You never know where you may meet a new friend.
I met my friend Melissa while standing in front of the chicken section at Whole Foods. I had made the decision to eat as organic as possible and was visiting local grocery stores to see what my options were for protein. Standing there perplexed, I asked Melissa a question and she answered it, which led to a very passionate conversation about food, life, health, and even about the personal project I was working on at the time, Fun Foodie Friends. All while standing in front of the chicken section.
I found out that Melissa works at the Red Earth Organic Farms stand on Saturday mornings at the Morningside Farmers Market. Many of my paintings are of produce from Morningside where I shopped at. But then life got busy and my Saturday mornings got full with another commitment, and I stopped going. That is, until I met Melissa. Now I go whenever I can.
Red Earth Organic Farms is a family-owned farm in Zebulon, GA that was started by father and son, Alan and Dave Bentoski, and also includes Dave’s wife Belinda, and their teenage sons.
They offer organic produce such as spinach, strawberries, and zucchini, which are currently in season, as well as organic beef and pork products such as pork chops, spare ribs, and Mediterranean sausage. Their bacon? I call it “dangerously delicious” because it is so good you may want to eat it all yourself! Red Earth also offers organic blueberry syrup, preserves, fruit spread, mild pickled pepper rings, and pickled pepper and onion relish. Aren’t you getting hungry just reading this?
I like knowing who is growing my food and that they are good stewards of the Earth. The longer I am on this planet, the more I understand that my choices impact the Earth and everything on it, and I want to make more positive choices.
Red Earth Organic Farms is at the Marietta Square Farmers Market Saturdays from 9 am to noon, and at the Morningside Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Spring/summer hours are 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and winter hours are from 8 am to 11:30 am. They have a Red Earth Organic Farms Harvest Membership (formerly CSA membership) available, which is part customizable and part farmer’s choice. Click here for more details about the Harvest Membership.
After our meeting at Whole Foods, Melissa not only become my friend, she became one of the Moms that provided feedback while we were creating the Fun Foodie Friends cookbook.
You never know where you may meet a new friend. Or, find a new place to shop for organic and delicious food.
This is the first blog post of an ongoing series featuring farms, food, markets, and people that inspire us, and we want to help spread the word about them. Look for more to come in the near future.