Fulton County Cooperative Extension volunteers built the brand-new Fulton Farm Stand, which opened last week in a corner of the parking lot at the Camp-Fulton Truitt 4-H Center, 4300 Herschel Road in College Park.
On Thursdays between 4 and 7 p.m., Master Gardener Veronica Watson of southwest Atlanta will be offering watermelons, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, collards, herbs like oregano, basil and mint, red new potatoes, petunia plants and organic eggs from the Happy Forest Hill Farm in Franklin.
“This is what we offer,” she said. “What we’re here to do is just provide for Fulton County residents.”
Watson represents a network of farmers, including her brother-in-law Jolivet Thomas of Fairburn, who are growing other crops like figs and kohlrabi.
“One of the things I plan to do when people come out is ask, ‘what do you like? What would you like to see? What are you looking for?’ We know everybody will want the watermelons and the greens and the cucumbers and the tomatoes, but I’m sure there’s other things people will want as well,” she said.
Customizing orders and educating consumers are two of Watson’s goals, she said.
“What we want to do is bring mostly what people need and then just sample and educate them about other [produce],” Watson said.
Cooperative Extension Director Menia Chester said those objectives dovetail with her department’s commitment to help consumers develop healthier eating and cooking habits, leading to healthier lives.
“In the South, we prepare a lot of our vegetables with meat, with fat and sugar,” she said. “[The extension office is] teaching people how to eat healthy. You may come here and Miss Veronica will have a watermelon salad or a raw collard salad. We’ll have some cooking demonstrations.”
Chester said Watson and Extension Agent Todd Leeson will be able to answer questions about gardening and growing one’s own food, topics that may interest residents who helped create the new marketplace.
“This farm stand is opening as a result from a survey we conducted to find out if the community would be interested in having a farmers market,” Chester said. “This is our test.”
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