Took advantage of a free evening to stop by our weekly East Point Farmers Market, just a mile down the road. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and pick up a few seedlings for the garden.
I knew my local friend Nathan would be there from Widdershins Urban Farmstead, and she would have plenty of interesting edibles up for grabs. As luck would have it, I was in the market for interesting edibles and Nathan’s offerings did not disappoint.
My garden time is short this week as I prepare for an out-of-town conference in a few days, so I exercised restraint and only grabbed the six seedlings shown above:
- Delicata squash
- Better Boy tomato
- Mr. Stripey tomato
- Korean Hyssop
- Anaheim pepper
I also picked up a bottle of organic Echinacea extract from my friend Dannie at Aromatherapeutics, which is one of my medicine cabinet must-haves for cold and sinus issues. Dannie, a grows the plants and hand crafts the extracts himself, just a couple of blocks away from me.
Living in a small town in the shadows of a big city (Atlanta), it is easy to forget that we have access to some fantastic resources right where we live. I don’t have to grow everything from seed myself, and I don’t have to purchase all of my seedlings from box retailers. Often I can find exactly what I need in my neighborhood, and I can support local, small businesses and the people who are truly passionate about what they do.
It’s so easy to get depressed with all of the bad in the news these days, but sometimes all I need is a small town farmers market to remind me that life really isn’t all that bad after all.