Enjoying the warm spring and summer sun upon my skin as I pick my own black berries or walk from table to table to see the baked goods at local outdoor farmers markets fills my Saturday mornings. My lifestyle changes to eating fresher fruits and vegetables have encouraged me to garden a few things on my own, but also to adventure out to help the local community buy purchasing local farmer’s products.
When I explain to family members who live in Iowa, North Carolina or South Carolina that I live in the Atlanta area, I can read their faces. I know that the first thing that comes to their minds is the downtown area and the bustle of Atlanta traffic. However, I live far enough away from the city in a small suburb approximately 30 minutes northeast of downtown.
Living in Gwinnett County offers many different types of opportunities to explore. Not only do I get the experience of suburb living, but I live on the edge of the county line where my neighbors have horses roaming in their yards. I wake up and hear the crowing of the roosters. I can smell the fresh air.
In addition to these proximities, come the opportunities to purchase fresh local farmers produce. There is a vegetable stand about 15 minutes away from my home with fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers.
Now that winter has settled in with its cold bitter wind and its drizzling rain, there is no excuse on why local farmers produce shopping should come to an end. Right around the corner and down the road is a little quaint town called Dacula. There is a great family activity for a Saturday morning to purchase fresh farmers produce, the kids can ride ponies and visit with the animals.
Rancho Alegre Farm – http://www.ranchoalegrefarm.com/ Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Indoor market, Covered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. Phone: 770-339-3065. Fax: 404-806-6182. Email: email@example.com. Open: . Directions: From Atlanta: Take Interstate 85 North. Highway 316 East towards Athens. 13 miles, take a right on Harbins Road.(Lighted Intersection on highway 316). Go one mile and take a right on Ace McMillan. Take next right on Ace McMillan again. First right on Givens Road. Second Farm on the right. Big Sign at entrance. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.