Tomorrow is Tuesday and that means another week of the O Grows Farmers Market! Located at 1103 Glenn St., in Opelika, this is one of my favorite spots to get delicious, fresh, locally-produced goods. It’s open from 3-6 p.m., rain or shine.
I’ve been most weeks and here’s my favorite things about it and what you can expect when you go tomorrow:
Variety, within a 50-mile radius.
O Grows has many vendors offering a variety of fruits, vegetables, breads, honey, cheeses and and even some handmade goods like jewelry.
When I say variety, I don’t just mean tomatoes at one table and peaches at another…
I am talking about real diversity in fruit/veg breeds. For instance, pictured here is purple cauliflower, mis-matched carrots and different colored tomatoes. You don’t see this type of variety in grocery stores because it is easier to mass produce a single breed (seed) because of the different needs to be met by each breed. Although there is a need for mass-produced agriculture (if you want to talk about that, you’ll have to call me), that doesn’t mean diversity isn’t important. Variety not only helps gardens better thrive and attract more pollinators, it’s a good way to create food security. What if we only had one seed variety for __ insert your favorite food here___ and we ran out of those seeds or something environmentally happened where that particular one couldn’t grow. We would need a different kind.
Speaking of food security, O Grows has a community garden behind the Southside Center for the Arts. Students from Northside School learn how to grow food, which has shown profound impacts on kid’s health. They donated 6,000 pounds to the Community Food Market last year. Watch this short video for the whole scoop.
Some other varieties you’ll see:
You’ve got to get some sourdough bread from Serenity Farms & Bakery. I only bought half a loaf and honestly, I ate it in about a day and a half (LOL!). Hopefully you have more self control than this Italian girl.
There will be an ICEE Truck there for your kids or your own personal cool down. There’s fresh-cut flowers that were harvested from above mentioned community garden.
You’ll find a watermelon the size of your child for $6 and it’ll be super sweet. You’ll get to meet the Alabama resident who took the time to prepare soil, plant seeds, water, watch, tend, weed, harvest then provide transportation for the piece of fruit you’re eating. This is likely the resident’s main income. You just helped your local economy and if that farmer completed all of those steps just 50 miles or less from here? The amount of natural resources saved? You’re so green right now.
There’s this go-get-it girl, Kendall Guimarin, she makes gorgeous jewelry from wraps to long necklaces. I purchased a tri-colored beaded necklace (~$15) and get compliments on it all the time. Kendall’s online store is called Gypsy Girl. She’s a college student so let’s help a sister out.
Farmers that attend regularly:
Lorrie Harris Art
AL Hooks Farms
H.M. Bryce Farms
O Grows Community Garden
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