Growing Industry: Local Farmers Markets Meeting Demand for Fresh Produce
Friday, May 25th, 2012
The term “farm to table” has taken root in our culture as more restaurant owners and home chefs are striving to serve fresh food that has been locally grown. It’s a trend that has a local economic impact as well.
In a 2010 study, researchers at the University of Georgia found that if every Georgia household devoted $10 per week to buying Georgia-grown products that would equal 1.9 billion food dollars reinvested back into the state in one year.
One farming family in Powder Springs is benefiting from the trend. Bray Family Farms is a 30-acre farm on Oglesby Road. Owner/farmer Andy Bray, whose grandparents started the farm in 1963, says today they make their living exclusively by selling at local farmers markets. He reports that business has increased significantly in recent years.