Summer’s here, and you’re gung-ho about sinking your teeth into a juicy peach. Anyone can tell the difference between a locally grown peach and one that has been mass-farmed and shipped across the country. Not only is local food more delicious — it has a host of benefits for the environment and the local economy.
Heading to a farmers market also forces you to eat healthy (delicious) food, because if you’re like me, you grab every colorful vegetable you see and end up eating squash for a whole week! For some of us, that’s all the incentive we need.
Lucky for you, Augusta is teeming with farmers markets and veggie stands, from side-of-the-road operations to large groups of local growers. Every time I turn a corner, there’s another person with a truck full of watermelons. I took a closer look at some of my favorites and will share them with you!
Good Earth Produce and Garden Center
I’m a regular at this farmers market — it’s right on my way home and it is always stocked with a huge variety of fresh food. The selection is great. In addition to the usual potatoes, squash and peaches, there are fresh cheeses and meats, beans, plants, boiled peanuts and big strawberries. The growers aren’t selling their food themselves, so check the signage to find out where it’s coming from.
Sara’s Roadside Stand
Edgefield Road, Trenton, S.C.
You can’t miss Sara’s — it’s one of the only things on the road — but you really don’t want to miss their peaches. Or their homemade ice cream, for that matter. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, all seasonal, all locally grown. There are also jams, jellies and other canned items. This might not be considered “Augusta,” but I think it’s definitely worth the trek for the awesome variety and colorful food. Look for the big red roof!
Veggie Truck Farmers Market
1805 Broad Street, across from the Kroc Center
Tuesdays from 4:30-7 p.m.
The Veggie Truck is a weekly market orchestrated by Augusta Locally Grown, a group dedicated to supporting local farmers and encouraging healthy, sustainable eating throughout the community. The day I went, there were fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables, baked goods and much more. The growers themselves were at the tables selling the goods. I love having the opportunity to chat with the farmers — they are so passionate about what they do, and they truly care about encouraging sustainable food in their community. The Veggie Truck is also happy to take credit cards, exchanging money for tokens that you can purchase food with. Check it out!
Evans Towne Farmers Market
Grounds behind the Columbia County Library
Tuesdays from 4:30-7 p.m.
The Evans Towne Farmers Market is another one of Augusta Locally Grown’s. More of an event than a market, there was a little something for everyone the day I went. There were tents full of vegetables and delicious grass-fed burgers, but there were also some creative efforts. Someone was even selling homemade dog cookies. Something that impressed me about the Evans Towne market was the tent dedicated to educating people about growing their own food, which is something that isn’t as hard as it seems.
Peaches, Tomatoes and Watermelon
Fairway Square Center, Washington Road
If Fairway Square doesn’t mean anything to you, you might know this location as the “place across from Hooter’s.” I wasn’t able to retrieve any sort of information about his hours, but I know he is there every weekday that I ride by. This man has tomatoes, watermelons and peaches lined up on a table in front of his truck.