Fresh produce at Farm Bureau markets

Published 10:25 am Monday, June 13, 2011

A WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCE is available at many of Georgia Farm Bureau's Certified Farm Markets, like the array of vegetables seen at Mark's Melon Patch in Dawson.

Folks looking to find locally grown produce or perhaps reconnect with their childhood garden memories now have their chance through Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets.

The summer crops of tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, watermelons, sweet corn and other fresh produce is ready at the more than 100 CFMs across the state.

“The Certified Farm Markets are a great family activity,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a good way to get people to come to the farm and see what’s happening there, and they’ll find a wide variety of delicious produce at affordable prices.”

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Many CFMs also offer farm tours and other products and services to enhance the on-farm experience, including hosting school and church groups for tours.

“People like to know where their food comes from,” said Sam Payne, vice chairman of the GFB Commodity Advisory Committee for Vegetables. “They want to know their produce is good and they want to know how it’s being treated. Visiting the Certified Farm Markets is a great way to get good, fresh produce straight out of the field.”

For a complete listing of the GFB Certified Farm Markets, visit

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.