Farmer's Market Canton GA

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Apharatta Farmers Market
(770) 844-1462
City Parking Lot Behind Smokejack Grill
Apharatta, GA
Hours
04/2010-10/2010 Saturday, 8:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M.
Items
Fresh Fruit, Vegetables
Other
Organic: Not Known
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Roswell Riverside Farmers Market
(404) 613-7670
38 Hill Street
Roswell, GA
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
Items
Baked Goods, Cheese, Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Herbs, Honey, Jams Jellies And Preserves, Plants, Vegetables
Other
Organic: Yes
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Athens Farmers Market
(832) 482-5916
705 Sunset Dr.
Athens, GA
Hours
05/08/2010-11/20/2010 Tuesday, 4 Pm - 7 Pm. Saturday, 8 Am - 12 Pm.
Items
Baked Goods, Cheese, Crafts And Woodworking Items, Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Herbs, Honey, Jams Jellies And Preserves, Meat Or Poultry, Milk Or Cream, Nuts, Other Processed Foods, Plants, Prepared Food, Vegetables, Yogurt
Vendors
This Market Has 40 Vendors.
Other
Organic: Yes
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: Yes
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Athens Farmers Market Downtown
300 N. Thomas St.
Athens, GA
Hours
May 11, 2010-November 16, 2010 Tuesday, 4 Pm - 7 Pm.
Items
Other Processed Foods, Vegetables
Vendors
This Market Has 17 Vendors.
Other
Organic: Yes
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: Yes
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Columbus State Farmers Market
(706) 649-7448
318 10Th Ave.
Columbus, GA
Other
Year Round?: Yes
Year Round?: Yes
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Acworth Farmers Market
(770) 974-8813
Main And Lemon Streets
Acworth, GA
Hours
06/2010-10/2010 Friday, 7:00 A.M.
Items
Fresh Fruit, Vegetables
Other
Organic: Not Known
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Simply Homegrown: A Farmers' Market
(706) 782-9944
74 N. Main Street
Clayton, GA
Hours
05/08/2010-10/30/23010
Items
Baked Goods, Cheese, Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Herbs, Honey, Jams Jellies And Preserves, Other Processed Foods, Plants, Vegetables
Vendors
This Market Has 10 Vendors.
Other
Organic: Yes
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Union County Farmers Market
Old Smokey Road
Blairsville, GA
Hours
06/26/2010-10/16/2010 Wednesday, 7:00 Am - 1:00 Pm.
Items
Baked Goods, Crafts And Woodworking Items, Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Herbs, Honey, Jams Jellies And Preserves, Nuts, Plants, Vegetables
Vendors
This Market Has 50 Vendors.
Other
Organic: Not Known
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: Yes
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Moultrie State Farmers Market
(229) 891-7240
1525 1st Ave. SE
Moultrie, GA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
County
Colquitt

Ellijay Farmers Market
(706) 276-3360
at the Farm Bureau parking lot; corner of River Street and Sailors Drive
Ellijay, GA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 24-September Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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