October 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brandon Ashley (478) 474-0679, ext. 5212
FAMILY FUN, FRESH PICK-YOUR-OWN FOODS NOW AVAILABLE AT GFB CERTIFIED FARM MARKETS
MACON, Ga. – It’s time to get lost in fall farm activities.
Both food and fun can be found at Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets, many of which offer corn mazes, hay rides, and hands-on agriculture activities like shelling corn or milking a cow as well as farm tours for school groups.
“Visiting a Certified Farm Market is 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.”
Of course, there’s also the food. Apples are already available at North Georgia orchards, and many markets offer products like pies, breads and other baked goods, jams, jellies and ciders.
“We’ll have eight weekends of pick your own and lots of different varieties of apples. It’s going to be a good season in North Georgia,” said Tim Mercier of Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, where a roadside market and restaurant offers a cornucopia of food, clothing and décor items. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to come to the mountains and enjoy all the activities on the farm.”
The Certified Farm Markets around the state offer a wide variety of farm-grown products, from apple cider to pumpkins and many others.
For a complete listing of the GFB Certified Farm Markets, visit http://www.gfb.org/commodities/cfm/default.html.
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.