Active Adults Enjoy Pick-Your-Own and CSA Farms

Part of the joy of being an Active Adult is the opportunity to participate in activities that always sounded like fun, but that you either didn’t have time for, or weren’t available in your community.

As people become more aware of the link between eating locally grown, organic and pesticide-free foods and their health, more options are becoming available to answer the call.

The new farm-to-table options are enjoyable for Boomers as individuals, in groups, and to share as an experience with grandchildren, including Pick-Your-Own produce, visiting Farmer’s Markets, and preparing recipes using fresh produce, meat, eggs and more.

Berry-Picking Season
The hot summers in Georgia offer a season filled with fresh berries, and enthusiasts find there’s nothing sweeter than eating a fresh-picked blueberry or blackberry, straight from the vine.

Smith Farm in Cartersville (729 Burnt Hickory Road), The Berry Barn in Canton (1310 North Lake Dr – call 770-343-9940 for an appointment), and Brandie Freeman in Hiram (382 Old Teal Road), offer opportunities to pick berries through the end of July. Several local farms are certified pesticide-free, so you can sample the berries worry-free as you pick!

Community Supported Agriculture is gaining popularity in the Atlanta market, with a number of farmers accepting memberships or selling shares to local residents.

CSAs are typically family farms that sell “shares” or “subscriptions” to the public in the form of a box, bag or basket (or set number of boxes) of produce, eggs, and whatever else the farm produces. The shareholders pick up their shares either at the farm or at a set location.

Based on traditional community farms, CSAs offer the opportunity for consumers to develop relationships with the people who grow their food, and they often enjoy produce that has higher nutritional benefits and better flavor than those purchased at the supermarket.

CSAs in north Metro Atlanta include Freehome Gardens in Canton (901 Trinity Church Road; 770-720-9690); Tony’s Fresh Produce Farm in Austell (3427 Clay Road; 770-310-6215); and Jackson Lowe Vegetable Farm (formerly Turtle Bend Farm) in Rockmart (2001 White Oak Circle NW).

Each Windsong community was developed with the understanding that a “community” is so much more than the houses and individuals in a single neighborhood. Our philosophy is that homeowners feel more at-home, and enjoy their active adult lifestyle, when they have opportunities to be a part of the area in which they live, which includes thriving local business, recreation and agriculture outlets.

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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