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Comments from our readers * Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett
Gained new customers
ccording to Georgia Grown, a division of the
Georgia Department of Agriculture, the
state's spring fruit and vegetable harvest has
an estimated farm-gate value of $500 million to
$750 million, about 50 percent of which is traditionally marketed through food-service operations. In
the wake of COVID-19, closures of restaurants and
farmers markets have meant that farmers need
Georgians' help now more than ever to get fresh
fruits, vegetables and other products into the hands
One small business, Fresh Harvest in Clarkston,
has stepped up to support Georgia growers. Fresh
Harvest customers can enjoy a weekly delivery
of local produce, meat, dairy, pantry staples and
specialty items, including craft sodas, small-batch
Josh and Jess Plymale, the married owner-operators at Row by Rowe Organic
chocolates and artisan baked goods.
Farm in Luthersville, supply produce for Fresh Harvest's market baskets.
In the six weeks since mid-March, Fresh
Harvest's orders doubled.
You also can buy directly from farmers in your
"We were doing 1,700 or 1,800 deliveries a week, and now we're doing
area using Georgia Organics' Good Food Guide
4,000. That's with a waiting list, too," says David Melton, Fresh Harvest's
at gfg.georgiaorganics.org. And you can search
director of sales.
specific Georgia Grown products from farms and
Melton says the Fresh Harvest team is rejuvenated every time a farmer
businesses all over the state at georgiagrown.com/
says, "We're really thankful to still have a place to sell our stuff."
Melton says this challenging time is encouraging consumers to rethink find-georgia-grown.
-Katie Teems Norris
where their food comes from as well as food economies and the global
"Farmers stand to do well," he says. "Everybody's just got to get
through this really tough season."
If you live in metro Atlanta and want to help by purchasing goods from
Georgia farmers through Fresh Harvest, visit freshharvestga.com to sign
up for weekly deliveries.
Georgia's electric cooperatives are en-
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Summer meal help
Did you know that one in five Georgia children
is food-insecure? The Summer Food Service
Program (SFSP)-operated by the Georgia
Department of Early Care and Learning and the
U.S. Department of Agriculture-provides free,
healthy meals and snacks to any child 18 or
younger and to qualified disabled adults 19
To find an SFSP site near you, click on the
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"Summer Meals" to 97779 or call (866) 348-6479.
couraging their members to take part in the
U.S. Census-particularly in South Georgia,
where the response so far has been very low.
To participate in the U.S. Census, visit
my2020census.gov and log in using the ID
number that you received in the mail. Accurate counts are vital because federal funding
and governmental representation are based
on the Census data.
According to the U.S. Census, only
64.8 percent of Georgians were counted in
2010. For every person who is not counted, a
county misses out on $23,000 of federal funding over the 10-year period between counts.
Thanks so much for including us in your July 2020
issue! [See "Produce delivery helps farmers bring
crops to customers," page 8; bit.ly/pdhf720.] We loved
the article and [as of early July] have gained close to
20 new customers and counting from it. Thanks for
supporting our small business and small farmers in
Georgia. We greatly appreciate it!
We are sharing a copy of the article with our
customers in their baskets to encourage them, as they
are the ones standing in the gap for small farms.
-David Melton, Fresh Harvest, Clarkston
Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett
Produce delivery helps farmers
bring crops to customers
6/12/20 1:06 AM
Generated reader interest
By Helen Newling Lawson
MILLEDGEVILLE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
On behalf of the board and staff of Lockerly
Arboretum, I wanted to express our sincerest thanks to
Georgia Magazine and Helen Lawson for the wonderful article about Lockerly in your July 2020 issue.
[See "Lockerly Arboretum branches out," page 28;
Lockerly Arboretum branches out
bit.ly/lock720.] We are thrilled with the opportunity
to tell our story to a larger audience.
As a result of the article, many people from
around the state have reached out asking to be put on
our newsletter list or inquiring about our various
activities. We can't thank you enough for helping us in
-Jennifer Pollard, executive director, Lockerly Arboretum, Milledgeville
Botanical garden evolves to serve
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'The Poet's Wife'
or the last 50 years, 50 acres-and one stunning
antebellum home-have been preserved in the heart of
Milledgeville. Bulldozers were poised to raze the site for
a new gas station until Edward J. Grassmann, a kaolin industry
executive from New Jersey, stepped in to save Rose Hill mansion
in 1963. He later purchased more of the surrounding acreage
to create Lockerly Arboretum, a public garden and education
Ultimately, Grassmann established the Lockerly Arboretum
Foundation and in 1966 gave the property to the foundation
for the enjoyment of the community. Director Jennifer Pollard
takes this legacy to heart.
"We are always trying to answer the question, 'How can we
be the best gift to the community that we can be?'" she says.
In answer, Lockerly Arboretum is reinventing itself as
a community hub with something for everyone, including
lectures from leading horticulturists, evening events for adults,
summer camps, business networking opportunities and family
activities that allow kids to hunt for fossilized sharks' teeth or
hook a catfish in the pond on the grounds.
Top: Rose Hill mansion, a Greek Revival-style home built in 1852, is the
centerpiece of Lockerly Arboretum. Above: Lockerly Under the Stars is a
popular evening event featuring dinner and dancing.
6/10/20 12:58 PM
Students missing out on the Washington Youth Tour
I wanted to share that I was sad to read of the need to cancel the Washington
Youth Tour for the first time in more than 50 years. [See Currents, ShortTakes section,
July 2020, page 15; bit.ly/curr720.]
Though it was a smart call for the
safety of all participants, the Washington Youth Tour has a special place in
my heart because I was a winner in
1994. That trip changed my life in
positive ways, and I am so grateful I
had the opportunity to see the nation's capital.
-Danny Gourley Fischer,
To read "True grit," turn to page
16 of the June 2020 issue;
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From THE EDITOR
Societal changes imposed by
COVID-19 have made free time and
relaxation more important than ever,
so in this, our leisure-themed issue,
we showcase ideas for recreation that
readers of all ages can enjoy safely.
When you consider the restrictions
on travel and social interaction that the
pandemic has brought about, it makes
sense that 2020 is shaping up to be a
banner year for the recreational vehicle
(RV) industry. RVs look like the perfect
option for these times: They allow travelers to sleep in their own beds, cook their
own food and set their own agendas as to
where they visit and when.
Turn to page 28 to find out more
about the RV experience and how you
and your family can responsibly recreate
in the Peach State and beyond.
Those who aren't ready to hit the
road in a 25-foot-or-larger motor vehicle
can always turn back to the long-standing
American tradition of taking an automobile trip. Granted, your car doesn't
provide the amenities of an RV, but
Georgia has a wealth of daytrip destinations within easy driving distance.
So if you're ready to ease back into
the idea of travel while avoiding the
concerns surrounding airline flights and
overnight lodging, see "Gas up and get
away," starting on page 20, for a lineup
of enjoyable destinations right here in
Finally, we take a look at what some
have called the fastest-growing sport
you've never heard of: pickleball. For
the uninitiated, pickleball combines
elements of tennis, badminton,
racquetball and table tennis. Games
are quick and equipment is affordable,
making the sport accessible to all ages
and demographics. Turn to page 16 and
find out why more and more people are
asking, "Pickleball, anyone?"
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