Local Food Sources

Farmers’ Markets

  • Watch here for info on new market start-ups in Valdosta and Albany!
  • Downtown Tifton Farmers’ Market: Opening in 2011 on Saturday, April 30. Will be open through October, Saturdays, 9-12. Also open Tuesdays in June and July only, 3:30-6:30.  Located at the train museum depot, corner of Tift and Third St., in downtown Tifton. Contact Leeann at (229) 848-2940. Blog with info and current offerings: www.downtowntiftonfarmersmarket.wordpress.com.
  • Magnolia Market (Douglas): A market Coffee County-grown-and-made produce and products! Also accepting EBT (food stamp) debit cards. new Open Saturdays this summer from 8 a.m.-noon at the new AgSouth parking lot at 204 Bowens Mill Road. (Exact dates TBA)

CSA groups:

  • Calathora Farms, Moultrie: A family farm delivering naturally-grown produce, grass-fed beef, eggs, and other goods to Moultrie and Tifton every week most of the year. Orders placed weekly for $25 bags of produce (or multiples thereof). Contact: Michael Morton, (229) 890-1889 or visit http://calathora.com/.

On-farm produce:

Dairy:

  • Kickin’ K Ranch: Your south Georgia source for all things goat, including raw goat milk (for pet food) and all-natural goat milk soaps. They also make all-natural aromatherapy candles and bath salts. Their flock of free-range chickens produce beautiful eggs. Based in Nashville, they are at the Tifton and Thomasville markets on a regular basis. http://kickin-k-ranch.com.
  • Sparkman’s Cream Valley: Your south Georgia source for all things COW. Family farm producing milk, drinkable yogurts, buttermilk, butter, and half-and-half. All-Jersey herd and no artificial hormones used. Available throughout Atlanta and even Birmingham, with limited distribution in south Georgia. The dairy has a retail store open business hours Mon-Fri and Saturday mornings: 1283 Rossman Dairy Road, Moultrie, (229) 941-2933, www.sparkmanscreamvalley.com.

Meat

  • Calathora Farms: Grass-fed beef (see above)
  • White Oak Pastures: Grassfed beef and now pastured poultry DEEP in southwest Georgia is the state’s only certified organic and certified humane meat processing facility. They also use a whole lot of solar to run the place. You can order online and have it shipped or look for ground beef at Publix. Other cuts available at Whole Foods stores in the South and Mid-Atlantic. They also have a nice retail store at the farm with other local products. http://www.whiteoakpastures.com/.
  • Deep Roots MeatsGrass-fed beef from north Florida.
    http://deeprootsmeat.com

Retail:

  • Downtown Fresh Market-Albany: Opening late April/early May in downtown Albany. Will carry local, organic, and gourmet products. Awaiting details.
  • Whisk Organic Market-Valdosta: A new organic/local food grocery, deli and coffee bar. Located at 3009 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, 229-244-8600. Located next to Five Points Liquors
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Marketplace-Thomasville: A new downtown retail shop for internationally-acclaimed Sweet Grass Dairy cheese. 106 North Broad Street, Thomasville -(229) 228-6704, http://www.sweetgrassdairy.com.
  • MSM Meats and Country Store-Colquitt: Full service meat market w/ a variety of produce, speciality sauces, marinades & rubs, some locally grown meat.  Open Mon-Sat 8 to 6. Call  (229) 758-8600.


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5 Responses

  1. CSA in Brunswick, GA is Sapelo Farms – sapelofarms.com

    • Thanks for the lead! Any more info on them?

  2. There is a local foods market opening in Albany possibly April 23rd. It is called Downtown Fresh Market. It is being opened by a local business man and will offer local products including some organic produce. I also read in the Albany Herald there would be an Albany farmers market opening May 28th and continuing for 25 Sat after that. This is being coordinated by the city manager but that’s all I know about it.

    • Thanks for the info Melissa! Keep us posted. This whole page needs to be updated, and we will include this info above very soon.

  3. Don’t forget about Valdosta Farm Days. 1st and 3rd Saturdays May through September on the historic courthouse block in downtown Valdosta.

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