts a Garlic Festival, and next year will mark their 6th. These festivals host lots of garlic tastings and garlic-infused items, and all funds go to local charities. The past 2 years, they have hosted a popular Garlic Pie Baking Contest, complete with strict judges. Ginny was happy to announce that at the July 2016 Garlic Festival she was able to try a few pies, and praised the pie that ended up winning. Thank goodness for good taste buds! 

Coming up in October, they will be collaborating with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank for their Hunger Bowl event. For more information, visit our calendar

For some tasty, locally-sourced food, be sure to stop by the Simply Homegrown Farmers Market! For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page

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Simply Homegrown Farmers Market

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