North Fulton Neighbor : by Chuck Staley, Owner : View the complete article at mdjonline.com.

Many people in the north Fulton area might not realize that there are an abundance of local farms where they can get fresh, organic produce, located less than 20 minutes from their doorstep.

When opening Peach & the Porkchop it was a priority that we were located in an area where we could receive daily deliveries of fresh-from-the-farm eggs and high quality, locally grown produce.

With today’s busy schedules, people are conditioned to do all of their shopping at the local grocery store, but this means that they are purchasing produce that comes from all over the country and sometimes the world.

If you put the store-bought produce side by side with local, organic versions, the locally grown produce has a noticeably more vibrant flavor. There is no comparison from the eggs we pick up from Fox Hollow Farms in Rockmart that were laid in the past week, to the grocery store brand that are at least 45 days old before they reach your table. Whether they are used in an omelet, salad or on a burger … you can absolutely taste how fresh it is.

We are finding that more and more of our guests want to know exactly where their food is coming from and they demand the highest quality, freshest ingredients available. Many people are thrilled to learn that they can actually visit these farms themselves and purchase the same high quality ingredients, to use when cooking at home.

There are a number of local farms that provide hormone-free, all-natural ingredients located within a 20-mile radius of Roswell, and they are run by local Georgia culinary artisans who take pride in the products they produce.

Some of these farms include Circle A Farms in Cumming (which has hydroponically-grown lettuce as well as basil and kale), Fat Land Farms (our neighbor in Roswell which produces non-GMO eggs, honey and a variety of pesticide-free, organic produce that they specifically grow for our restaurant including squash, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, herbs, lettuces, spinach, carrots and onions), Maxwell Farms in Dallas (with fresh jams and preserves as well as pickles and relishes), Georgia Grinders Peanut Butter and NaturAlmond Almond Butter, and Gazaway Farms in Cumming (which has wonderful fresh sausage and produce such as broccoli, pecans, carrots, cabbage and watermelon).

We are so lucky to be living in an area surrounded by a bounty of wonderful freshly grown and made foods to enjoy.

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