Georgia Farmers Market Association
GFMA is an Association of Farmers Markets, Producers, and Community Organizations committed to improving access to healthy food in Georgia.
We value equity, opportunity, community, local foods, resources and organizational integrity.
The mission of the Georgia Farmers Market Association is to support and promote community based farmers markets in growing local, healthy, food systems and to foster pathways to equitable food access.
GROW Aiken Farm to Table Tasting Feast & Celebration
Join GROW Aiken, Aiken UU Church, and ADPS Safe Communities for a 5 course meal of farm to table goodness sourced from local farms in the region. The event challenges chefs and local cooks to prepare delights using locally sourced foods. There will be seatings at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Part of the celebration will include the ribbon cutting for the GROW Aiken Seed Bank at 5:15 pm. There is a suggested ticket donation of $1 to $25 with all proceeds benefiting the GROW Aiken Tool Bank. The event will take place on June 10, 2017 at the Aiken Municipality Auditorium, 215 The Alley, Aiken, SC 29801.
GROW Aiken is a partner of the Veggie Park Farmers Market and Augusta Locally Grown in Augusta, GA. Their vision is a healthy community (mind, body and soul) utilizing locally grown and raised food as the vehicle for returning to and maintaining health and wellness. They have a huge impact on the CSRA region and are doing great work to improve local food systems!
For more information, please email [email protected] and to purchase tickets, please go to the following web address: https://growaikenfeast.eventbrite.com .
Farm Work Day with GFMA
GFMA staff and friends will be heading to Washington, GA on Saturday, July 8 to work at McTier Family Farms all day! The plan is to visit the local farmers market, harvest in the field, and then learn to can whatever was harvested! The McTier Family is looking forward to the help and to teaching the GFMA team how to can. If you are interested in joining us on this trip and would like more information, please reach out to GFMA by emailing [email protected]
The Georgia Farmers Market Association wants to get to know our members better and lend a helping hand at the same time. Therefore, we are going to start having a 'Farm Work Day with GFMA' every other month! This is a great way for us to get to know our farmers and to allow people from the community to come in and see what work they do on their farm! Our next work day will be in September, but we need a farm to visit! If you are a member farmer who needs some help around the farm and is willing to host a small group of people, then please reach out to GFMA by emailing [email protected] You could be the next farm featured for 'Farm Work Day with GFMA'!
If you would like to become a member of the Association and participate in events like this, then please visit our website at the following link: https://mygeorgiamarket.org/become-a-member/ .
Produce Safety Workshop
Have you heard of FSMA? Do you know what the Produce Safety Rule is and if your farm will fall under its’ new mandates? This rule will effect almost all of the growers in the country, so you should probably attend this training! Every grower must have someone on staff who has attended one of these accredited trainings or they can be penalized by the government.
The purpose of the course is to teach growers how to be more safe while growing and to cut down on the amount of food-borne outbreaks happening throughout the country in relation to fresh produce. At the end of the training day, every person in attendance will receive a certificate stating their completion of the course and, thus, certifying the farm they work at as long as they remain employed there.
This workshop is being hosted by Georgia Organics and presented by the National Young Farmers Coalition. There are two trainings:
- August 3 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at 310 West Clinton Street, Gray, GA 31032
- August 22 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at 200 Ottley Drive NE A, Atlanta, GA 30324
The cost to attend is $20, with snacks, lunch, and drinks being provided. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 828-200-6898. You can sign up by going to the following link: http://bit.ly/2qyuJGp
Provides guidance, tools, and resources to Georgia farmers to improve the marketability of their produce, help them meet state and federal regulations and connect them with farmer’s markets throughout the state
Offers farmer’s market management support with operations and marketing and brings them together to discuss best practices and share ideas.
Supports community outreach, tactics, and activities that magnify the relationship between health and food.
Increases access to healthy food for consumers.