With its roots starting back in 2004, Farmers Fresh CSA has been a link between new and small farms and the West Georgia consumer. From humble beginnings in a barn room located in Tallapoosa, Farmers Fresh now operates 6 days a week through their market located on Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton. Every week the market takes in local sustainably grown produce, pastured eggs, dairy, meat, honey, and other locally produced items from small farmers and food artisans located in Carroll and surrounding counties. From a small hand basket to 50 bushels, no farm is too small to do a trade.
Now going into its 5th year, the deli was added to the fresh market to provide local healthy meal options to the lunch goers on the square. The Lat. 33° East Deli highlights what’s in season and provides a place for produce that is coming in. To take full advantage of the variety of food available, the menu changes daily and features a wide variety of ethnic and traditional dishes. Savvy customers can log onto Facebook to find out what’s cookin’!
Now there’s a new direction on the horizon for Farmers Fresh. They are partnering with 15 of our local farms and producers to form Lat. 33° East – a local food hub initiative that is looking to take local West Georgia sustainable farming to the next level. Lat. 33° East serves as a networking pool where these small and mid-sized farms can work together to streamline costs and help each other be more competitive through bulk purchasing, shared delivery routes, common storage, processing facilities, and group marketing efforts.
The Lat. 33° East mission is to be a local alternative to the corporate food supply chains that are currently in place and will be a means for the “little guy” to get a head start. To further their mission a big part of the initiative is to reach out to the most important part of the hub, the consumers. Outreach initiatives will help to educate the public on the importance of sustainable farming to our area and learning to eat “local”.