Tag Archives: North Georgia Sustainable Agriculture

Cotton Warehouse, 1890s, Sparta

Built as a cotton warehouse in the 1890s, this structure was best known throughout most of its history as the Sparta Furniture Manufacturing Company. Suzy and Robert Currey bought it in 2012 and have transformed it into Sparta Mushrooms, with numerous specialty varieties being grown and distributed regularly to restaurants in Atlanta and Athens.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Elm Street Gardens, Sparta

I was impressed by the wonderfully ordered and vibrant displays of Elm Street Gardens. This certified organic no-till farm covers at least four acres and sells locally and beyond. Sparta transplants Suzy and Robert Currey have done an admirable job of creating a model for a successful organic farm in a small town.

Plantings of persimmon trees along the sidewalks throughout the neighborhood are especially wonderful this time of year, heavy with fruit.

 

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Platt Street, Lexington

Lexington GA Oglethorpe County Courthouse Square Granite Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Platt Street is located on the west side of the courthouse square and is a good example of small town revitalization. Oglethorpe Fresh (on the right) is a sustainable, local farmers market that encourages artists, musicians, historians and other creative types to come together and share ideas.

Lexington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Ripe Thing Market, Greensboro

Ripe Thing Market Greensboro GA Local Produce Organic Foods Sustainable Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

I stayed at a cheap motel in downtown Greensboro because the chains near I-20 were way too expensive for what they were offering. I won’t sing the praises of the cheap motel, but the biggest bonus was finding Ripe Thing Market just a couple of blocks away. The gentleman who started the business was working when I went inside. He was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the myriad selection on display in the market. He explained that his son and daughter-in-law were now charged with its day-t0-day operation but it was as if he never left the place. I’m amazed that a town the size of Greensboro supports a business like this; Ripe Thing has as good a selection of organic/locavore products as similar markets in much larger towns.  The business is located inside an old service station which has been restored in an environmentally friendly, utilitarian style.

Ripe Thing Market Greensboro GA Local Foods Locavore Hillside Orchard Farms Pumpkin Bread Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The stock rotates with the seasons, of course. There was a table full of moist loaves of Pumpkin Bread from Hillside Orchard Farms in Tiger when I visited. They have lots of candies and other baked goods, as well.

Ripe Thing Market Greensboro GA Grass Fed Beef Farm Raised Pork Locavores Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

A growing selection of nationally known organic brands is available, as well as grass-fed beef and farm-raised pork. I didn’t have a cooler with me, so I didn’t get any of the meat, but I bought a bag of Butternut Squash Tortilla Chips that were among the best I’ve ever eaten.

Ripe Thing Market Greensboro GA Local Organic Foods Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

If you’re a fan of organic, sustainable and locally sourced foods, you can’t miss Ripe Thing when you’re in Greensboro. It’s worth a drive of thirty minutes to an hour if you’re nearby. They also have daily menu items like homemade chili, soups, and deli sandwiches. Their fresh-baked deserts looked tempting, too.

Ripe Thing Market Local Produce Greensboro GA Organic Foods Pumpkins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Emily LaBorde Hines, a longtime favorite blogger of mine, has a nice write-up about Ripe Thing at Em’s On the Road: http://emsontheroad.com/tag/ripe-thing-market/

Follow their Facebook page for more information. They’re open 7 days a week!

https://www.facebook.com/RipeThingMarket

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