The Many Benefits of Eating Locally

Farmers' markets make it easy to buy fresh, nutrient-rich food

I'm a huge advocate of what I call "clean eating." The less processed the food, the better. This is one of the many reasons I adore farmers' markets. These local venues are great places to purchase fresh, healthy food directly from the farmer or grower. And with farms across the country bustling with activity at this time of the year, it's a perfect time to go check out a local farmers' markets. (more…)

Find, swap, share, or sell fresh local homegrown food and wild edibles with Ripe Near Me

Ripe Near Me local food network

As much as we like to tout the benefits and advantages of sourcing more of our food locally, actually getting homegrown and local food on our table is a bit more challenging than it ought to be. Farmers markets and farm stands are a great place to find local growers that plant and harvest enough to bring to market, but it takes a fair amount of commitment and equipment to be a market gardener, so they don't often host backyard growers who end up with excess produce. (more…)

10 of the South’s Best Farmers Markets

10 of the South’s Best Farmers Markets

With the weather finally showing signs of spring, that can mean only one thing: it’s farmers market season.

The farmers market has been boosting local economies and providing consumers with the freshest local produce since the Great Depression, when roadside stands began popping up all over the country. The South boasts some of the best farmers markets in the country, and most are set up in both major cities and small communities by May. Next time you’re wondering what to cook for dinner, stop by one of these great Southern markets and pick out something that was most likely picked just hours before. (Scroll down for produce in season, shopping tips and more markets recommended by readers.) (more…)

Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary

sweet-gum-shirt-logoCommunity herbalists and plant-lovers Lindsay Wilson and Mandi Sanders are pleased to open up their new, community-based, local, and woman-owned apothecary — Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary. We offer seasonal, herbal preparations for vital health and well-being.

Check out the ordering page for more information on what is in season and available! And, check out the recent news coverage of our apothecary on WCBI.

You can shop on-line following the directions on the ordering page. You can also visit us in person at the Midweek Market in the Cotton District (Wed’s from 5-6:30 pm) or the Downtown Starkville Market (Sat’s from 7:30-10:30 am). (more…)


Folk Art Festival Poster final copy jpgNew Albany, MS – 4/12/2013 – This year Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market will host Folk Art on the River every 2nd Saturday of Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market.  June 8th, July 13th and August 10th.  Hours for 2nd Saturdays will be 7 am to 12 pm.  Local folk artists will have their art for sale.  There will be a Wee Folk Hour from 10 am to 11 am.  Activities for the kids will include a guided nature walk through the Arboretum with Sherra Owen, storytelling by the Tallahatchie River Players and a folk art craft.  There will also be a Pickers’ Art Contest and live Bluegrass. (more…)