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June 24, 2015




Brandon Ashley, (478) 474-0679,




MACON, Ga. – No matter where you are in Georgia, chances are there’s a farm nearby offering fresh fruits and vegetables. Some farms have a high profile and some don’t, but they all offer nutritious and delicious produce.


Georgia peaches are a summer staple but the state’s namesake fruit is just one of many crops available at Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets (CFMs).


Visitors come for the food. The interactions are free.


“They can come out here and meet the people who actually planted the seed to grow the fruit or vegetables or raise the beef for the steak they’re eating,” said Ivy Lowrey of Lowrey’s Rome Grown Farm Market in Floyd County. “You can’t go to the grocery store and meet the person who started the seed and harvested the actual product.”


The Lowrey family started farming in north Floyd County in the 1920s. Ivy and her husband John, the family’s third generation of farmers, opened a farm market 10 years ago to sell their corn directly to the public. Since then, they’ve added other produce, all-natural beef from the cattle they raise and whole-hog sausage, as well as peach ice cream.


“It’s the things that we raise here on our farm that we provide to our community and we like to bring it in fresh every day and sell it,” Lowrey said.


The GFB CFMs also offer a set of experiences almost as varied as the produce. Next month, for instance, Lowrey’s will host The Great Valley Exposition, featuring antique tractors and farm equipment and displays detailing agricultural history. Other CFMs around the state host their own festivals, and many CFMs also offer pick-your-own produce and family fun activities.


Other products like jams and jellies are available, and many CFMs also share recipes so consumers can make their own. For unique and easy-to-make recipes featuring peaches and your other favorite farm products visit the GFB recipe page at


With more than 90 locations around the state, most Georgians are less than an hour from at least one CFM, where the freshest possible fruits and vegetables await.


“Our Certified Farm Markets have something for everyone,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “The food frequently comes directly from the field, so it doesn’t get any fresher. Plus, the on-farm experiences provide additional value for consumers who make the trip to the farm.”


For a complete list 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. 







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CUTLINE TO ACCOMPANY PHOTO:  Lowery’s Rome Grown Farm Market, like many of Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets, offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies and other products. (photo courtesy of Lowrey’s Farm)